Microsoft introduced the Fix it Solution Center in the first half of 2010, and now also made available for download a Fix IT pack, which it’s offering free of charge.
The Fix it Solution Center is designed to help customers find automated solutions for their problems.
Essentially, in addition to sometimes providing guidance and step-by-step instructions for customers to resolve a range of issues with Microsoft’s products, the software giant started putting together basic tools designed to automatically resolve glitches, bugs, etc.
Fix It makes it possible for users to launch an automated solution designed to take care of a specific problem and watch it go away, rather than having to implement a workaround manually. More »
When presenting pictures in a blog or on a website they are viewed by the reader in a browser. The photos are rarely shown full-screen. As the page is opened there is a short delay for the pictures to download. Depending on the users Internet connection speed and the number and size of images, this may be just a moment or it can be an annoying wait. There is some control we can exercise to minimize this time. Fewer and smaller pictures is one way, but even without compromising the look and content there are some steps to improve the presentation. Before I explain my approach, take a look at this photo:
Look full image
If you have not already done so, click on the image for a larger size view. The photo on this page is not of bad quality, is it? I don’t mean artistic quality, but how well detail and colors are rendered on the page. A bit of explanation for my less knowledgeable readers: To show a picture in a browser window, that picture has to be downloaded from some server on the web, and possibly rescaled, before it can be displayed. It stands to reason that this can be done faster for a smaller file size. More »
Customers running Windows 7 have reported running into issues when attempting to install an Intel AHCI driver from the DVD or CD, as a part of deploying Microsoft’s latest iteration of the Windows client.
According to the software giant, users reported coming across an error message after they pressed F6 in order to load a vendor provided AHCI controller driver.
“The Intel Express Chipset SATA AHCI controller (E:\1046…\iaAHCI.inf) device driver could not be installed. Contact your vendor for an updated driver,” is an example of the information displayed to end users.
The Redmond company revealed that the issues can occur during the Windows 7 installation process, and only when customers attempt to install the AHCI driver from a DVD or CD media. More »
Using keyboard shortcuts can often cut the time it takes to do something on a computer in half. Below are our top 10 keyboard shortcuts we recommend everyone memorize and use.
Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert
Copy the highlighted text or selected item.
Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert
Paste the text or object that’s in the clipboard.(Sometimes improperly referred to as the pasteboard, the clipboard is the location in a computer operating system such as Microsoft Windows that stores information that has been cut or copied from a document or other location. The clipboard will hold this information until it has been overwritten by new information. For example, a user may copy information from a word processor and paste that information into an e-mail message.)
Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y
Undo any change. For example, if you cut text, pressing this will undo it. This can also often be pressed multiple times to undo multiple changes. Pressing Ctrl + Y would re-do the undo. More »