Posts Tagged ‘windows 8’

Weekly Tech Roundup for November 11, 2011

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes upgrading to Windows 8, Google Easter Eggs, and an iTunes adventure.

Should You Upgrade to Windows 8? – I could certainly handle a 6-second boot-up. Worth a read if you are considering upgrading to Windows 8 when it comes out.

10 Nifty Google Easter Eggs That Will Amuse You – These are fun! Take a couple of minutes to take a look.

Adobe Abandons Flash on Mobile Devices – I’m all for more HTML5 and less Flash. Glad to see this move by Adobe.

If you know me personally you know I’ve struggled with my iTunes library since I upgraded my machine to Windows 7 a few months ago. OMG. That was a nightmare! I wasn’t really without my music but I kinda was. And I didn’t feel like I could buy anything new because I knew I had a huge mess I needed to fix. I tried just about everything I could think of and research online and finally I decided I was just going to need to take a few hours and do a whole bunch of manual work. I had music files in 2 different places before the OS upgrade and each time I tried to fix my library before I’d end up with 3-6 duplicates of almost everything. Anyway… I finally fixed it! Here’s what I did:

  • Closed iTunes
  • Removed iTunes folder (where the library files live)
  • Removed all of my music folders
  • Fired up my external drive with my backed up music on it
  • Copied over one set of music directories
  • With the second set of directories, I went through each one and compared it to the one I had just copied. If there were duplicates I either didn’t copy them or I fixed them in some way (some weren’t in an album directory, for example).
  • With everything copied to my music directory, I fired up iTunes and added my music folder to the library. It worked for quite a while (almost 5500 songs, not to mention videos and podcasts) and then I imported my playlists.
  • I had iTunes show my all my duplicates and I removed the ones that were legit (I have some songs multiple times on different albums – think Christmas music). There were way fewer duplicates than even pre-upgrade.
  • I wiped and synced my iPod for the first time in months.
  • Finally, I squealed with joy and did a little dance. A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders and I happily started the Christmas music up. :)

That was my “geek” project for the week. Did you do anything geeky-fun this week?

Have a great weekend!

Weekly Tech Roundup – September 23, 2011

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes a security hole in HTTPS, Windows 8 in-depth, and the Lifehacker Hackintosh guide.

Researchers to detail hole in Web encryption – It was bound to happen eventually. Interestingly, no one seems all that concerned about it. Still, I’d expect to see a patch in the next update of your favorite browser. Another reason to always keep your browser up-to-date. Read more about it here: Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions of sites.

The Always Up-to-Date Guide to Building a Hackintosh – One of these days I’ll build a Hackintosh. It’s on my “someday” list. For those that don’t know, or can’t tell from the name, a Hackintosh is a computer running OS X on non-Apple hardware. This guide takes you through the entire setup process. It’s pretty slick. Take a look!

Lifehacker put together an in-depth four-part series this week for all of your Windows 8 curiosities:

Create Sticky Notes To-Do List In CSS And JQuery – I thought this looked like a fun tutorial. It comes with a demo and a download so you can skip the hand-coding and just use it if you prefer.

Introducing The Smashing WordPress Section – Smashing Magazine now has a dedicated section for WordPress. Should be a wealth of information and a good source for tutorials.

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Weekly Tech Roundup – September 16, 2011

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

I’ve had an unusually busy week so this week’s roundups are short & sweet – links only and no comments from me. I’ll be back to full posts next week.

This week’s Tech Roundup includes how to get started with the PayPal API, a trio of Windows 8 articles, and social networks for dev & design.

Getting Started With The PayPal API

14 Social Networks for Designers and Developers

Mozilla, Firefox and the Version Number Chaos

5 Tips for Becoming a Better WordPress Developer

The Best PCs You Can Build for $600 and $1200

A trio of Windows 8 articles:
Download the Windows 8 Developer Preview Now
How Do I Install Windows 8 in a Virtual Machine?
Try Out Some of Windows 8’s Lesser-Known Features This Weekend


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Weekly Tech Roundup – July 15, 2011

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for technical things and one for small business things.

Here's a roundup of the most interesting tech articles I found this week. Enjoy!

How to Migrate Your Data From an Old Computer to a New One – Getting a new computer is so much fun! But getting all your stuff off your old computer onto the new one can be stressful. This guide walks you through migrating from Windows to Windows, Mac to Windows, and Windows to Mac. Great article to bookmark for reference.

Microsoft: we’re pulling the plug on Windows XP in 3 years – If you’re a Windows user, have you upgraded to Windows 7 yet? If not, you’ll have until 2014 to make the switch. Don’t worry, your PC won’t all of a sudden burst into flames or anything, Microsoft just won’t support it if something does go wrong. Another piece of Microsoft news: Windows 8 will run on all current PC hardware, so anything that runs Windows 7 today will run Windows 8 when it comes out. That’s pretty good news considering most operating system updates require some hardware upgrades, too (or at least research to make sure everything is supported). Your next PC will still be outdated as soon as you buy it, but maybe a little less so now.

Google Adds Ebooks and Movie Rentals to the Android Market – A convenient addition to the Android Market, especially if you travel a lot or have a long bus/train commute. You can now purchase ebooks and rent movies and have them download directly to your Android phone. There are some other updates to the Market along with these additions. Click through to the Google Mobile Blog for more details.

How to change WordPress editor font – If you’ve upgraded to WordPress 3.2+, you’ve noticed the changes they’ve made to wp-admin and the editor. I’ve gotten used to wp-admin but I’ve been having a hard time with the editor font. This article solves that! Now to pick a new font…

Protecting Your Online Life With Secure Passwords – People tend to be pretty loose with their passwords. I get it: we all have accounts for seemingly every website we go to, we have multiple email accounts, etc. Who can remember all of those passwords? So, we reuse passwords. We pick simple, easy to remember ones. And then we wonder how our accounts get hacked. This article covers what makes good and bad passwords, tips for managing your passwords, and suggests how often to change your really important passwords. Yes, I know it’s all a hassle but it’s easy security that’s worth it!

The Google+ Cheatsheet Is a Quick Reference To Using Google+ – Shortcuts styling, hotkeys for quick navigation, and other handy tips for G+.

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