1. The first 5 things you should do after you upgrade [VIDEO]:
If you followed the steps in the video above, you should have been able to: customize your start screen, customize your taskbar and action center, customize Microsoft Edge browser, figure out how to pin important apps, files, and websites, and lastly discover how to use some of the great apps to which you have access.
2. Fix tile icons that are disappearing
There's a small bug where tiles will become blank. To fix this, just resize a tile by right clicking it, then resize it again, and your tile's icon should be restored.
3. Save battery on your phone
If you're using a Windows 10 PC, you're already receiving app alerts. So you can turn your phone on to battery saving mode and continue getting app notifications on your PC, while getting SMS and calls still on your phone.
4. Remove the "Get Office" and "Get Skype" "apps"
These are tiles that are just links to download pages. They're not actually applications. You can get rid of them by right clicking and selecting "uninstall."
5. Utilize the touch gestures
Like in Windows 8, the left and right edges of the screen work with a touch screen. You can switch between open apps on the left, and access the Action Center on the right, whether you're in desktop mode or tablet mode.
6. Modify task manager
By default, task manager is the abbreviated version. Click "more details" to use the traditional version of task manager. You can also set up startup programs from here to make your PC start up even more quickly.
7. Use task view and multiple desktops
It might not be natural to you at first, but try them out. Force yourself to use them by choosing one app to run on a virtual desktop (like a music app), and start with that.
8. Use OneDrive on the web
If you're concerned about losing the "online/offline only" features in OneDrive from Windows 8.1, you can still access similar features by accessing OneDrive from a web browser. You can move files from a folder not on your drive to a folder on your drive via the web!
The site's live: LiveTile.me
I'm excited to announce a new place to get modern UI icons.
I'll be posting new Microsoft and non-Microsoft related icons that will be flat.
3 versions: "colored," black, and white.
I NEED YOU!
Since it's hosted on Tumblr, I thought it would be fun to get some additional authors and/or contributors to the site. If you're interested in adding modern UI icons of your own, fill out this form.
It's time for a new era
Windows 10 is Microsoft's vision for an OS fully realized. It's a fully desktop-oriented OS, with the ability to ebb and flex for a variety of other form factors, like tablets and extremely large displays.
As of today at 12:10am, Windows 10 has been installed on my Surface Pro 3 and working smashingly. I'm still waiting on the prompt to upgrade my desktop machine, however. The rollout begins today, and depending on your region, your PC, whether or not you're part of the Windows Insider program, and your internet connection, your upgrade could start soon.
This is an exciting time for Microsoft fans, technology fans, and even consumers in general. People are going to love Windows 10!
Also, did I mention it's a free upgrade for those consumers? Yeah, people like free stuff.
App + Service Icons
The OneDrive link contains four folders, two called "black" and two called "white" each with its respective color of the icons. Each color has .png and .ico versions. Each icon is 256 x 256 and supports transparency. I found most of these icons by hunting in the Windows 10 system files.
To download them, click the "Download" button below!
I'm proud to announce that davidvkimball.com and the Beyond Tweeting website officially have live tile support for Windows devices and the Microsoft Band!
To add a live tile to your Windows 8.1 Start Screen or Windows 10 Start Menu, go to davidvkimball.com or beyondtweeting.com. In the modern version of Internet Explorer in Windows 8.1, click "Favorites" and then "Pin to Start." In Microsoft Edge in Windows 10, click "..." on the top right and select "Pin to Start."
Here's what they will look like in Windows 8.1:
I've been very busy this past month. First there's the traveling, work, and life stuff, then there's the extra stuff I've been tacking on lately.
I was inspired to write a book about Twitter, so I did.
As I was writing, I was inspired to create a podcast. So I did!
You can download the Beyond Tweeting book here:
You can listen to the Beyond Tweeting Podcast here:
I've been overwhelmed with the support of my friends and family throughout this process, and all of the new relationships I'm building as a result!
If you buy my book, leave a review on Amazon with a title and comments. You'll be entered to win in a $5 Amazon Gift card. How's that for some incentive? You could get 500% of your money back if you buy the book!
If you listen to my podcast, it's free. If you enjoy it, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes!
If you do, you'll also most likely get a shout out in the next episode.
Hope you're all having a happy 4th of July weekend!
Think of an alias like an alternative path to the same destination. It can apply to domain names, subdomains, and email addresses.
For example, Blogger and Tumblr allow for custom URLs for FREE. If you own your own domain name, you can turn your blog into [domain].com or blog.[domain].com.
Or you can get a short URL! Like dvdv.kim. If paired with the bit.ly service, you can share and track your own branded URLs and track clicks. With bit.ly you can have the root domain forward to your website or blog.
Email address aliases are cool, too.
If you use a domain name, some domain registrars permit domain address forwarding. So you can setup name@[your domain name] to forward emails to your personal inbox.
If you have an Outlook account, you can go to Settings > Add an alias. If the end of your address is @hotmail.com or @live.com, you can get an @outlook.com address that goes to the same mailbox.
After you do that, you can use inbox rules to filter messages sent to certain addresses.
For example, make an inbox rule that "when To: field = [alias address], put in [alias] folder."
This means you can virtually manage several separate inboxes in one mail account organized by folders.
An Admirer's Interpretation of the Microsoft Logo
I created a SlideShare presentation about my interpretation of the design ethos of Microsoft's logo. Check it out below!
If you're a #WinPhan, feel free to share this image with others or add your own definition!
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