Getting What You Paid For: Keeping Your Internet Provider Honest

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technology Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory Every so often I get an e-mail from my cable Internet provider telling me that they have upgraded my service and for the me to see the new higher speed I need to unplug my cable modem/router, wait 60-90 seconds, and then plug it back in.  I have…

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Slide to Shutdown in Windows 8.1 Preview

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technology Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory An interesting possible new feature in Windows 8.1 is the “Slide to Shutdown” feature currently available, but somewhat hidden, in the Windows 8.1 Preview.  The feature basically shortens the number of clicks and gestures needed to turn off the computer from a minimum of four to two, depending…

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Windows 8.1 Boot to Desktop: Maybe the Designers were Right

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technology Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory One of the new features in Windows 8.1 Preview is the much requested option to boot directly to the traditional Windows 7-ish desktop instead of to the Windows 8 Start Screen that features the tiles. In other words, when your computer starts up; after logging in the first…

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Make Windows Phone Apps Using Just a Browser

Randy Guthrie, PhD – Microsoft Technology Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory Microsoft’s Windows Phone Group just released an online tool called “Windows Phone App Studio” that creates basic but complete Windows Phone Apps in the cloud using just a web browser.  Until now, if you wanted to build a phone app, you needed to have a computer running…

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Microsoft Offers Grants for Student Startups

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technical Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory Microsoft’s Imagine Cup technology competition has some new twists this year that should appeal to more students than ever before.  Student entrepreneurs especially should check out the US app accelerator opportunity.  For those students who have a serious interest in starting a business, the United States Imagine Cup…

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Windows 8 Student Holiday App Challenge: Microsoft Gives You $$ If You Publish an App

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technical Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mis_laboratory As the semester winds to a close, hopefully we all have a  little time to catch our breath and relax by writing a little code for ourselves.  Knowing that students now have a little more free time over the next few weeks, Microsoft has put together a promotion…

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How to Create a Windows 8 Virtual Hard Disk for “Boot-to-VHD”

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technology Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory Harold Wong, one of my super-knowledgeable colleagues on the Technical Evangelist team has created a very good blog post on how to create a Windows 8 Virtual Hard Disk for “Boot to VHD” scenarios.  This is a great solution for enterprises (think Higher Education classes and labs) that…

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BitLocker Drive Encryption, Boot Priority and Windows to Go

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technical Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory Recently I ran into a problem with BitLocker Drive Encryption on my work laptop (Lenovo W500) where BitLocker keeps prompting me to enter the 48-character “recovery-key” every time I start the computer after undocking it from work and either starting it off of the dock, or docking it…

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Mounting .ISO files Directly is Awesome Feature in Windows 8 for DreamSpark and MSDN Subscribers

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technical Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory One of the small but sometimes annoying challenges of software offerings in DreamSpark and MSDN is that the software downloads are largely in .ISO format. This requires going through some extra steps to burn the software to a DVD or USB storage keys. One of the little known…

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Preparing a Computer to use Windows to Go

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technology Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory In my previous blog post I provided a detailed description of how to create a portable Windows 8 installation (also known as a Windows to Go Workspace) on a USB 3.0 Flash Drive that you can take with you and use on almost “any” Windows PC without changing…

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