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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: my triumphant return to media center part 2

    right before my birthday i fired up our television from our bedroom on media center through my tiger pc’s hdmi connection. having a 32” monitor was nice but one screen?  what i really wanted in the office was multiple screens.  so for my birthday i ordered two lenovo 22” widescreen displays...
  • Blog Post: sam - my first personal beta tester

    when sam (my son) was 3 he was running windows xp in beta with a simple web game i had created for him (webpages with shapes, colors, letters and numbers - hyperlinks below the correct answer and a sound file to ask a question ("find the 6, sam"). it took me a long time to create and get exactly right...
  • Blog Post: clubhouse.microsoft.com

    i just joined the windows clubhouse and noticed a number of great posts and a couple challenges – check it out at clubhouse.microsoft.com and sign up today!  two that caught my attention were an apple bootcamp 3.0 post (about support for x64 and windows 7) and a lenovo x301 review (from the same...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 blog added to windows team blog

    if you haven't been over to the windows team blog lately, check it out today. wish i was in los angeles at the pdc this morning - it's cold enough in illinois this morning for snow.
  • Blog Post: direct access screencast and cwug.groups.live.com

    i have posted a short video demonstrating windows 7 direct access as well as the chicago windows user group use of windows live mesh .  this month we also launched our windows live collaboration site for the chicago windows user group – cwug.groups.live.com come join in the conversation and hope...
  • Blog Post: problem steps recorder – help someone out of a jam

    at our thursday loadfest we had a user that had the magnifier starting every time their computer restarted (kind of annoying until you realize how awesome the new windows 7 magnifier is!), so i figured out where it got configured and wanted to send instructions to the user – problem steps recorder to...
  • Blog Post: sony vaio cw – available with fresh start

    this is what i’ve been waiting for – an oem that provides windows 7 without all the trialware that if you didn’t order you probably don’t want.  this morning i was checking out the sony vaio cw (which looks like a great notebook) and noticed besides configuration options like blu-ray, 8 gb ram and...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tips (7 for the end of 2009)

    here’s another installment of my public windows 7 wednesday tips.  we’ve been providing weekly tips internally for 18 weeks and many of those same tips will be reproduced here (as well as new ones).  here are 7 tips to ring in the new year: #1 use internet explorer 8’s inprivate browsing mode...
  • Blog Post: 25 apps for christmas–apps to create apps

    for the last 30 years i have been using a computer and the one common thread among all those computers?  applications that made it useful.  many of these applications were “off the shelf” meaning i or someone i lived with paid for the application.  but an important part – especially of...
  • Blog Post: boot from vhd – setup windows 7 64 bit from 32 bit

    boot from vhd is a great new feature of windows 7 enterprise.  it allows you to start an operating system configured in vhd file.  i have been using this to run 64 bit builds of windows 7 on a system that is natively running the 32 bit version.  how do you create the vhd?  install...
  • Blog Post: did you know: vertical window maximize tip

    in windows 7, if you have a window (like the explorer window shown below) and you move your mouse right above the title bar (so the mouse pointer changes to the double arrows shown), you can double click to vertically maximize the current window. figure 1:  getting ready to maximize a window figure...
  • Blog Post: ie8 on windows vista

    internet explorer 8 is here and i'm about to put it on one of my windows vista systems. just got back from cwug - great time with virtualization technologies and boot to vhd. 15 more installations this evening, although i had some help from shawn travers in downers grove and chris urban in chicago :...
  • Blog Post: pre-order a copy of windows 7 upgrade for as little as $49.99 today!

    it’s a great friday – today you can reserve your production copy of the windows 7 upgrade for as little as $49.99!  the professional version upgrade is only $99.99.  not certain which version you’re interested in?  check out the pricing and capabilities here .  i have been using windows...
  • Blog Post: 25 apps for christmas–foxitsoftware

    with software there is a leader (or creator) and then there are alternatives.  sometimes these alternatives improve upon an original, sometimes they simplify a program that has become large and occasionally they consolidate multiple programs or features into one installation.  probably my favorite...
  • Blog Post: 7 second demos – dugg!

    before windows 7 came out we worked on being able to explain and demonstrate 7 features in 7 minutes – these 7 second demos are great and really get to the point.  i’m going to have to consider a couple of my own!  i came across these on digg, so now they have been dugg!
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: test, test and test some more

    as i'm typing this post, i'm running on windows vista sp2 release candidate, just downloaded and installed internet explorer 8 and the office 2007 service pack 2 beta . the system is also configured with windows 7 boot to vhd for interim windows 7 testing and app-v 4.5 cu1 as well. microsoft deployment...
  • Blog Post: did you know - encrypting your hard drive with bitlocker

    i've done this so many times i hadn't even noticed that the pause button had been removed from the windows 7 encryption status window! you can still use manage-bde ( now an executable) to pause and resume the encryption (if you begin encrypting and wish to pause while working - maybe resume the encryption...
  • Blog Post: app-v 4.6 in production

    i was on an early field pilot of microsoft application virtualization and today my other managed computer received app-v 4.6 and a virtualized adobe reader. now i’ve got a virtualized copy of adobe which doesn’t have to be delivered as part of the corporate image.  i’ve also been piloting the click...
  • 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: information on the windows 7 upgrade posted

    today we've posted addtional information in preparation for the release candidate for windows 7 on the engineering 7 blog. it confirms what a lot of people have been asking me – you will be able to upgrade from the beta or interim builds to the release candidate, but that this is not by design, a supported...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesdays

    another week and another loadfest and presentation on windows 7.  i had the opportunity to load windows 7 on a dell e6400 today - the install ran without issue.  friday we're doing another loadfest with partners and microsoft internal folks.
  • Blog Post: boot from vhd on windows xp – the tuturial part 1

    ok as promised – here’s my step by step guide with screen shots.  thanks to garry martin for a great post on mark wilson’s blog detailing this.  these posts will be a little bit backwards because this first one assumes you have already created or obtained a vhd of windows 7 enterprise or ultimate...