experiences of wp10: 10586

This was the last production build before the anniversary build – so around end March 2016.
Pretty stable and I would have stuck with it, but I forgot to switch off Windows Insider from InsiderSlow to ProductionBuilds 🙁
I went to a Microsoft Productivity Lab mid April 2016 and this was the build they were running on their Win10 machines.

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Posted by admin - April 17, 2016 at 14:09

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experiences of wp10: about me

This is a blog of my experiences with wp10.

Applications I use a lot: phone, sms, email, SkypeForBusiness, Edge, weather (I travel a lot and need to see information on sunrise and real feel temperatures).
In the car (audi a6 2014), huge bluetooth user, using: calls, podcasts, spotify, intune radio (radio riviera :-)), camera (for logging car miles – not a heavy user of camera otherwise).
Sport: Garmin Connect, Endomondo.

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Posted by admin - April 17, 2016 at 14:06

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Traveling with your baby by plane

As many of you frequent flyer parents know, many of the internet sites and magazines are full of advice and what is said in one country might be very different in another country. Being a frequent traveler family means that what is good according to your friends and colleagues back home may not end up working for you if the need is to be mobile.

We first went with a car seat from the same maker as our pram, Emmaljunga. Emmaljunga is a go to pram if you live in cold and snowy conditions (most of Scandinavia). When using the car seat (Emmaljunga First Class 0+ Base Car Seat) we always felt that the seat wasn’t quite right for us and additionally that the seat was slightly too big to carry around the airport and shops, especially for me. Then we got a car seat from our friend (Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix infant carrier) to borrow for our visit to the UK. After a week or so of usage we upgraded to the Maxi-Cosi Pebble. The Pebble has since travelled with us on several airlines and rental cars (with and without the ISOFIX base) and has been a perfect travel companion for us. It is slightly narrower than some car seats, making it a perfect fit for today’s airplane seats.

So, if you are a frequent traveller, here are a few questions to ask about an infant carrier or baby travel system before you decide what to buy unless you wish to end up with multiple child seats as we did.

1. Do I wish to travel with the baby by air – if the answer is yes, then look at the car seats approved by airlines which you most commonly fly with. Also check the width of the car seat: the Pebble is slightly narrower than the CabrioFix although both are approved by the airlines that we use commonly.
2. Who is most often carrying the car seat – if the mother is carrying the baby, check that the seat is manageable even with weight (take for example 8kg weight and place it onto the seat to test)
3. Does the main user have the patience to use the seat belts to attach the seat to the car – if not an isofix base is a must, but check if your car is isofix compatible. If travelling with taxis or rental cars frequently, a seat which can do both seatbelt and isofix sounds like a perfect match.
4. Do the accessories match your frequent travelling patterns – we have noticed that it is best to have a seat which provides the most frequently needed accessories for example a rain cover, mosquito net and summer cover for sunny and hot places.
5. Does the seat match to the pram/travel system/stroller which you are planning to buy? Nowadays adapters are frequently available but we noticed that some brands have adapters to more models and brands than others.
When travelling by plane with a child with an infant carrier, always check if the airline allows the carrier to be taken into the flight or only up to the gate. If a carrier is allowed to the plane, this might be time to show your loyalty card to see if you could have a row of three seats to yourselves.

A tip: fly on less packed flights and there is more likelihood that the baby carrier can be taken into the flight and there might be a seat available for the carrier between the parents’ seats.

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Posted by admin - April 17, 2016 at 14:00

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Introduction

I am a keen traveller and spouse of a frequent traveller.

My purpose is to inspire parents with small children to travel. I also look forward to your comments and learning from any tips you might have when travelling with children.

Visas, insurances, taxation, social security and other procedures of frequent travel and assignments are very familiar topics to me as I work with global mobility, but, as a first time parent, my experiences were mostly of traveling with children were mostly from books rather than experience before our son was born. I am a firm believer of the importance of planning and to the fact that not all of us are the same. In my blog entries I try to give questions and checklists which you readers can then amend to your needs.

As many of us have been frequent travellers or even are still, I try to bring in comments where those hard earned miles and loyalty cards really pay off when travelling with children.

Thank you for all the bloggers for the inspiration and information. I would have been lost without you on my travels. See you at the airport!

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Posted by admin - April 17, 2016 at 13:58

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chm content not displayed

I downloaded the office2013 vba help files in chm format and saved them to my computer. When you launch them, you should see contact on the right hand side. I did not. I could still search using the left hand pane, but a double click in the lift hand pane did not show the expected content in the right.

To fix, you need to open properties (right click on the file) and then select unblock at the bottom (it has been blocked as it has come from the internet). Reload and the content should now display.

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Posted by admin - June 7, 2015 at 17:06

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Microsoft targets

Microsoft brings iOS and Android apps to Windows 10 http://bit.ly/1EAjeQS. Microsoft’s goal: 1 billion active Win10 devices in 2-3 years.

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Posted by admin - April 30, 2015 at 16:01

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Microsoft band first thoughts

I was in Seattle 2 weeks ago so I bought a band. Here’s my first thoughts:
1. Heavy. It is quite heavy – I feel it when I go running.
2. Battery. Requires charging every 2 days.
3. Waterproof. Cannot handle shower but can handle rain.
4. Heart rate. I’ve noticed big differences between band and and an HRM belt.
5. Pedometer. Big differences between Garmin vivosmart and band – but I am wearing them on different wrists.
6. Cortana. Cant figure out how this works, nor twitter.
7. Music. Why cant I start and stop music?

