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A better way to store media on Microsoft Surface RT: SD cards, junction points and the command prompt

November 1st, 2012

Source – Linky 

 

A better way to store media on Microsoft Surface RT SD cards, junction points and the command prompt

Expandable storage is a wonderful thing, but its implementation can sometimes leave something to be desired. Take Windows 8, for instance — its photo, movie and music apps leverage Windows libraries to access users’ media collections, but won’t allow users to include removable storage in the app-accessed party of indexed folders. Sure, you can keep all your media on one device, but half it will need to be accessed in a slightly roundabout way. This simply wasn’t good enough for Toni Fowlie, who wanted all of her media — from both her Surface’s local storage and its microSD card — to appear in the same library. She used an old NTFS feature to trick Windows into thinking her microSD was part of her device’s local storage, and her efforts are worth sharing.

For what it’s worth, Toni’s little trick is hardly new, and it’s not unique to Windows 8 users — it’s actually a feature of the NTFS file system. It’s called a junction point, and put simply, it acts like regular directory, but points all actions to a remote folder. At first, this sounds a bit like a standard Windows shortcut — but since this operation is working in the file system itself, rather than as a part of the Windows shell, programs, windows explorer and the command prompt all play along with the redirection nicely. There are programs available that can help you set up a junction point, but Toni opted for the old fashion method — the command prompt.

A better way to store media on Microsoft Surface RT SD cards, junction points and the command prompt

Before creating the junction, Toni laid down some groundwork: a target folder in her root C:\ drive and four media directories on her SD card — one for each library: documents, music, pictures and videos. A prompt command then made the links: mklink /j c:\sd2\d d:\documents, for example, creates a junction point with the label “d,” which acts like a folder and links directly to the documents directory on the device’s SD card. Finally, Toni added the created junctions to Windows 8’s list of indexed locations and included those locations in the appropriate libraries. Viola! Extra storage for all that extra media, and easily accessible in Windows 8’s fancy apps, too. Although this feature isn’t exclusive to Microsoft’s latest operating system by any means, it’s certainly a useful workaround for users who want to leverage their removable media in a more integrated way. You’ll be glad you did — both Windows RT andWindows 8 Pro seem stumble over library permissions. Even if you don’t echo Toni’s clever setup, junction points are still a great tool to keep in your troubleshooting arsenal. Not into mucking around in the classic command prompt? Don’t sweat it, this dance can also be done in the Disk Management menu — check out Paul Thurrott’s tutorial at the more coverage link below tie your directories togetherwithout typing.

Steve Dent contributed to this post.

Microsoft patents modular Windows Phone with swappable batteries, keyboard, and Gamepad – Amazing Idea/Concept

September 23rd, 2011
Just posting this as is from Engadget!
Finally an amazing idea for smart phones!
Not like the failed MODO experiment this might be amazing!

We’ve seen slider phones with speakersgamepads, and of course, the standard keypad — but what if you want to swap out your slider accessory for something new? A new patent from Microsoft is exploring the possibility, showing off a concept smartphone with a sliding modular bay. Tired of that keyboard? Replace it with a gamepad, or a life-giving battery pack. According to the patent claims, some of the modular components would even function wirelessly, citing a touchscreen module which doubles as a wireless handset or a media remote. Neat? You bet, but we wouldn’t get our hopes up — Microsoft typically keeps out of the handset manufacturing game, and the last modular phone to pique our interest didn’t exactly make a splash.

Microsoft Word Keyboard Shortcuts

August 16th, 2011

Stolen shamelessly from Microsoft’s MVP site (Well not shamelessly as i’m giving credit and Linky)

So as stated on Microsoft’s Page I MUST give a link pointing out to their webpage

http://word.mvps.org/faqs/general/shortcuts.htm

This list doesn’t attempt to be comprehensive, but is a list of the shortcuts which save me the most time.

You can also get a complete list of keyboard shortcuts by selecting Tools + Macro + Macros, where it says Macros in, select Word Commands, select the command called ListCommands and press Run. Or you might find the following more useful:Word commands, and their descriptions, default shortcuts and menu assignments

 

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