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Garth Jones

February 2010 - Posts

  • Tip of The Day – Desktop Icons


    Back at TechDays Ottawa I was using my laptop to give a presentation on Hyper-v live migration. Anyways Rick walked into the room as I was just about to “clean” my desktop of folders and icons as I always do before a presentation.

    Rick said “Let me show you this cool feature of Windows designed just for presenters!” Then he proceeded to right click my desktop, point to View then unselect Show desktop icons.


    After doing this all of my icons “disappeared” from my desktop.

    So if you have a presentation to do and you don’t want to move around all of your desktop, try this trick.

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  • JOTD – Olympics


    Ellen told me about this article, it not really a joke but it is funny.

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  • Made in Canada / USA????

    John Marcum send me this picture from his cellphone… Don’t ask me how you can have something manufactured in both Canada and the USA!



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    Posted Feb 20 2010, 01:46 PM by Garth with no comments
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  • 70-669 MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization


    MS is looking for people to beta test a new App-v / Med-v Exam. Seats are limited but if you are into App-v or Med-v

    Check out their blog post.


    Hey Jeff, What Docs are there that I can used to Study for this?

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  • Customized Report "computers with specific software registered in Add Remove Programs"

    SELECT Distinct    
        dbo.v_R_System AS sys
        INNER JOIN dbo.v_Add_Remove_Programs AS arp ON sys.ResourceID = arp.ResourceID
        INNER JOIN dbo.v_FullCollectionMembership AS fcm ON sys.ResourceID = fcm.ResourceID
        Left Outer JOIN dbo.v_R_User U ON sys.User_Name0 = U.User_Name0
        arp.DisplayName0 like @displayname
        AND fcm.CollectionID = @CollID

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    Posted Feb 14 2010, 10:35 AM by Garth with no comments
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  • Zune Market Place!

    What give is it? I just don’t get it. I understand their need to block some content based on your location and the rights that they have within the locations. BUT why block FREE contact that is OPEN to everyone!!!! WHY MUST I change regional setting?  I swear they are all smoking in the Zune product group!


    MS wants to make ZUNE number one but I can sign-in to the istore and browse all the content that I want (free or not). It is time for Zune team to wake up and smell the coffee (Tim Hortons too)!


    So you going to say Garth what couldn’t you do? Well the answer was simple. I found a podcast that I wanted to listen too on my trip tomorrow in the market place. I click the link to download the podcast. I was forced to sign in, using my Live ID. OK a pain but I’m fine with that. Ultimately I told I can’t access the content because my regional setting not match and are not in the US. I say “What does it matter, this is a FREE podcast!”


    It gets better!


    In the market place page, I see that there is a link to the website for the podcast! I click the link, I can access the website. Right there on the home page is a link to all of the podcasts that I want! WOW, I can download all of the “Protected” podcasts! It is no wonder why istore/ipod/ipad/etc. is kicking MS …! Until they get their act together, they will never beat Apple!


    On a side note: I have the podcast installed on my Zune but maybe I should borrow Ellen’s ipod instead, since it is easier to get content on it!

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