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NCET Tech Tips: Windows 10 and Microsoft’s business vision – Reno Gazette Journal

REN0820 BIZ cerockeSteve Cerocke.(Photo: Provided to the RGJ)

NCET explores business and technology.

Windows 10, Microsofts latest operating system, has been described as their best operating system ever, and based upon adoption rates, functionality and innovation that statement might be true.

Many users found Windows 8 too difficult to use and never upgraded from Windows 7;even with the changes that were introduced as part of 8.1, adoption has been low. With Windows 10, Microsoft has brought back some of the familiar navigation, added an action center and provided new versions of bundled software including a new Internet browser and Cortana, Microsofts version of a personal assistant popular on the latest version of the Windows phone.

One of the most powerful features of Windows 10 is the fact that it can run on standard desktop PCs, a slew of tablets that take advantage of pen and voice interfaces as well as the Microsoft phone platform. Not only is the OS interface consistent and familiar across devices, applications written for the OS can function across the product line.

Windows 10, however, is more than just an operating system. When used with Microsofts Cloud platforms like Office 365, it gives users and teams access to a set of enterprise business IT tools that are not available from any other manufacturer.

To really understand how this ecosystem can help your organization collaborate and compute from any device and from anywhere there is an Internet connection, you have to experience it. At the January NCET Tech Bite lunch we will be showcasing some of the latest business functionality found in Windows 10 and demonstrating how the OS coupled with Office 365 brings enterprise computing, communication and collaboration to businesses of any size.

On the product side we will demonstrate how the Windows 10 phones, Surface tablets and the newest PCs function under Windows 10 running the latest software from Microsoft. When Microsoft first introduced the Surface tablet line fouryears ago, one of their goals was to revitalize a slowing PC market. They are now working with major PC manufacturers that are building some of the fastest, thinnest and most innovative products coming to market.

Once you start to use Microsoft Windows 10-based business computing, home and mobile devices, you begin to understand how things like search with Cortana, cloud storage with One Drive and Office 365-based apps and services provide a seamless workflow and user interface. The fact that all of your devices work the same, and all of your services are consistent and reliable makes the computing, communication and entertainment experience simple yet powerful and predictable.

Steve Cerocke will be joined by several IQ team members who for over 22 years have focused on helping organizations deploy, manage and implement technology that drives business success. Learn more about IQ at

Learn more about Windows 10 and the Microsoft ecosystem at NCETs Tech Bite lunch on Jan.27. NCET is a member-supported nonprofit organization that produces networking events to help individuals and businesses explore and use technology. Register for the event and get more info at

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How To Win At A Casino – Deadspin

How To Win At A Casino

With all due respect to the good people of Thackerville, Okla., I am not currently aware of any defensible reason to rumble down their I-35 off-ramp other than to wander, aimlessly and awestruck, around the worlds largest casino. That is, unless you really like tornadoes or porno stores, the two things other than flat land prevalent in that part of the country. There are tons of casinos like the WinStar, all of them a fraction of its size, but nevertheless in similarly out-of-the-way places, in buildings that seem to jut right up out of the landscape, like giant-ass cacti you can smoke inside.

On the other hand, youll find quite a few casinos plopped right down atop the most desirable and expensive real estate in the world; the Caribbean is full of them, for instance, and if you take a fancy enough boat there, you can even gamble on the way down. Clearly, we humans love our casinos, so weve stuck them in environments as varied as there are on the planet, and well probably keep doing that until the damn bubble bursts. You can be anywhere in the world when you step into a casino, but every one of those doors will take you to, essentially, the exact same place. Here are some tips on how to thrive there, if not profit.

Embrace the Surreality

I havent been in every casino on the planet, thank the Good Lord, but Ive visited my fair share. Ive yanked on gas-station slot machines up and down our nations great highways and byways. Ive spent my birthday in Las Vegass Aria and my honeymoon throwing dice at the Oranjestad Renaissance. I celebrated Columbus Day 2015 in the aforementioned WinStar Resort, which is located on and operated by an independent Native American nation (the Chickasaw reservation, if you want to be a dick about it). As you might expect, given the reams of cruel history knotted up in the holiday, Columbus Day on a reservation is just another day.


