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January 21
Podcast 232 - I Can't Wait to Play With It

Tonight's episode is a special one. I reveal the amount my podcast listeners raised this year for charity. It was a doozy. Then I talk about some SharePoint patch information that I screwed up. Whoopsie. Next I cover some Windows Phone news and talk about some new Windows hardware I recently purchased.

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Running Time: 39:19

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15:41 - Stefan Goßner
22:28 - Lumia Denim and Windows 8.1.1
24:21 - Windows event on Wednesday
25:23 - Microsoft offers second shot on exams
26:57 - Buy a MeeGoPad
32:35 - Podcast Awards

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Netcast232

January 20
Budget Windows Tablet Roundup

Over the last year I’ve become simply entranced with the Windows 8 slate tablets that have been coming out. They’re small, they run full Windows, and they’re cute as a button. As with most things in Windows, there are lots of options. There are many, larger, full featured Windows 8 tablets out there. I use one, a Surface Pro 2, as my daily driver. With a dock, it functions great as a desktop machine. On a plane it works well as a laptop and a tablet. You can also use it to prop open a window on a warm summer day. However, it costs over $1000, which puts it out of reach for a lot of people. On the other end of the spectrum you can snag a 7” or 8” tablet for $100. That’s what this blog post is about. In this blog post I’ll compare several small, budget tablets to help you decide which one is for you. To help with the comparison I have included a non budget 8” tablet, the Dell Venue 8 Pro. Of the four tablets listed below, I personally own the Toshiba Encore Mine, the Insignia Flex 8, and the Dell Venue 8 Pro. I included the HP because of its popularity and its value. Here’s the list of the tablets and their features:

 

Toshiba Encore Mini

Insignia Flex 8

HP Stream 7

Dell Venue 8 Pro

Unboxing video

View here

View here

None

None

OS

Windows 8.1 32 bit

Windows 8.1 32 bit

Windows 8.1 32 bit

Windows 8.1 32 bit

Office 365 sub?

Personal

Personal

Personal

Personal

CPU

Intel Atom Z3735G (1.33 GHz)

Intel Atom Z3735F (1.33 GHz)

Intel Atom Z3735F (1.33 GHz)

Intel Atom Z3740D (1.8 GHz)

RAM

1 GB

1 GB

1 GB

2 GB

Included Storage

16 GB eMMC

16 GB eMMC

32 GB eMMC

32 GB / 64 GB

Uses WIMboot

Yes

Yes

No

No

MicroSD Slot

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MicroSD card included?

No

16 GB

No

No

Screen Size

7 inch

8 inch

7 inch

8 inch

Screen Type

TN

IPS

IPS

IPS

Screen Resolution

1024 x 600

(resolution set to 1280 x 768)

1280 x 800

1280 x 800

1280 x 800

Pen Support

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Yes

Screen sucks?

Yes

No

No

No

Miracast Support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

External Video Connection?

No

Micro-HDMI

No

No

Charger connection

USB 2.0 OTG

USB 2.0 OTG

USB 2.0 OTG

USB 2.0 OTG

Works with Plugable 8 Dock?

Yes

Charge only

Unknown

Yes

Front Camera

2 MP

2 MP

2 MP

1.2 MP

Rear Camera

5 MP

2 MP

2 MP

5 MP

Wifi Networking

802.11 bgn

Realtek RTL8723BS

Single Band

802.11 bgn

Realtek RTL8723BS

Single Band

802.11 bgn

802.11 agn

Dell 1538

Dual Band

Bluetooth

4.0

4.0

4.0

4.0

Dimensions

0.42 x 4.71x 7.83  in

0.39 x 5.24 x 8.27 in

0.39 x 4.25 x 7.34 in

0.35 x 5.12 x 8.50 in

Weight

0.75 lbs (12 oz)

0.9 lbs

12.3 oz

0.87 lbs

If you find any of this in error, or if there are any features I haven’t listed that you’re curious about, let me know.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/TinyTabletTable

January 15
Podcast 231 - Delivered by a Moose

I start off tonight's Podcast with the story of my recent trip to New York City. It's more exciting than it sounds, I promise. Then I talk about a new device introduced at CES, a small HDMI stick computer from Intel that runs Windows 8.1. Darling little device. I may have to get one. Let's not fool ourselves, of course I'll get one. Then I talk about a couple of techniques I use to troubleshoot SharePoint issues.