Things I like:
1. Ecosystem. Its part of the ecosystem so it should get better.
2. Data. It collects a lot of data – including gps when running. Where does it all go? Would be great to have Endomondo interface…
3. Sleep %. Ok one for data freaks but quite interesting to see % efficiency of sleep and how many times you woke up…

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Posted by admin - March 31, 2015 at 22:44

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I lost my Apple TV (ATV/iTV) remote. Here is what to do next…

A few options – most require some pre-prep…
1. PRE-PREP. make sure you have turned on home sharing and you know what the userid is. SOLUTION: Then you can download the remote app from apple: https://www.apple.com/apps/remote/
2. PRE-PREP. add a bluetooth keyboard – better for searches anyway.
3. PRE-PREP. program another remote (eg: your dvd player): http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201856 – make sure you do not program the power button (because then you can use same remote for apple tv as well as dvd)
4. PRE-PREP. buy a universal remote – I had a Logitech Harmony 550. I had to update s/w: http://support.logitech.com/product/harmony-550-advanced-universal-remote. Setting you use is Media Center.
** top tips for #4 ***
If after updating your Harmony Remote the Apple TV does not respond, please follow these steps:
1. Press the Device button on your Harmony.
2. Select the Apple TV. It will be listed as a Media Center PC.
3. Hold the Harmony within 3 inches of the Apple TV.
4. From the LCD of your Harmony, select the command Unpair.

The Apple TV should now respond to your Harmony Remote. Problem is that this then replaces the AppleTV remote (which we found later :-)) But it is simple job to add it back again (which of course then removes the Logitech :-~)

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Posted by admin - February 26, 2015 at 09:22

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Win8 remove taskbar thumbnail previews

This has been bugging the hell out of me: I like the lists (I can see what has been saved and what has not). I hate the previews (no extra information provided by them – and takes away my saved / not saved view) 🙂

From
KEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

New dword32
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Posted by admin - February 26, 2015 at 09:11

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wp8.1 emulator troubleshooting – Windows Phone OS is starting OR Loading OR freezes

I had lots of issues with getting wp8.1 emulator working with visual studio 2013 update 4, although it worked fine with a physical device.
Challenge is that emulator creates virtual machines and then it is a network connection over to the virtual machine.
Looking at the hyper-v manager, I could see that the virtual machine had been created ok, and VSExpress 2013 was starting it ok (and it stopped and restarted each time I hit debug in VSExpress).
My problem was that we use F-secure as a firewall and it was blocking communication.

My fix: activated airplane mode, disabled firewalls then tried again.
2 minutes in, everything was ok – vm had been created (I was deleting them and the virtual switch before starting each run) and connection had been made.
Second time took 5 seconds to run.

I then switched firewall back on, airplane mode off. Even internet worked.
The only thing it did not seem to survive was an overnight sleep state – but that’s ok.

Note, if I use windows firewall, this already ships with the right port rules – but I could not see anything to do with VS or xde, so must be the generic hyper-v ones.

Really difficult for me to see which are the origin ports, as these are dynamically generated. But I can see that on the emulator it is port 135.

OTHER TROUBLESHOOTING
Along the way, I came across many useful sources of info…

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Simple fix might be to plug in the physical LAN cable – don’t ask, just the way hyper-v virtual switches work… (something to do with sharing same MAC).
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Troubleshooting the Windows Phone 8 Emulator
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(WP8) Emulator (XDE) Troubleshooting Tips
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Windows phone emulator not working (visual studio update 3)?
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https://www.beta.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/896712/app-fails-to-deploy-into-emulator
One possible reason for the behavior you are observing is corrupt Hyper-V settings. To correct that, please follow these steps:

1. Close Visual Studio.
2. Open the Hyper-V Manager.
3. Delete all Emulator virtual machines.
4. From the Virtual Switch Manager, delete all Windows Phone Emulator-related switches.
5. Start Visual Studio and try deploying to the Emulator.

When I did that I then got the error: “you do not have permission to modify internal hyper-v network adapter settings, which are required to run the emulator”

Hit retry – but then it paused on the “Windows Phone OS is starting”.
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I then tried other format emulators – did not work.

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I then tried launching from the command line – works, but then you do not get the connection between the two:
“c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft XDE\8.1\xde.exe” /name “Emulator 8.1 U1 1080P 6 inch.myusername” /displayName “Manual” /video “1080×1920”

My actual command line when executed from visual studio:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft XDE\8.1\XDE.exe” /name “Emulator 8.1 U1 1080P 6 inch.myusername” /displayName “Emulator 8.1 U1 1080P 6 inch” /vhd “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v8.1\Emulation\Images\flash.update1.vhd” /video “1080×1920” /memsize 2048 /diagonalSize 6 /language 409 /bootlanguage 409 /creatediffdisk “C:\Users\myusername\AppData\Local\Microsoft\XDE\8.1\dd.1080×1920.2048.60.gdr1.vhd” /snapshot /fastShutdown

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Possible solutions for WP8 SDK Emulator issues – WP8 Hyper-V emulator cannot see the wireless network adapter
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I was running on a domain where I am not the admin of the domain (that’s why I think I had lots of problems with hyper-v user privileges. Even adding the domain user in via mmc did not help (note: need to be connected to the domain to do that – otherwise you can only add local users).
Good luck!

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Posted by admin - February 26, 2015 at 09:06

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