Windows 8 Folders

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Dear Microsoft,

With Windows 8 I believe you tried to get a one size fits all product out too fast. There are things that instead of enhancing user experience, they degrade it.

One example is the Start screen. As you can see there is a bunch of crap that I don’t (nor will ever) use. Please bring in the capability to add folders.

This would have been prevented if you learned from experience. The only thing you needed is one of the people that worked in the design team to be an iPhone user. Remember how the initial versions of iPhone did not have folders and they later added this functionality? Well, just do the same.

win8

Sincerely,
Sometimes Frustrated User

How I like to provide feedback – Fitbit vs Microsoft

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Have you ever taken one of those surveys that Microsoft presents you from time to time? Who comes up with these surveys?!1?!1?!1?! (one oneado for those who understand!)

If you take a survey from MS it is something like this:

“The following survey consists of 12325 questions that all look the same, it will take you about 3 hours and we are not so sure we will take your response too seriously, we will just average it with the rest. Thanks for all the fish!”

I know that asking a bazillion 1 to 10 questions makes the survey easier to grade and come up with averages and all sorts of charts, complexity all around which makes these people feel important. But it forgets the most important thing, the customer.

When you have a survey, focus on the customer and leave it an open response with perhaps just a few options. Let your customer tell you their experience and either you or hire people to analyze the response and file them accordingly.

I just took Fitbit’s support survey and loved it. Simple, focus on the customer, open answer. Let your customer provide you with the info you need and do the hard work on your end! You will get more of what you need.

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Also Kudos to Fitbit on their support, it was great and so its their product.

Obtain your locked iPhone’s UUID without iTunes

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So I installed iOS 7 in my brother’s iPhone today. I had his iPhone 4 registered properly but I forgot this is a new phone. So now I have:
– A phone that is locked
– I don’t my Mac at hand, only Windows machines
– It is a pretty boring drive at 10 pm and I can’t leave him several days without a phone

Tadaaaaaaaaaa. Get it from the device manager. Just one word of advice, it NEEDS to be typed in developer.apple.com in all lower case. If you write it in upper case it will not be recognized.

It is the last string in Device Instance Path

uuidobtain

Hello iOS 7!
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Install iOS 7 – How to extract the ipsw from dmg file

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iOS 7 is out. I need to give it a try, even though some people say you shouldn’t mainly because it is beta as this post from cult of mac says –> http://www.cultofmac.com/231392/why-you-probably-shouldnt-install-ios-7-right-now-opinion/

In any case this guy says you can downgrade: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/06/11/how-to-downgrade-ios-7-to-ios-6-1-3/

But let’s cut to the chase. I downloaded the software from developer.apple.com – you need a dev account for that. And so I have the dmg file in desktop. I go to iTunes now and it doesn’t let me select the dmg file. Crap I forgot that #1 the ipsw is inside the dmg file, #2 my Mac Book Pro is at work and #3 I don’t want to wait for tomorrow as I only have Windows on this side of the city.

Solution:

Download Power Iso (http://www.poweriso.com/) and open the dmg file. The dmg file is just like a zip file in logical terms, extract the ipsw and install from iTunes.
dmgtoipsw

Voila! iOS 7 installed and I am ready to suffer bugs, bad battery life and everything that comes with a beta!

Banco Nacional = Usabilidad 0

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La pagina del Banco Nacional esta diseñada para ser tan inusable… es para proteger su dinero!

Es increible que haya un lapso entre ingresar una cuenta para hacer transferencia y poder hacer la transferencia. La gente tiene prisa, tiene que trabajar, tiene que seguir adelante y una transferencia hacerla de inmediato y no en dos pasos.

Esto es como hacer fila pero virtualmente. Es simplemente tonto!

(Si yo se que van a decir que es una medida de seguridad, como la vara de Java de la entrada y la tontera de cambiar de clave a cada rato. Con el token es la mejor medida de seguridad y con alertas de transferencias como el BAC. Aprendan de los que si saben hacer las cosas bien – LAFISE tambien te estoy viendo…)

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This configuration section cannot be used at this path. This happens when the section is locked at a parent level

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Say what?

I got this error and was pretty much clueless. It is under Windows Server 2012 and it didn’t occur in 2008

HTTP Error 500.19 - Internal Server Error
The requested page cannot be accessed because the related configuration data for the page is invalid.

