How to make your Windows tablet look like Windows Phone 7

I recently noticed that when I told people I bought an ASUS EP121 Eee Slate tablet PC with Windows 7, they usually asked me “What do you do for easy access to nifty apps and news and stuff?” And sadly, it was a question I could not easily answer without adding sarcasm or criticism (a […]

Is Nokia building a Google Wallet competitor?

Nokia has alluded to a Near Field Communication (NFC) driven wallet app for a long time, but is it finally almost here? According to NFC Rumors, Nokia is in talks with JP Morgan to bring an NFC payment app to Windows Phones and possibly devices powered by Symbian, their home brew OS. Nokia is still the reigning […]

Windows 8 Gets A Brand New Task Manager

Back before we all knew better, the Windows task manager was accepted as the ugly eyesore that it currently is and we were happy to put it far out of our minds until the next time we had the misfortune to need it. To the experienced user, the task manager is a necessary evil, complicated, […]

Windows 8 Can Do A Cold Boot In 8 Seconds Flat

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We said what everyone was thinking. A coat of paint on a sub-par system does not a successful operating system make. Okay, my colleague said it better than that, but the message is the same. Regardless, we’d still like to give credit where it’s due and highlight something that Microsoft has done really, really well […]

SharePoint: Successfully Debugging Custom Timer Jobs

I’ve developed and debugged my share of custom SharePoint Timer Jobs in my day, yet there is still a rather tricky ‘gotcha’ that seems to trip me up every time, even though I am well aware of it. Perhaps writing this article about it will help me remember next time?

SharePoint 2010: Mysterious Errors Using Query String Parameters

One of the things I love about my job is that satisfying feeling of accomplishment that I get when I solve one of SharePoint’s quirky difficulties. If it weren’t for this feeling of euphoria that comes along every so often, I’d have gone insane long ago. Thankfully, SharePoint has no shortage of strange behavior and […]

Microsoft Zune Officially Discontinued

It was all a little confusing at first. Yesterday morning the Zune HD portable media player mysteriously vanished from the Zune website, but was brought back shortly thereafter. Microsoft’s Michael Yaeger said it was a “publishing mishap” on their part. However, the official Zune support page now says that it’s all true. The Zune is officially […]

Windows 8: Better Built From Scratch?

Windows 8 is rapidly taking shape, and on the surface it looks fantastic. On the surface. Only on the surface. Under the hood things are a little messier, because at its heart Windows 8 is still Windows, the same Windows that we’ve known, and loved and hated in equal measure, since it debuted under Bill […]

Xbox Live to get Cable-Esque Service?

You may soon be able to watch cable television on Microsoft’s Xbox Live gaming service. Microsoft is rumored to be joining Comcast and Verizon to provide a cable-esque service on Xbox Live. No details are out as of yet, so allow me to speculate and dream like a wee lad looking at the wrapped boxes under […]