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Add Global Mute To Windows 10 For Any Video Conference

1 juillet 2021 à 01:37

PowerToys is getting quite some attention from the rest of the pro consumers and us. We covered new features that are offered from PowerToys that would improve and increase your productivity here before. This next feature is arguably going to be the most requested or used feature since COVID. Now with a set of Windows keyboard shortcuts, you can globally mute and unmute or toggle on or off video for any video conference apps.

The latest version of PowerToys added a new feature to allow you to globally turn on and off audio and video with a single keystroke.

  • ⊞ Win+N to toggle both Audio and Video at the same time
  • ⊞ Win+Shift+A to toggle microphone
  • ⊞ Win+Shift+O to toggle video

Under the hood, Microsoft didn’t bother to make it ‘work’ with Google Meet, Teams, Slack or any other apps that use your webcam and microphone.

Normally if a camera stops working, the application using it tends not to recover until the API does a full reset. To toggle the global privacy camera on and off while using the camera in an application, typically, it will crash and not recover. This is also why you won’t be able sometimes to use your webcam in multiple applications simultaneously.

So, how does PowerToys handle this so you can keep streaming?

  • Audio: PowerToys uses the global microphone mute API in Windows. Apps should recover when this is toggled on and off.
  • Video: PowerToys has a virtual driver for the camera. The video is routed through the driver and back to the application. Selecting the Video Conference Mute shortcut key stops video from streaming, but the application still thinks it is receiving video, the video is just replaced with black or the image placeholder you’ve saved in the settings.

For more details checkout this post where it went on for more details how this new trick is going to work. As long as you have a Windows 10 version 1903 (build 18362) or higher this utility will work.

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Quickest Way to Get Windows 11 Right Now From Scratch

30 juin 2021 à 09:02

With any new OS, especially Windows, your daily workstation you want to try the new one in a virtual machine environment before upgrading them to replace as your main daily driver. With that said, the only way right now to experience a Windows 11 preview release is by upgrading via a Windows 10 Insider Preview.

If you are on the latest Dev channel of Windows 10 Insider build, you will automatically be updated to this latest Windows 11 build.

You can go head to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windowsinsiderpreviewiso to grab the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview. Ensure select the Dev channel, the build number at the time of this writing is 21354

Windows10_InsiderPreview_Client_x64_en-us_21354.iso

Once installed you don’t even need to login with your MS account, I was able to upgrade a local account just fine. All you need to do is keep Windows Update up to date. With any luck you should see “Windows 11 Insider Preview 10.0.22000.51” is installing.

Once that’s done you just need to hit the restart.

Note make sure your VM is running with the basic compatible virtualized hardware. I forgot to have mine setup with the proper number of CPU cores.

With any luck, you should be able to see a new login screen and hear a new boot-up sound. It’s highly recommended to enable virtual graphic acceleration. Whether you are using Virtualbox or Window’s built-in Hyper-V, any existing virtualization platform that runs Windows 10 should be able to run this and does the trick.

What you get from this version of preview as expected comes with bunch of limited functionalities. For instance, you don’t have a way to run Android apps yet, that’s coming later in future version of Windows 11 insider preview. It’s expected that by the end of this year we should see a version of Windows 11 that allows us to run that ‘smoothly’. I’m very much looking forward to that day and can’t wait to test it out.

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opinion: The Future of Windows is the meta OS for all platforms and devices

30 juin 2021 à 00:26

Microsoft announced Windows 11 last week, and the biggest news isn’t a new version of Windows. We all know that’s coming, but what’s surprising is that Microsoft will allow Android apps to run on Windows 11. They purposely saved this part of the announcement towards the end of the event. Much like Apple’s “one more thing.” The key takeaway is that Windows 11 will come with an Amazon Marketplace to download and install Android apps.

The Unknowns

Microsoft has not detailed exactly how Android apps are running in Windows 11. Only have press news referring to Intel’s Bridge technology to help Microsoft realize the ability to run Android apps with Windows 11. It should also be noted that running Android apps is not limited to Intel; AMD also supports it. It will be very interesting to find how if Windows 11 ARM supports the Android app. In theory, it should, but we have not heard any or seen any evidence of that.

What it means

Obviously, the choice of partnering with Amazon instead of Google is deliberate. Given Google created Android OS, Microsoft can run the app that bypasses the android OS platform entirely suggests they still have the ambition to pursue the mobile platform. And they see Google as their direct competitor in this market.

