The People Have Said Nothing

An article came across my feed this morning about last week’s elections in Israel.  It read: The people have spoken. They want to live in Netanyahu’s Israel.  I find that a deceptive headline.Many of us who are familiar with the country have joked for years about how difficult it is to come to a consensus … Continue reading The People Have Said Nothing

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Azure Exams: Different?

Since I started working on Microsoft Azure certifications, I have noticed a lot of things that are quite different from what I am used to.  for instance, the single, non-technical AZ-900 exam does give you a certification (Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals). Okay, I passed that exam... but when I went to start looking for courseware … Continue reading Azure Exams: Different?

Am I Being Watched? Possible, unlikely…

I received this e-mail - apparently from myself - earlier this week.  I have actually gotten many of these e-mails over the past few months.  On the surface, my e-mail has obviously been hacked - after all, how else could the sender send an e-mail from my own account? Here's the problem... it was not … Continue reading Am I Being Watched? Possible, unlikely…

The Safety of Ottawa…

Yesterday MacLean's Magazine posted their index of the most dangerous (crime-related) cities in Canada.  Ottawa, where I currently live, placed a comfortable 145th on the list.  I'm good with that - I do not expect to be jumped by a group of marauding bandits when I walk down the street. What I found interesting about … Continue reading The Safety of Ottawa…

Electile Disfunction

Tomorrow our friends to the south (I'm in Canada... for the more geographically challenged, I am referring to the United States of America.  Yes, I know about Alaska being part of the USA and being to the north... can we just get on with it?  Thank you.) are going to the polls.  The mid-term elections … Continue reading Electile Disfunction

Surface Pro Battery Woe

Friday afternoon I had a Skype meeting, and as I was settling into the board room at my office for quiet, I realized the battery on my Surface Pro 4 was at 0%.  I plugged it in, and got the feedback: "Plugged in, Not charging."  Okay, I would be careful to not yank the power … Continue reading Surface Pro Battery Woe

The Dangling Control Panel

Once upon a time, the Windows Control Panel was an easy to navigate set of icons that consolidated in one place all of the administrative tasks we would need, both as an end user and as a desktop administrator. Things change, systems evolve.  The Control Panel that we knew in Windows XP evolved, through Windows … Continue reading The Dangling Control Panel

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Windows 10?

Yes, it has actually happened.  The title of this article is a callback to The Sounds of Music.  My ex-girlfriend (who will not be reading this article) would be proud. On October 4th I wrote an article called Windows 10 1809: What's New.  I was all excited.  Two days later I wrote 1809 Recalled.  Microsoft has since … Continue reading How Do You Solve a Problem Like Windows 10?

Drivers? Drive Me!

By now, it is likely that I do not need to explain to you that a hardware driver is a piece of software that allows your computer (through the operating system) to communicate with a hardware component.  You know that, right?  Good. You are ready to install a new operating system on your computer.  You do … Continue reading Drivers? Drive Me!

Does Microsoft Listen?

You were all excited to upgrade your existing Windows 10 installation to the Fall 2018 update.  On October 2nd you downloaded the bits to Version 1809.  You installed it, using the same in-place upgrade process you have been using for years.  You realize that you have lost data... crucial data... a lot of it.  You … Continue reading Does Microsoft Listen?

Face Recognition Issue in Windows 10

Before anyone gets upset, let me be clear that there is no issue with Facial Recognition in Windows 10... at least, not that I am aware of.  It is not a security flaw; rather, it is a usability issue that I have with the functionality. I have several computers that I use on a regular … Continue reading Face Recognition Issue in Windows 10