Category Archives: Windows

I am not sure about the tagline, but I like the commercial

I find this Microsoft commercial amusing, probably because had there been technology like this when I was a kid I could see myself having tried this (or maybe I can see my kids trying this). 

I find it interesting that while Microsoft is trying to promote Windows 7 Mobile, and given the general state of the (tablet crazy) consumer market right now, that they are using the tagline “It all starts with a Windows 7 PC”.

Jerry Seinfeld… you lost me here.

Those who know me, know that I am a huge fan of Seinfeld, but Jerry has lost me with his latest venture

Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has hired comedian Jerry Seinfeld to anchor a 0 million advertising campaign designed to burnish the image of its struggling Windows Vista franchise, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Microsoft seems to thing that Jerry will make people want Vista, do people really choose there OS cause they like the commercials?

The software maker is desperate to counter widely popular Apple ads that personify Vista as a bumbling, middle-manager type while portraying Apple’s Leopard OS as a cool hipster.

Then again for $10,000,000 I would pitch Vista 🙂

The newspaper, citing sources familiar with the arrangement, reported Thursday that Seinfeld will be paid $10 million for the work and that the campaign will launch on Sept. 4. T

Microsoft Taps Jerry Seinfeld As Vista Pitchman, WSJ Says

Cleanup unsuccessful device installations in Windows

Recently I had a problem on my laptop where no new USB Drives could be installed, hard drives or USB keys that had been previously been installed connected and worked fine, but a new device would never install successfully.  After searching around a little I found this trick to see “Hidden Devices” in Device manager to be able to clean up the failed installs.  To cleanup failed installs (or see other installed devices that are not present) do the following 1. open an command prompt and type “set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1” 2. from the same command prompt run “start %windir%system32devmgmt.msc” Once device manager opens select View,  Show Hidden Devices A picture named M2 You should then have an “Other Devices” section listed in device manager A picture named M3 Once I cleaned out the Unknown Devices, I was able to attach a new USB Hard drive without any problems.

Creating files of specific sizes for testing

Every once in a while I find that I need either a bunch of large files, or  a file of a very specific size for testing, today was one of those days and after a little googleing, I found a way to easily create a file of a specific size.  I needed a file that was 10,000,000 bytes exactly to run some tests.   Step one is getting the hex equivalent of the number of bytes in the file, so I launched the windows calculator and put it into scientific mode, enter the bytes and click on hex A picture named M2 You then need to pad the number with 0 from the left to make it 8 digits so 10MB = 00989680 Step 2 open a command prompt and enter the following -debug filename (and ignore the file not found error) -rcx and press enter -now enter the last four digits of the hex code (in this example 9680) and press enter -rbx and press enter -now enter the first four digits of the code (in this example 0098) and press enter -w enter to write the file -q enter to quit it looks something like this A picture named M3 and when you are done you have a file like this A picture named M4

New Windows Mobile Phone

I have had a Blackberry for five years now (currently using an 8700), and really happy with it, but working on a new project now, which includes Windows Mobile devices, so in addition to my  Blackberry I now have an AT&T 8525 with Windows Mobile 5.0.  This is my first experience with Windows Mobile, and while I don’t yet have my mail setup, I have been playing with it a little trying to get used to it so here are some of my observations about this device, and Windows Mobile. I am not crazy about the slide out keyboard, I find it very hard to hold and type.  I realize there are other models some of which are more like a blackberry style,   if I see myself using this long term, I will either get used to this keyboard, or look for one with the blackberry style keyboard. When typing  it does not help you like the blackberry does, when typing a URL on the blackberry you can hit space and it knows to insert a period, or in an e-mail address the blackberry will interpret a space as an @ sign, maybe I am spoiled by the blackberry, maybe I really need to sync my favorites and address book, but it would be nice if it were a little smarter. I installed ActiveSync on my laptop (well actually a VM, I try not to install things for the first time on my laptop I like to see how invasive they are first) to sync, now I don’t really plan on synching files to often, is there a reason once I launch I can’t quit? Sure I can hide the tray icon, but do I really need it running all the time if I am not using it, the only way I can find to shut it down is to end the process. I like having the camera, my blackberry does not have one, sure it is not a great camera, but a nice toy, and unlike the camera on my cell phone (yep I have a plain phone too, so that is 3 phones now) I can get the pictures off without paying to message them. One nice thing is it supports wifi, so when there is (free)  wireless available, can switch to wifi. There is a VPN client, but I have not had any luck connecting back to my office yet. These are just my first observations, next up is to get my mail, calendar, an contacts synched, and install Sametime so I can really use it, beyond that I can’t really post here about the project right now. One final note, I don’t know who had this phone number before me, but I really wish I spoke Spanish so I could explain to the gentleman who calls about 5 times a day that he has the wrong number.