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I cover technology that is interesting to me either as a consumer or in my role as an IT Executive including Windows, Lync, SharePoint, iOS, VMWare, Windows Phone, Apps and WebServices. 

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Wednesday
Oct152014

It's been way too long. For what?

I could start analyzing the logo and point out that it's rainbow colored just as the original Apple logo, ot the fact that the event will take place where the original Mac got introduced 30 years ago. Possibly that is not even a logo but a pen pressing down on the new iPad Air Pro screen, or maybe the powercables of Macs are just way too long. Who knows?

I am going out on a limp here and say that Tim Cook promised that Apple has in 2014 the best product pipeline ever. So far, we have gotten two phones (from my point of view those are way too long) and an announcement for a Watch that will come early next year (which means May). Oh, and some buggy software. Not necesseraly the best product pipeline ever so far. That's why I believe that tomorrow we will see far more than almost everyone predicts.

Sure, there will be an iPad Air that looks like your iPhone 6 and if you wait long enough you can get it in gold. The iMacs will be updated with an end-of-the line product with Retina display while the other models stay in place for a while. 

Yosemite will be released during the event, iOS 8.1 seems a given. But what else?

Here is my prediction:

Anything that used to be iLife will be completely reworked (we kind of know that already) including iPhoto and iMovie. There will be a new Mac Mini, possibly with a rainbow colored Logo and some minor technical upgrades. We will be surprised by the announcement of the iPad Pro, which will not be released until early next year (May again). Apple Pay goes live - starting with Walgreens on Saturday (and there will be lines at Walgreens just to check it out) and there will be a new Apple TV (May 2015). 

And with that Apple has updated all existing products this year and you could call that a good product pipeline - possibly the best Apple ever had.

Tuesday
Oct072014

Windows 10 activation issue

When I updated my Windows 8 to the technical preview it was not automatically activated as described in the Microsoft documentation. 

The following process will take care of the activation issue on in-place updated Windows 10 installations:

1. Open Administrative command prompt

2. Type: SLUI 3

3. Enter the product key Microsoft provided for recovery scenarios: PBHCJ-Q2NYD-2PX34-T2TD6-233PK

This will get rid of the Activation Message (at least until April of 2015)

Monday
Oct062014

Windows 10 - nice name

I have installed the Enterprise technical preview on my main work machine last week to check the differences to our Windows 8 based corporate installation. And I have to say I am completely blown away!

By the name that is.

Because let's face it, after working on this for a few days - it is exactly Windows 8. If I wouldn't have reconfigured it to use the Startmenu (which I don't really want -  I was fine with the Tiles) you would not be able to see anything different to Windows 8. 

So the name that distances this from Windows 8 by two version numbers (and puts it on par with OS X) is the only real genius thing about Windows 10. Technology wise this is a service pack at best.

Friday
Sep122014

Microsoft buys Minecraft

Tuesday
Sep092014

Here is the iPhone 6

Looks like a legit leak of the iPhone 6 just hours before the official release:

Wednesday
Sep032014

XP Users wake up already! 

When I sit down at a PC running XP these days I usually have two thoughts going through my mind. First, how could anyone work with this garbage from 13 years ago - and second, why would anyone want to? The initial release of Windows XP was on August 24, 2001. Think about that for a minute!

That was before 9/11. We had at least 2 mayor wars since then. Apple released the iPod (First Generation) in October of that year. I had three kids since then. I mean seriously - get used to change people. What's the holdup?

I get it if you didn't like Vista (even though I don't understand it - it is a superior product in so many regards) - but XP instead of Windows 7? Come on, seriously? And yes, there are applications that didn't run on Vista, or Windows 7 - I understand that pain, I am responsible for running 15.000 Windows systems worldwide. But it has been 13 years - how much longer do you want to wait to change those applications or replace them finally? 

I found this graph on BusinessInsider and it is astonishing to me how reckless people are when it comes to the topic of Windows XP.

30% marketshare of all Windows versions - that is amazing. I hope you all know that the day for the funeral is fixed (and it's close). 

On a lighter note - migrate to Windows 8 - it's a joy and nearly not as bad as everyone wants you to believe - again, it is the best Windows yet.