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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • kinect and the microsoft company store opening in oakbrook, il

    in my five years at microsoft i’ve had a chance to attend a lot of events.  my first “launch” event was for windows vista in february 2006 where I had a chance to do two of the keynote demos in front of an audience of over 4,500 attendees. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • daskeyboard!

    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...
  • 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...
  • growing up

    when i was really young, i watched sesame street, the electric company and zoom on wttw (pbs) during the week and every weekend started with the superfriends and saturday morning cartoons. as i grew older, there was a lot of wfld and whatever channel...
  • top ten april fools pranks at home, around town and on the web

    yesterday was april fools day (or the beginning of my wife's birthday month) and the pranks were flying online. here are 10 of my favorite this year. 0. my wife woke up to say there was snow on the ground - she forgot i had already been outside to...
  • powerpoint not required

    two years ago this month i joined dekalb area toastmasters. for the past year i have served as our club's president. today i was able to recreate my "icebreaker" speech the way i would have two years ago if a projector were available. the title of the...
  • windows 7 wednesday tip – winsat.exe

    in windows 7 you have a performance information and tools in control panel that can rate the various subsystems in your computer.  the program that runs these assessments is winsat.exe.  it’s a command line utility so you can actually run individual...
  • office 2010 tips and tricks thursdays – use two versions of excel (and start saving disk space)

    i haven’t used office 2003 for a while, but this evening i installed it for a demo environment on windows 7.  then i installed office 2010 click-to-run (a virtualized second copy of office built upon the same application virtualization technology...
  • windows vista and windows 7 – shrink and expand partitions on the fly

    first – even though you can use these procedures on a running, active windows vista or windows 7 operating system, if you care about your data, back it up – somewhere else – please!  critical personal data i synchronize it using windows live mesh...
  • 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...
  • 25 apps for christmas - client virtualization

    before joining microsoft i was a technical trainer and part of that job was dealing with the constant "what if" questions that would come up in a microsoft course ("what if you created or deleted an object from two windows 2000 active directory domain...
  • windows 7 wednesday tip – desktops.exe

    mark russinovich and bryce cogswell published desktops v1.0 just over a year ago.  i recently tested it on a non production windows 7 computer (my trusty netbook) and it worked well with a couple interesting exceptions: 1) the virtual desktops didn...
  • windows 7 wednesday tip–problem steps recorder

    today i was installing office 2010 using the click-to-run/application virtualization technology microsoft has and decided to use problem steps recorder to “document” the process.  to my surprise on a multi monitor system, problem steps recorder captured...
  • how green is your pc?

    microsoft has made a program available from verdiem called edison.  this free tool is available for windows xp and windows vista - check it out at http://www.microsoft.com/environment/edison.aspx
  • 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...
  • sunday posts for everyone - the wait is over on june 25th

    i've been waiting for friday, june 25th and now on father's day it's less than a week away. what's happening on june 25th you ask? office 2010 has already shipped (i haven't posted anything on docs.com or office.live.com here that i recall). the xbox...
  • sunday posts for everyone - influences

    it seems appropriate on my parent's anniversary to post something about how both of them have influenced me both personally and professionally. after all, they are the first two examples, mentors, friends and people i could and did look up to. let's start...
  • workshifting

    i came across this blog called workshifting and have found a number of the posts thought provoking. the first time i found it i wasn’t certain what workshifting was (they list “anywhere is my office” and “what we used to call telecommuting”...
  • 6 years ago today...

    i began my journey at microsoft. i was really excited and couldn't think of a better fit than the job and the company i was about to start at for me and my career. there were a few things that happened that i found amusing. that first day i received my...