A while back and after years on Windows Media Center I switched to XBMC. More precisely, I installed OpenELEC on my mediacenter PC. It’s a small Linux distribution that does only one thing, but that it does well: Boot insanely fast and launch XBMC. Continue reading
I did it (again)
As you might remember, I tried out Windows Phone 8 a while back (see here and here). While the operating system itself was already good at the time and I really liked the better mail client and overall GUI experience, in the end I went back to the iPhone. Too many things were missing.
Creating a reliably working USB key or DVD from a (Windows) ISO
The title says it all – check out Microsoft’s USB/DVD download tool. Even though the title says “Windows 7” it works equally well with a Windows 8.x image.
Lync 2013 without Reverse Proxy
The official way to publish Lync 2013 services involves a reverse proxy. This little guide will show you that it’s possible to do without. However, this is only appropriate for lab environments. Since Forefront TMG is no longer an option, Microsoft recommends using IIS ARR; a guide can be found here.
Using PowerShell to SSH into your openelec (XBMC) mediacenter
A while ago I finally gave up on Windows Media Center because of too many issues, mainly video driver in combination with HDCP sillyness. I’m over it now, having found XBMC as a more than worthy alternative. Continue reading
Giving Windows Phone another shot, Part 2
As I wrote earlier, I decided to have another go with Windows Phone. This is the second part, roughly a week after switching to a Nokia Lumia 820. Continue reading
Giving Windows Phone another shot, Part 1
While I’m pretty much committed to Microsoft products both at work and at home, up until now I was using an iPhone 5. It’s a nice device for sure, but somehow I wanted to see if Microsoft finally got their act together.
Upgrading SCCM 2012 to SCCM 2012 SP1
It’s out! If you’re a Technet Subscriber, go grab it here. At first I was a bit confused because there doesn’t seem to be a plain “SP1 download”. It’s always “SCCM 2012 … with SP1” or “SCOM 2012 … with SP1” and so on. As it turns out, you’re supposed to download the whole thing and then in SCCM setup choose to “upgrade this installation”.
Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 8
Recently I took the plunge and updated my main PC and notebook to Windows 8 Pro. So far I’m very impressed with the speed of the system and the level of hardware recognition. Gone are the days where after installing Windows you couldn’t connect to the network because the network adapter wasn’t recognized (of course we’ll see what happens with really new hardware, my notebook and PC are 1-2 years old).
The benefits of a c:\tools folder
You know how it is – you’re doing something on a server and just now putty.exe or some other small executable would come in handy. Unfortunately, it’s not there, and maybe the server you’re on does not have internet access, either. Every administrator has been in this situation before, and you know what’s next. Search for the tool on another machine, maybe download it first from the internet, then copy it to the server’s c:\temp etc. Continue reading