23 Apr 2012

Credit: Aurich Lawson

In case you missed it, Microsoft recently announced that they have renamed Windows on Arm (previously known as WOA) to that of Windows RT and also announced the four editions of Windows 8.  The decision to call it Windows RT seems to come from the idea that you can only run Windows Metro apps on WOA, which doesn't take into account the fact that Metro apps can run on more than just the ARM architecture.  

23 Apr 2012


Microsoft recently released details on the four editions of Windows 8 that will be available later this year, including details on WOA now strangely renamed Windows RT.

Windows 8 will be the official product name for the x86 and x64 editions of Windows running on Intel.  The PCs and tablets powered by 32 and 64-bit x86 chips will be Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, which consumers can purchase.  There will be another edition of the x86-optimized version of Windows 8 for bulk purchase.  Windows RT is only available pre-installed and is 32-bit only.

The reduction to four editions, two of which most consumers will have to choose from, shows that Microsoft has simplified the product SKUs, unlike years past. 

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.

Use this QR code in a QR reader application on mobile to open quickly on a mobile device

12 Apr 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast Episode 13:  Tech Stew Unlocked, recorded on Thursday April 12th, 2012


North Koreas rocket blows up, skyrim gets Kinect support, the Sony SmartWatch, the Google Plus redesign, a working Nintendo controller coffee table, Facebook buys instagram for $1billion, Viking detected life on Mars and more.  

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01 Apr 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast Episode 12:  Science Spectacular, recorded on Sunday 04-01-12

Summary:  The Nokia Lumia 900 is coming, Google Drive becomes a reality, Best Buy to close 50 store-fronts, strange clouds on Mars, aliens land in Arizona, SpaceX can get us to Mars for cheap, billions of habitable planets in our galaxy, antibody kills cancer in mice and more  

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21 Mar 2012

Microsoft at its Convergence conference for Dynamics ERP and CRM customers and partners, has shown off early concepts of what some of these business apps may look like in a Metro-UI.  They are the only company demonstrating Metro based business apps.

Some of the apps include a Windows 8 HTML5 metro-style (WinRT) client that connects to Dynamics ERP and CRM back-ends.  The image below is an example of the Dynamics Start page in Metro.  Each screen can be personalized by end users.


20 Mar 2012

This October the wait is over for Windows 8 and to fully experience Microsoft's new Metro Start Screen in all its full glory, or torture, depending on what camp you fall in.  Microsoft has stated it will finish Windows 8 this summer and sales of Windows 8 will occur in October.

Initially they will roll out to devices with Intel (INTC) and ARM chips.  Microsoft is effectively using the same types of processors that Apple uses in the iPad, but there will be a limited number of ARM devices at debut, less than five, as opposed to Intel machines at 40.  Microsoft is still planning on shipping both ARM and Intel versions at the same time.

This October time frame will allow Microsoft to gear up for Holiday sales in 2012.  Filling everyone's Christmas wish lists, with Windows 8 touch-screen devices and laptops and desktops.  Microsoft hopes to revitalize the PC market with Windows 8 and gain some ground on the iPad.  

15 Mar 2012

As far as servers go, you don't think much of them.  They generally just sit in the background and do what they are supposed to.  One usually doesn't think of flashy GUI interfaces when it comes to servers either.  They generally are fairly straight forward and basic and in the case of Windows, haven't change a whole lot in the past several years, until now with Windows Server 8 and its Metro interface, which most likely will be largely ignored however, at least initially.

The Metro Tile interface has replaced the Start Button and Menu, just like in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.  Microsoft is calling it the Metro-style interface.  There are tiles present that manage the functionality of the server.  You can even add more admin tiles by enabling them and subsequently you have the usual tools you are used to. 

There is not a definite release date for Server 8, but a likely time frame will be just around or after the release of Windows 8 later this year.  Windows Server 8 only comes in x64.  Its the first server to only to support x64 systems from release date.  

Windows Server 8 beta is available from this link and was released to the public on March 1st, 2012 (one day after Windows 8 Consumer Preview).  Its available as a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) or ISO.  The VHD is meant for at least Server 2003 and Virtual Server 2005 (Hyper-V).  See our YouTube video below for a quick run down on the setup and features.

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