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  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip: taskbar preview from the keyboard

    taskbar preview from the keyboard – windows key + t most people love the taskbar preview of multiple windows or documents in windows 7, but did you know you can access it from your keyboard?  press and hold down the Windows key and then the t key to highlight the thumbnail previews – press t again...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip: change in wireless access security

    i just got back from a trip to phoenix to visit family (more on that later) and had a very short but useful windows 7 todo list while i was there.  my cousins’ computers weren’t connecting to the home wireless setup and exhibited the following behavior shown below trying to connect to my mifi device...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesdays – 60 tips in 60 minutes part 3

    another wednesday and this week i’m in seattle but it’s time for my third set of tips from an upcoming 60 tips in 60 minutes presentation in april. 21. multi monitor support (and windows key + p) no matter which way you set them up, windows 7 has great support for running a desktop or laptop from multiple...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip (on a sunday): now playing

    this was too cool to wait a half a week until wednesday to post;  it’s a plug in for windows media player to post what you are playing in windows media player to twitter and/or facebook.  i came across now playing by brandon fuller and will be purchasing it before wednesday.  i occasionally...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: setting up alternate keyboard input in windows 7

    i’ve experimented with the spanish and korean keyboard layout in the past (since i have taught microsoft classes in both countries prior to joining microsoft), but the dvorak keyboard is what i’m truly interested in mastering.  whether you just want to experiment with an alternative keyboard or...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesdays – 60 tips in 60 minutes part 5

    t-2 weeks until my presentation at the ahma hardlines technology forum in schaumburg, il on 60 tips in 60 minutes.  i’ve got 2 more posts to get to 60, so here’s numbers 41-50. 41. anytime upgrade in windows 7 starter edition (shipping on netbooks), home premium or professional, you can use a feature...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip: audio troubleshooting

    windows 7 is so good it even solves problems the average user might not know how to fix.  case in point – my laptop won’t record sounds from the built in microphone (not that big a deal until your company starts using your laptop as your phone!  now it’s really important!) no sound when recording...
  • Blog Post: winsat.exe update–disk performance

    about a month ago i shared a tip about running winsat from the command line.  here’s some more detail and results from various systems i have available. figure 1: this is from a traditional laptop hard drive figure 2:  this is from a computer running an intel solid state hard drive figure 3...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tips – 60 tips in 60 minutes (pt 2)

    it’s wednesday and here’s my second set of tips from an upcoming 60 tips in 60 minutes presentation in april. 11. xp mode (allows you to run internet explorer 6 on windows 7) one of my favorite geek features is virtualized operating systems (past, present or future) – here’s a way just to run the application...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tips – 60 tips in 60 minutes

    i’m working on a demo in april of 60 tips in 60 minutes . i’ve already come up with the 60 tips and decided posting the tips here would be great practice. hopefully you have already seen the 7 second demo commercials (if not – they are available here ), so if someone can show a tip in 7 seconds, i’ve...
  • Blog Post: daskeyboard!

    mike verta was kind enough to remind me of a classic mechanical keyboard that can be ordered with no inscriptions on the keys.  i just ordered the das keyboard ultimate model silent which will help in learning the dvorak layout (no reason to look down anymore!)   i can’t wait to check it out...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesdays – 60 tips in 60 minutes part 4

    31. task manager improvements the new task manager in windows 7 is great.  from the description of processes (what’s fpmagent.exe you might ask in the past?  no more with the description column!) to the go to service(s) feature when you highlight a process (in this example svchost.exe running...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip: running windows live messenger in windows vista compatibility mode

    thanks to windows weekly and paul thurrott for this tip – you may have noticed that the windows live essentials version of messenger runs on your taskbar with an integrated notification on windows 7 instead of over in the notification area.  well, there is a way to change that. windows live messenger...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesdays – 60 tips in 60 minutes part 6

    t-1 week until my presentation at the ahma hardlines technology forum in schaumburg, il on 60 tips in 60 minutes.  this is my last post to get to all 60 and i’m cheating a little bit by providing a tip that will push me well over providing only 60!  here’s 51-60: 51. direct access i’ve already...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip: make windows server 2008 r2 look like windows 7!

    why?  because you can!  no seriously – if you are supporting computers and have an application that requires windows 7 (or takes advantage of some of the operating system’s new capabilities) then using remote desktop services (rds) to access windows server 2008 r2 can look just like windows...