Tag Archive: Microsoft

Sep 09 2015

Hyper-V Error – VM Could Not Initialize

This is perhaps one of the most unhelpful, generic error messages I have come across in my years of computing. I’m sure we all have our favourites but this one is up there: could not initialize. Real helpful. I encountered this myself after converting an Oracle VirtualBox VDI to a Microsoft Hyper-V VHD and attaching …

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Aug 31 2015

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review

Well, after owning my Surface Pro 3 for a couple of months (with half the time split between using Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 on it) I am now sharing my review.   It is a longer video but I cover off the following points: 0m00s: Look and feel, In a nutshell, Microsoft has done well in …

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Feb 03 2015

Incoming Gadget – Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

I’ve been a fan of the Raspberry Pi since I was initially intrugued by the size of the board, its capabilities and also its price. Admittedly, I’ve mainly used my two Pis as media centre units but have also dabbled with other uses such as motion sensing when we’re not at home and simple file …

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Jan 02 2015

Grab a free copy of the Microsoft Band Field Guide

Paul Thurrott again expands the collection of his popular field guide series with his completed “Microsoft Band Field Guide”. The book concerns itself with the Microsoft’s fitness tracker and also includes information on Microsoft’s Health app and service. This field guide comes in at 69 pages and shouldn’t be an onerous read for existing or …

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Dec 18 2013

Unlock Free Skype Group Calling and Screen Sharing

Here’s a quick tip for Skype users out there. Microsoft is running a promotion where you can get twelve free months of Skype’s premium features, specifically: group video calls group screen sharing, removal of advertising, live chat customer support. You don’t need to provide a credit card number to take advantage of this offer which …

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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 27 2013

The Verdict on Internet Explorer 11

As I wrote about earlier in the month, I thought I would give Internet Explorer 11 a go as my primary browser for the rest of the month. I was keen to see how well it would work given its compliance to most of the recent web standards and improved performance over prior versions and …

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Nov 13 2013

Internet Explorer 11 – Time to Reevaluate

Those of us in the know are all too aware of the history of Internet Explorer including its quirks, lack of standards compliance and the possibility of having your browser hosed but impossible to fix without potentially compromising the operating system. Microsoft had coasted for years on the popularity of Internet Explorer having the majority …

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Nov 04 2013

Windows 8.1 Upgrade Outcome

Well, it’s been a struggle over the last few days but I got there. I’ve had issues upgrading to Windows 8.1 on my Panasonic AX2 ultrabook despite trying all sorts of solutions as stated in a prior update. It’s been frustrating given that my prior experiences in upgrading to Windows 8.1 were flawless but I …

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