Personalized Tiles for MSMVPs Blog Reader

Posted Posted in Windows 8

About the upcoming MSMVPs Blog Reader Metro App for Windows 8:

This post is really for other MVPs who have blogs hosted on this site. You may notice that your blog has a generic image in the Main Content page of the Metro App I am building. If your blog did not have an image in the header that I could capture, or one with enough contrast (the blog titles are in White so the background should be dark), I am using a generic icon for your blog. If you have an image (PNG format 271px x183px) you would rather see displayed, please forward it along.


Building a Windows 8 Metro UI Blog Reader for MVP Blogs

Posted Posted in Windows 8

Some of the best blogs authored by Microsoft MVPs are hosted on and I had this wild and crazy idea to attempt build a Windows 8 Metro App to grab the RSS feeds to showcase these blogs. I know a little Javascript and CSS and figured the worst that could happen was that I would fail miserably and the best that could happen was that I’d actually succeed in making an app.

Microsoft makes the RP version of Visual Studio Express and Blend available for free and I found some sample code on MSDN. I learned a LOT. I built the app. What I need now is one of those elusive Registration Codes for the Microsoft App Store so I can register as a legit developer, give them $50, and submit the app (free, of course) so others can use it. If anyone knows where I can get the invite only registration code, PLEASE, send the info my way.

Until such time as the app is available for download, below is a preview of the various screens and components.

The launch tile (large):


The launch tile (small):


The Splash Screen:



The main content screen listing (14 so far) blogs:



The split screen listing an individual blog’s entries and the content for the selected entry:



If I can build an app, ANYONE can build an app.

Set Up Windows 8 Autologon

Posted Posted in Windows 8

Do you have a Windows 8 desktop and want to bypass having to login and all the extra keystrokes?

Basically, you can set up auto logon the same way as you did on prior Windows versions. Here are the steps:

1. Open a command prompt. You can do this from the start screen by typing in cmd. CMD.EXE will display. Right click it and then click Run as administrator



Windows 8 on my iPad

Posted Posted in Apple, Networking, Windows 8

Sort of. Thanks to Splashtop streamer and the iPad mobile client.


I was a little frustrated as all my existing RDP clients on my iPad (Logmein, VNC RDP, etc. would only show me a black desktop). I ask the Splashtop folks via Twitter if their product ($4.99 in the app store, at least for now) would work with Windows 8 and received a “yes”.

So, now I am up and running with Windows 8 on an iPad. Still experimenting, but at least I can see the Metro desktop and navigate.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Installed on Eee PC Netbook

Posted Posted in Windows 8

My old ASUS Eee 1000HEB PC had been running the Windows 8 Developer Preview and I decided to see if I could “upgrade” it to the Windows 8 Consumer Preview via the web installer. I had previously performed some hacks to fix the problem of only 1000 x 600 screen resolution in order to get Metro Apps to work. I used an Intel video driver that I downloaded from Samsung:

I also used a registry hack on the Developer Preview:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

The above gave me full functionality but a slightly skewed screen resolution. Nevertheless, the EeePC happily, albeit slowly, ran the W8 Developer Preview.

I decided to try the web installer from

The installer told me my devices were ok and I was able to get completely through setup using the Express route. Note that I did have a failure and a roll back when I tried the Customized route. Not sure why, but the end result was that I was able to install the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 on my old and dusty ASUS EeePC for testing purposes. After Windows 8 came up for the first time, I immediately installed the video drivers, then ran the reg file (not sure if this is actually needed, but…). Then I rebooted, and then changed the desktop screen resolution to 1152 x 864 which gave me full Metro functionality including apps. Images below illustrate this success story: