Oct 05

The Windows key or Windows logo key ("WinKey") is found on most modern keyboards.  Microsoft introduced the key with the Windows 95 operating system.  There are a number of very handy keyboard shortcuts defined using the WinKey.

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Oct 04

Steve Jobs on Innovation. Copyright © Cea (Playing Futures: Applied Nomadology). Image used under Creative Commons License Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5 today at a major press event.  A PriceGrabber survey in July showed that a whopping 35% of respondents want to buy the yet-unseen iPhone 5 when it hits the market.  The iPhone 5 is arguably the most anticipated tech product of 2011.  It’s also the first major product released since tech legend Steve Jobs retired as CEO of Apple.

Mr. Jobs plans to remain Chairman of the Apple board.  COO Tim Cook has taken the helm as full-time CEO.  Cook had already served as Apple’s temporary CEO a few times since 2004 when Jobs was on medical leave due to pancreatic cancer. 

Cook has done a great job running Apple’s day-to-day operations while Jobs has been ill.  Cook is widely credited with getting Apple out of the hardware manufacturing business.  This helped the company reduce inventory levels, streamline its supply chain, and dramatically increase margins.

But a good businessman is not the same as a visionary technical genius.

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Oct 03

To type a © copyright symbol on a Windows computer:

  1. Press and hold the Alt key.
  2. Type 0169 on the numeric keypad.
  3. Release the Alt key.

Oct 03

To type a ® registered trademark symbol on a Windows computer:

  1. Press and hold the Alt key.
  2. Type 0174 on the numeric keypad.
  3. Release the Alt key.

Oct 03

To type a ™ trademark symbol on a Windows computer:

  1. Press and hold the Alt key.
  2. Type 0153 on the numeric keypad.
  3. Release the Alt key.

Sep 30

Windows provides a relatively easy way to type special characters:

  1. Press and hold the Alt key.
  2. Type the appropriate 4-digit numeric code (see list below) on the numeric keypad.
  3. Release the Alt key.

Note that the numbers must be typed on the numeric keypad.  It will not work if you use the row of number keys above the letter keys.

So for example, to type the symbol for the euro, press and hold the Alt key, type 0128 on the numeric keypad, then release the Alt key, and the euro symbol € will appear.

Some handy codes to remember:

  • bullet • 0149
  • copyright © 0169
  • dagger † 0134
  • dash — 0151
  • degrees ° 0176
  • ellipses … 0133
  • euro € 0128
  • paragraph ¶ 0182
  • plus or minus ± 0177
  • pounds £ 0163
  • registered trademark ® 0174
  • trademark ™ 0153

Here are the ASCII special characters and their 4-digit codes:

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Sep 29

To open the Cmd command line window in Administrator mode in Windows 7 and Vista:

1.  Click the Windows Start button.

2.  Type cmd in the search box at the bottom of the Start menu.

3.  Press Ctrl+Shift+Enter.

4.  User Account Control will ask if you want to allow the Windows Command Processor to make changes to your computer.  Click Yes.

The command line window will open in Administrator mode.

Sep 28

When upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7, the compatibility report may generate the following error:

These devices might not work properly after the upgrade. Before upgrading, we recommend updating the drivers for these devices. Cancel the upgrade, open Control Panel and search for "update device drivers", or go to the device manufacturer’s website to search for updated drivers.

Network adapters: Microsoft Windows Mobile Remote Adapter

But if your mobile device isn’t currently connected to your computer, this network adapter may not appear in the list of devices.  Here’s how to find and remove this adapter from your system:

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Sep 13

Digital Dreams. Copyright © Flavio Takemoto. Image used under license.

Programmers’ Day is an unofficial international holiday celebrated on the 256th (0x100th) day of each year, which is September 13 (or September 12 in leap years).

On September 11, 2009, the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev recognized Programmers’ Day as an official Russian holiday.

The number 256 was chosen because it is the highest power of two that is less than 365, the number of days in a common year.  256 is also the number of distinct values that can be represented with an eight-bit byte, which is a common unit of measure for computers and software.

Source: Wikipedia

Aug 25

This is part 19 in a series of articles on obscure programming languages.

What is Script.NET?

Powered by Script.NET. Copyright © Microsoft Corp.

Script.NET (also known as S#) is an open-source metaprogramming language that adds scripting capabilities to Microsoft .NET applications, similar to VBA in Microsoft Office applications.

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