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I am running Windows 8.1 Update 1 — some people are calling this Windows 8.1.1 and should be available to the general public the first week of April 2014.  There are many small enhancements throughout but the task bar is the one thing that really stands out to me. As you can see in the […]

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Whether you like it or not, the Modern Windows is here.  After a lackluster reception of Windows 8.0, the 8.1 update addressed many of our concerns — mainly around usability on non-touch devices.  However, this was simply a minor point release and there is a long ways to go until the modern Windows can reach […]

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One of the top three postings on my blog (in terms of page views) was my January 2013 article on How to Fix the Windows 8 Desktop.  The sole purpose of this article was to highlight that there are still mouse/keyboard desktop users in this world and Win8.0 was missing a multitude of features for […]

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preface: A follow-up to this article has been published outlining the improvements in Desktop mode from Win8 to Win8.1 Check it out:  http://www.bowlesonline.com/windows-8-1-desktop-improvements   ——————————- This is not a commentary on the new Windows immersive modern UI.  This is a note (perhaps a prayer list) of what Microsoft could EASILY do to make the desktop […]

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Keep your eye on the Mosaic Project.  It’s early early in development but looks really cool.  Although it is in its infancy and a little quirky, it is stable and won’t have any ill-effect on your computer.  I gave this a quick run through and it looks promising.  http://mosaicproject.codeplex.com/

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March 2012 Note:  With the release of last month’s consumer preview, this blog entry has spiked in views.  I want to stress that I wrote this over a year ago.  I wrote this before the Developer Preview and before Metro UI was leaked.  So keep in mind that a lot of new information has been […]

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Resize Photos in Windows 7 (and Windows 8 too) Way back in 2001-2002, Microsoft released a set of free utilities for XP called PowerToys. Theses were small, very useful programs. One of the best tools in the set was the Image Resizer. Once installed, you could right-click on any photo, click on Resize Image, then […]

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