Category Archive: Microsoft

Apr 27 2014

Nokia Lumia 1520 Unboxing

For a while I have had my eye on the Nokia Lumia 1520 to replace my Lumia 920. The 6″ Full HD screen on the Lumia 1520 was hard to go past and, prior to the Windows Phone 8.1 update, I really dug the extra column of live tiles. Even though I could get the …

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Dec 24 2013

Additional SkyDrive Storage for Windows Phone Users

SkyDrive just got a bit better for Windows Phone users! If you’ve used Windows Phone with your Microsoft account then you should have received an e-mail from Microsoft outlining its appreciation for its Windows Phone users. The good bit in the e-mail is the bit inviting you to claim an additional free 20GB for your …

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Dec 15 2013

New Update for Windows Phone Update 3

Just a quick note. If you’ve upgraded your Windows Phone 8 handset to Update 3 ahead of its release then you might want to check for a couple new updates released this week. Not much is known about these updates other than providing general performance and stability improvements (which aren’t bad things). After installing the …

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Nov 30 2013

Latest Facebook Beta for Windows Phone

If you’ve not yet checked out the latest beta of the Facebook app for Windows Phone then you might want to look now. In the latest update, the Facebook Beta app sees almost instant notifications and private messaging which is a welcome change from the rather slow, sporadic or simply broken notifications functionality in prior …

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Nov 23 2013

Mac OS X Mavericks Breaks SMB Network Shares

Well, my wife and I had a rude surprise today when her MacBook Air would no longer connect to our Windows Home Server. The operating system on the MacBook Air had been upgraded to Mac OS X 10.9 (AKA Mavericks) a while ago but this problem seemed to only manifest itself earlier this week. The …

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Nov 22 2013

CHKDSK Under Windows 8

Since the early days of DOS, OS/2 and Windows NT, CHKDSK has been a one of the staple utilities to keep your file systems in good, working condition. It usually springs into action automatically after a dirty shutdown to make sure that everything is okay with the file systems and makes the necessary repairs if …

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Nov 11 2013

Resizing Start Screen Tiles in Windows 8.1

With the upgrade to Windows 8.1 comes the ability to access two new tile sizes in addition to the wide and medium sizes that were available in Windows 8. The large and small sizes are respectively four times larger and smaller than the medium size tile allowing you to get more live tile real estate or …

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Nov 08 2013

Prevent Automatic Updates to Metro Apps in Windows 8.1

Another quick Windows 8.1 tip. A new feature in the latest iteration to Windows is the ability for Metro apps to automatically update. This has been a feature in Android for a while and more recently in iOS. Sure, it doesn’t take too much effort to go and see if there are updates available and …

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Nov 07 2013

Shutdown Windows 8.1 Easily

Another quick Windows 8.1 tip. Back in Windows 8 it was a bit of a process to restart or shutdown your computer but fortunately with the return of the Start button in Windows 8.1 it is easier to perform the same function as follows: Right click the Start button, Click Shut down or sign out, Choose …

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Nov 06 2013

Unsquish Your Windows 8.1 Start Screen Tiles

Here’s a quick tip for Windows 8.1 users. If you’ve upgraded you may have found that your Start Screen tiles may have been squished down a bit depending upon your screen resolution. This can be a bit annoying if you want to use all of the screen real estate so there is an easy way …

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