Microsoft OneDrive – Use Across Three Different Operating Systems

August 19, 2015 Leave a comment

So… what’s the deal with all the OneDrive goofiness lately??

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Ya know… maybe its just me, and if that’s the case, that’s fine. However, I’m not the only one that’s stated that they’re experiencing some really strange behavior with Microsoft OneDrive lately. Its gotten so bad, that it really got in the way of me finishing my two part review of Windows 10 (Part 1),  (Part 2). I nearly lost the review more than once as changes to the article wouldn’t sync right. I think I’ve got it straightened out, but I’m still watching things very closely.

Here’s what happened, what I did, and what Microsoft needs to do.

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Court Affirms Samsung v. Apple Ruling

August 18, 2015 Leave a comment

Samsung still owes Apple a ton of money…

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Yes…  The landmark trial between Apple and Samsung still isn’t settled.

Late last week, a US Federal Circuit court of Appeals denied Samsung’s request for a new en banc review of a previous decision.  This decision largely kept Apple’s patent infringement win intact.  Samsung’s last, and only resort is the US Supreme Court.

A couple of months ago, Samsung petitioned the Court for a rehearing of a previous decision regarding the patent infringement trial against Apple.  Specifically, the appeals court in May found that the readjusted jury trial award was correct.  At stake, is the $400M damage award that Samsung claims is incorrect.

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FEATURE REVIEW – Microsoft Windows 10: Part 2

July 30, 2015 Leave a comment

Windows returns to its roots with the last version of Windows…ever.

Please Note:  This review is long – nearly 6000 words in total, over two parts. While long, its very informative.  If you’re not sure what’s in Windows 10, or if its right for you or your PC, this will be worth the read.

Introduction

In this last installment of a two part review of Windows 10, I’m going to look at Universal Apps, Office Mobile, Windows 10’s Performance on the hardware I use – including budget and legacy hardware (i.e. the hardware that Microsoft wants you to upgrade to Windows 10); and then I’ll wrap it all up.

I’ll also try to help you figure out if Windows 10 is right for you and if you should upgrade your computer or leave it where it is. That’s a big decision to make, as its going to really kinda show you if and when you should bite the bullet and purchase a new PC.

So with all that, let’s get back into it!

Windows Live is Dead, Long Live, uh… Windows Built in Apps

The Windows Live series of apps and branding was one of the things that really helped make Windows 7 a success.  While these all changed to ModernUI apps in Windows 8 (and the transition killed what was and could have continued to be a really nice suite of apps), Microsoft has worked hard save some or all of them.  Windows Live is dead.

Long live Windows Apps…!  Uh… yeah.

Windows 10 has some really nice replacement apps that it rescued from ModernUI. While some of them, like Food and Travel will both die as Microsoft discontinues them, others like Video, Music, Photos and Mail and Calendar have been revised and reintroduced in Windows 10.

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Mail and Calendar are two of the apps that help make up the touch version of Microsoft Office (see below) and are really nice Universal and touch implementations of these two (now) system level apps.  All of these apps are available as part of the default Windows 10 installation and are available for use out of the box.  (Whereas with Windows Live apps, you had to go and download a different installer to get them.)

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FEATURE REVIEW – Microsoft Windows 10 Part 1

July 29, 2015 Leave a comment

Windows returns to its roots with the last version of Windows…ever.

Please Note:  This review is long – nearly 6000 words in total, and its being split into multiple parts. While long, its very informative.  If you’re not sure what’s in Windows 10, or if its right for you or your PC, this will be worth the read.

Windows Insider Profile

Introduction
I’ve been involved with every Microsoft Operating System release, as either a part of the formal technical beta team, a representative of an MS partner doing formal testing in cooperation with Microsoft and the company I worked for (the MS partner), or as part of a formal public beta, providing professional level feedback (i.e. detailed bug reports) since Windows 95. I’ve had my hands on (nearly every) beta and prerelease build of Microsoft Windows (and Office, for that matter) since the (public) beginning of the internet. I still use the MSN email address that was assigned to me during the test of the original MSN dialup service (you know… the one to go up against AOL). It’s now used as my Microsoft Account ID.

It was only natural for me to get involved with the Windows Insider program for Windows 10 when it started in October of 2014. I’ve tried to stay active throughout the Windows 10 beta, and as you can see from my Insider Profile, I’ve done an ok job.

