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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...
6 Sep 2014
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...
4 Sep 2014
dr. bob - the value of my time/15 more installations (somewhat automated)
i was thinking of someone who taught me the value of my time when i was much younger (and had time to spare!) today as i setup another 15 computers with windows 7 at work. "dr. bob" as he was known to me, was technical, an entertaining presenter, and one of my first mentors. i had just spent over 24...
12 Jan 2009
add another 4 installations of Windows 7 (eventually i'll pull out the new calc applet and see where i'm at....)
so i've installed my first windows 7 home premium build 6801 and my first upgrade to an existing windows vista system (which just so happened to be running windows vista home premium). both of which emphasized the strong application compatibility we'll have between windows vista and windows 7. remember...
2 Dec 2008
n-trig drivers for windows 7 release candidate
finally - n-trig drivers for the release candidate (had problems with interim builds, but this should allow me to upgrade the dell latitude xt to rc!). check them out here - and note that hp touchsmart tx2 beta drivers have gone public as well!
26 May 2009
windows 7 will be called...
mike nash posted the official name for the upcoming windows client release and it will be called windows 7! not having to switch gears from a beta name to a production name is going to mean one last thing i need to stuff into my brain. my favorite number is 7 and so it should be that much easier for...
15 Oct 2008
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...
1 Apr 2010
25 apps for christmas - kindle
my wife finally broke down and asked for a kindle. it was a friend - not me that finally convinced her to take the plunge and she loves it! i had taken the plunge a while ago with the kindle app and i think this emphasizes one point on this list - an app that can take many forms on different devices...
19 Dec 2010
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
build 62 - actually an upgrade
still my favorite installation trick from windows vista is the use of shift+f10 during the installation to be able to access a command prompt. this wasn't windows vista specific - it existed in windows xp as well, but i discovered it during the beta of windows vista. it's still there and allows you to...
7 Jan 2009
60, 61 and high sevens
last night i installed my 60th build of win7 and just completed my 61st build. ran the windows experience index and noticed the new scale of 1 to 7.9 more on this shortly...
7 Jan 2009
steven sinofsky and jon devaan have begun an engineering windows 7 blog . three posts have already been placed on the e7 blog . steven had a msdn blog called techtalk , but ceased this public blog about 2 1/2 years ago to focus on an internal blog. in steven and jon's first post, they...
26 Aug 2008
windows 7 wednesday – remote desktop to another windows 7 desktop or laptop
ever want to connect to another computer running windows 7? i’ve got a desktop at home running 8 gb of ram, so i configured remote desktop services to allow connections from a work laptop. the first thing i had to do was configure my new desktop computer to allow remote desktop connections in control...
16 Dec 2009
sunday posts for everyone: multiple computers
between work and home i’ve got enough computers that i often lose track of what computer has what software on it (or even more importantly, what computer has what document, pictures, videos or music on it) and making certain it’s available from whatever computer i happen to be working on or using at...
10 May 2010
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
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
applocker on windows 7 professional
a question came up today at one of the it pro windows 7 sessions today about applocker - whether you can setup an applocker policy on windows 7 professional. here's the answer - straight from the windows 7 professional help for applocker (you can setup applocker from the local computer policy on windows...
21 Oct 2009
25 apps for christmas–eye fi
i’ve been using an eye-fi sd card in a digital camera for over a year now (so why is this on a list of the 25 apps for christmas?) – i actually switched to a newer digital camera and still love the fact that the pictures wirelessly transmit to the eye-fi service and down to my computer using the eye...
9 Dec 2010
did you know: show windows stacked, cascaded or side by side
someone asked me if there were ways to vertically maximize more than two windows using aero snap (snap one window to the left hand side of the screen and a second to the right hand side dragging the windows or using the windows key + left and right arrow keys) and sure enough a taskbar option comes through...
6 Oct 2009
25 apps for christmas - browsers
it’s december 1st and having recently gotten a windows phone 7 and starting to play around with applications, i’ve decided blog posts of my 25 favorite apps would be a good series for my blog. i’ve been using microsoft applications since ms dos 2.0 and microsoft flight simulator 2.0...
2 Dec 2010
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
4th and 5th installations of windows 7 rtm
today i’m working on my 4th and 5th installation of windows 7 rtm. one is an upgrade from the windows 7 enterprise release candidate to rtm and the other was a fresh install (both of these were 64 bit installations). i’ve been on rtm bits for a little over a week now and realized one of the main...
3 Aug 2009
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
my youtube channel - whoops!
i haven't posted a lot of videos to youtube and a couple that i did post were apparently marked because of the musical soundtrack (since i "created" the photo and video portion and own the music, i didn't think about using it to impress my grandma and other family members with my computer skills). i...
2 Dec 2010
boot windows 7 from a usb stick
i’ve been asked a few times how to install windows 7 onto a netbook and i believe these are the minimum requirements: 1. format the usb stick (for example e:) within windows from a command prompt using the following command: format e: /fs:ntfs /q 2. from the command prompt window, change directories...
17 Jun 2009
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