11 Dec 2012

Microsoft has just released their newest Office product, Office 2013.  Usually we think of something newer as being better, but in this case not entirely.  As I did briefly in our last podcast, in this article I’m going over some shortcomings of the new user interface (UI) of Office 2013 in greater detail.  This isn't an overall review on the product, rather just a warning if you are switching to Office 2013.  The warning is related to visual experience that you will get when using Office 2013, particularly that of Lync 2013 and Outlook.

11 Dec 2012

If you want to see all your Windows 8 settings in one "Control Panel" style view, there is a real simple way to achieve this called the GodMode (windows 7 had a similar trick).  Simply right click anywhere on your desktop or in windows explorer, create a new folder.  Give it the following name:

All Settings .{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Now, when you double click that "folder" you are presented with the all settings view.  You can make a shortcut to this folder and pin it to Start or to the Taskbar as desired.


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25 Nov 2012

REX Game Studios released REX Latitude on 11-22-12 as promised.  In this article I'll go over the prerequisites, the install and usage and thoughts on the new add-on for the venerable Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D.  Check out our video at the end of the article for a brief overview of the Latitude interface as well.  Latitude is a great way to log your flight characteristics and learn from those results and compare yourself to other pilots in an "online Career" if you choose to upload your stats.

25 Oct 2012

For a limited time, Microsoft is offering the Media Center add-on for Windows 8 Pro as a free option.  At least according to the information on Microsoft's website located here.

They are offering this from October 26th 2012 through January 31st 2013, limited to one key per email address.  You have to activate the product key by January 31st 2013 as well.  The regular pricing on this add-on is $9.99.  It is likely that if you use this link today, that the key won't be emailed until tomorrow.  What isn't clear at this time is that if you must activate before January 31st 2013, what happens if you rebuild and reactivate your system after this point?  I'm sure details on this will follow.

Note that if you try to do the upgrade from the Control Panel in Windows 8 they will charge you the full $9.99 fee, so be sure to use the web link above.


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25 Oct 2012

If you are an Enterprise user you can now get your hands on the bits for Office 2013.  MSDN and Technet now have the download links available.  Office 2013 will be available to the general public beginning in early 2013.

12 Oct 2012

Adding to the list of recent Microsoft RTM's, they have announced that Office 2013 is at RTM, which also includes SharePoint 2013, Exchange 2013, Project 2013, Lync 2013, Visio 2013 and the Office 365 service.

21 Aug 2012

In the past Microsoft has only offered either a full retail license, retail upgrade and OEM license.  If you build your own PC as it stands today, you are expected to buy a full retail copy of Windows because the fine print states that individual use of the OEM is prohibited.  The OEM has always been the cheaper of the bunch, however.  Now with Windows 8 this all changes.

21 Aug 2012

So you have installed the new SkyDrive client for Windows 7 or Windows 8 and realize that Mesh is no longer supported.  SkyDrive asks you to pick a single folder to sync contents from device to device or onto the SkyDrive website.  Essentially you are forced to copy any files and folders you want synced into the SkyDrive sync folder.  There is a way around this and in this article I will show you how to use a Junction Point to trick the SkyDrive sync tool into synching other folders outside of the sync one.

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