Detailed Error Information:
Module IIS Web Core
Notification BeginRequest
Handler Not yet determined
Error Code 0x80070021
Config Error This configuration section cannot be used at this path. This happens when the section is locked at a parent level. Locking is either by default (overrideModeDefault="Deny"), or set explicitly by a location tag with overrideMode="Deny" or the legacy allowOverride="false".
Config File \\?\C:\myapp\web.config
Requested URL https://localhost:443/api/v1/Login
Physical Path C:\myapp\api\v1\login
Logon Method Not yet determined
Logon User Not yet determined

Config Source:
90: < /modules >
91: < handlers >
92: < remove name="ExtensionlessUrlHandler-ISAPI-4.0_32bit" / >

More Information:
This error occurs when there is a problem reading the configuration file for the Web server or Web application. In some cases, the event logs may contain more information about what caused this error.
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How did I solve it?

Add Application Development from the Features! Remember to add the 4.5 stuff if you need it
appdev

And then do the following in a command prompt, if required. Update to Allow on the handlers and modules section in C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv\config\applicationHost.config and remember to open as administrator

< section name="handlers" overrideModeDefault="Allow" / >
< section name="modules" allowDefinition="MachineToApplication" overrideModeDefault="Allow" / >

Best shortcut in Win8 (and Server 2012)

by Xavier Comments: 0

So yes I am annoyed too. I am one of those who thinks Win XP is the best OS from the Microsoft family… however I got to like Win7 a lot.

Now I am in Win8 (and Server 2012) and the horrible usability gives me a hard time. Only accepted a bit by the nice looks of it and speed.

So trying to make my life easier I just discovered the nicest short cut (apart from Win + C for getting the oddly name thingie on the right)

Win + X. A geek’s new best friend in Win8

shortcut

Win8… Back to Basics!

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Take a deep look at Windows 8 screen.

win8

Now think hard… What does it look like? Hint: see below

win31

The Windows 8 screen is just the Windows 3.1 one with a blue background! Is Microsoft saving some money in design here or did they bring someone old back to the team?

Inbox Zero – How often does it happen to you?

by Xavier Comments: 0

Well basically it happened to me today! Mainly because of Memorial Day, I had the chance to clean up my inbox. However this does not mean only reading or glancing one email after another or “Mark all as read:.

Do the following (some taken from the “Getting things done” book by David Allen, just a bit modified for my needs)

– If there is nothing you can do about it, simply mark as read and let it go. This is the most difficult one of all categories because it is hard to accept that there is nothing you can actually do about it. Accept it

– If you can do something but not now and it is not that importante, then [create a task in Jira (I have my own) or some other task tracking/Kanban/post it/whatever system you use] so that you can take care of it later. This is your “do it later, not important queue”.

– If it is important, you can complete it now and it is (relatively) quick then
doit

– If it is important but you can’t complete it now, then schedule it in your important queue. Use Kanban when possible. No more than 5 important tasks queued as then you will only be moving your mess from your inbox to your task list and this is not the idea. Scheduling is key, else you can just kick the bucket.

inbox zero

Remember never to procrastinate!

I recommend also reading the Productivity Manifesto by Nathan Barry too, which is very good however in some cases it is not possible to follow his advice. I can’t do blocks of 25 minutes of my time, else some people of my team could be blocked and waste minutes of their time. And no, I am not that important but in some cases dependencies arise and minutes count.

Finding out who is using my SQL Server 2008 database!

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My last post was about taking databases offline, which if in use can be very problematic.

So before doing anything that can be interrupted if there is an open connection just run this:

CREATE TABLE #sp_who2 (SPID INT,Status VARCHAR(255),
Login VARCHAR(255),HostName VARCHAR(255),
BlkBy VARCHAR(255),DBName VARCHAR(255),
Command VARCHAR(255),CPUTime INT,
DiskIO INT,LastBatch VARCHAR(255),
ProgramName VARCHAR(255),SPID2 INT,
REQUESTID INT)
INSERT INTO #sp_who2 EXEC sp_who2
SELECT *
FROM #sp_who2
-- Add any filtering of the results here :
WHERE DBName <> 'master'
-- Add any sorting of the results here :
ORDER BY DBName ASC

DROP TABLE #sp_who2

Please note that sp_who2 is undocumented by Microsoft so it might change