Download Windows 10 Preview!

Yes, yesterday Microsoft announced that Windows 10 was the name of the next version of Windows, skipping the name Windows 9. Microsoft claims that this is such an advanced release of Windows that it’s more than just one version different! These are claims that sound hard to believe, so Microsoft wants to challenge you to believe see for yourself! Today marks the release of the first public preview for Windows 10! preview.Windows.com has all of the information you need to know! The product key is listed on the top of the download page, so just visit Microsoft and download the latest version of the Windows 10 preview. There is a “preview upgrade” version available, however it embeds itself with your computer. I strongly recommend downloading the ISO version and installing it on a spare computer, separate partition, or a Virtual Machine.

It is extremely important to note that this is a technical preview. It could have some bugs and other issues, and may also be substantially different from the final version of Windows 10. Remember, the earliest Windows 8 technical previews still had a Start Menu. 2015 will likely see a consumer preview and a developer’s preview prior to the typical RTM (Release to Manufacturing) release before it gets released at retail. Stay tuned for the future!

Video game fun with Wolfram|Alpha

Ready to get your geek ALL THE WAY on for this holiday weekend (in the States)? Go to Wolfram|Alpha and type any of the following:

graph Mario curve
graph Donkey Kong curve
graph Wario curve
graph Waluigi curve
graph Koopa curve
graph Goomba curve
graph Bowser curve
graph Sonic curve
graph Eggman curve (OR graph Robotnik curve).

Leave a comment if you find more characters to draw!

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 specs, pricing, and details


Microsoft just wrapped up their Surface event, and they announced the Surface Pro 3. Me? I’m a geek. So here is the stuff that matters!

General Surface Pro 3 specs:

What would you pay for a Microsoft Subscription?

Yesterday, Microsoft officially announced Office for iPad. The app will allow anyone who downloads it to view read-only versions of their documents stored in OneDrive. However, to modify your documents, you must be a paying Office 365 subscriber. Also, I have recently been considering signing up for an Xbox Music Pass. Not only that, but I have an ongoing Xbox Live Gold Member subscription.

This got me thinking. Imagine some sort of “Microsoft Subscription” that enabled access to the works? Xbox Live, Office 365, let’s say 50 or 100GB of bonus OneDrive storage, Xbox Music Pass… everything! What would you pay? If the MSRP of Office 365’s base package is $60 for one year. A year of Xbox Live Gold is $59.99, and Xbox Music, if paid up front, is $99.99. You’re looking at $220 worth of products, if you pay in advance. Paying month by month brings both Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Music to $120/year, each. So, what would you pay for a “Microsoft Subscription” to unlock it all? $150? $200? What other products would you want out of your subscription fee? If it were $250 and included a downloadable desktop version of Office to install your PC? A Windows license that always allowed you to upgrade to the latest and greatest version of Windows?

More importantly, do you believe something like this will happen in the future? Feel free to comment below.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Specs (Snapdragon & Exynos)

Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Size: 142 x 72.5 x 8.1
Weight: 145g
2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU*
2GB of RAM
16/32GB storage capacity
microSD support up to 64GB
5.1-inch FHD Super AMOLED display (1920 x 1080)
16-megapixel camera with UHD 4K video recording at 30fps
2.1-megapixel front-facing camera
LTE Cat 4 (150/50Mbps)
USB 3.0
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80 MIMO (2×2) Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0 BLE/ANT
NFC
IR Transceiver
2800mAh battery
IP67 Dust and Water Resistant (est. 30 minutes under 3 ft. of water)
Fingerprint scanner
Heart rate sensor

*It has already been suggested the later version of the S5 (“Standard” vs. “Prime” are rumored names I have seen) will be released with an Exynos 2.1 Ghz Octa-Core CPU, allowing even higher on screen resolutions and better game performance, among other performance gains.

Getting to know Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella

Everyone, say hello to Satya Nadella. He has just been named the new CEO of Microsoft. Only the third CEO in company history, Nadella has been with Microsoft for 22 years.

He is well known for his role on the enterprise end of the spectrum. Particularly, over the last quarter-decade, he has been responsible for a lot of what makes Azure a great cloud platform. He is credited with making sure the infrastructure, including the ability to run Windows Server, SQL Server, and Visual Studio within the cloud. His educational background is at The University of Chicago, where he attended the Booth School of Business. While at Microsoft, he was a Senior VP in MBS (focusing on Dynamics and Office Small Business), then the President of the Server & Tools business, which is when he was making his big cloud push.

This should give us a clear idea of what Nadella going to focus on. Does this mean he will jettison other divisions like Windows Phone and Xbox? Doubtful. But we will very likely see more cloud integration and dependence on making the Xbox a “service” rather than simply a gaming or entertainment platform. Software as a Service (SaaS) and the ability to charge monthly fees for products like Windows and Office have been a long time goal for Microsoft, generating a steady stream of revenue. As much as the consumer may not like it, the entire industry has been trying to go this way for years. We can expect to see a push in this direction, as I expect Nadella will dive in more quickly than his predecessors, who were dipping their toes in.

If you really want to get to know Satya Nadella, learn about him from his MSDN blogs of years past.

Tons of classic video games, free and legal, online!


There is an ongoing debate about the legality of emulating video games. Some say it’s like a rental, some say you have to own the game, many vendors would have you believe it’s 100% illegal no matter what. If you want someone else to worry about the legalities while you reap the benefits, look no further than our friends at Archive.org: The Internet Archive.

Recently, Internet Archivists have put together a collection of vintage gaming console information. Continue reading “Tons of classic video games, free and legal, online!”

How to find a lost BitLocker Recovery Key

Some recent glitches in Windows (particularly on some Surface 2 devices) have been prompting users for their BitLocker Security Key. Many people don’t know their key, and if you can’t login to your computer to check it, how do you know what it is!? We’re here to help.

Simply visit onedrive.live.com/recoverykey and view the list of keys your computers have automatically uploaded to your Microsoft account! If you know the name of the machine, you can easily figure out which BitLocker key you need, and type it in to unlock your computer!

Whether you encrypted your drive and needed to move it to another computer, or some glitch is asking you for your BitLocker Encryption Key, at least now you can figure our what your BitLocker Key is. I had some keys in there for devices I didn’t any more, so I deleted them from my account to keep it clean. It’s nice to know we can get access to these keys as needed!

"New" details surface about the never released 3dfx Rampage

I was recently digging through an archive of old 3dfx files that were sent to me more than a decade ago. I don’t even recall who sent them anymore, but there was a treasure trove of internal documentation from within the walls of 3dfx Interactive, Inc. Among them included planning documents to take advantage of new features in the then upcoming DirectX 8 APIs, an audit-list of who has which test Voodoo 5 5500 card, benchmark results from hours of testing, lists of software used for testing, and much, much more Continue reading “"New" details surface about the never released 3dfx Rampage”