No Sound after Installing Windows 8.1 on an iMac

I have an older 24” iMac that has run every version of Windows I’ve installed on it since Windows 7.  Unfortunately, the audio disappeared when I upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1.  I didn’t mind much, but every now and then I’d go into Device Manager, and there were no errors or problems reported there.

After digging through old posts on the Apple support forum I found a suggestion; try installing the latest Realtek Audio drivers.

It worked for me, and I hope that this little off-topic note helps someone else out there.

Device Manager
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System Properties
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The Pen and Touch Support are there because I’ve got an early Wacom Bamboo tablet attached to the machine.

If Sitting is the New Smoking Try Thinking On Your Feet With Surface Pro 3

The original title was If Sitting is the New Smoking, Surface Pro 3 can help.

I know that seems like an audacious statement but if sitting is the new smoking you can read all over the web that the answer is to change attitudes and behaviour. 

It doesn’t take much to imagine that someone standing with a pen and a pad of paper is working. 

I’ve long known that someone can be really productive while standing or even walking with a Tablet PC (a portable computer with an active stylus).   The accuracy of the pen with the Surface Pro 3 is better than anything I experienced in perhaps fifteen years of using devices like this.

And of course you can use a Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2 as well but I like the ergonomics and the pen better of the Surface Pro 3.

Lately I’ve been standing and doing light exercise while working with my Surface Pro 3.  That’s been mainly reading and research but also editing and annotating text and doing illustrations. Some things are faster with the pen and others a little slower, but the combination of touch and the pen and the new 3:2 aspect ratio and the bigger screen make the Surface Pro 3 more usable than its predecessors. 

The continuously variable kick-stand makes it easy to use it as a support while holding the Surface Pro 3 with one hand. It’s quite comfortable to work that way.  And it’s great that it’s light and looks great in either landscape or portrait mode.

Let me encourage you to read up on this sitting is the new smoking idea and then get your hands on a Surface Pro 3 and see how productive you can be while up on your feet.

Surface Pro 3 and Visual Studio

The Surface Pro 3  with its 3:2 aspect ratio really works for  Visual Studio 2013. I did the math before I ordered the Surface Pro 3 and expected to get a third more vertical lines compared to my Surface Pro2.  I knew the numbers, but actually seeing it and working with it,  well, it is better than I expected.

Here are the numbers:
Running both Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro  3 at their native resolutions and recommended scaling (approximately 150%)

Visual Studio 13, Source Code view  with default window layout

  • Surface Pro 2 shows 32 lines and 150 columns
  • Surface Pro 3 shows 44 lines and 157 columns

Visual Studio 13, Source Code view with Toolbox pinned

  • Surface Pro 2 shows 32 lines and 130 columns
  • Surface Pro 3 shows 44 lines and 137 columns

There’s not much more width-wise; about 7 columns and that’s fine because I rarely found myself wishing for more from side-to-side.

The big news for me is being able to see about 12 more lines from top to bottom.

Surface Pro 3 Core i7 has Landed

I went to the local Microsoft Store and picked up my pre-ordered Surface Pro 3 Core i7.  Went with black for the keyboard, Microsoft Complete and in a last moment quick decision I went for the full 512 GB storage.  Here’s the basic specifications.

Intel ® Core(TM)  i7-4650U CPU @ 1.7 GHz    2.30 GHz
Intel ® HD Graphics 5000

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It’s fast, quiet, and I’m really happy with the new aspect ratio.  I was concerned about the new pen technology but everything I use on a regular basis works just fine so far.  Overall, I’m thrilled.

More early impressions soon.  Stay tuned.