If Microsoft can make Android apps running seamlessly inside Windows 11, this opens the door for it to make a comeback to your phone. Imagine a distant future where your phone runs Windows, and all your apps are just there regardless if it’s a desktop or mobile device running on the palm of your hand.

We know that the Android app in Windows 11 isn’t running under some traditional emulator that runs Android. Because we have emulator apps that allow the user to run Android apps ever since the inception of Android, what Microsoft is offering here has to be something better than that, something more ‘native.’ Much like how Microsoft was able to bring Linux kernel in WSL, the same pattern can be applied with Android. The biggest challenge will be on the CPU instruction set ARM vs x86. As of today, Microsoft has announced ARM64EC new ways to build ‘native’ ARM apps.

Now combine this with all the groundwork Microsoft has laid with WSL/WSL2 with Windows 10. The future of Windows is really a meta OS where you can run any app, just not Apple’s. Windows has a Linux kernel running inside each Windows 10 if WSL is enabled. Microsoft is making improvements to its WSL platform for each release of Windows 10. Just recently, Microsoft introduced WSLg, where you can now add GUI to your Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Where does this take us from here? Microsoft definitely sees what Apple’s M1 enabled them to do with their ecosystem. The ability to run Android apps on Windows 11 is a part of the answerback. But I think this can be a trojan horse whose main goal is to deaminate the Operating System market once and for all.

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WSLg is Microsoft’s Offical GUI for WSL2

29 juin 2021 à 21:04

Ever since WSL and subsequent major improvements with WSL2 in Windows 10. Running Linux apps in Windows has become a reality increasingly. If you are messing with the command line interface, most of the toolchains are now fully functional with WSL2. However, using Linux as a traditional desktop GUI out-of-the-box WSL2 experience does not allow you to have a GUI. I showed you some ways to enable WSL2 GUI with RDP last year. Now there are better and more native ways that you can run GUI apps with WSL2.

Microsoft introduced WSLg (g, stands for graphic interface) where it enables you to run GUI Linux apps straight from WSL2.

You need Windows 10 Insider Preview to build 21362+ or higher to enable and try this out. And because you want to run GUI apps, depends on the type of GUI application, you need supports from your GPU driver.

If you already have WSL2 installed all you need to do is

wsl --update

Once it’s update updating, you need to restart WSL or simply run

wsl --shutdown

This will restart the WSL service.

Depends on the distro you have installed you can try apps like

sudo apt install gedit -y

To launch gedit GUI editor as an example. Below is a full example demonstrating the power of WSLg.

Under the hood it’s running FreeRDP

Weston leverages FreeRDP to implement its backend RDP Server. FreeRDP is used to encode all communications going from the RDP Server (in Weston) to the RDP Client (mstsc on Windows) according to the RDP protocol specifications. It is also used to decode all traffic coming from the RDP Client into the RDP server.

This means if you want to RDP into WSL2 with WSLg upgrade it would be possible as well. For more details check out Microsoft’s dev blog post here.

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PowerToys’ New Toy – Awake

30 juin 2021 à 02:37
Par : Kent Chen

The toys are slowly piling up in PowerToy’s collection. The new member in town, called Awake, is a utility tool that keeps a computer awake on-demand without having to manage its power settings. It can be helpful when running long time-consuming tasks while ensuring that your PC doesn’t not go to sleep or turn off its screens.

If you haven’t, let’s update the PowerToy to the latest release, at least v0.41.3 from its Download and Release page first.

Then, open the PowerToy settings to start Awake by using the Enable Awake toggle.

Once enabled, it runs quietly in the system tray to manage the awakeness state of your computer.

There are 3 modes available through Awake utility with a behavior option that keeps your screen on or not. By default, it’s in Off (Passive) mode, which basically does nothing.

You can also choose to “Keep awake indefinitely” or “Keep awake temporarily” with a pre-defined limited time.

You can switch the mode simply through the icon in the system tray as well.

Interestingly, Awake can be executed (PowerToys.Awake.exe) as a standalone application directly from the PowerToys folder, with a number of command line’s arguments.

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Why My Computer is Not Compatible with Windows 11?

29 juin 2021 à 02:04
Par : Kent Chen

The hardware requirements for the upcoming Windows 10 as below, according to Microsoft.

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or system on a chip (SoC).
  • RAM: 4 gigabytes (GB) or greater.
  • Storage: 64 GB* or greater available storage is required to install Windows 11.
    • Additional storage space might be required to download updates and enable specific features.
  • Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later, with a WDDM 2.0 driver.
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable.
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.
  • Display: High definition (720p) display, 9″ or greater monitor, 8 bits per color channel.

