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Bluetooth Devices keep disconnecting

It all started when I installed Windows Update 20H2 in October 2020. I’ve had a stable machine (HP ZBook laptop for reference) for months and months with the same Bluetooth hardware, no issues. But that fateful day I installed the 20H2 update from Microsoft, everything changed. Suddenly I was having disconnect …

Sharing audio to Google Hangouts (or Meets)

I work remotely, and I’ve used a bunch of solutions over the last few years to be able to route audio from my computer into a meeting call in Google Hangouts. From hardware to virtual audio cable software, every solution has been finicky at best, and wrecks day-to-day audio and video at worst, and requires a …

Some cool tricks with your Windows Shells

I’ve been getting more and more back to the command line, doing more with PowerShell and even Bash scripting on Docker and WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). There are a few of the tricks I have learned recently that help me every day. F8 searches history! That’s right! When you type into the command line …

On Screen Shortcut keys for presentations and recordings

I used this tool a while ago that let me show on-screen what keyboard shortcuts and combinations I was pressing so that others could see them, especially during presentations, and on video recordings. But for the life of me today, on a new machine, I couldn’t remember what it was called. Searching didn’t …

Couldn't Connect. Get Connected to your Wireless Display Adapter

I was having trouble with connecting my laptops to a remote display with Miricast. Specifically, I was trying to use the functionality built into Windows 10 to connect to a wireless display and had a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter V2 plugged into my TV. It would say Connecting to ... for a while and then fail with …

Microsoft & Google, Android Wear support is missing

Ok, so I know I am in the minority as a Windows Phone user, but sometimes I just get frustrated and I wish Microsoft at least tried to achieve parity with their platforms, and not leave it to others who just won’t bother. I have a really nice Acer Liquid Jade Primo Windows 10 mobile phone. Continuum, Hexa Core …

Microsoft Band 2 - The first 24 hours

My Microsoft Band finally arrived yesterday morning, so obviously I put it straight on (after a charge of course). Here is a chronicle of first impressions. Setup Out of the box, setup was really easy. Simply following the instructions on the band and the phone made it simple. I paired it with my Windows Phone (a Lumia …

F5 VPN and Windows 10

I recently had the need to VPN into a network using an F5 Networks VPN. Turns out the provided BIG-IP Edge Client installs ok on Windows 10 but doesn’t connect. I kept getting the “Network Access Connection Device was not found.” error at the last step of connecting. Turns out that it was adding a …

Keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10 Power Users - Part 2

When Windows 8 came out, I got really into the new shortcuts and found out some had been there for a while that I never knew about. Windows 10 is out now and I’ve learned a few more that have been around just as long that I never knew. Since there are a lot of shortcuts, I’ve split this into two parts. …

Keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10 Power Users - Part 1

When Windows 8 came out, I got really into the new shortcuts and found out some had been there for a while that I never knew about. Windows 10 is out now and I’ve learned a few more that have been around just as long that I never knew. Since there are a lot of shortcuts, I’ve split this into two parts. …

Windows 10 Animations

You’ve upgraded to windows 10 and are really enjoying it. But are you making the most of the visualisations it now provides you? Since Aero came onto the scene in Vista, Windows has leveraged your graphics card to add heaps of whiz-bang effects to windows. Transparent windows, animating transitions and other such …

Windows 10 phantom text fix

I’ve been using the Windows 10 Insider Previews on my Dell Latitude ST2E Tablet for a few months and It has been a bit hit and miss. I’ve really enjoyed the experience of previewing what’s coming, but it has been quite buggy up until the 10158/10159 builds leading up to the July 29th RTM. But there is …

New Zealand Public holidays Calendar

Want to see all the New Zealand public holidays on your calendar on your Google Calendar, but don’t want to have to enter them yourself, or maintain them? I found this great page with public holidays and calendars on the MBIE site. They have the New Zealand public holidays here for the current, past and future …

Pulseaudio in system-wide mode

I have my machine set up to use MPD (Music Player Daemon to play my music, and use the minion Firefox plug-in MPD client to control it, all well and good, no troubles there. I use Pulseaudio(PA) for sound on my Ubuntu server, and configuring this with MPD is no trouble, just search for MPD and Pulseaudio and the …

Strange Monitor issues

Just a little backstory to put this in context. I have a dual-boot Vista/Ubuntu machine. I updated my hardware and vista needed to re-register, but my internet connection was down. Fine, I’ll use Ubuntu till my internets back. All is well until I finally reboot into Vista and re-active my licence online, download …

IE8, Microsoft are still in the game

It seems that Microsoft have already set their sites on the next generation web browser war, and this time they aim to win. It’s predecessor IE7 was released in late 2006, and was a sore dissapointment to some, but was also seen as a step in the right direction by others in the web development community. This all …