setting up alternate keyboard input in windows 7

i’ve experimented with the spanish and korean keyboard layout in the past (since i have taught microsoft classes in both countries prior to joining microsoft), but the dvorak keyboard is what i’m truly interested in mastering.  whether you just want to experiment with an alternative keyboard or learn where the keys are located in another…

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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 down anymore!)   i can’t wait to check it out and…

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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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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 both screens in case something on the second screen was needed in troubleshooting the issue – pretty cool! figure…

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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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windows 7 wednesdays – 60 tips in 60 minutes part 6

t-1 week until my presentation at the ahma hardlines technology forum in schaumburg, il on 60 tips in 60 minutes.  this is my last post to get to all 60 and i’m cheating a little bit by providing a tip that will push me well over providing only 60!  here’s 51-60: 51. direct access i’ve…

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windows 7 wednesdays – 60 tips in 60 minutes part 5

t-2 weeks until my presentation at the ahma hardlines technology forum in schaumburg, il on 60 tips in 60 minutes.  i’ve got 2 more posts to get to 60, so here’s numbers 41-50. 41. anytime upgrade in windows 7 starter edition (shipping on netbooks), home premium or professional, you can use a feature called anytime…

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windows 7 wednesdays – 60 tips in 60 minutes part 4

31. task manager improvements the new task manager in windows 7 is great.  from the description of processes (what’s fpmagent.exe you might ask in the past?  no more with the description column!) to the go to service(s) feature when you highlight a process (in this example svchost.exe running as local service) you’ll see the services…

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windows 7 wednesdays – 60 tips in 60 minutes part 3

another wednesday and this week i’m in seattle but it’s time for my third set of tips from an upcoming 60 tips in 60 minutes presentation in april. 21. multi monitor support (and windows key + p) no matter which way you set them up, windows 7 has great support for running a desktop or…

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windows 7 wednesday tips – 60 tips in 60 minutes (pt 2)

it’s wednesday and here’s my second set of tips from an upcoming 60 tips in 60 minutes presentation in april. 11. xp mode (allows you to run internet explorer 6 on windows 7) one of my favorite geek features is virtualized operating systems (past, present or future) – here’s a way just to run the…

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