SOLVED: Upgrade OEM Windows Server 2016 1609 Data Center To 1709

If you have purchased an OEM (from the hardware vendor, like Dell, HP, Lenovo…) copy of Windows Server 2016 it will be version 1609 build 10.0.14393.  You likely know that the most recent version of Windows Server 2016 is version 1709 (i.e. September 2017) and want to upgrade prior to putting your servers into production.  The short version of this story is, you can’t.  Here is the longer version: Windows Server 2016 does have security/bug…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Lenovo Laptop Will Not Power Up, Flashing Power Light Problem

If you have a Lenovo laptop with a flashing LED on the power switch but will not power up, we have the fix.  This short video shows a quick disassembly of a Lenovo Flex 3 1430.  You can then unplug the battery and solve the issue. In theory, holding the power button down (5 seconds on a PC or laptop, OR 15 seconds on a tablet) will force the unit to power down.  However, that…

NEWS: Microsoft Dives Into Mixed Reality October 17th

Today Microsoft announced that it is partnered with major PC hardware manufacturers to produce 5 new Mixed Reality headsets.  Mixed Reality?  Mixed Reality is the term used to describe the merging of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) . Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Samsung and HP showed off their new products to be released on October 17 but you can pre-order them right now.  Prices will range from USD $399 to $499 and all include…

Mac OS X Lion drove me to Windows 7

“…On October 6, I made a dramatic, personal computing switch. After more than two months using the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook running Google’s Chrome OS, I didn’t go back to the Mac but to Windows 7. Mac OS X 10.7 — aka “Lion” — is major, but not only, reason. Lion is the first Mac operating system that I don’t like. Also, I find the hardware options, particularly the all-important display and resolution, to be…

$199 Tablet: Lenovo Is the First Tier 1 Manufacturer to Produce a Sub $200 Tablet

“Lenovo announced a new US$199 (that’s about $194 in Canadian dollars) IdeaPad tablet with a 7-inch screen and Google’s Android OS in response to the surge in demand for inexpensive tablets, the company said on Thursday. The IdeaPad A1 tablet weighs around 400 grams (0.88 pounds) and is under 0.5 inches (1.27 centimeters) thick, and will become available in specific starting around the end of September, said Nick Reynolds, executive director of global marketing at…