11 Dec 2012

I have a TrackIR device which I use primarily with Flight Simulator X, and ran into an issue out of the blue.  Nothing was changed on my system and it was running fine previously, using version 5.1 of the software.  Suddenly when TrackIR would load it would simply say "error" in a dialogue box and then close.  To get past this error I discovered that the checkbox under OpenGL Settings called "Triple Buffering" was causing the issue.  Simply un-checking the box has made the error go away. 

Thus far, even at this writing, version 5.2 of their software has not fixed this glitch.  This was with my ATI 5850 card combined with Windows 8 x64 RTM (and the latest Windows updates).

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11 Dec 2012

If you want to see all your Windows 8 settings in one "Control Panel" style view, there is a real simple way to achieve this called the GodMode (windows 7 had a similar trick).  Simply right click anywhere on your desktop or in windows explorer, create a new folder.  Give it the following name:

All Settings .{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Now, when you double click that "folder" you are presented with the all settings view.  You can make a shortcut to this folder and pin it to Start or to the Taskbar as desired.

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08 Oct 2012

If you have been struggling with figuring out how to install the IIS Remote Manager software for Windows 8, there is a really simple way to get it done.  It is done straight from the existing IIS Manager tool in Windows 8.

07 Sep 2012


If you were one of the lucky ones who was able to acquire a Windows 8 MCE key from the online store, before Microsoft decided to hold off until October 26th to release them, then you may have run into this situation.  There isn't an obvious way to downgrade from Windows 8 MCE to another version of the operating system.  The same isn't true if you were going from Pro to Core for instance.  So after some experimentation I was able to come up with this solution which I tested and worked.

21 Aug 2012

So you have installed the new SkyDrive client for Windows 7 or Windows 8 and realize that Mesh is no longer supported.  SkyDrive asks you to pick a single folder to sync contents from device to device or onto the SkyDrive website.  Essentially you are forced to copy any files and folders you want synced into the SkyDrive sync folder.  There is a way around this and in this article I will show you how to use a Junction Point to trick the SkyDrive sync tool into synching other folders outside of the sync one.

21 Aug 2012

If you don't feel like waiting till next month for the official RTM version of the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 RTM then there is a workaround you can use for now.  The official RTM version of the tools isn't due out till next month because this is the official launch time frame of Windows Server 2012 as well.  If you try to install the Release Preview version of RSAT you are greeted with an error.

16 Aug 2012

As you begin downloading and installing the new bits for Visual Studio 2012 RTM, you may find yourself looking at the menu and hating the all caps presentation that Microsoft has now decided to use.  Rest easy, there is a way to revert back to the old style.

08 Aug 2012

Microsoft has made it known that attempts to bypass the Metro (or whatever new name they choose to give it) interface, will not work in Windows 8 RTM.  But there is a way to get around this behavior and have Windows 8 boot straight to the desktop.

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