Bringing the Smithsonian Experience Home

 

A few weeks ago I was thinking about some of the wonderful places I’ve seen briefly but never revisited. It struck me that with widely available Internet connectivity,many of the places I journeyed to physically when I was younger might  be experiences that could be reimagined, at least partially, via the power of the Internet. I’ve always been a space buff (which was the incentive to build my two recently release NASA related apps) and I’ve also had a lifelong fascination with Archaeology and Natural History, the Oceans, and just about anything historically related to the world we live in. In my opinion, the collections housed by the Smithsonian Institute and its diverse programs was a natural choice for a Windows 8.1 app. Nothing can replace an in person visit to all the Smithsonian venues (time consuming for sure and travel/expense involved).

The various Smithsonian web sites offer more details and information, but again, there are multiple sites and entrances to all of this superb content. I envisioned a hub based experience with galleries for home users that captured a small part of the experience for home users and the result is my newest app, ‘Smithsonian at Home’. Ten galleries are included which will update as the Smithsonian adds and changes content.

From the Home screen main menu, ten galleries are available, the Smithsonian Photo of the Day Gallery, Smithsonian Travel Magazine, SmartNews on Technology and Space, SmartNews on Science, Latest News, Smithsonian Exhibitions, Wildlife, SmartNews History & Archaeology, SmartNews Arts & Culture, and the current Smithsonian Photo Contest. Select any tile from the Home screen to visit a gallery. All galleries are scrollable via touch or a mouse.

home screen

Galleries will show an image, caption, date added, and if available, brief description. Beneath each gallery item you will find a link to the original content on the web hosted at one of the Smithsonian web sites. Here are some screen shots of a few of the galleries:

Photo of the Day

photo of the day

Latest News

latest articles

SmartNews History & Archaeology

smartnews history and archaeology

Please download at http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/smithsonian-at-home/4b6402c4-5939-42a8-bc83-07715f1b6555 and let me know on Twitter @barbbowman if you like it!

Bringing the Smithsonian Experience Home

By barb
home screen

A few weeks ago I was thinking about some of the wonderful places I’ve seen briefly but never revisited. It struck me that with widely available Internet connectivity,many of the places I journeyed to physically when I was younger might be experiences that could be reimagined, at least partially, via the power of the Internet. I’ve always been a space buff (which was the incentive to build my two recently release NASA related apps) and I’ve also had a lifelong fascination with Archaeology and Natural History, the Oceans, and just about anything historically related to the world we live in. In my opinion, the collections housed by the Smithsonian Institute and its diverse programs was a natural choice for a Windows 8.1 app. Nothing can replace an in person visit to all the Smithsonian venues (time consuming for sure and travel/expense involved).

The various Smithsonian web sites offer more details and information, but again, there are multiple sites and entrances to all of this superb content. I envisioned a hub based experience with galleries for home users that captured a small part of the experience for home users and the result is my newest app, ‘Smithsonian at Home’. Ten galleries are included which will update as the Smithsonian adds and changes content.

From the Home screen main menu, ten galleries are available, the Smithsonian Photo of the Day Gallery, Smithsonian Travel Magazine, SmartNews on Technology and Space, SmartNews on Science, Latest News, Smithsonian Exhibitions, Wildlife, SmartNews History & Archaeology, SmartNews Arts & Culture, and the current Smithsonian Photo Contest. Select any tile from the Home screen to visit a gallery. All galleries are scrollable via touch or a mouse.

Galleries will show an image, caption, date added, and if available, brief description. Beneath each gallery item you will find a link to the original content on the web hosted at one of the Smithsonian web sites. Here are some screen shots of a few of the galleries:

Photo of the Day

photo of the day

Latest News

latest articles

SmartNews History & Archaeology

smartnews history and archaeology

Please download at http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/smithsonian-at-home/4b6402c4-5939-42a8-bc83-07715f1b6555 and let me know on Twitter @barbbowman if you like it!

Checking license activation

By RichardSiddaway

I’m building some virtual machines for my demo’s at the upcoming PowerShell summit. To make the demo’s, and setup, more interesting(?) I decided to use some Server Core instances.

The usual setup activities become a bit more interesting with Server Core – particular Windows activation.

Windows 2012 R2 will activate itself if the new machine has an Internet connection when it is created. With the GUI version of Windows you can check that Windows is activated using the System applet in Control Panel.

If you’re using Server Core you can use WMI to test activation:

Get-CimInstance -ClassName SoftwareLicensingProduct |
where PartialProductKey |
select Name, ApplicationId, LicenseStatus |
Format-List *

Use the SoftwareLicensingProduct WMI class and filter for PartialProductkey – that means a product key has been entered. You can then select the name of the product the ApplicationId and the LicenseStatus:

Name : Windows(R), ServerStandard edition
ApplicationId : 55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f
LicenseStatus : 1

A License status of 1 indicates that its licensed – i.e. activated

More on using WMI to test and set activation in chapter 13 of PowerShell and WMI – www.manning.com/siddaway2

How to Hide or Show Windows 8 Edition and Build Version Watermark on Desktop

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show a watermark displaying the Windows edition, build version, and Windows folder location on the desktop at the bottom right corned above the taskbar notification area for all users in Windows 8 and 8.1.

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Slides for my session at SharePoint Saturday Gulf

Thanks attendees for share with me during this presentation. Here are the slides of my session:

 

Removal instructions for HQvidPv1.1

By Don

What is HQvidPv1.1?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that HQvidPv1.1 is a browser hijacker. These so-called “hijackers” alter your startpage or searchscopes so that the effected browser visits their site or one of their choice. This one also displays advertisements


https://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=146404

How to Clean Up the WinSxS Folder (Component Store) in Windows 8.1

One commonly asked question is can I delete the WinSxS folder to regain some disk space? The short answer is no. (see warning box below) However, there are ways to reduce the size of the WinSxS folder.

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 automatically reduces the size of the WinSxS by using methods similar to the ones described in this tutorial, however these methods also include internal processes, such as uninstalling and deleting packages with components that have been replaced by other components with newer versions. Previous versions of some components are kept on the system for a period of time, allowing you to rollback if necessary. After a period of time, these components are removed from the installation.

This tutorial will show you a number of ways to start the cleanup of the component store (WinSxS folder) to free up a large amount of disk space in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

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Determine Size and if you should Clean Up Component Store (WinSxS folder) in Windows 8.1

Why is the WinSxS folder so big? The short answer to this commonly asked question is that the component store (WinSxS folder) contains all the components that make-up Windows to allow you operate your system. These components are kept to rollback any problematic change or to repair a file that becomes corrupted.

The WinSxS folder isn’t as large as it may appear at first glance because size calculations can include Windows binaries located elsewhere which makes the WinSxS folder seem larger than it really is.

This tutorial will help show you how to determine the actual size of the component store (WinSxS folder) and if you should clean it up in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

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By rui Microsoft has recently released the April updates for the Outlook 2010/2013 Junk E-mail Filter. ” This update provides the Junk E-mail Filter in Microsoft Office Outlook with a more current definition of which e-mail messages should be considered junk e-mail. ” The update is available for Outlook 2010 ( 32-bit , 64-bit ) and Outlook 2013 ( 32-bit , 64-bit ) or you can use Microsoft Update . As usual the update comes with the corresponding Knowledge Base article: Definition Update for Microsoft…(read more)

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