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 Time I Get To Arizona'." "Tell young people what that song was…

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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 “blue badge” (full time microsoft employees…

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tenure

there is only one teacher i can think of that i had and that my kids had in dekalb.  mrs. north was my reading tutor one summer in middle school and she has had both sam and audrey in music class.  many people i know have been doing something similar for many years but have…

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daskeyboard revue and dvorak mod on an acer 1420p

i’ve been using my daskeyboard for a couple days and if you miss the feel of an old school electric typewriter, you’ll really enjoy this mechanical keyboard.  today at lunch i modded (slang for modified) my keyboard on my acer 1420p.  this little tablet has gotten a lot more use than i ever imagined it…

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new privacy settings on facebook and the microsoft outlook social connector provider for facebook

have you seen this?  one of my favorite outlook 2010 features is the microsoft outlook social connector for facebook.  there are also connectors for linkedin, myspace and windows live messenger.  what caught my attention recently was the “people feeds” i was seeing from people i hadn’t connected with on facebook. i’m going to use someone…

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boot times in windows 7

i’ve got a customer that has inquired about boot times in windows 7 and i started digging into the windows 7 sdk to find some great utilities that help you look at the boot process in windows 7. xperf installed as part of the sdk, this command line allows you to take a look a…

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winsat.exe update–disk performance

about a month ago i shared a tip about running winsat from the command line.  here’s some more detail and results from various systems i have available. figure 1: this is from a traditional laptop hard drive figure 2:  this is from a computer running an intel solid state hard drive figure 3: here’s a…

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sunday posts for everyone: multiple computers

between work and home i’ve got enough computers that i often lose track of what computer has what software on it (or even more importantly, what computer has what document, pictures, videos or music on it) and making certain it’s available from whatever computer i happen to be working on or using at the time…

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sunday posts for everyone: what is he talking about?

a couple weeks ago someone mentioned that they don’t understand half of the stuff i post here, on twitter and on facebook (because my twitter updates also appear on facebook automatically) and i got to thinking about how much of what i communicate assumes you work in information technology.  thus the new sunday posts for…

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windows 7 wednesdays 60 tips in 60 minutes (the presentation)

yesterday was the ahma hardlines technology forum in schaumburg, il. i had 60 minutes to go through 60 tips on windows 7.  with other tips shared besides the “main” tip, i easily was above 60, but i have included the original list of 60 tips (many with screen shots) here in a chicago windows user…

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