Playing well together – Microsoft and Google

“Over the past year we’ve introduced many new features in Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps for users with accounts.  We’re now excited to bring these features to our users with Gmail accounts, so you can enjoy the best of what Windows 10 Mail and Calendar have to offer.”

Linux, Google, and so many others. it is really nice (and fun as an IT Pro) to see this new era of integration!

In February there were a bunch of new features released but you had to have an email address to use them.  In case you missed it they released: Focused Inbox, @mentions, richer experiences for travel reservations and package deliveries, and several other new features

Now these new features are also available for users as well


Keep the sharing going strong!

Windows 10 and Netflix – better offline

Microsoft has announced that Netflix will bring its newest service offering to the Windows 10 app.  This feature allows you to download certain movies and shows to your device. And you even get the option to select the video quality when you do the download.  It has been a long time coming since this has been a feature in other versions of Netflix (on Android most notably) for a while now.  It will make camping trips that much easier… if you camp with power and a laptop 😉

Happy trails!

Reboot – the task bar

So of all the things I have been asked to reboot this is the strangest.  To give some context this was found by my friend David Sharpe but was to good for me not to post.

A user was not able to remove some pinned applications from the task bar and Dave found a really neat solution.

Here is what to do

  1. Create a text file named reboottaskbar.bat (if you are not sure how to do this I have posted in the past how to change file extensions but a quick Bing search will show you how to do it
  2. Open the .BAT file
  3. Add this as the contents:
    DEL /F /S /Q /A “%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\*”
    REG DELETE HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband /F
    taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
    start explorer.exe
  4. Site back and watch the magic happen

Dude, where’s my SPAM

Okay, I’m pretty sure no one ever asked that question unless referring to the tasty meat-based product.  What I’m referring to is Storage Sense

Another really cool part of the Creator update.

Turn it on in the Settings – Storage section of the OS Menu

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click the System.
  3. Click the Storage.
  4. Slide the Storage sense switch.

Once turned on you can configure it as well

  1. Click the Change how we free up space link.
  2. Select which items you want to delete from your computer:
    1. Delete temporary files that my apps aren’t using
    2. Delete files that have been in the recycle bin for over 30 days

Windows Watch

It could be coming!

April 24th they released a “B2B commercial-grade wearable for the Industry”.

Windows 10 IoT, should be able to run universal apps, secure, manageable and leverages Azure – what an amazing melting pot!!

Though they have not called it a smartwatch (and good for them) they have released enough info to make it seem like one

“The 1.54 inch TrekStor IoT wearable is both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, has plenty of storage space and has the processing power and battery life to perform its line-of-business functions. The wearable can also survive a hard day at work without scratches thanks to the soft casing and Gorilla Glass 3”

This geek is getting excited!

Commited to mobile

Does anyone know if the Surface Phone is a real thing? I have been hearing rumors about it for years -since 2012 or so.  I know that there is something in the pipes for 2017 (based on some web research) and I know that Microsoft is not in the mobile market. The messaging has been that Microsoft is “committed to mobile,” not smartphones. So what does that mean

If the rumors are true we could be looking at an announced date this year (not likely for the phone to come out this year but we should get the date)

The hardware specs leaked online sound nice: wireless charging (fast), 21MP camera, metal body, 5.5 inch AMOLED screen, possibly a SnapDragon 835 proc and lots of RAM

But … is it real? I had a Nokia Lumia Windows phone and loved it. The app ecosystem was small but the phone itself was great. I just don’t want to get led by the nose again so I’m just gonna wait for this one to come out to see what happens.

Maybe it will rock


Fingers crossed

Counting bits and coins (but not BitCoins)

Okay, here is the hard way.

If you don’t know what I’ referring to then read my last post.  This is how to setup a metered connection via The Registry (note the capitalization)

  1. Launch regedit (if you don’t know you better ask somebody 🙂 )
  2. Back up the registry – I always say to do this and I live by my words (in this case)
  3. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost
  4. Right-click the DefaultMediaCost key and select Permissions.
  5. On the Security tab, click the Advanced button.
  6. Next to TrustedInstaller, click the Change link
  7. Type Administrators, and click the Check Names button to make sure you’re typing the correct object.
  8. Click OK.
  9. On the Advanced Security Settings for DefaultMediaCost, check the “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects”.
  10. Click Apply.
  11. Click OK.
  12. On Permissions for DefaultMediaCost, select the Administrators group, and then make sure to check the allow Full Control box.
  13. Click Apply.
  14. Click OK.
  15. On the DefaultMediaCost key, you’ll find different entries, including for 3G, 4G, Default, Ethernet, and WiFi with their default data values: 1 or 2. The data value 1 means that the connection type is non-metered, and the data value of 2 means that the connection type is metered. Double-click the Ethernet DWORD (32-bit) Value key, and change the value to 2.
  16. Click OK.
  17. Close the registry and restart your computer to complete the process

So, yeah, just go with the Creator Update and be happy 🙂

Happy coding!

Counting bits and coins (not bitcoins)

If you are on wireless connection and need to download some games (or other business related applications) you may want to know and control the usage.  This has been part of the OS for a while now but with Creator Update it will also allow you to meter wired connections.

Here is how to do it.

  1. Click Settings.
  2. Then click on Network & Internet.
  3. Then click on Ethernet
  4. In the Ethernet menu click the network connection
  5. Slide the switch to set as a metered connection

If you don’t have the Creator update (you really need to update and get in the ring with the rest of us) or if there is a problem doing it the “easy way” then you can always try the old registry method.  Which is coming up in my next post

Take all my free time… please

Im a gamer. I have said this before and it still is true. I’ve tried to quit: no gaming PC in over 4 years (but I do have a Xbox One).  And now this

Cities: Skylines has come out.  I haven’t bought the game (yet – as I just bought Watch Dogs 2 since it is part of the Gold discount package this month) but wow does it look like fun. It really brings me back to one of the best simulation games of all time: Sim City

I spent hours as a kid playing that game and this new incarnation (conceptually) has all the bells and whistles. Planning power grids, setting garbage collection schedules and city planning: so much fun!  I will be buying this one for sure.

And Watch Dogs 2 is also a spectacular.  The first one was one of the best (most fun) games I have ever played and the new one does not disappoint. I have really grown to like sandbox games like this. It has some great new vehicles to control (like construction equipment and armored cars), more options of things, and ways, to hack and lots of great new story content too.  That was one of the best parts of the first game and they really picked up the gauntlet with this one.

Gauntlet… now there is another game.. but that will have to wait for me to get more free time – yeah, right

Good game!

More hibernation

Here is the second part of the hibernation post. This time we are looking at Windows 10.

  1. Starts off similar to Windows 7 with either going to Control Panel (if you can find it in Windows 10 – it is still there!) or by typing “Power Options” in the search box
  2. Click on “Choose what the power buttons do”
  3. If the choice are not all listed then you may have to select “Change settings that are currently unavailable”
  4. Scroll down and check “Hibernate”
  5. Now when you shut down you will have the Hibernate option as well
  6. Side note: using the keyboard shortcut Alt-F4 still works and brings up a list of all the available shutdown/logoff options – and hibernate is there too!
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