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Adding Shortcuts to the Windows 8 Start Menu

One of the main concerns with the Windows 8 Start Menu is that it changed the end user experience and software behavior that people had gotten used to with Windows. Last week, my article discussed how you can navigate easier with Windows key shortcuts, like using the Windows+X. (As seen below) In addition to using […]

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Navigating easier with the Windows 8.1 Start Menu

Windows 8/Server 2012 changed the way, user interacted with the desktop and safe to say at this point, a lot of people were unhappy with the new design. Personally, I feel it is a shame, because I feel that Windows 8/Server 2012 is the best operating system that Microsoft has released to date. I am […]

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Types of MSSQL Joins

In Microsoft SQL Server, we have four types of joins. We use these joins to fetch data from multiple tables that are based on a condition. A join condition is a relationship among some columns in the data tables that take part in SQL join. Basically data tables are related to each other with keys. […]

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Language components of Structured Query Language (SQL)

Recently, I have been working on improving my querying ability in Microsoft SQL and have been reading Itzik Ben-Gan’s book. I thought I had written this topic in an earlier and to my surprise I was wrong. A good fundamental bit of information to know as I progress through data structures and the language used to […]

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Hardware Changes in Windows 2012 RS VM’s

I have been reading a few of the latest Ebooks from Microsoft press lately: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals In this book, I felt it gave one of the better summaries of the new changes with Hyper-V and I am just copying a section from them as seen below. […]

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HOW TO: Deploy Windows 8.1 via WINPE USB Disk

Recently, I had to create a custom image and I was pleasantly surprised with the way it turned out. It allowed me to shave 3 hours off an installation, so I could deploy a standard image to workstations. This is part three of a three part series that will detail how to perform the following […]

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How to Disable Screen Auto-Rotation in Windows 8.X

Windows 8 is strongly aimed at tablets and touch enabled devices, most of which will allow their use in both landscape and portrait orientations. Depending on your personal preference, you might want to disable this auto-rotating behavior, but had a hard time finding a way to do it. Well you are in luck today and […]

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Organization Charts of the Big Companies

This chart has been out for a while and it shows how these different companies (Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and Oracle) are/were organized: • Amazon – Classic mafia structure, the don (Jeff Bezos) is on top, soldiers report to their captains, they report to the guy above, and he takes orders from the don. […]

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HOW TO: Gather a packet capture without installing WireShark

In yesterday’s article, I talked about using MessageAnalyzer (successor to Microsoft Network Monitor) to open network files with no known extensions and then exporting the file in a format that Wireshark can use to present the data. As stated in last week’s article, I mentioned that “networking issues can be a more difficult topic to […]

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HOW TO: Using MessageAnalyzer to export files to Wireshark

Sometimes you may get a file (usually from an open source system, such as Linux) that has network data. If you try to use notepad to open it in Windows, you will see that it is in binary. The text will be unreadable and you may also think that this file provides no value. (As […]

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