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  • 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: 8 things about windows 8: windows key + prt sc

    I discovered this one by accident (thought I was pressing ALT + Print Screen) - in Windows 8 the Windows key + Print Screen takes a screen shot of the entire screen and creates a sequentially named file in the Pictures Library under a Screenshots folder! Screenshot (1) Screenshot (2) etc. ...
  • Blog Post: adding storage to a windows rt device

    Today I posted an advanced tip about deleting the recovery partition on Windows RT. The very first comment indicated readers were considering this without understanding the ramifications, so it’s back in editing mode… The fourth comment was a question about how do you recover without a recovery...
  • Blog Post: upgrade from windows 7 to windows 8

    I’ve just finished my second upgrade to Windows 8 and I’m very impressed with how well the Consumer Preview checks for compatibility, has you uninstall anything that will cause problems and then either migrates your apps, data and settings or just your data into Windows 8. The only...
  • Blog Post: before the lenovo horizon...

    I received the go ahead to purchase a "techie" gift from my wife this holiday, but decided a family techie gift might be just what we needed. This was before Lenovo's Horizon announcement , so we have the IdeaCenter A720 and a custom coffee table made from a friend of the family (who said he is willing...
  • Blog Post: use the powerpoint 2010 action feature to touch enable your next presentation

    In PowerPoint 2010 there is a Hyperlink and Action feature that allow you to navigate to a certain slide when a word (hyperlink) or area/section (action) is touched by the presenter (on a touch screen) or clicked with a mouse.  I have found this very useful with some of the new intro decks for Windows...
  • Blog Post: windows 8 release preview loadfests in chicago and oak brook, il!

    Next Thursday (June 21st) at the Chicago Windows User Group June meeting, we will be hosting our Windows 8 Release Preview loadfest. This is the last milestone before the RTM (Release To Manufacturing) of the product. The event will be at both the Aon Center (Microsoft's Chicago office) and at the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: consumer preview of windows 8 available wednesday!

    there are certain dates that stick with you. birthdays, anniversaries and other significant dates. the first geek date i have committed to memory is august 24th, 1995. the second geek date i have memorized is easy to remember because it's also my birthday. the third geek date i will remember is leap...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: powerpoint 2013 tip: using smart art and actions to touch enable your next presentation

    We have a great deck showcasing 8 things about Windows 8, but like many PowerPoint decks, it is designed to be given in a certain order.  Wouldn’t it be great if someone asks you about slide 3 – how Windows 8 connects you to the cloud to jump right to that slide?  You can with Smart Art and...
  • Blog Post: 8 things about windows 8: hardware and microsoft

    Microsoft is marking it’s 30 years in hardware with the announcement of mice and keyboards designed for Windows 8.  Check out that announcement here .  The touch mouse will also have updated device software for Windows 8.  Besides Xbox, keyboard and mice, we’re also releasing the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: office 2013 tip: outlook 2013 notifications on windows 8

    A few days ago I posted about using Metro applications.  The more time you spend in Windows 8 and in particular the Metro interface it becomes important that even applications that run on the desktop (or desktop mode) need to be able to grab your attention with their notifications (the notification...
  • Blog Post: 8 things about windows 8: the mouse and the corners of your screen

    One of my all time favorite Dilbert cartoons appeared on December 29, 1996 .  It started with “Dogbert’s Tech Support” and a call asking for assistance because a user had reached the edge of their mousepad (the advice includes rebooting without your files and moving the desk).  The solution...
  • Blog Post: 8 things about windows 8: mail, calendar and messaging apps

    Most of my machines are now touch.  I have 2 Acers, 1 Samsung, 1 Lenovo a Sony all in one all featuring touch screens.  In Windows 8 there is a great new Mail app specifically designed for touch.  It integrates with the Microsoft Account I use to logon to the computer, but it also supports...
  • Blog Post: windows 8 and bing tip - searching the windows store from anywhere

    So you took the plunge and you are running Windows 8. This could be on a brand new computer, a system you upgraded or on one of the great new form factors that become tablets or detach or have touch screens. Chances are that you'll still have access to computers that aren't running Windows 8. This could...
  • Blog Post: excel 2013 to the rescue…

    My wife had a spreadsheet with lots of references and complexity that she was working with for hours.  She saved the file in Excel 2007 and something went wrong – she was unable to open or use the file in Excel 2007.  She downloaded the original and spent hours working on a second copy. ...
  • Blog Post: 8 things about windows 8: living in metro

    I’ve been running Windows 8 for well over 6 months as my production operating system, but the funny thing is you wouldn’t normally notice unless you asked “where’s the Windows logo in the lower left hand corner?” and that is because I spend a lot of time in desktop applications today.  My primary...
  • Blog Post: 8 things about windows 8: advanced search

    I had someone ask today about advanced searches in Windows 8 and I can honestly say I hadn’t tried one yet.  Here is an example of what I would consider a simple search:  I know I have a file on my computer with “W7” in the title.  Press Windows Key + F and type in W7 but what if I can...
  • Blog Post: 7 years at microsoft

    Today marks my 7th anniversary at Microsoft. 7 years ago I couldn't have even imagined where Microsoft was headed. Three versions of Windows and Office (and Server, SQL, etc.) later, the company has delivered on software + services and now has devices coming. Windows 8 is the first time I've been as...
  • Blog Post: 8 things about windows 8: multiple keyboards, themes and microsoft accounts

    Tablets are a fairly personal device – almost like your phone, but as many of us with a wife and/or kids know, what’s “mine” is sometimes shared with others.  The personal computers (especially the family all in one desktop) in our home are often shared amongst the four of us.  Windows 8 has...
  • Blog Post: office 2013 tip: touch mode for windows 8 tablets

    The Office Ribbon is a huge improvement, but on a touch screen what if these options are a little too close together? In Office 2013, there is a touch mode to give you a little extra real estate for you finger. from the customer quick access toolbar, add touch mode… now touch mode...
  • Blog Post: the wonders of powershell

    I have been working with batch files, scripts and the command line ever since I can remember. I learned computers years ago and began by going through my Dad's DOS manual (I got all the way to F and learned what format did to his floppy boot disk!) Now that I've started using PowerShell it reminds me...
  • Blog Post: truly amazing day

    4 installations later and windows 8 is running on many of the touch devices i have at my disposal. so far i have loaded the windows 8 consumer preview on a lenovo x220t, samsung series 7 slate, acer 1420p (the 2009 pdc tablet) and a dell duo convertible. i also created a windows to go installation and...
  • Blog Post: free upgrade for skydrive to 25 gigabytes!

    I’ve been using SkyDrive for a long time.  Microsoft will begin to charge for more than 7 gb (I am currently using about 300 mb), but if you log into your account, you can request the 25 gb for free!  This might not be important today, but the more I use, it will be nice to have that 18 gb...