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Microsoft is giving away 100GB of cloud storage!

February 28, 2014 1 comment

If you haven’t used Windows 8 before, you might not be too familiar with Microsoft’s OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive).  It’s been around for a while now, but with Windows 8, it was more in your face.  Many of the apps from the Microsoft Store can interact with files in your OneDrive, and with 8.1, OneDrive has deep integration with the Windows Explorer.

If you have a Windows LIVE account, you already have OneDrive (probably the 7GB they give to everyone for free).  If you want more storage, you pay an annual subscription for the amount you need.  It’s pretty simple, and not at all expensive (plans from 20GB to 200GB, all for $0.50/GB), but Microsoft is trying to lure in users to search with Bing and use their cloud storage by offering 100GB ($50 value) for free.

Let’s not mince words, though.  This is not perpetual storage.  If you want to keep that 100GB of data in your OneDrive after a year, you will need to fork over $50/year.  Also, in order to get it, you need to sign up for Bing Rewards.  Bing Rewards is free, and basically pays you to search.  There are other actions you can perform for bonus reward points, but the bread and butter of it is that you earn points for searching with Bing.  Then you redeem those points for cool stuff like gift cards to Amazon, Gamestop, restaurants, Starbucks, and more, as well as sweepstakes, and various online services.

If the idea of dropping $50 next year to keep your cloud storage isn’t a dealbreaker, I highly recommend you clicking the links and taking advantage of the offer while it lasts.

Bing Signup

100GB OneDrive offer

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How to disable Windows 8 Messenging

October 6, 2012 Leave a comment

I recently moved to Windows 8 RTM and in an effort to take full advantage of the Windows LIVE integration, I connected my domain user account to my Microsoft account.  Doing so automatically signed me into the native Messaging app, and I am not sold on full-screen instant messaging (I’m a strong Trillian supporter actually).  Unfortunately, I struggled to find a way to disable the Messaging app without uninstalling it.  At first, most people might think that uninstalling an application you don’t use is a reasonable solution, but uninstalling Messaging means uninstalling the Mail, Calendar, and People apps as well.  So, I put my thinking cap on and decided there just had to be a way to disable Messaging without uninstalling it.

As it turns out, there is.  And it’s super easy.  Simply open the Charms Bar and click through a few short menu options:

ImagePress CTRL+C, move your cursor to the upper or lower right corner of the screen, or swipe in from the right if you’re luck enough to have a touchscreen.  With the bar open, click Settings.


Next, click Options.


Move the slider to Off, then close the app.

It is worth noting that you will no longer see the number of unread messages on the lock screen, but if you prefer to use the classic Windows LIVE Messenger, Trillian, or some other IM client, this is probably a worthwhile tradeoff.

Get ’em while they’re hot! Microsoft unveils several ‘beta’s…

While many techies were distracted by other events at Mobile World Congress 2012, Microsoft unveiled the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, making it available for public consumption.  Okay, okay, you probably already knew that.  But did you know that Windows Server 8 “Beta” and Visual Studio 11 Beta (along with Team Foundation Server and Team Explorer Betas) are available for download as well?  I’d write more, but I’m too busy getting my hands dirty with these new Microsoft bits.

I’ve already installed Windows 8 in a VM, cleanly on a Lenovo ThinkPad W510, and did an upgrade install on a Lenovo ThinkPad T400S.  I’ve also installed Windows Server 8 Beta in a VM and Visual Studio 11 Beta once online and once offline.  Now it’s time to play!

Our new web site is live!

January 1, 2012 Leave a comment

In collaboration with OSYS, we’ve launched our new website (here).  Go check it out and let us know what you think :).  Also, be sure to check back often for new features and content!

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Who wants a free BlackBerry PlayBook?

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment

It has been entirely too long since we last posted something here, but I do have something worthy of removing the cobwebs today (and it’s got nothing to do with Halloween).  If you’re in the market for a tablet, you may want to consider the BlackBerry PlayBook.  The QNX-based tablet performs very well multitasking and browsing the web, but if you have a BlackBerry smartphone, it just gets better.  The BlackBerry PlayBook can tether to your BlackBerry smartphone to securely extend your data connection as well as email and BBM functionality.  Provided your phone is within bluetooth range and has a data plan, there is no need for a separate data plan for your new tablet!

So let’s get back to the title (let’s face it, you’ve only read this far to find out how to get your hands on that free PlayBook, right?).  The free PlayBook offer is a buy two, get one free deal, with an additional kicker: all 3 tablets will include a free premium accessory!  You have your choice of an HDMI cable, leather sleeve, or quick charging stand.

