Windows

Microsoft Paint is dead

Microsoft will be killing off “Microsoft Paint” in the next release of Windows 10 (the so-called “Fall Creator’s Update”).

This article on the Verge points out the various things that are being shed. Microsoft Paint seems to be the most significant user-facing thing, but I can imagine some enterprises will have difficulty with other changes.

iCloud for Windows 5.1 Update Problem

If you’re plagued by the Apple Software Update popping up every day to remind you that iCloud for Windows 5.1 is available to install… even when you already have it installed… you need to go registry-diving. This community post on the Apple site worked for me. Whew. Finally. That was super annoying. Hope you’re all well. Reach out to me and let me know how your life is going.

Microsoft is doing better

It looks like Satya Nadella’s strategies are paying off. Microsoft reported some gains in Windows 10 and its cloud business. That’s good news for overall competition. I’ve also witnessed Microsoft become more and more “Internet friendly,” by way of embracing multi-platform applications and developers. This is what needed to happen. Just think if Ballmer was still around… maybe Microsoft would be folding by now. They do need to do something about the Windows handset business, but I’m betting that Satya has a plan for that.

Microsoft (and Paul Thurrott) says Windows 8 sucks

Last week, Hell froze over in one of the deepest freezes in the history of the United States. This week, Paul Thurrott finally speaks the truth about Windows 8/8.1. It’s not pretty. “Threshold” to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015 | Windows 8 content from Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows It’s going to be a very interesting 2014 in the tech world. Speaking of which, I hope you’re having a fantastic start to this new year.

Metro on a server?

Here’s a gem. The overall point of this blog post is: Metro UI is not intuitive and it’s so bad that they have to blog about how to use it. Bonus: Why the hell do we have a touch interface on a server product? Are data centers planning to replace all of those KVMs with touch screens? 12 Routines of Windows Server 2012 Using a Non-Touch Device (1 of 3) – Yung Chou on Hybrid Cloud – Site Home – TechNet Blogs

Lion L2TP VPN Service With Windows 7

If you have a Lion server behind a NAT router (for example, an Airport Extreme or Time Capsule) that is running a VPN service you may have difficulties connecting to it with Windows 7 using L2TP despite the correct setup. I won’t go into the deep dive on this now, but just a total quick tip. You need to change the encapsulation parameters on Windows 7. Do that by setting a registry key:

Exchange Server 2007 SP3 RU4

Description of Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 It looks like Exchange 2007 SP3 RU4 has a lot of goodies in it. At least 5 of the items in this list are impacting the environment at my day job. While it’s good to see progress, I’m always wary of these updates because of the regression bugs they often introduce. Test and patch carefully, gang.

Fixing Mangled Contact Labels on iPhone

<dd class="wp-caption-dd zemanta-img-attribution" style="font-size: 0.8em;"> Image via <a href="http://www.crunchbase.com">CrunchBase</a> </dd> </dl> A coworker sent this along. I’ve had this issue on a few contacts and didn’t really have time to delve into it. Name removed to protect the innocent and good intentions. Be very careful with this and make sure you have a backup of all data that you plan to manipulate. —

How long did you say!?

<dd class="wp-caption-dd zemanta-img-attribution" style="font-size:0.8em"> Image via <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:User_Account_Control_administrator_dialog.png">Wikipedia</a> </dd> </dl> So, I don’t mean to continue to rail on Vista like I did about a year ago, but something absolutely ridiculous happened to me today. I’ve been doing some hard driverecovery for my dad’s old NECWindows98 system. (I had to do some recovery on another system as well, but that one didn’t go so well). So I finally get the hard drive extracted via the handy dandy Newer Technology Universal USB 2.