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the windows 8 logo
Last week at an event with Intel, we featured the Fujitsu Q702 which I assumed was preproduction because the new Windows 8 logo was featured on it. I was informed that it is a production unit today with Windows 7! Check it out here on Microsoft's OEM Newsroom site and here on Fujitsu's site. There's...
9 Oct 2012
web therapy season 2 and the movie ted
I watched the very first episode of Web Therapy on Showtime, but hadn't kept up with it. Last weekend when I watched the Season 2 premiere I noticed that Fiona Wallice was using Skype on her Mac to communicate with her patients (her new "modality" is using Skype and to only offer 3 minute sessions)....
7 Jul 2012
troubleshooting hardware and mouse without borders
Sometimes it takes a while for me to try something at home. I finally was able to troubleshoot an issue with Windows 7 on a desktop. The video once I installed Windows 7 64 bit was blank. I had a suspicion that the all in one thought it was displaying video on an external monitor through...
30 Mar 2012
powerpoint 2010 - broadcast a presentation
i have begun to broadcast my powerpoint presentations using the powerpoint 2010 feature and will give a quick tutorial in this blog post. from the office 2010 backstage view (which you access from the file menu) under save and send you can setup to broadcast your slide show. there is a public powerpoint...
16 Feb 2012
windows photo viewer vs windows fax and scan
i got a question today that i'm hoping is answered by using a built in windows 7 program that isn't the default for a particular file type. windows 7 includes both a photo viewer and a fax and scan program. i'm going to be doing some investigation into the two and will post additional information as...
6 Feb 2012
sun city computer club presentation
this morning i presented at the largest computer club i am involved with (over 900 members and probably 200 at the meeting). we spoke about windows live essentials and windows live writer. i posted the beginning of this post, and thought before the end of december i should put together a summary of 2011...
3 Dec 2011
usb 3.0 performance
wow! last week i purchased an asus n73s notebook with sound from bang & olufsen and liked it so much i got my son an asus n53. at the top of the feature list was the blu ray player, but having usb 3.0 bootable port in a laptop for windows 8 performance improvements is night and day. i also got 2...
7 Oct 2011
consumerization at home
i’m working from home today and the kids have started school just yet. this afternoon it occurred to me that every single member of our family was working on a computer. most of us are using a laptop, but occasionally someone is using a tablet or slate. three of us have smart phones and there are...
22 Aug 2011
consumerization of it
i've been with microsoft almost 6 years now and ever since i started i have been able to bring my own computer to work (and often do). the day i started (october 31, 2005) was the start of the greatest employment journey i could have ever wished for. i received and unboxed my very first tablet pc (running...
19 Aug 2011
facebook video calling
my wife is in switzerland for a week. yesterday facebook announced video calling in partnership with skype. i was in the microsoft store yesterday afternoon with my kids where we were able to set it up and test it. notice on my slate with a front and rear facing camera how easy it is to toggle...
7 Jul 2011
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...
24 Jun 2011
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. ...
23 Jun 2011
dvorak update - one month
7:46 pm so it's been just under a month and i'm at about 20 wpm on the dvorak keyboard. it's coming along and i can already tell this will soon make me a faster typer than i ever was on the querty layout. i am going to take some speed tests online and will highlight the one's i've used. http:/...
25 Apr 2011
internet explorer 9, etc. and amazon cloud player
you might have heard about this new browser that microsoft released – internet explorer 9? obviously i’ve been running it for awhile, but haven’t blogged about it – until now. since i’m learning a new keyboard, any opportunity to type i’m taking. this afternoon i downloaded amazon’s...
30 Mar 2011
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...
30 Mar 2011
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...
30 Mar 2011
full operating system vs mobile operating system
3:50 pm it’s been less than 24 hours since i memorized the dvorak keyboard and i’m no speed demon as this post will attest to… 3:54 pm but what the four minutes of trying to remember where the colon is on the dvorak layout (it’s where the shift + z should be!), another powerful reason for a full operating...
29 Mar 2011
learning the dvorak keyboard
there are a lot of things we take for granted in a full version of an operating system. i’ve been interested in learning the dvorak keyboard for years, but only recently have i been spending time learning it. imagine the increased security of typing in passwords where even if someone remembered...
28 Mar 2011
paint desktop version registry key
typically there is version information displayed in the lower right hand corner of windows in pre release versions, but there is a quick way to display the desktop version information on your computer by changing a registry key. windows 7 service pack 1 displays as build 7601 open regedit.exe, navigate...
28 Mar 2011
i haven’t had a formal post in almost a month, so this one has some information that’s been accumulating in my head or other places on the internet. on february 11th i presented the keynote at sit (students involved with technology) . i showed ford sync , microsoft tag and then some of the...
23 Feb 2011
onenote for the iphone
yesterday microsoft made onenote available for the iphone – it uses skydrive to sync the notebooks across multiple devices. i’ve been using a windows phone for the past two months and it’s great to be able to access notes from my phone, the web and a computer. check out the official microsoft...
19 Jan 2011
this afternoon i came across an oldie but goodie – a dell floppy drive from a dell inspiron 8600 i owned in 2003. to my surprise it has an usb port, so i was able to attach it to a windows 7 64 bit computer (the good news – windows 7 64 bit supports floppy drives! the bad news – windows 7...
14 Jan 2011
chicago windows user group on groups.live.com
this month we've crossed the 400 member threshold on the chicago windows user group site on groups.live.com. next thursday we're meeting at the microsoft store in oak brook, il. if you haven't been to a meeting, feel free to join a group of passionate technologists to discuss the latest hardware, software...
12 Jan 2011
25 apps for christmas–office, itunes and zune
no list of applications would be complete without microsoft office. i have always used this on windows and had a chance to check out office 2004, 2008 and 2011 on the mac. the latest versions of office (2010 for the pc and windows phone, 2011 for the mac and the web versions of office from...
25 Dec 2010
25 apps for christmas–paint
i guess there was room for it after all – microsoft paint has always been an application i come back to for one reason of another. on touch screen/tablet computers, it allows you to write your name as well as draw pictures. it’s always allowed me to capture screen shots (using print screen...
23 Dec 2010
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