Free OS

Its true.  You can now get the Linux Ubuntu release on the Windows store.  SUSE and Redhat are on the way.  Fedora should not be far away either.  They all run on the WSL environment which allows Linux to run on top of the WIndows OS

More AR fun

I got another change to play with the Hololens. This time it was at my work.  I was able to play a full game of Robot Invasion.  This technology makes it look like robots are coming through the walls that surround you.  Highly immersive, well designed game that was a real blast to play.  They also have an educational program that shows you how big dinosaurs are.  Also very cool.  The future of AR keeps getting better

NeXt XboX to fleX its muscles is the XboX one X

Hard to read – I know.  Great to use – i think so

The next gen console specs have been released and they are beefy to say the least

The overall system specs come out like this:

— 6 Teraflop GPU clocked at 1.172 Ghz
— 12GB of GDDR5 memory
— 326GB/s of memory bandwidth
— 7 billion transistors in the system chip
— 1TB Hard Disk Drive
— True 4K
— 8+ million pixels
— Wide color gamut
— Premium Dolby Atmos sound
— 4K UHD Blu-ray playback
— All Xbox One accessories and games work on Xbox One X

YES!  All the accessories will work from my now old Xbox One!!  Great news on top of a great job Xbox and Phil Spencer

’cause cartoons teach too

Dont believe me?  Check out these great videos from Microsoft:

The link also has a video on artificial intelligence

See – i wasn’t wasting my youth on rot-mind TV:  I was learning

Cool things to try with the Creator update

Its been out for a while now…

Ive been playing…

Check out some cool new things

  1. Dynamic Lock – you can set a Bluetooth device to lock your PC when you leave the room.  It is found in the Settings- Account sign in section
  2. Storage Sense – keep your system free from temp files.  It removes unused temp files and cleans out the recycle bin after 30 days.  It is found in Settings- System- Storage Sense
  3. Disk Cleanup – Not new but can be used to clean up the files left over after the upgrade to the Creator Update
  4. Verbose Restart – Get more information on when an restart is needed.  It is found in System – Updates and Security
  5. Active hours – now can be up to 18 hours of no-shut-down-im-gaming-or-working-time.  Found in System- Update and Security

rebuilding the Outlook search index

Outlook searches have come a long way.  In the bad old days they took forever and then didn’t find anything.  Not so anymore… usually.  With indexed searches the results are fast and accurate. Assuming of course that your indexing is working properly.  If not you can rebuild the index. Here’s how:

  1. Launch Outlook 2016
  2. Click File
  3. Click Options
  4. In the Search section click on Indexing Options
  5. Click Advanced – you will need admin creds here
  6. Click rebuild
  7. Wait
  8. Wait
  9. Once the indexing finishes your search will be back!

Note – there are lots of other “goodies” in the Advanced section so please feel free and poke around

Happy hunting!

Staying up to date with calendars

You learn something new everyday.  I have used Outlook for years and am quite proficient in my Outlok-foo (if that is a martial art then even cooler).  But details are missed and I was shown something that I should have already known but didn’t. Now I do and so will you!

Check it:

Add a room calendar to your list of calendars for quick access to see who booked your meeting room

  1. From your calendar
  2. Look down the left side until you see the “Shared Calendar” and right click
  3. Select “Add Calendar” and then “From Room List”
  4. Find your room
  5. Now that calendar will always be there when you go to your calendar.
  6. If you don’t want to see it you can always either un-check it (short term) or just right click and “Delete Calendar” (this will just remove the calendar from your list – not delete it from the server)

Have fun with the OCD 🙂

Dealing with SCCM pushes

It happens.  The best software in the world has issues at times.  So it should come as no surprise that SCCM software pushes can have issues at times.  Here are some quick and easy things to check if you run into issues

  1. There is a log file (of course there is) for that!  Check the push log c:/windows/logs/software.  In here you will see logs for all the pushed applications. If you (when) you find the one in question just scroll all the way down to the bottom.  Exit code 0 means successful, Exit code 7 means a reboot is needed. Any other code means there was an issue.  Look up the relevant code and go from there
  2. Clear the cache and start over. To do this go to Control Panel -> Configuration Manager.  Launch the applet and go to the Cache tab and (once you enter admin creds) you will be allowed to clear the cache.  Now, if this does not work you can always go to c:/windows/ccmcache.  You will need creds here as well.  Both these steps basically do the same thing but the Control Panel portion is more elegant.
  3. Once you have done first two steps you may need to re-push the application. From All Programs -> Microsoft System Center-> Software Center try and push the application.  you may need to click on the “install additional software” link in the top right corner if you don’t see it listed
  4. If none of the above have worked and you have waited and tried several reboots you can always resort to good ole gpudate /force from the command line


Happy deploying!

WoW – Windows on Windows (Xbox One)

WoW is an old term and an old game. The game is great but the term is not really used all that much any more.  What Im reffering to is mirroring you Windows 10 device to your Xbox One.  It should be pretty simple as all you need to do is try this

On the Xbox One go to the wireless display app and turn it on

Then on your Windows 10 PC/tablet go to the action center and connect.

It should jut show up like magic and you can enjoy all the mirroring you want 🙂