Reset tiles in the “Start menu” screen on Windows 8

If you ever want to wipe the slate clean of tiles, so to speak, try this:

  1. Start key
  2. Gesture from right to activate the charms menu. For non-touch devices (PCs), do an Alt+C and click Settings:image
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  4. Under “Clear info from personal tiles” click the Clear buttonimage

Done!

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Network analysis feature in Process Monitor

Process Monitor from Windows Sysinternals, part of Microsoft’s Server and Tools division, combines the best of familiar but now extinct tools. By extinct I mean deprecated or no longer supported. The warranty* expired.

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Windows 8 PC running Process Monitor
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Events with a highlight filter applied
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Time of Day and Process Name columns
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Right-click menu

The context-sensitive [right-click] menu allows you to highlight a specific number of rows (events displayed horizontally) with only a particular column match highlighted. The example above is right-clicking on the Operation column of a particular row.

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PID, Operation, and Result are columns in photo

But how Process Monitor combines all is just the start. They also allow you to filter. My favorite part of the toolbar in Process Monitor is the

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All five turned on except “profiling”, the default settings
To filter out just the network traffic, click on each highlighted box to deselect except this highlighted icon in the photo below:image
Show Network Activity icon

Then turn on the Autoscroll feature, off by default:

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Autoscroll (Ctrl+A)

Allowing you to get a real-time,scrolling, network [event] trace like this:

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Just remember to turn on the other three show buttons (file, registry, process). Don’t turn Profiling on, unless you want more data. Refer to the onboard [F1] Process Monitor help.

For more information on support lifecycle, and how to download Process Monitor, refer to the references section below:

References

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*Microsoft Support lifecycle website
Windows Sysinternals

Popup blocker issue with sharing YouTube in Bing search results

On my Dell T7400 running Windows 8 (Pro), in Internet Explorer 10 (desktop) on www.bing.com I entered the term Great Plains software as the search string, clicked on Videos on the top menu bar, and clicked the following hit in the results:

Great Plains software – Bing Videos

Tried to share the video

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Clicked on the More option in the flyout toolbar in the embedded YouTube player:

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When I click on More I get a message at the bottom of Internet Explorer that a popup from www.bing.com was blocked.

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Message: Internet Explorer blocked a pop-up from www.bing.com.

Restart IE, clicked on Allow once, same thing.

Options for this site button w/ drop down gives you More settings.

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Added sites to Privacy settings under Per Site Privacy Actions dialog from clicking the Sites button under the Privacy tab in Internet Options.

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Refreshed (F5) on the page. Same thing.

Sites are also in Trusted Sites zone with default (factory) settings.

U.K. hosts CloudToo next week

 

Found an interesting IT event during my [mostly] daily check-in of my LinkedIn wall and reviewing some companies.

Stumbled on an event taking place next week called CloudToo. This was posted on the [LinkedIn] wall of Doherty Associates in the United Kingdom (U.K.).

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Seems interesting. Too bad it’s in the U.K. No chance I’ll be able to attend. But does interest me regardless of my availability to commit. I’ll update this post with any videos or content disseminated from the event.

To sign up for the event go to:

http://cloud4sme.eventbrite.com/#

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“Making a brighter future for SME’s and start-ups with the cloud”

SME

The acronym SME typically stands for subject matter expert. The opposite to a SME would be a generalist, or as some call it a jack of all trades. For example, if you’re hiring for a job that must have Apple and Macintosh (Mac) experience then you will post for an Apple genius or Mac expert or Mac genius whatever they call them now these days. Microsoft has an official branding of MVP (Microsoft Valued Professional) but that’s only really a status symbol and special partnership between you and the company. It’s kind of like the MCP program for certification. There’s some tests that you just pass that one test and you’re MCP.

You can check the Apple or Microsoft sites to see what kind of programs they have for SMEs or IT Professionals.

MSDN and TechNet are the Microsoft channels for professionals. I think the Mac genius program would cover that but it’s just assuming. Mac is about 10% of my breadth of knowledge and experience and only with hypercard on the old Macs in the late ‘80s and the Apple II/c in the mid-80s.

Podcast for IT Professionals

This Week in Enterprise Tech on TWiT.TV is a great weekly podcast covering technology trends in the enterprise with a panel of key contributors. Some remote via IPTV. Some in studio with the presenter.

The presenter also has a blog called TheTechStop.

The Podcast [metro] app, available from the Microsoft Store app in Windows 8, is what I use typically to watch these. Although if you go to the Podcasts section of the Libraries node in the navigation pane of Windows Explorer also known as File Explorer in Windows 8.

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Libraries node in Navigation Pane

Here you’ll find the actual MPG, WMV, AVI, etc, file that you can play in Windows Media Player or whatever application you have associated to play the relevant video file.

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