Windows 8 - new Metro start menu (screenshot)

September 17, 2011
I have yet to find an application installed on Win 7 that does not run smoothly on the new Windows Developer Preview OS.

Link to a larger screenshot of the Metro menu on a regular PC running Windows 8



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Windows 8 - disable Metro start menu

September 17, 2011

This needs to be set for each individual user:

Windows > System 32 > Regedt32 >

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer>
RPEnabled = dword change from 1 to 0


Enable

Windows > System 32 > Regedt32 >

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer>
RPEnabled = dword change from 0 to 1


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Installing Windows 8 from bootable USB

September 17, 2011

Windows Developer Preview (aka Windows 8) is available for free download from Microsoft; at the time of writing it is a pre-Beta version. So far I can confirm that all my Programmes from the Win 7 environment run smoothly in Win 8.



Windows Developer Preview Installation
(instructions assume a reasonable knowledge of IT; I suggest you back up all data prior to the install)

Prepare an HDD of at least 20 GB; you can always "shrink" a volume by this amount should you lack spare drives.
It might b...


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Skype update / upgrade email alert from www.skype-news-center.net

July 17, 2011



 

The Skype application always upgrades/ updates from within the applications itself, never by an email that asks you to click on a URL and furnish payment details. This might be an affiliate site, but is not a Skype site, do not provide Credit Card details. A check on the DNS returns  "www.skype-news-center.net has no DNS entries"

Please note the return path in the email header below: bo-bwhfj3cbgv4ht3au7grgeqcwd0769g@b.e.rhapsody.com
A DNS search for b.e.rhapsody.com returns "Sorry, we a...


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iPad / iPhone Quick Fixes

June 25, 2011


iPad / iPhone stops receiving email -  hard reset*, remove and replace SIM, restart

iPad / iPhone calendar stops syncing - update device software

iPhone: can’t phone out, can’t end calls, no ring tone – update device software

iPhone: can receive SMS text messages but cannot send SMS – refer to Telco who’ll need to adjust configuration

iPhone / iPad: no ringtone but speaker works – check the physical mute button on the side of the device

iPhone / iPad: can’t backup as iTunes...


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Supporting iPads & iPhones in an Enterprise environment

June 25, 2011

Where resources permit, have a dedicated PC for mobility users - replete with the necessary adapters and software. You'll need iTunes, and the iPhone configuration utility should you decide to utilise an enterprise configuration file for security reasons.
 
Mobility is now deemed part of the old "Desktop Support" environment which is gradually being renamed IT Support. I bring numerous phones or tablets on line each week, all of which have sizeable data plans enabled. Once the go ahead is given...


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Windows System Assessment Tool | Test RAM (winsat mem)

June 19, 2011

Open a Command Prompt (you ought to have UAC turned off, otherwise "run as administrator")

type: winsat mem

Speeds will be influenced by RAM type (DDR2 or DDR3, frequency and basic timings)

Optimised DDR2 ought to score above 4000 MB/s, DDR3 above 10 000 MB/s


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iPad Screenshots: an in-built feature

June 19, 2011

Screenshot capability is built in to the iPad and users don't need to pay for a dedicated iPad screenshot App, though plenty are available.

  • While holding the iPad Home button, quickly press and release the Power Button at the top right hand side (when the iPad is held as per the illustration)
  • You'll hear a camera shutter sound and see a whitish flash
  • The screenshot will automatically have been saved to the Photos App

 

This can be transferred to a computer via iTunes or similar; anot...


Continue reading...
 

iPad waiting icon

June 18, 2011



Should a "waiting" icon appear as an App on your iPad, and refuse to be deleted even after doing the icon jiggling trick (no "x" will appear) - it is likely waiting for a wi-fi connection in order to download a file larger than the 3G limit (about 20 MB.) Either connect to a wi-fi network to complete the download, or:

  • sign out of the App Store
  • do a hard shutdown (i.e. hold down Home and on/off buttons simultaneously, and do not use the slide to switch off: it will eventually power down b...


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Wikileaks Wallpaper

December 9, 2010


This is just a sample taken from their site, low image quality and resolution. Originals can be downloaded from: here



Please consider making a donation to them, see this entry


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Windows 8 - new Metro start menu (screenshot)

September 17, 2011
I have yet to find an application installed on Win 7 that does not run smoothly on the new Windows Developer Preview OS.