Even though the bar is relatively low, not all existing computers are compatible.

Microsoft has a PC Health Check tool that tells you whether you can install Windows 11 on your existing PC but it’s a one-liner that doesn’t tell you which part of the computer has failed to meet the requirement.

WhyNotWin11 is an open-source tool that scans your hardware and lists out all of them against Windows 11 hardware requirements and sees where they are at. Green for meeting the requirement, yellow for meeting the minimum requirement for the Insider program, and red means no.

So, if you have more than one incompatible component on your computer, you now know where to upgrade to meet the requirement.

Download the tool from its release page and since it’s a portable tool as well you can just double-click the tool to launch it.

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Do I Have TPM 2.0 on My Computer to Run Windows 11?

25 juin 2021 à 20:14
Par : Kent Chen

The minimum requirement for a PC to be able to run is pretty low, see below:

  • Processor: 1GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB or larger
  • Firmware: UEFI or Secure Boot capable
  • Graphics Card: DirectX12 compatible
  • Display: 9″ with HD 720P or up.

They all look pretty basic, right? But this one item on the list is going to put many computers out of Windows 11 business.

TPM: TPM version 2.0

I just checked my 2017 desktop computer. It’s only 1.2 and I am out of luck here.

What is TPM?

TPM, Trusted Platform Module, is a chip embedded on your computer motherboard that helps enable tamper-resistant full-disk encryption without the need of an extremely long complicate passphrase. That’s why BitLocker usually works way better on a computer with a TPM chip. You can still use BitLocker to encrypt an entire disk on a computer that doesn’t have a TPM chip but you will end up typing in the long passphrase every time you turn it on.

Moreover, Windows 10 makes extensive use of the TPM and integrates it deeply inside the Windows system for its security enhancements such as Device Guard and Windows Hello for Business.

How do I tell if I have TPM, especially 2.0?

There are 2 quick ways to tell whether your computer is capable of handling Windows 11.

The TPM Management console

Press Ctrl + Run, type tpm.msc, and hit OK to open the console.

Then in the TPM Manufacturer Information section, you will see the specification version there to indicate which version of the TPM chip you have on your computer.

PowerShell

You can also use the cmdlet Get-TPM to find out as well. Open an elevated PowerShell window and simply type:

Get-TPM

If you see anything mentioned “not supported for TPM 1.2” in the ManufactureVersionFull20 field, you are out of luck, like my screenshot above.

The benefit of using PowerShell is that you can gather information from any remote computers on the same network.

Invoke-Command -ComputerName $computername -Scriptblock {Get-TPM}

Well, guess one of my computers are capable of running Windows 11.

Lastly, while we are on the topic, please do check why and how to manage TPM on your Windows computer.

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Windows 11 is Here

25 juin 2021 à 08:28
Par : Kent Chen

I thought Windows 10 was the last Windows we will ever have from Microsoft. But guess whoever made that statement was wrong because the rumor once again turned out to be right.

Microsoft announced Windows 11 today on June 24, 2021

No more live tiles, just the apps, recent documents, and a separate search interface from the Start Menu that can be centered on the taskbar.

A new Snap Layouts that allow you to quickly snap apps into the various modes, which can also be remembered to ensure that apps always open on the correct screen.

The updates are also 40% smaller and more efficient as they can be done in the background.

And how about the Teams is integrated directly into the taskbar?

Windows Widgets also come back with a whole new set of touch gestures.

Lastly, a new redesigned Store app that supports for Android apps on Windows, including TikTok and Instagram.

And it will be free upgrade to all Windows 10 users.

Official release? no firm date yet but estimated will be around October.

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RDCMan 2.8 is Out

23 juin 2021 à 08:38
Par : Kent Chen

It’s been a long time and finally, the Microsoft version of Remote Desktop Connection Manager gets a new update. I couldn’t wait and give it a try real quick but was disappointed that there are many new things to see.

RDCMan manages multiple remote desktop connections, not only servers but workstations as well. Connections can be managed in groups so they can all be sharing the same login settings from a parent group or a credential store. This can be very beneficial because when you change your password you just need to change the password stored in RDCMan.

There are also smart groups that get populated dynamically based on a set of rules. Go to Edit and choose to Add smart group…

To import the list of computers, prepare a text file with one server name per line format first and go to Edit > Import servers.