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Running Time: 37:41

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04:29 - Birthday Donation Drive
06:09 – Workiva
15:16 - Intel HDMI stick
19:00 - Alibaba Windows HDMI stick
25:35 - SharePoint 2013 Search Query Tool v2.3 released
29:20 - Use Send-MailMessage to troubleshoot SharePoint email messages

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Netcast231

January 08
Netcast 230 - Big Gooey Conference

Welcome to my first podcast of 2015. It's got SharePoint, it's got Windows 7, Windows 8, AND Windows 10! I talk about some Windows 8 devices that have stolen my heart, a way to do BI in the cloud with on premises data, and how to keep your identity wherever you go.

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Running Time: 38:04

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06:06 - Flex 8 Unboxing
15:21 - HP Stream Mini PC
20:50 - Windows 7 will upgrade to Windows 10
28:00 - Microsoft Connects Power BI to On-Premises SQL with Preview Tool
29:34 - Azure AD Sync Service Released, Makes DirSync and FIM Obsolete

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Netcast230

January 05
Insignia Flex 8 Windows Tablet Unboxing

In the last few months I’ve been trying to get my hands on as many Windows tablets as I can. Windows 8.1 has really made the OS great, and it’s a lot of fun on little 7” to 9” devices. In my quest to find the perfect, cheap Windows tablet I recently picked up an Insignia Flex 8 tablet. It was $99 at my local Best Buy. It’s more expensive at the Amazon link, but it gives a better description than Best Buy’s own site does. To get it for $99 you’ll probably have to put on some pants and go to a brick and mortar Best Buy. It’s worth it.

After I got the Flex 8 home, I recorded an unboxing video along with some setup. Here’s the video:

Flex 8 unboxing (Time 0_00_35;20)

As you can see in the video description on YouTube, I do a few things in this video, so you don’t have to watch the entire 28 minutes if you don’t want to. You’ll regret it if you don’t, but the choice is there. Smile

I hope you enjoy the video. If you like these videos and want to see other stuff, let me know.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Flex8Unboxing

January 04
Netcast 229 - 2014 - An Insightful Year in Review

Shane and I spend some time talking about the things we can remember from 2014. We talk about our favorite hardware and other favorite stories from the year.

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Running Time: 1:22:04

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18:38 - Plugable Dock for Surface Pro
38:10 - iCloud Hack
54:30 - Skype translator

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Netcast229

December 29
Netcast 228 - Straightforward, Except When it's Not

Tonight's Netcast is the last Netcast of 2014. I cover a couple of SharePoint topics, like how to sync identities in SharePoint Foundation when SharePoint Foundation doesn't sync identities. Then I talk about CUs and what they really mean by 'Cumulative.' Then how a recent CU added some functionality for devs, that we admins can leverage, too. Then I jump into some fun stuff about Windows tablets, like how you can get one for less than a meal at McDonald's (if you super size) and 11 things that will make you love it even more, if that's possible.
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Running Time: 45:22

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05:30 - FoundationSync 2.5 Release
09:00 - Amazon Fire TV Stick
11:05 - Sideload apps on your Fire TV Stick
17:30 - SharePoint 2013 Builds page
18:52 - Latest API updates in Client Side Object Model (Dec 2014 CU for SP2013)
22:37 - Using PowerShell and CSOM with SharePoint Online
23:48 - Insignia Flex 8
31:18 - blog post on 6 Windows tips
32:00 - blog post on 5 more Windows tips
37:25 - Qi wireless charging dock
39:10 – SPTechCon
39:11 - SharePoint Evolutions

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Netcast228

December 21
5 More Tips for Windows Tablet Owners

In my 6 Tips for Windows Tablet Owners blog post I teased that I had more tips. I know you were all on the edge of your seats. It’s dangerous to publish the first part of a blog post without having already written the second half, but against all odds I pulled it off. Lucky you guys. Here are my next five tips for Windows tablet owners:

1) Change the Onscreen Keyboard

While I use a Surface Pro 2 as my daily driver, I have a bunch of smaller Windows tablets that I use. They’re in the 7” and 8” range and I don’t normally have a keyboard attached to them. I normally use them for consumption, but every once in a while I find the need to dispense some invaluable advice to someone on the Internet that’s wrong about something. The normal onscreen keyboard is okay, but Windows has an even better keyboard available for these smaller screens.