Link to a larger screenshot of the Metro menu on a regular PC running Windows 8



 Back to Blog


 

Windows 8 - disable Metro start menu

September 17, 2011

This needs to be set for each individual user:

Windows > System 32 > Regedt32 >

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer>
RPEnabled = dword change from 1 to 0


Enable

Windows > System 32 > Regedt32 >

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer>
RPEnabled = dword change from 0 to 1


Continue reading...
 

Installing Windows 8 from bootable USB

September 17, 2011

Windows Developer Preview (aka Windows 8) is available for free download from Microsoft; at the time of writing it is a pre-Beta version. So far I can confirm that all my Programmes from the Win 7 environment run smoothly in Win 8.



Windows Developer Preview Installation
(instructions assume a reasonable knowledge of IT; I suggest you back up all data prior to the install)

Prepare an HDD of at least 20 GB; you can always "shrink" a volume by this amount should you lack spare drives.
It might b...


Continue reading...
 

Skype update / upgrade email alert from www.skype-news-center.net

July 17, 2011



 

The Skype application always upgrades/ updates from within the applications itself, never by an email that asks you to click on a URL and furnish payment details. This might be an affiliate site, but is not a Skype site, do not provide Credit Card details. A check on the DNS returns  "www.skype-news-center.net has no DNS entries"

Please note the return path in the email header below: bo-bwhfj3cbgv4ht3au7grgeqcwd0769g@b.e.rhapsody.com
A DNS search for b.e.rhapsody.com returns "Sorry, we a...


Continue reading...
 

iPad / iPhone Quick Fixes

June 25, 2011


iPad / iPhone stops receiving email -  hard reset*, remove and replace SIM, restart

iPad / iPhone calendar stops syncing - update device software

iPhone: can’t phone out, can’t end calls, no ring tone – update device software

iPhone: can receive SMS text messages but cannot send SMS – refer to Telco who’ll need to adjust configuration

iPhone / iPad: no ringtone but speaker works – check the physical mute button on the side of the device

iPhone / iPad: can’t backup as iTunes...


Continue reading...
 

Supporting iPads & iPhones in an Enterprise environment

June 25, 2011

Where resources permit, have a dedicated PC for mobility users - replete with the necessary adapters and software. You'll need iTunes, and the iPhone configuration utility should you decide to utilise an enterprise configuration file for security reasons.
 
Mobility is now deemed part of the old "Desktop Support" environment which is gradually being renamed IT Support. I bring numerous phones or tablets on line each week, all of which have sizeable data plans enabled. Once the go ahead is given...


Continue reading...
 

Windows System Assessment Tool | Test RAM (winsat mem)

June 19, 2011

Open a Command Prompt (you ought to have UAC turned off, otherwise "run as administrator")

type: winsat mem

Speeds will be influenced by RAM type (DDR2 or DDR3, frequency and basic timings)

Optimised DDR2 ought to score above 4000 MB/s, DDR3 above 10 000 MB/s


Continue reading...
 

iPad Screenshots: an in-built feature

June 19, 2011

Screenshot capability is built in to the iPad and users don't need to pay for a dedicated iPad screenshot App, though plenty are available.

  • While holding the iPad Home button, quickly press and release the Power Button at the top right hand side (when the iPad is held as per the illustration)
  • You'll hear a camera shutter sound and see a whitish flash
  • The screenshot will automatically have been saved to the Photos App

 

This can be transferred to a computer via iTunes or similar; anot...


Continue reading...
 

iPad waiting icon

June 18, 2011



Should a "waiting" icon appear as an App on your iPad, and refuse to be deleted even after doing the icon jiggling trick (no "x" will appear) - it is likely waiting for a wi-fi connection in order to download a file larger than the 3G limit (about 20 MB.) Either connect to a wi-fi network to complete the download, or:

  • sign out of the App Store
  • do a hard shutdown (i.e. hold down Home and on/off buttons simultaneously, and do not use the slide to switch off: it will eventually power down b...


Continue reading...
 

Wikileaks Wallpaper

December 9, 2010


This is just a sample taken from their site, low image quality and resolution. Originals can be downloaded from: here



Please consider making a donation to them, see this entry


Continue reading...
 
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