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Saturday, April 29, 2017

New browser for Windows 10 - Spartan

The cat is out of the bag. This week, ZDNET reported Microsoft will be unveiling a new browser for Windows 10. Although IE11 will still ship with the new OS, MS will likely be debuting Spartan, their leaner, (hopefully) faster browser as well.

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Review - Epson Expression Small in One Printers

Went printer shopping last week to replace my tired and flaky HP wireless printer. The wireless feature was wonky from the very first day so I did a little happy dance when it came to a grisly end.  Interestingly enough, over the past year, I've seen an uptick in customer calls about HP dropping the signal or simply refusing to connect from sleep mode than any other printer. After a year of dealing with this, I had already decided to give HP a pass. with this purchase.  I wanted a printer that was low cost to run,  quiet, and had 4 seperate ink cartridges rather than two.  I'm done with the big tubs 'o colour ink. They are a costly rip off - run out of red and you have to throw away the entire cartridge so 4 inks was my primary need. I had always had luck with Epsons in the past with both printers and scanners. My trusty Epson scanner doesn't work with Windows 8.1 so I had to replace it as well. I've needed to for quite awhile, but I limped along with the HP all in on

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Someone at Microsoft has a sense of humour

 

Flipped over a Microsoft Store discount offer and found this:

Microsoft - in a nut free facility

Not sure if Microsoft has discovered a quirky sense of reality, or the lawyers were sipping too much eggnog, either way, this made me do a double take

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Good news for Flipboard fans

One of the best news/social media aggregate apps on the market is Flipboard. When I upgraded to Windows 8.1, I was delighted to be able to download the app and it is now a mainstay of my daily coffee ritual.  Unfortunately, phones with 512mb memory were not able to use the app. This week, Flipboard announced it's newest version will allow all Windows 8 phones use Flipboard. 

If you haven't tried it yet, you can download it to your desktop/laptop/tablet or phone. One login will sync to all your devices.

Smart Phone App

PC/Tablet App

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Surface tablet won't startup

Surface Tablet won't start up & is warm to the touch

Once in awhile, the Surface doesn't wake up. It's not a big deal, but it does make the heart thump for a few minutes.  Sometimes it will also feel warm to the touch. Before you panic and call tech support try forcing the tablet to shutdown and doing a fresh startup.

  1. Hold the off buttong down for 30 seconds. 

  2. Lift your finger off the button.

  3. Start the tablet as you normally do. You'll feel that little vibration in about 2-3 seconds.

Voila, one working Surface.

If it doesn't restart, chances are the battery is too low and needs a charge. Plug the tablet in and let it charge. I've found it usually takes about 2 hours before it responds, but you might get lucky and it will boot up in an hour.  Once it's charged, it will start up normally.

 

 

 

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Norad Santa Tracker

It's that time of year. Norad has it's Santa Tracker website up and running. If you are looking for something for the kids, pop over to http://www.noradsanta.org/ and have some fun. It has a countdown to Santa's arrival, games, music, stories and more. The best part is watching the "real time" satelite tracking of the elf's progress.

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