To check out the other keyboards, open up the onscreen keyboard. You can do that by clicking in a box in a Metro app, or triggering it manually anywhere from the Charms bar:

Screenshot (15) -edited

Once the keyboard is up, you can choose one of the alternate keyboards from the popup in the lower right hand corner:

Screenshot (14) - Edited

The split keyboard highlighted above is great for the 7” and 8” laptops. It allows me to hold the tablet landscape and speedily type with my thumbs. it looks like this:

Screenshot (9)

Different keyboards work better for different situations, so make sure to check them all out. Once you find the best one for you, you can help me correct all the wrong people on the Internet.

2) Use a Picture Password

I like my tablets to be secure. I don’t need any ne’er-do-wells combing through my collection of funny cat pictures if I leave my tablet unsecured at the local watering hole. But I also want to be able to get into it without typing my 27 character password that includes upper case, lower case, numbers, symbols, hieroglyphs, and a duck quack. Windows 8 has the solution.

Because, for better or worse, Windows 8 was designed heavily with touch devices in mind. You can log in with your old style password, but there are a couple of new options. You can set up a PIN, or use a picture password. You can get to these from the Charms Bar > Settings > Change PC Settings > Accounts > Sign-in Options:

Screenshot (10) - Edited

To set up a picture password you first have to type in your password, then choose a picture, of course. Next you set up three gestures on that picture. That action can be touching a spot, drawing a line from one point to another, drawing a circle, or resizing. Windows will have you walk through it a second time, just to make sure you both agree on it. Once you get that set up, you can now use that to login or unlock your tablet. You could also set up a PIN, but I don’t like those because they are limited to four characters and seem too insecure. I value my funny cat pictures and their safety.

If you get to that screen and don’t see all the options, you probably see this sad notice instead, “Some settings are managed by your system administrator.” This could be because of a domain policy, or a policy pushed out through your email with Exchange Active Sync. Unfortunately there’s not much you can do about it if it’s disabled at that level. Your best bet is to find incriminating pictures of someone in your IT department.

3) Use the Start Button on the Charms Bar

When using Windows 8 on a primarily touch device, you end up making a lot of use of the Start/Windows button. It gets you back to the much-maligned Start Screen. It also gets you back to whatever application you were running before you went to the Start Screen. Depending on how you are currently holding your device, and where the hardware Windows button is (like the top left edge on my Dell Venue 8 Pro), it can be cumbersome.

Fortunately, as is often the case in Windows, there is more than one way to skin a cat. (The author’s cat, Yngwie, would like, no, demands, the reader to know that the author in no way encourages or condones the skinning of cats, the animal kingdom’s finest specimen) Hidden, right in plain sight is the alternative I use most, the Windows button in the middle of the Charms bar.

Screenshot (11) - Edited

If I’m holding my tablet landscape with both hands, it’s pretty easy to swipe in from the right with my thumb and hit that Start button. The placement of the hardware Start button on the Dell Venue 8 Pro is horrible, which is what initially motivated me to find this alternative. Since then it’s become the standard way I access the Start button regardless of the tablet I’m using.

4) Keep an Eye on Your Storage

One of the ways that manufacturers are able to churn out these inexpensive Windows tablets is to put cheap storage in them. That usually means small amounts of onboard storage, some as little as 16 GB. The storage they do get is usually not very snappy, either. But in most cases, those are okay compromises to make. Smaller tablets normally only have Metro apps installed, which are small. They’re also mainly used for consumption, so there aren’t big virtualized machine files, or hi resolution video files to edit. But, they do need to store some media like MP3s, pictures, and video files from my Netcast, so some storage is necessary. Because of that you need to keep an eye on your storage. Here are a few quick tips around that:

