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  • windows update for windows 10

    I’m about to install Hyper-V on the family desktop system and the Windows 10 updates are also keeping that system up to date.  It’s the only system that I have been running for over 6 years straight (the next longest is about 4 years old and will...
  • day 2: the most complex upgrade yet…

    Live and learn.  I began yesterday’s post with a brief summary of my Sony Vaio VPCL22SX 24” All in One touch screen (Windows 7 Home Premium – anytime upgraded to Windows 7 Professional – runs 3d Blu Rays, TV Tuner, Blu Ray writer, etc.) and that...
  • the most complex upgrade yet…

    family computer – multiple accounts – years of memories – the kids do their homework on this – AND the OEM got out of the computer business.  This one might not complete, but we’ll see… I’ve backed up everything from this computer (if you care about...
  • my very first windows server technical preview 2 and nanoserver installs

    mt

  • learning azure with my own website project

    It’s been a long time since I wrote a website. I really enjoy some aspects of it (what I consider the scripting part of it) – type in something, save the file and open or refresh a browser. I have discovered if I have to compile something that’s typically...
  • learning azure with my own website project

    It’s been a long time since I wrote a website. I really enjoy some aspects of it (what I consider the scripting part of it) – type in something, save the file and open or refresh a browser. I have discovered if I have to compile something that’s typically...
  • countdown to ignite–t minus 11 (business) days

    I am going to Microsoft’s Ignite conference and will be delivering some tips and tricks on Windows 10 and Office 365.  I might as well start documenting the various tips here for attendees to reference maybe more detail than I’ll have time for in...
  • windows to go - the windows 10 post

    I found a great post on setting up Windows To Go with PowerShell. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/6991.windows-to-go-step-by-step.aspx#z6 - this information works but assumes that you only have the USB device attached to delete...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • …back at it–fall preview

    It’s been over a year, but this fall seems a fitting time to return to regular blogging. I’ve still been involved with the Chicago Windows User Group (CWUG) and now work at the Chicago MTC (Microsoft Technology Center), but with the job change came some...
  • how many blog posts in the last 6 years?

    365

  • students involved with technology 2014

    January 24th Mr. Chuck D was on the Arsenio Hall show. Arsenio was discussing his old show "We talk about my old show...I fought for groups like you and NWA and one situation I lost a fight with Paramount because your song was called 'By the...
  • 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...
  • musical floppies at students involved with technology 2013 conference

    Scott Belluzzi and Sasha Ebrahimi presented at Students Involved with Technology along with my kids, nieces and my daughter’s best friend.  Students Involved with Technology is a yearly conference with presentations by students for students 3rd ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • windows rt tip - how to recreate a recovery partition

    ADVANCED TIP FOR THE TECHNICALLY INCLINED: Assuming you didn't jump right in like me and delete your recovery partition on a Windows RT device (haven't tested this on an OEM Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro machine - yet here's the official guidance - http...
  • 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...
  • windows rt tip: regain an extra 3.5 gb of space

    WARNING: This is an advanced tip for users that understand the ramifications of deleting a recovery partition. If you have problems in the future and did not back up your recovery files, you will likely need to visit a Microsoft Store. I'm going to do...
  • windows rt tip: surface for windows rt recovery key

    Read an interesting article (and fortunately I haven't had need for this yet) on the recovery key location in SkyDrive. http://windows.microsoft.com/recoverykey or http://skydrive.com/recoverykey are links that will redirect you to the location in Skydrive...
  • a powerpoint proposal

    This video is a great example of how to use PowerPoint (and just because you can use PowerPoint doesn't mean you should use PowerPoint). It's about 3 minutes in length - 1st minute shows a good presentation (but I DO NOT condone PowerPoint for this type...
  • favorite windows 8 feature

    I’m using Windows 8 on many different devices, but have a couple still running Windows 7 for one reason or another (main family computer has 3d and Media Center – haven’t upgraded it yet).  Here’s one thing I miss when I’m not in Windows 8 – multiple...
  • 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...
  • what teachers make, kiwanis and GIVE

    Taylor Mali has inspired 1,000 teachers through his poetry and 12 year quest. Although he reached the goal, it will be interesting to see how many more will be influenced through those 1,000 and his books, poetry and performances. My wife Eva just finished...