10 Jul 2012


By now if you have used the Windows 8 Start Screen enough, you have probably discovered the "All Apps" view.  The "All Apps" view  shows you every shortcut that is installed on your machine but perhaps not pinned to the main Start Screen.  In particular if you have upgraded your Windows 7 machine to Windows 8, you may have noticed that your All Apps view shows the folder names that you may have had shortcuts placed in before upgrading.  Here I'll outline the basic steps to customize the "All Apps" view.

14 Jun 2012

This is a review/guide I did of this fantastic RC Aircraft, the Multiplex Twinstar II electric I had built several years ago.  Its a fantastic model to fly, made of foam and fairly indestructible.  The standard kit comes with regular electric motors and nicad batteries.  For my build I upped things a bit and went brushless and Lipo (lithium polymer).  I also have some newer FPV keychain HD 720p video which you can view by clicking here.

08 May 2012


You create a project or have one that was created.  Its SharePoint site is working fine.

You open TFS Admin Tool and connect to the project only to get this error, "The Team Project you are trying to connect to have no SharePoint associated with it":

21 Apr 2012


Many home users have already found out how great NOD32 is for your PC's protection against viruses and trojans.  The NOD32 client is very lightweight, uses very little system resources with a low CPU overhead, while keeping your machines protected on all levels.  Businesses can leverage the power of ESET Nod32 in the ESET Nod32 Antivirus Business Edition for both servers and workstations.  This article outlines some of the steps to get you up and running at your business. 

15 Apr 2012


So you have made it to the point in the main quest where you must track down Esbern on your Windows PC.  You get to Esbern but there are glitches.  You cant hear him speak and the dialogue's subtitles fly by, impossible to read.  There are also issues where a door won't open as it should.

The Door Fix

For this one, you can quick-save then quick load while in front of the door. 

If the quick save doesn't work you can turn off collisions in the console, then Esbern opens the door:
To get to the console use the tilda key (~) then enter TCL to toggle no-clip mode.  Check this page out for a complete list of commands.

Another option is the chain lightning spell can be used to kill Esbern until the AI makes him open the door.

The file fix

There is a file called Skyrim - Voice Extra.bsa in the Skyrim folder in Program Files.  If you unpack this using the tool designed for Morrowind, you just extract the contents directly into the data folder.

Otherwise, the easiest thing to do is to download the actual unpacked file from gamebanana.com and extract the contents into your Data folder.

The end result is that the folder structure ends up looking like this (as an example):
(The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim install folder )\Data\Sound\Voice\
where Sound and Voice and all the files below this were extracted from the file above.

Now you can enjoy the groovy sound of Esbern's voice and continue your mission.

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12 Mar 2012

Feeling lost without the Start Button in Windows 8?  Just cant live without it?  I am not a personal fan of hacking Windows 8 to behave like an operating system that originates in 1995, but if you feel inclined, here is how.  Start8 is a utility from StarDock that will restore the Start  Button in the Taskbar.

You install it and then its back where it always was (in the past).  You just click the desktop from the Start Screen to see it.  After clicking it, you see a Metro styled Start Menu (see you can't escape the future completely).

Start8 is a free download and can be found here.

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09 Mar 2012

If you choose to live in the world of Windows 7 and the past, despite having Windows 8, then there is a way for you to do this.  Using the following technique you can have desktop mode load right at start up, after you log in, skipping the initial Metro interface.  This could also be useful for testing in some cases.

Step 1:  Explorer scf script

Open notepad and place the following inside:


Now save file as "showmydesktop.scf" and place somewhere you can get at it later, like c:\myscripts  

17 Dec 2011

For those of you who may not be aware... You can configure things, so that Skyrim outputs multi-channel surround sound just like on an Xbox or PS3.  Assuming you already have your Windows PC hooked up to a multi-channel receiver, you go to the sound icon in the system tray. 

Right click it and choose "Playback devices".

Now right click your sound device and choose "Configure Speakers", then choose 5.1 or 7.1.

Once configured, Skyrim will output fantastically decoded 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound on your PC so now you can hear your Dragon Shouts in their full glory.

One note, however:  If you are using SPDIF or Optical, most likely you won't see the "Configure Speaker" option.. this only seems to work on "HDMI" connections.

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