Why W8? Don’t forget the lucky Charms

Sorry, I couldn’t resist, Lucky Charms was on the tip of my tongue the first day I learned about that new feature in Windows 8.  But this post isn’t to pick on the new kid on the block. If you aren’t familiar, Charms are the 5 items on the right fly-out of the new Windows…

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Why W8? Media Center

You have to say the next line like “When I was a kid, I had to walk 5 miles to school, barefoot, uphill in the snow, both ways!”  I adopted Media Center back around Windows XP when you had to either buy it prebuilt onto an OEM box or cheat and get the installation internally…

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Why W8? Falling in love with a song. Everywhere.

I was lucky enough to be graciously invited to join a friend of mine to the Kellogg’s Gymnastics Tour that visited Charlotte this past Friday.  It was a fantastic show of strength, dexterity, control and grace… all of which I’m even more envious of than usual, having broken my ankle earlier this month.  The women…

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Why W8? Surface RT and discovering Touch vs non Touch

To start this off I want to set expectations properly. I never read the manual. On anything. I’ll get a new toy (from Lawnmower to Surface) and I’ll rip it out of the box and crank it up. If I cant figure out how to use it in the first 10-20 minutes then I probably…

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Something old, Something new.

(…or what happens when squirrels forget where they buried their nuts) An issue ran into me a few weeks ago, that served as a great chance to use familiar tools in a new way, and also acted as a kick in the pants that sometimes legacy behaviors are best not forgotten. A third party application…

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Sever "Hangs" and Ephemeral Port Exhaustion issues

Recently I’ve run into several issues caused by ephemeral port exhaustion. The issues come to us with several different symptoms and behaviors – Some of which are listed here. The server is hung/ frozen/ unresponsive. I’m unable to access the internet/ network file share. I can’t logon to the domain. There are various other issues…

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