  1. Get a MicroSD card and store everything you can on it. Most, if not all, of these tablets have a MicroSD slot on them.  For all of these tablets I buy cheap 64 GB MicroSD cards. Amazon has them for as cheap as $30. I put all my MP3s there, as well as anything else I can. I do everything I can to keep files off of the C drive. I haven’t tried it, but you should be able to put your Internet Explorer Temporary Internet Files there, Outlook PST and OST files, etc. If you install something like Dropbox, make sure you sync it to the MicroSD card as well.
  2. Shut off System Restore. Don’t get me wrong, I think backing up files is a very important thing. But on devices like little tablets, it’s not as important. While it would be annoying if the drive in one of my tablets died, I wouldn’t lose any data. Most content there is copied from other places, and everything else is synced to OneDrive. Because of that I disable the System Restore on them. Typing “Restore Point” on the Start Screen will take you to the Control Panel applet where you can shut it off.
  3. Use Disk Cleanup to, well, clean up your disk. Disk Cleanup is a tool built in to Windows. It goes through some preset locations and lets you choose to clean them up. It’s easy to use and you can’t beat the price.
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  4. Use a tool to figure out where all your space is going. There are a bunch of programs that do this, but I like WinDirStat. It gives you a graphic representation of how much space each folder on your computer is using and lets you drill down into them. Once you find the big folders you can figure out how to make them smaller or move them somewhere else.
  5. Use a program to compress your drive. Windows includes file and folder compression, and those help some. But I never keep up with them when I create new folders. Another option I recently saw reminded me of the 1990s, drive compression software. The folks that make ZipMagic have a program you can run that will compress your drive, much like WimBoot does. I haven’t tried it myself yet, but it’s on my list.

5) Keep an Eye on What Autostarts

I use my small tablets also exclusively on battery. Performance is important, but battery life has to be good too. To help with that I don’t allow any applications to autostart on my tablets, whether they think it’s a good idea or not. I can find out which sneaky apps are trying to eat up my battery and use my previous CPU and RAM by going to the Startup tab in Task Manager:

Screenshot (13) - Edited

If your Task Manager doesn’t look like that, try clicking “More details” on the bottom of it. I don’t have many things installed on this tablet, so there aren’t many offenders. On my other tablets I have to make sure things like Dropbox and SnagIt are not allowed to autostart. You’ll see in this screenshot that I have allowed several Intel processes the privilege of autostarting. That’s because that tablet has an Intel chipset for video and I’m not sure what would break if I disabled those. If I had any hair on my chest I’d disable them and see what happens. I do go in here periodically and certainly after I install or patch anything to see what’s been added.

That’s all the tips I have for now. I have a couple more ideas. They may or may not end up as blog posts.

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/5MoreTabletTips

December 18
Netcast 227 - This Vacation is Killing Me

In tonight's episode I talk about my new gig as an event model. Then I talk about a problem a listener had with SharePoint and a rogue SMTP server. Then I talk about the new SharePoint patches, and how to tweak SQL Server just right for SharePoint. Never being happy with what I have, I discuss some new things that are coming down the pike. I wrap things up by showing a new device I'll be unpacking for you.

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Running Time: 50:47

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06:45 - I was on the Ignite mailer
11:57 SharePoint 2010 December 2014 CU
12:04 SharePoint 2013 December 2014 CU
16:50 -Set Up SQL Server 2012 as a SharePoint 2013 Database Server
18:20 - Windows 10 Preview users will be able to upgrade to RTM
23:43 - Gabriel Aul's Twitter Page
24:45 - Office Sway generally available
26:23 - Skype Real Time Translation is available
28:28 Sign up to preview the Skype Real Time translation
29:24 - Gestures Beta for Windows Phone
30:39 - Australia gets Office 365
32:04 - My next toy
45:21 - Birthday Drive

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Netcast227

December 15
Netcast 226 - Guess Who's in my Pocket Today

Shane takes over again tonight while I'm on the road for Rackspace. He talks about the Microsoft Band fitness wearable and what he does and doesn't like about it. He also talks about a car that touched him in a bad place, and how life isn't fair, but that's okay, he can tell you the rules.

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Running Time: 32:54

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02:40 - Grumpy Cat makes 100 million
06:10 - The Microsoft Band
18:45 - Talking to Cortana
25:14 - The Problem Isn't That Life Is Unfair — It's That You Don't Know The Rules

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