I’ve also tried to cover Windows 10 developments since the start of the Insider Program. If you remember the list that I published recently, then you’ll notice that there are just a couple more to add to the list:

There’s more to say about Windows and small tablets as well as budget tablets and PC’s. Is Windows 10 the right OS for your legacy hardware, or should you stay with what you have? Will Windows 10 run well on your device, or will you bump into performance problems? Will Windows 10 be the savior that Microsoft is hoping it will be? I hope to answer all of that and more. Let’s take a look at what Windows 10 has to offer and we’ll find out…

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Feature Review – Google’s Nexus 6 & Project Fi – Part 2

July 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Google’s new cellular network, Project Fi, is here. Is it all its cracked up to be?

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Introduction

Yesterday, I published part one of a two part feature review on the Nexus 6 with Project Fi, Google’s new MVN, or Mobile Virtual Network.  The network is in fledgling status, with access limited to only one smartphone – the Nexus 6 – at the current time; and by invitation only.

Yesterday’s post dealt with the Nexus 6, mostly.  Today, we’re going to concentrate more on the actual service – Project Fi and its network.  The Nexus 6 has been available for a while; and if you’re looking for an in-depth or teardown review of it, you should check those out first. There are a number of really good reviews of the device on the web already. You can find a few at pocketnow.com, C|Net and Engadget. With all that said, let’s get back to it…

Service

As I mentioned earlier, Project Fi is Google’s MVN (Mobile Virtual Network) like Virgin Mobile or Boost Mobile or Cricket is a MVN. All of those companies rent towers and service from either AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon and then resell it to the general public. Project Fi does the exact same thing but with service from Sprint and T-Mobile.

The service from Project Fi is unique, however, in that it offers service from two very distinct and different service providers. Sprint is a CDMA mobile broadband provider. T-Mobile is a GSM service provider. Individually, each services don’t provide great coverage. Some of their coverage areas overlap. Some don’t. However, together, they provide a much better coverage area than they do alone.

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Feature Review – Google’s Nexus 6 & Project Fi Part 1

July 20, 2015 Leave a comment

Google’s new cellular network, Project Fi, is here. Is it all its cracked up to be?

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Introduction

I’ve been a Google Services user for quite some time. In fact, I have a Gmail address that I still actively use that dates back to one of the very first and original Gmail Invitations. I began using Gmail in 2003, shortly after it was introduced to the public. I’ve been using Google Apps as a (now grandfathered) free, domain account since late 2009. I love Google Services for (seriously) just a very few reasons, the first and foremost being that they usually are always up and running. Its not like the earlier days when they went down all the time.

When Google announced Project Fi, I looked into getting myself a review unit and an account. With device and service now in hand, I am now currently looking into how well it all fits together. Project Fi is the company’s first foray into being an MVNO – Mobile, Virtual Network Operator.

Project Fi combines services from two mobile operators and one universal, networking service (Wi-Fi) in order to provide voice and data services. With Sprint and T-Mobile providing calling and mobile broadband service, combined with Wi-Fi calling and internet access, you should have coverage nearly everywhere… or at least that’s the idea.

There are a couple caveats with Project Fi, however. In this article, we’ll look at those. We will also look at the service it provides, the changes it makes to Google Voice – if relevant in your use – as well as the hardware it requires. I’m not going to go into a truly in-depth look at the Nexus 6 hardware (though I will cover it, somewhat). I’m going to concentrate more on how it works with Project Fi more than anything else.

The device has been available for a while; and if you’re looking for an in-depth or teardown review of the Nexus 6, you should check those out first. Again, I’m going to go over the device , but I’m going to really skim over it. There are a number of really good reviews of the Nexus 6 on the web already. You can find a few at pocketnow.com, C|Net and Engadget. With all that said, let’s get to it…

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Windows 10 Build 10240 Reaches RTM Status

July 16, 2015 Leave a comment

Microsoft has released Windows 10 Build 10240 to manufacturing.

Windows 10 Build 10240

So what’s 6 measly days between friends, right?!

It’s just been announced that Microsoft has reached RTM status and will release Windows 10 Build 10240 to the public, according to The Verge. This is the "last" version of Windows to be released to users prior to the July 29th release date.

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