How to shut down your new Windows 8 computer

It really happened. I kind of thought it might, and addressed this once before, but I hoped it wouldn’t. Microsoft failed so badly at explaining Windows 8, people actually need to search the internet to figure out how to do it. If you’re reading this, and you came here asking how, DO NOT FEEL BAD! It isn’t your fault at all. Microsoft changed things too much and just assumed we would all just figure it out. So, if you’re asking how do I shut down Windows 8? Here’s how:

  1. Bring up the Charms Bar (the menu on the right). Here are 3 ways to do it:
    -On a computer with a mouse, place your pointer in the upper or lower right corner of the screen.
    -With no mouse, only a keyboard, you can press “Windows Key + C” to bring up the Charms Bar.
    -With a touch interface, swipe in from the right hand side of the screen.
  2. Click Settings – yes, the cog/gear icon.
  3. Click Power.
  4. Click shut down.

1994 – Evolver

In 1994, electronics, gadgets, toy, and games were my entire world. I was 10. I remember stumbling on to a movie on the Sci-Fi channel around the same time (ya’know, SyFy now?). Evolver. Evolver is a B-Movie about a kid who wins a prize by getting a high score in an arcade game contest. Kind of. Anyway, he gets the prize robot, and then the robot starts killing people.

Alright, so it’s pretty straight forward and B-Movie style. But there were some stars in there! Ethan Embry was the main character, and William H. Macy was the voice of the Evolver robot. Evolver is the name of the film and the murderous robot because of how, every time you “beat” it in a game, it “evolves” and learns from the environment and experiences. It’s a basic plot with a little thriller horror and not very many unexpected twists. But man is it fun. It takes place in the same universe as the movie Arcade and has a few recurring characters, but you do not need anything at all from the others to sit down and enjoy Evolver.

What is Xbox Live? An answer from Microsoft


Picture Credit: Godfree @ GamerTagRadio.

What is Xbox Live? When the name first came out, people thought it was a video service. Xbox Live might feature news anchors, or live broadcasts of some kinds. Now, ten years later, people are closer than ever before to being right – no matter how they answer the question. Here is what Microsoft says about Xbox Live:

“Xbox LIVE is the online service for Xbox 360—and a whole lot more. Your TV is transformed into a connected entertainment experience with Xbox LIVE. Play Kinect and controller games with online friends wherever they are or instantly watch HD movies, TV shows and sports. Use Kinect to discover entertainment options that interest you—just say what you want to watch, and Xbox finds it.”

Xbox Live is the core service you sign in to, and from there you can everything from playing games, to watching movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, etc… to browsing the internet with Internet Explorer. There are different tiers of Xbox Live, and there are some big differences between Xbox Live Gold vs. Silver, so go ahead and read up on them, then join us online!