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SOLVED: How to Get Windows Server 2012 and 2016 Into Safe Mode F8

If you have worked on Windows 8 or newer, you will know that Microsoft has removed the F8 boot functionality.  They did this to decrease boot times.  What is odd is that they applied this logic to servers; I would not have.  Regardless the F8 Safe Mode functionality is not truly removed, it is just […]


SOLVED: What Does Private Cloud Mean

I was taking a quarterly survey from our friends at the research company IDC and found that they had developed a very clean set of definitions for what they named Deployment Models, so I stole them and put them below.  In particular many IT staff and managers are confused by the term Private Cloud.  IDC […]


The Best Cell Phone Ever?

“Best” is a relative word so let me be clear that I think the Lumia 650 will be the best cell phone buy of 2016.  In January Microsoft announced Lumia 650 which has amazing spec’s… for the price.   At just $200 this cell has everything a standard user would want, except wireless charging.  Having a native […]


Microsoft Releases New Insider Ring For Windows 10

The 3 Windows Insider rings are: Fast – Best for Insiders who enjoy being the first to get access to builds and feature updates, with some risk to their devices in order to identify issues, and provide suggestions and ideas to make Windows software and devices great. Slow – Best for Insiders who enjoy getting […]


SOLVED: How to Press CTRL ALT DEL on a Surface 4 or Surface Book Without a Keyboard

The question I was originally asked was, “How do I bring up the soft / on-screen keyboard when a Surface Book is locked, so that I can press CNTL ALT DEL?”.  This took me some time to figure out… but I got it and it is easy. If you want to press CTRL ALT DEL […]


VIDEO: See The Results of a Lithium Ion Battery Explosion

Lithium Ion battery’s have long had problems with explosions due to over-charging or physical defect.  I have seen many LION batteries swell and get very hot but until today, I have never seen one explode.  This is a video of the aftermath of such an explosion in my home office: Share This With Your Friends […]


Solved: How To Disassemble an Asus X550, X552, X553, X751 Series Laptop and Replace the Hard Drive

This Asus X series laptops are very interesting because they use new Intel Pentium Bay Trail N2830 N2930 and N3530 CPU’s that use about 4 watts of power.  This means: they do not need active cooling (i.e. no CPU fan) which means they have no moving parts, which means they can be sealed like a […]


SOLVED: The (Nearly) Complete List of Boot Key Strokes, ASUS, Dell, Intel, Gigabyte, Microsoft and More

This page details the keys needed to boot a PC into various modes (like the BIOS and PXE Network) from various manufacturers. If you are stuck and you can try the common keystrokes during a POST and before the Operating System loads: ESC, F1, F2, F8, F9, F10, F12 and Delete key.  Also, remember if you are […]


SOLVED: How To Reset a Password in Windows 10 Without Using a Reset Disk

If you forget your password on a Windows 10 PC and you cannot reset it using Microsoft’s typical processes, you can use this moderately straightforward routine. The idea is to replace the EASE OF ACCESS program (designed to help handicapped people) with the CMD.EXE and then use that to create a new account. The details […]


SOLVED: Where is Windows Hello Facial Recognition in Windows 10?

If you have recently purchased a laptop and heard about Windows 10’s new facial recognition software called Windows Hello, you are likely going to be disappointed.  Windows Hello is a FANTASTIC feature and from my brief testing on a Microsoft Surfacebook, it works quite well.  Unfortunately, it requires one of the new, and currently quite […]


Microsoft Surfacebook Quick Review with Pictures

I received my first Microsoft Surfacebook shipment today and found a number of interesting items: It was faster than I expected, I expected it to be fast.  I sourced the Intel I5 with 240GB SSD version. The stylus / pen has pressure sensitive output in most software.  In apps like FreshPaint this is useful. The backlit keyboard is makes […]


SOLVED: How to Change the Hard Drive for an SSD on a Lenovo Flex 3

Most Lenovo Flex 3’s ship with a spinning disk which operates at an embarrassing 5400RPM.  Two words: scrap it!  Go spend $75 and buy an SSD.  The process to swap out the hard drive is simple: Unplug the unit from the AC power and all other devices (i.e. USB mouse…) Turn the unit over and […]