25 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E18: Windows the Conqueror was recorded on Thursday June 21st, 2012.

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Twitter goes offline, Windows Phone 8 details, Xbox 720 rumors, Microsoft Surface, iOS 6, black holes, RC airplanes and more.

11 Jun 2012

In this article I will outline my experiences with an in-place upgrade of my corporate Windows 7 x64 Ultimate machine to that of Windows 8 Release Preview (RP).  Granted this is a release preview and not the RTM (Release to Manufacturing), but most of the underlying bits should remain the same in the end in a few months.  I have a large range of software installed on this test machine, which should be useful for compatibility testing.  I've included a compatibility chart to organize my findings.  In addition, this setup is a multi-monitor setup of 4 screens over the two video cards to make things more interesting.  This is a work in progress, as I will likely update this article over time.

10 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E17: Your Screen is Leaking was recorded on Saturday June 9th, 2012.

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Facebook's App Center launches, iOS 6 confirmed, Microsoft SmartGlass, touchscreen tacticle keyboards, Windows 8 Release Preview details, a new treament for prostate cancer and more.

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04 Jun 2012

 

Microsoft took the wraps off the Release Preview of Windows 8 the other day.  Here we take a look at the enhanced look and feel of the Release Preview.  If you haven't already, you can download the latest version from Microsoft from the locations below.

This release comes just three months after the previous Consumer Preview.  There are a multitude of changes making Windows 8 nicer and one step closer to being Gold and final.

25 May 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E16: Whoa Not So Fast was recorded on Friday May 25th, 2012.

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Facebook launches a camera app, Windows 8 booting too fast, Leap Motion control system, Verizon kills grandfathered unlimited plans, SpaceX docks with iss and more.

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24 May 2012

The Microsoft team has been busy talking about Windows 8 boot times.  And the most recent discussion surrounds the fact that the system can boot too quickly at times.  How is this a bad thing you ask?  Read on to find out.

23 May 2012

The outcry of people complaining about the Microsoft decision to keep Flash out of the Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 in favor of HTML5 has produced a result.  There are leaks of the upcoming Windows 8 Release Preview (Release Candidate) showing Flash running on IE10 in the Metro interface but only on certain popular sites such as Disney.  Those sites seem to be ones that can be trusted with Flash and don't have an HTML5 alternative.

10 May 2012

Tired of being stuck on those chkdsk screens on process 3 of 6 for what feels like an eternity?  Well, Microsoft is proclaiming that with Windows 8 they have revamped the process of checking the disk for errors and it is faster and less disruptive than ever before. 

Most of the improvements in Windows 8 surround the ChkDsk utility, that inspects the hard disk and checks for errors and issues.  In the past users would run the utility and would have to stop using the machine while the tool ran and had to endure long check times.

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