D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

July 2013 Entries

Toggle Function Key Behaviour

A friend on Twitter was looking to set the default behaviour of the function keys on his Surface keyboard. By default they don’t act like Function keys and perform the iconic action instead. So F5 actually opens the search screen in Windows 8, it doesn’t run your VS.NET project unless you’re holding down the FN (function) key as well. This can be annoying if you’re doing development and need to hit F5 a lot. Thanks to Richard Hay for responding with the answer to how to do this! Just hold FN + CapsLock ......

Was the Surface RT a Bust?

Microsoft released their earnings report last week, and everyone’s making a huge deal about the fact they took a hit on the Surface RT to the tune of $900 million. This was apparently such a huge disappointment that Microsoft stock took a $4 hit (even though they, again, posted BILLIONS in revenue and profit). Considering how much money Microsoft spends on research and development every year (also in the billions), $900 million seems like an expensive R&D experiment more than a loss. Along with ......

Getting OneNote 2013 to Work With On-Premise SharePoint

*Note – This is reposted from my Surface Pro-focused blog “Surface At Work”. Check it out if you want to read specifically about my experiences putting my Surface Pro device through its paces in a pure work setting. I’ve really enjoyed using OneNote on my Surface Pro. It’s my go-to program for taking notes, almost exclusively with the pen (much easier for jotting things down than trying to type while at a lunch meeting). I ran into a problem when I wanted to upload my notebook to my work SharePoint. ......

Lessons Learned for Ad-Hoc Event Organizers

Being involved in the technical community has been a big part of my professional life. From helping start/run user groups, code camps, and product launch events all the way to running Prairie Dev Con, I’ve enjoyed connecting with like-minded individuals and working with others in the community to put on the various events. I’ve been very lucky to have worked with a number of individuals who are fantastic – trustworthy, hardworking, and reliable. We’ve seen many other types of events start up: Bar ......