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 System Properties The Pen … Continue reading No Sound after Installing Windows 8.1 on an iMac

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

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 … Continue reading Surface Pro 3 and Visual Studio

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 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 … Continue reading Surface Pro 3 Core i7 has Landed