All settings you find in standalone Remote Desktop Client are available in RDCMan, including all local resources sharing as well as support for RD Gateway.

The display size in this version of RDCMan does support your window size automatically, which is very nice. But I do find it’s not smart-size enough, meaning that if I resize the RDCMan main window, I will have to reconnect the connections to get the RDP size auto-fit.

Overall, it has some improvement that you can see from this latest release. However, it doesn’t seem to offer enough for me to switch over. I am currently using Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager Free version. It’s free and it has everything I need for a remote connection manager.

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What’s After Windows 10?

16 juin 2021 à 08:10
Par : Kent Chen

First of all, people discovered that Windows 10 Home and Pro follows the Modern lifecycle policy but will retire on Oct 14, 2025.

And today, Windows new UI and Start Menu are leaked online, under the name of Windows 11.

Well, that’s disappointing. If it’s indeed called Windows 11, what happened to the original plan that Windows 10 would be the last Windows version when it’s released back in 2017?

Here is a live demo of a leaked version of Windows 11, tweeted by Tom Warren from TheVerge.

here's a first look at Windows 11. There's a new Start menu, rounded corners, a new startup sound, and more https://t.co/VDS08QPsl5 pic.twitter.com/OkCyX3TtmI

— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) June 15, 2021

Centered Taskbar apparently is optional and can be switched back to the left-hand side if you want. The Start menu doesn’t really look like or work as a Start menu on Windows 10. I bet people will have another learning curve to overcome.

The new snap controls that you can access from the Maximize button seem like a good new feature to have.

The startup sound is also back and sounds pretty cute.

this is the new Windows 11 startup sound pic.twitter.com/UQZNFBtAxa

— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) June 15, 2021

But whatever we see so far is still a rumor waiting to be confirmed. But luckily, we don’t have to wait too long. Everything will be revealed on Jun 24th, as Microsoft is holding a special Windows event to announce its next OS.

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Dealing with Outlook Stuck at Processing Screen

15 juin 2021 à 02:05
Par : Kent Chen

All of a sudden, Outlook refuses to open with a splash window that is stuck at Processing…

Here are 3 things you can do about it.

Open it in Safe mode

Opening it in Safe mode disables all the add-ins, including the ones that potentially slow down your Outlook, or worse get conflicted with the program. A good way to determine if the problem is caused by one of the add-ins.

Press Win+R to bring up the Run dialog box, and type the following command.

outlook /safe

Outlook opens up with a Choose Profile dialog box, accept the default and click OK.

If it starts ok, it’s time to track down which add-ins that caused the problem.

Re-create the Outlook Profile

Sometimes, it could just be that the Outlook profile got corrupted and needs to be rebuilt.

Open Control Panel, search Mail, and click the Mail applet to reconfigure your Outlook profile.

Click Show Profiles, and remove existing profiles there and add a new one instead.

Most of the times, re-creating a new Outlook profile works like a charm. The downside is that if you are using cache mode, getting your mailbox synced up could take some time.

The /resetnavpane option

Not sure if it’s new, but you now can run this option with your Outlook to reset the navigation pane, the very left pane (or bottom pane) in your Outlook that switches between Mail, Calendar, and Tasks.

outlook /resetnavpane

Quite shockingly, this is the option I used to address this Outlook stuck in the processing stage the other day on one of my work computers.

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Disabling the News and Interests Gadget on Taskbar

10 juin 2021 à 02:09
Par : Kent Chen

June 2021 Update is out and one thing it does is to mess up your taskbar by adding a new shining toy called News and Interests. When you hover your mouse over 190C Mostly Sunny gadget on your Taskbar, something like this popping up.

While it’s something that might be useful, who needs it while you are at work?

To get the distractions like this out of the way, you can simply right-click on the Taskbar, go to News and interests, and choose the Turn-off option.

If you are in a corporate network environment, you will need to disable it through Group Policy.

Download the latest Administrative Templates for Windows 10 21H1 from here. Copy the feeds.adml from the language folder and feeds.admx to your Domain Controller’s main policy store.

Then in a GPO that controls your workstation computers, go to

Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > News and Intersts

And disable the setting called Enable news and interests on the Taskbar.

And that’s it. No more news.

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Download Smashing Magazine Desktop Wallpaper June 2021 Windows 10 Theme

6 juin 2021 à 09:25

Summer is here; reopen is around the corner. June will be a busy month, and we will expect some new Windows news in almost 7 years! Will it be called Windows 11 or 10X? Whenever this happens, we will pass the latest and greats findings to you! Father’s day is also happening in June, may all the father enjoy the fruits of your labour being a dad. And last but the least, we bought you this month’s wallpaper theme from Smashing Magazine, enjoy!

