windows 7 wednesday tip: eye-fi geo

for my birthday i wanted to get a couple items that i could use with existing equipment.  i’ve already shown my media center setups (the two 22” monitors are new) but now i’ll share the other purchase – an eye-fi geo 2 gb sd memory card.  although it’s only available at the apple store, this…


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 we use in app-v) on the same computer (i’ve been dogfooding it for a while…

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windows 7 wednesday tip: make windows server 2008 r2 look like windows 7!

why?  because you can!  no seriously – if you are supporting computers and have an application that requires windows 7 (or takes advantage of some of the operating system’s new capabilities) then using remote desktop services (rds) to access windows server 2008 r2 can look just like windows 7 if you configure it that way….


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. they are a little…


my triumphant return to media center!

for the past 2 years i have lost the televisions in our home to a competitor.  my wife (and i must admit this isn’t just her) became interested in simplifying the mess of cables, wires, remotes, etc. to just operate the television so media center and the large hp media center computer was no longer…


windows 7 wednesday tip: audio troubleshooting

windows 7 is so good it even solves problems the average user might not know how to fix.  case in point – my laptop won’t record sounds from the built in microphone (not that big a deal until your company starts using your laptop as your phone!  now it’s really important!) no sound when recording…


office 2010 tips and tricks thursdays – web apps

at cwug (chicago windows user group) this evening i demoed the office 2010 click-to-run home and business edition (which uses app-v virtualization to stream and cache the software locally) and we also had some fun viewing the new web apps and editing powerpoint and excel documents online. editing a powerpoint 2010 document online one of…


windows touch – from windows xp to windows 7

in dekalb, il there’s a great little vietnamese restaurant called bea’s wok n roll and they run the business on a windows xp embedded register and application.  (and it’s a touch enabled device) bea’s wok n roll my daughter’s first grade class has a smart board interactive white board and is using a windows xp…


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:…


office 2010 tips and tricks thursdays

i just discovered a blur feature in powerpoint 2010 that makes it pretty easy to mess with someone in a presentation. 1) start with a title slide and then save the title slide as a JPG 2) next import the JPG into PowerPoint 2010 3) under artistic effects blur the picture 4) then choose to…