If you occasionally need to take a screenshot (or a screen capture of your screen), recent versions of Windows provide you with the Windows Snipping tool. It works well for simple jobs, but a recent Microsoft Garage project called Snip takes it to the next level.
It offers a number of advantages:
it runs in the background and is always available
it stores your screenshots in a “library” without having to save manually to a file
you can annotate your screenshot with various drawing tools. Especially useful when you are using a tablet
you can save your annotations in a video file and add voice-over to it (very handy for describing an issue)
On several occasions, I had my Surface Pro 3 freeze up on me on the boot screen. When I would turn on the surface, it would get to the black screen with the Surface logo, but it would not get any further. No spinner, no activity, nothing.
The following procedure fixes my issue every time:
if the Surface is turned on, turn it off by holding the power button for at least 30 seconds
press and hold the volume up button and the power button simultaneously for 15 seconds, then release the buttons
screen will flash and the Surface will shut down (sometimes it gets stuck at the bios screen, just exit then)
Everybody who has ever migrated to a new hosting provider, purchased a new domain name or made DNS changes has done it: adding lines to your hosts file to “hard code” the ip address of a server host name on the workstation you are working on.
On Windows, this has become a pain since the UAC feature was introduced. In order to modify, you need elevated permissions, so you need to start your favorite text editor as administrator. On top of that, the file is buried somewhere in the deepest cave of your c-drive (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\).
There must be an easy way to do this. I managed to reduce it to two clicks via a shortcut on my desktop, with the procedure below. Who can do better? One click only?
Right-click your desktop
In the context menu, select New > Shortcut
In Type the location of the item, enter C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
In Type a name for this shortcut, type any name you want (I used Edit hosts file)
Right-click the new icon on your desktop and select Properties
On the Shortcut tab, click the Advanced button
Check Run as administrator and click OK
Seems to be a lot of work, but it will save you numerous clicks whenever you need to edit the file again.
Some time ago, I attended the Windows Mobile Smack Down, a sneak preview of Windows Mobile 6.5. And it became very clear: my next device will probably be a Windows Mobile again. I had a Tytn II before my E71. A very powerful device, but practically unusable without the stylus. The fact that HTC added his own UI on top of Windows, is not really an elegant solution for me. And yes, one of the major improvements of 6.5? The usability with just your fingertip. That and a better personalisation are key features for me that I missed on previous windows mobile devices.
I will probably have to wait until september to get my hand on a new device with 6.5 preinstalled. As the hardware requirements seem to be different for this release, it is better to wait than to upgrade.
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