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Sublime Text 4 – What’s New and What it means to your older version

31 mai 2021 à 08:51

In the land of Electron apps dominating your daily computer life. Whether you are using VSCode, Slack, Discord or Microsoft Team, the platform behind the scene and its powers are the basics of a browser. More than anything, the speed of those apps is all depending on how fast a naked browser loads. Another way to put it, they aren’t as fast as they can be if it was created without chromium as the foundation.

Sublime Text, on the other hand, does not build with Electron. They are created with C++/Python that compiles down to native binary that runs on all 3 major OS. I’ve been a fan of the app for over a decade and still use it daily. Today we will go over three new changes in Sublime Text 4 (or just Sublime Text).

License Change

Gone are the days you purchase one license for each major version to get more features and more releases. The developer decided to change the license model, and each new purchase of the sublime text will give you 3 years of support and future upgrades. Please help contribute and support those developers behind the scene that made those tools so awesome.

Sublime Text Multi-Select Tabs

Sublime Text always supports multiple tabs, and you can customize the layout any way you want. But the catch is you have to know ahead of time what type of layout you want to use, and new files you open will then fit into the previously defined layouts. This is the case for almost all editors and IDEs. But Sublime Text made a step further. You get auto split views when you select more than one file from the tree. It’s definitely unique to Sublime that I haven’t seen in any other code editor, VScode included.

GPU Rendering Support

This is huge for those of you interested in performance. The new app support comes with GPU rendering support. It’s turned off by default on Windows, but you can turn it on and try it out. OpenGL powers the GPU support as it’s the lowest common denominator that all three OS supports.

// Enables hardware accelerated rendering. This moves rendering to your GPU,
// allowing for faster rendering at higher resolutions. Changing this
// setting requires an application restart to take effect.
// - "none": Performs CPU rendering.
// - "opengl": Uses OpenGL for rendering. Minimum required version is 4.1
//
// On Mac, this value is overridden in the platform specific settings.
"hardware_acceleration": "opengl",

It’s especially the case if you have a high res monitor, 4K or 8K monitors will experience more smooth and faster render for large files.

You can turn it on by going to the settings, finding the option above, and changing the value for hardware acceleration to OpenGL. If the app stops rendering, it might be a sign of issues with Sublime Text not compatible with your driver. You can always turn it off and let it render by the software (i.e. CPU) instead.

If you are a fan of Sublime and want to learn more about what it can do, be sure to check out some of the top features it has to offer.

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Quick Fix: Caps lock key not turning caps off

29 mai 2021 à 01:28

A regular PC keyboard generally has 3 key locks. They are Caps Lock, Scroll Lock and Num Lock. While more and more keyboard layouts and PC manufacture have started dropping Scroll Lock for some years now, if you don’t have a number pad section, then you also don’t have a Num Lock. This leaves the only lock that’s consistent in almost all keyboards – the Caps Lock.

If for some reason, you press the Caps Lock and the light doesn’t turn off, this might be why. Check if pressing the SHIFT key would turn off the CAPS lock. If that does the trick, then the reason is your Windows setting had the CAPS lock only turned off by pressing a SHIFT key selected. You can fix this by going to Settings > Language > Keyboard.

Under the Keyboard setting, find the Input language hotkeys at the prompt under the “Advanced Key Settings” make sure to turn off Caps Lock is selected with Press the CAPS LOCK key instead of Press the SHIFT key.

Rest assured your CAPS-lock key isn’t stuck, and you can troubleshoot to see if this is a keyboard’s mechanic problem or a software issue.

If your CAPS-lock still not working as you were expecting, try disconnect and plug-in or if you have an option, swap out the keyboard this way. You can find out quickly if this is a software limitation or physical keyboard issue.

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How To Uninstall and Get Rid Of Windows Media Player

31 mai 2021 à 19:58
Par : Kent Chen

Windows Media Player, a long-standing and so so media player, for some reason is still living quietly even in the latest Windows 10 build 21H1. Though it doesn’t really get in the way because the default media player on Windows these days is the Grove Music app, if you don’t have a VLC player installed, it’s still nice if I don’t see it at all.

So, if you’d like to keep your system a tiny bit lighter, here are 3 ways to uninstall and remove Windows Media Player out of your Windows.

