Prevent Windows Updates

Windows updates can come at most inopportune moments.  For most, it probably makes sense to force updates.  But what about people with businesses that depend on a computer running?  What about a hospital that might be running on the OS? Anyway, Microsoft has made it difficult to skirt around the update process.  But after looking…

Thoughts on Model-View-ViewModel

So many methodologies on how to program.  Things were so simple 20-30 years ago.  Single file programs.  Then turning into multiple files, procedural.  Then OOP.  Then Winforms.  Then MFC.  Then .NET and all the C# goodness.  Then WPF.  And now MVVM. There’s pluses and minuses to advancement in technology.  On some occasions, I feel that…

Upgrading to Windows 10 Pro

I setup two computers recently.  One is an older Dell Inspiron 410 from around 2010 or 2011.  The other is a brand-new Lenovo IdeaCentre All-In-One.  For both computers, I did the same thing: Download an ISO from MSDN – see my article for Installing Windows for more information. Put the ISO on a USB drive. Told…

Installing Windows

Every couple years, it seems I have a need to install a fresh Windows operating system.  In the past, it’s been about refreshing.  The new Windows recovery option helps with that a bit.  However, recently I’ve purchased a new HP computer and it came installed with a bunch of their bloatware.  The recovery option does…

Talking between computers

WPF is pretty awesome and I have a decent chunk of experience going with it.  However, I never really had a need to investigate the WCF side – Microsoft’s answer to communicating between machines. So, I am looking for a complete comprehensive tutorial that would start me out small and build me up to fully…

Surface resolution

I’ve been working with a Windows Surface Pro 3 for the past year now.  Speed is great for my work, I’m able to play some of the latest games, and it is super-light.  However, its biggest detractor is this flimsy keyboard that makes it difficult to work with on my lap – I truly need…

Flip your upside-down screen

My mother-in-law just called about an issue where her computer screen was displayed completely upside-down.  It was not just the desktop image, but also the icons (and everything).  She felt like it happened when she was logging out. Turns out that Windows XP has a shortcut combination that does this – Ctrl + Alt +…