Description MSRP Our price You save
3 16GB PlayBooks and HDMI Cables $1,616.97 $1,099.97 $517
3 32GB PlayBooks and HDMI Cables $1,916.97 $1,299.97 $617
3 64GB Playbooks and HDMI Cables $2,216.97 $1,519.97 $697
3 16GB PlayBooks and Charging Pods $1,706.97 $1,099.97 $607
3 32GB PlayBooks and Charging Pods $2,006.97 $1,299.97 $707
3 64GB PlayBooks and Charging Pods $2,306.97 $1,519.97 $787
3 16GB PlayBooks and Leather Sleeves $1,646.97 $1,099.97 $547
3 32GB PlayBooks and Leather Sleeves $1,946.97 $1,299.97 $647
3 64GB PlayBooks and Leather Sleeves $2,246.97 $1,519.97 $727

I will throw out a few disclaimers now:

  • These prices are limited in both time and quantity and subject to change without notice
  • We typically only deal with local businesses in the Cincinnati, OH metro area and certain eligibility requirements may apply

If you are interested, please call our office at 513-892-0027 and mention this blog post.  Depending on the quantity you are interested in, we may be able to provide an even better deal, but I can’t stress enough that this is a limited time and quantity offer.

Synchronizing OneNote over SSL with integrated Windows authentication

February 4, 2011 4 comments

I started using OneNote about a year ago, and I’m still very much an amateur when it comes to what OneNote can really do.  I’m constantly finding new neat features in the program, but that has nothing to do with this post.  We have a server running Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, which is built on Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0.  I placed two OneNote notebooks in separate Document Libraries on separate SharePoint sites, and configured the sites to use Integrated Windows authentication.  Everything seems to work great via Internet Explorer, but other applications, such as OneNote and Windows Explorer, don’t work so well.  I thought this was due to the fact that my WSS sites only accepted SSL connections with an internal domain certificate, but as it turns out, it has nothing to do with SSL!

Does this look familiar at all?  If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7, you will get this error when trying to connect to a WSS 2.0/3.0 site using WebDAV.  In case you didn’t know, if you have a OneNote notebook stored on a SharePoint site, it connects via WebDAV to sync changes.  Also, if you access a SharePoint site via the UNC path, it also uses WebDAV.  For the last few months, when I opened OneNote, it would tell me OneNote needs a password to sync some of your notebooks.  Click here to see the list of sections and notebooks that require passwords.  When I clicked the message, I was prompted for credentials, and although I was already logged into my laptop with my domain credentials, I would simply put the same user/pass that I was logged in with, and it would sync.  I also found that I could not browse to the Document Library with the UNC path (\\\mysharepointsite).  When I tried this, I got the message The operation being requested was not performed because the user has not been authenticated.  The site uses Integrated Windows Authentication and was already in my Intranet zone in Internet Explorer, but it would not authenticate me.

Then I found this.  This is a known issue in Windows Vista, and KB941050 details how to fix it either with hotfix 943280 or with a registry hack.  As I am running Windows 7 and the hotfix did not seem to work for me, I tried the latter.  All you need to do to make Windows Explorer and OneNote happy is to create a new Multi-String Value called AuthForwardServerList in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters, add your site’s URL in the form of (obviously replace the FQDN and site with your own information, and drop the s if you are not using SSL), and restart the WebClient service.  No reboot necessary :).  The error goes away and you can access WSS Document Libraries over the Internet and sync OneNote notebooks via Integrated Windows Authentication (a strong word of caution though, if you are using Integrated Windows Authentication over the Internet, you really should use SSL to encrypt the information).

We have a new office!

January 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Some of you may know this and some of you don’t, but we recently moved into a new office.  It’s not too far down the road from our old office, but it’s a different city and zip so it looks further away on paper ;).  If you need directions to our new office, check out our Google Maps listing here.  Although the sign has not been installed, here is a mockup of what will be coming shortly, along with a picture of our conference room (the rest of our office is very office-like with some small offices and cubicles, so I won’t bore you with those pictures).

We now have a decent sized warehouse and are doing some renovations to convert an unused closet and adjacent room to a nice service area with a workbench for customer PC builds and repairs.  We’re all pretty happy with our new diggs, and if you want to see where we call home, stop out and see us.  We’re always looking for new customers and like to show off our headquarters to existing customers just the same!

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