Settings app

Open the Settings app by click Start > the little Gear icon. Go to Apps > Optional Features.

Scroll down a bit until you locate the Windows Media Player. Click it and Uninstall.

Control Panel

Now let’s do the legacy Control Panel way. Open Control Panel, head over to Uninstall a program, and click Turn Windows features on or off on the left.

Then under Media Features, uncheck Windows Media Player and click OK.

PowerShell

Now if you have a lot of computers to go through, you will need help from PowerShell.

Open an elevated PowerShell window, and run the following cmdlet.

Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName 'WindowsMediaPlayer'

If you need to remove it from a remote computer, try this.

Invoke-Command -ComputerName $computername -ScriptBlock {
  Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName 'WindowsMediaPlayer' }

And that’s about it.

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What To Do When The File is Too Large To Be Transcribed?

31 mai 2021 à 08:12
Par : Kent Chen

Microsoft’s Word Online has a pretty cool feature that automatically transcribes an audio file for you if you are an Office 365 subscriber. But what to do when you have an audio file that is bigger than 200MB, because that’s when you see the message like this?

The first thing to try is to convert to another audio format that is smaller but still maintains the same sound quality. VLC Media Play is the one that you can use to fulfill the task.

If that’s still not good enough, the next thing to try is to split the audio file. There might be one word or two being cut off at the split point at the end but it should do the trick.

Now there are a couple of ways of splitting an audio file. We can use an audio tool such as WavePad by NCH Software. It’s a powerful audio edit tool that has an audio split feature built right in. If you bought the software, you can use the automated split features like split automatic or split to equal parts. If you are just using its free edition, split at cursor can also do the job.

You can also make your own audio splitter, if you like, using PowerShell. PowerTip has a script already ready for you. It’s a function that you can call with parameters to specify the original audio file and the size of each smaller file. It works like a charm.

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How To Set Up to Use Keybaord Short to Open Calculator

30 mai 2021 à 22:19
Par : Kent Chen

Believe it or not, the Calculator app on Windows is pretty popular, useful, and powerful. People are freaked out if they don’t see it on their computer after upgrading their Windows, though it can be fairly easily downloaded from the Store app.

It can also be very easily opened up if you have a keyboard that has a media key designated to open it. But what if I am using a generic keyboard that doesn’t have any media key assigned?

Here are two ways of doing it.

Using the Taskbar

Let’s pin the Calculator app to the taskbar first. And then drag and move it all the way to the very left, like below.

In case you forgot, the first 10 pinned icons on the taskbar are automatically assigned a quick keyboard shortcut, such as Win+1 to open the first one, Win+2 to open the second, so on so forth.

So, moving the calculator app right up to the very left means the keyboard shortcut Win + 1 is now assigned specifically to it.

Now, if you ever need to open it, simply press win + 1, and then enjoy.

Using AutoHotkey

I am becoming a fan of AutoHotkey lately. It’s such a powerful scripting tool that can automate a lot of repetitive work. And it can also be very useful for simple tasks like assigning a keyboard shortcut to certain apps.

Add a single link like below to a file and save it as .ahk file.

 ^+c::run calc.exe

Launch it and you get yourself a shortcut key combination Ctrl + Shift + C to automatically open the calculator app.

Or use

^!c:: run calc.exe

to assign Ctrl + Alt + C instead.

Or any combinations you may like.

What about other apps?

Well, the ways shown above are not limited only to the powerful calculator, but almost all apps you may wish to open frequently.

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Fix Unable to Run Yarn in Windows Terminal – PowerShell

30 mai 2021 à 18:08

If you run into an error with your brand new machine when trying to run any custom scripts like npm, yarn or any node modules you might run into an error similar to below.

yarn : File C:\Program Files\nodejs\yarn.ps1 cannot be loaded because running scripts is disabled on this system. For more information, see about_Execution_Policies at 
https:/go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=135170. 

At line:1 char:1 + yarn + ~~~~ + CategoryInfo : SecurityError: (:) [], PSSecurityException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : UnauthorizedAccess

To fix it, open PowerShell as administrator, again make sure to run this in PowerShell, not with the regular command prompt (cmd). Copy and paste the code below and run it.

Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope CurrentUser -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

This will grant you the necessary permission to run any executable scripts in your PC’s terminal. You only have to do this once and any future yarn or npm commands will run successfully.

Hope this helps with your quick tip on solve why yarn or npm not running on your PC. The same will be true for Ruby’s bundler to manage gems, or Python’s pip package manager.

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