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  • Blog Post: windows update for windows 10

    I’m about to install Hyper-V on the family desktop system and the Windows 10 updates are also keeping that system up to date.  It’s the only system that I have been running for over 6 years straight (the next longest is about 4 years old and will upgraded next week – dual boot between Windows 7...
  • Blog Post: day 2: the most complex upgrade yet…

    Live and learn.  I began yesterday’s post with a brief summary of my Sony Vaio VPCL22SX 24” All in One touch screen (Windows 7 Home Premium – anytime upgraded to Windows 7 Professional – runs 3d Blu Rays, TV Tuner, Blu Ray writer, etc.) and that this being my most complex/involved system to upgrade...
  • Blog Post: the most complex upgrade yet…

    family computer – multiple accounts – years of memories – the kids do their homework on this – AND the OEM got out of the computer business.  This one might not complete, but we’ll see… I’ve backed up everything from this computer (if you care about it, back it up), so here goes nothing – back soon...
  • Blog Post: my very first windows server technical preview 2 and nanoserver installs

    Today I downloaded the Windows Server Technical Preview 2 and installed it on Hyper-V. I then did a quick search to figure out how to install NanoServer. The instructions were not clear on why you were doing certain steps (and also did a poor job of demonstrating my favorite feature - a small disk footprint...
  • Blog Post: learning azure with my own website project

    It’s been a long time since I wrote a website. I really enjoy some aspects of it (what I consider the scripting part of it) – type in something, save the file and open or refresh a browser. I have discovered if I have to compile something that’s typically where I lose patience/interest. So as I’m studying...
  • Blog Post: learning azure with my own website project

    It’s been a long time since I wrote a website. I really enjoy some aspects of it (what I consider the scripting part of it) – type in something, save the file and open or refresh a browser. I have discovered if I have to compile something that’s typically where I lose patience/interest. So as I’m studying...
  • Blog Post: countdown to ignite–t minus 11 (business) days

    I am going to Microsoft’s Ignite conference and will be delivering some tips and tricks on Windows 10 and Office 365.  I might as well start documenting the various tips here for attendees to reference maybe more detail than I’ll have time for in my session – so here we go.  I’m going to start...
  • Blog Post: windows to go - the windows 10 post

    I found a great post on setting up Windows To Go with PowerShell. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/6991.windows-to-go-step-by-step.aspx#z6 - this information works but assumes that you only have the USB device attached to delete and create attached. I wanted to take some additional...
  • Blog Post: pranks on computers–the outcome!

    Eva suggested I wait to come home to prank my son Sam and boy am I glad I did!  Sam loves to use the computer – Youtube, games, homework (possibly in that order) are all activities he uses the family computer for.  About the only time he isn’t using it, is when he’s eating, at school or sleeping...
  • Blog Post: pranks on computers–the modern version…

    Earlier this week a friend Sjonia posted a comment on Facebook…  First you should read this All postings are provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confer no rights. The inclusion of any key sequences does not imply endorsement by Microsoft to press said referenced keys.  Pressing the said...
  • Blog Post: students involved with technology 2014

    January 24th Mr. Chuck D was on the Arsenio Hall show. Arsenio was discussing his old show "We talk about my old show...I fought for groups like you and NWA and one situation I lost a fight with Paramount because your song was called 'By the Time I Get To Arizona'." "Tell young...
  • Blog Post: 25 apps for christmas–kinect games

    games on the xbox have always been “apps” that i use, but this christmas kinect games like joyride, dance central and even the included kinect adventures have provided hours of entertainment for family and friends.  the controller free play was really cool and even how it works with zune video amazed...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip: shell:documentslibrary

    having the windows explorer shortcut on the taskbar in windows 7 is really helpful, but most of the time when i’m opening it for work i wish i was in my documents library.  if you are like me, this week’s tip should be very interesting to you. right click on the explorer icon and then right click...
  • Blog Post: aka.ms and a squirrel's nest

    Today I was setting up a couple URL with the Microsoft Social Experience Platform (SXP) shortening service, aka.ms and in one search on Bing found out that my Microsoft alias, drey , is what you call a squirrel's nest. Instead of typing in blogs.technet.com/drey, I shortened it to aka.ms/drey . This...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip: eye-fi geo

    for my birthday i wanted to get a couple items that i could use with existing equipment.  i’ve already shown my media center setups (the two 22” monitors are new) but now i’ll share the other purchase – an eye-fi geo 2 gb sd memory card.  although it’s only available at the apple store, this...
  • Blog Post: troubleshooting: windows slates, warpia wireless adapter and kensington usb port replicator with vga

    part 1: yesterday a few microsoft folks were meeting with a customer and we were running into issues with a windows slate and projection.  the video would display but anytime video was played, the signal would disappear.  if you have any thoughts on what to troubleshoot feel free to post. ...
  • Blog Post: favorite windows 8 feature

    I’m using Windows 8 on many different devices, but have a couple still running Windows 7 for one reason or another (main family computer has 3d and Media Center – haven’t upgraded it yet).  Here’s one thing I miss when I’m not in Windows 8 – multiple taskbars on multiple monitors.  In Windows...
  • Blog Post: windows 8 speech recognition

    I’ve been a big fan of Windows Speech Recognition and it definitely adds a new dimension to Windows 8 with or without touch. The Consumer Preview is out and I decided to give speech recognition a spin. You can say “Start” to display the Windows 8 start screen, “Switch To <appname>”...
  • Blog Post: sunday posts for everyone: bit.ly

    the old wisdom used to be don’t click on anything that you don’t recognize and only follow links from someone you know, but lately with so many of our methods of communications being shortened (twitter, texting, mobile phones, netbooks, etc.) there is definitely a new set of confusing looking links around...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip – desktops.exe

    mark russinovich and bryce cogswell published desktops v1.0 just over a year ago.  i recently tested it on a non production windows 7 computer (my trusty netbook) and it worked well with a couple interesting exceptions: 1) the virtual desktops didn’t have the full aero effects (thumbnails were previewed...
  • Blog Post: another install fest (thursday), top windows 7 utilities and 3 more installations today (friday)

    thursday my counterpart dan orum led our second install fest, i did an internal tips and tricks session and then dan presented at the chicago windows user group on the top windows 7 utilities. we'll post the top utilities at our cwug site - cwug.groups.live.com . today i got up bright and early for a...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesdays 60 tips in 60 minutes (the presentation)

    yesterday was the ahma hardlines technology forum in schaumburg, il . i had 60 minutes to go through 60 tips on windows 7.  with other tips shared besides the “main” tip, i easily was above 60, but i have included the original list of 60 tips (many with screen shots) here in a chicago windows user...
  • Blog Post: 25 apps for christmas - client virtualization

    before joining microsoft i was a technical trainer and part of that job was dealing with the constant "what if" questions that would come up in a microsoft course ("what if you created or deleted an object from two windows 2000 active directory domain controllers at exactly the same time?" - a personal...
  • Blog Post: troubleshooting: windows slates, warpia wireless adapter and kensington usb port replicator with vga part 2

    part 2: yesterday in part 1 i gave you the setup - problems with wireless and wired projection through usb on windows 7. in part two i'll let you know what else we tested. we had a laptop running windows xp and when we attached it, we couldn't get it to project and when we disconnected the cable, the...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip–problem steps recorder

    today i was installing office 2010 using the click-to-run/application virtualization technology microsoft has and decided to use problem steps recorder to “document” the process.  to my surprise on a multi monitor system, problem steps recorder captured both screens in case something on the second...