Windows 8.1 Improved Search Charm

I installed and started running Windows 8.1 a few weeks ago, and I started a new habit. Instead of hitting WINDOWS to launch the full screen start menu, I now just press [WINDOWS]+[S], to bring up the Search Charm. The nice thing about this is … it’s visually less movement, as the search charm will pop-out from the right on top of your desktop apps. I like it!

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Remove Authorized Sites from your Facebook Account

When you log into a web site, using your Facebook account, you give that site access to some (and sometimes a lot) of your personal information, and even your friends information. Maybe it’s just your name, or email, or more, but still, it’s access.

You should try and get into the habit of clearing these out on a regular basis. It just takes a few seconds, and you can quickly revoke access to the left overs. Sites you use regularly should be left intact.

My rule is …. weekly. If I visit a site at least once a week, then I want the authorization to stay. Less than weekly, is easy enough to click that “yes, i agree” button when that site needs access.

Enjoy!

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Revoke Authorized Sites that access your Google Account

When you log into a web site, using your Google account, you give that site access to some of your personal information. Maybe it’s just your name, or email, or more, but still, it’s access.

You should try and get into the habit of clearing these out on a regular basis. It just takes a few seconds, and you can quickly revoke access to the left overs. Sites you use regularly should be left in tact.

My rule is …. weekly. If I visit a site at least once a week, then I want the authorization to stay. Less than weekly, is easy enough to click that “yes, i agree” button when that site needs access.

Enjoy!

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SkyDrive Glue between Word Desktop and Web App

Have you ever used the Web Apps for Office? I am becoming more and more addicted to them. They’re touch friendly (with my new Touch Screen Ultra Book [Lenovo Yoga 13]), fast, and have the glue/sync of SkyDrive built in.

In this quick screen cast, I create a word file on my desktop Word, in a SkyDrive Demos folder, that is already setup to sync to SkyDrive. Then on the website, I can use the Web App version of Word, make some changes to the same document, and see those changes magicaly sync’d back to my desktop drive.

I didn’t show sharing, but it’s just as easy to give access to another person or team to edit the file. The nice part about this is you just keep opening the document on your own machine, and SkyDrive does all the syncing for you between your own SkyDrive and the other users you’ve given editor access to.

Enjoy!

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Multiple Users in Chrome

As of last week, if I need to use two different accounts, on the same site, in chrome I would use the Primary browser, and the incognito instance. This gave me two instances of Chrome, where the cookies wouldn’t fight each other. Last week, while at lunch with guys from the office, they told me Chrome now has User Accounts. WOW. This is such a great feature, it’s worth a quick screen cast. [Read more…]