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Turning your Android phone into a “Windows Phone clone”

microsoft_launcherIn January 2019 (= last year) I upgraded my PC and moved from Windows 7 to Windows 10, an experience I really enjoyed. At that time I was still using a 2nd generation Windows Phone running WP 7.5 and slowly but steadily running into issues.

Several apps weren’t being maintained anymore and even my bank had announced their intention to stop supporting their app after which they would only allow its use for a few more months before pulling the plug. An understandable decision for sure, I realised all too well how outdated things had become, but inconvenient nonetheless.

Because I don’t trust Google I wasn’t keen on using Android, because I think Apple is overpriced I also didn’t bother with them. And then I discovered that Blackberry had also adopted Android, so much for that alternative.

One thing led to another and eventually I bought myself a Medion smartphone powered by Android 6 which I could upgrade to Android 7. And even though I still mistrusted Google I had to admit that this mobile environment was plain out slick; very well designed. Google even gained my respect when I discovered that I could actually change my entire phone into a Microsoft powered environment, see my start screen for a good impression. So here’s my story on how I got myself a “Windows Phone clone”, powered by Android.

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March 26, 2020 Posted by | Microsoft, Security, Tips and tricks, Windows 10 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Uninstalling build-in Win10 apps that cannot be uninstalled.

Windows 10 provides a lot of multimedia capabilities right out of the box. For example: if you have a webcam then you can fire up the ‘Camera’ application and start using said webcam right away. If you’re more into virtual reality then the ‘Mixed reality portal’ might be fully up your alley.

Heck: Windows 10 even provides out of the box support for an Android telephone; if you want to sent text messages with your phone then you can also use your PC to do it. Amazing!

But what if you don’t have a webcam, VR headset or an Android telephone? What if you don’t want to have all these applications installed?

Well, then you’re out of luck because Windows will refuse to de-install them. Bill knows what’s best for you 😉

Fortunately there’s a solution, and it’s name is PowerShell.

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February 11, 2019 Posted by | PowerShell, Tips and tricks, Windows 10 | Comments Off on Uninstalling build-in Win10 apps that cannot be uninstalled.

Windows 10 is amazing!

win10_logoIn November last year my trusty Windows 7 32bit machine with a whooping 4Gb of memory (of which only 2,7Gb could be used due to the 32bit restrictions) crashed for reasons unknown (later examination hints that the power supply might have failed). And this left me with quite a problem because it was the only Windows machine I had. And to make matters worse: in an attempt at creating redundancy I had set up dynamic disks to mirrored those. The strategy was perfect, but unfortunately you can’t easily access dynamic disks on another PC.

Alas; I managed to cope, thanks to my FreeBSD backup desktop, and had set my mind on getting a new PC. I wanted to go high end and earlier in January this year the new machine finally arrived. As one could expect it ran Windows 10, the same OS I had been actively trying to avoid for a long time (I even applied registry changes and installed anti-upgrade software to ensure that my Windows 7 environment wouldn’t get hijacked).

Although I did consider a downgrade first, as always, I gave the new environment a fair chance. And honestly? I came to enjoy Windows 10 quite a bit, I think it’s actually pretty good!

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February 10, 2019 Posted by | Editorial, Software, Windows | , , , | Comments Off on Windows 10 is amazing!

PowerShell; fun on the commandline

Many people with some roots into IT will know that it all started on a commandline. This holds true for nearly all major operating systems, and the ones which were quite early with hiding the commandline (OS/2 for example) still had their ‘ties’ into it.

Microsoft originally started with MS-DOS which was actually a rough ‘copy’ or ‘fork’ of CP/M (Computer Program / Monitor). Not a surprising development though; early high-end computers running on CP/M would sometimes also provide access to a ‘DOS mode’ thus allowing the unit to use both CP/M and DOS (I.C.L. used to produce such units).

But here things eventually stalled. When MS DOS 6 came out Microsoft started to focus more on the GUI aspect and left the commandline interface (“cli”) a little for what it was. At first users of 98 / XP had a full DOS 6 at their disposal but even that soon declined to a simple rather limited commandline shell.

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July 16, 2012 Posted by | Editorial, Tips and tricks, Windows | , , , , | Comments Off on PowerShell; fun on the commandline

Another way to shutdown Windows…

Windows Well, this theme doesn’t use a ‘featured icon’ and I can’t come up with something nicer at the moment so this will have to do. At least its familiar. I’ll try to come up with a nicer specific Windows logo for future posts though.

Did you know…  That you can shutdown your Windows environment from the command prompt ?  If you’re now wondering “Why would I want to do that?” then this could be an interesting read… Continue reading

June 18, 2012 Posted by | Tips and tricks, Windows | , , , | Comments Off on Another way to shutdown Windows…