After all, there are no bad memories in casinos.

There are no good memories in casinos, either. Everything you experience while gambling is fleeting by design. Memories indicate the passage of time, and all casinos endeavor to induce a time-resistant fugue state in their captive audiences. There are no clocks in casinos, as we all know, and few if any windows. The law mandates that a certain amount of doors be made available in case the joint burns down, which it never will, because you could drag a flamethrower into a casino and run out of gasoline before youre even done lighting cigarettes. Casinos are alternate-universe sandboxes for the worlds least conscientious humans, and theres only one rule: Dont throw the sand.

The Fancier The Slot Machine, The Worse The Payout

Arcades didnt die outthey just transmogrified into casinos. The optics are more or less the same: Players put some money in a big metal box, yank on it for a while, stare at a light, and eventually realize they are gaining nothing from the experience. Except, you might be thinking, Americas arcades were filled to the brim with excitement and mirth, while casinos are hostile caves plastered wall-to-wall with grimy levers and spilled beer. Wrong again, idiot!

How To Win At A Casino

Slots take many different shapes and sizes, but the end result is generally the same.

Yes, there is lots of spilled beer in most casinosespecially ones in which I happen to be drinkingbut the truth about gaming technology is that the One-Armed Bandits of old couldnt be any more anachronistic today if they accepted coal scrip and prodded you to vote Bull Moose. Modern slot machines, by contrast, are not only more visually engaging, theyre also more emotionally manipulative. Plus the payouts are worse.

You can still find red 7s, cherries, and lame shit like that if you look for machines in low-value areas like hallways or toilet stalls, where, trust me, you do not want to hit the jackpot. But the heavy hitters now include Wheel of Fortunecomplete with a towering, physical facsimile of the eponymous Wheelor the touchscreen-fueled, neon- and Spandex-clad banquette of vibrating rumble seats attached to the Batman TV series machines. (Theres also a Superman version, but fuck Superman, he sucks.) The Wizard of Odds, a great website for anyone who wants to attempt to lose slightly less money while gambling, writes that these flashier games are generally harder to understand and less likely to pay out than their duller, more simplistic cousins. Theyre cooler-looking and more fun on purpose. Its hard to cast aspersions on the folks who would rather spend time with the absolutely delightful Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory machine, which offers a progressive jackpot and virtually all the musical scenes from the original film, than a poker simulator that would look more at home in a dilapidated bus station. But cast your aspersions, because those people are losers. Now if youll excuse me, Ive got a date with Ellen Degeneres.

Dont Start Nothin, Wont Be Nothin

At any blackjack table in any casino in the world, youll notice that some of your fellow patrons act as if they know the dealer personally. They might ask how her kids are doing, or what time she gets off work, and she might smile at them in a way that punctuates how hollow the perfunctory good luck, sir she offered you really was. These people are most likely locals, stopping off in the casino after (or instead of) work. They will make every bad bet on the table, and they will not like you. They are not to be imitated, and they are not to be fucked with.

In Puerto Rico, where I vacationed this year, local butts in seats outnumbered tourist keisters by at least three to one. For me, a person with less than zero foresight who spent his academic years half-learning and then totally forgetting Latin, Italian, and German, that means that I had virtually no idea what was going on at any given time. Depending on the game, and the temperament of your fellow gamblers, this may be of very little concern. On the other hand, the booze is free in San Juan casinos, and blackjack brings out the worst in us all.

So when the very animated man to the dealers immediate right flings a $5 chip at your wife, instructing her to not take another card lest it disrupt the flow of the deck, dont call him a little bitch. Moreover, dont tell him to go fuck [him]self when he erupts in a Spanish tirade about your play, because the woman who removed her chips from the table when you sat down is his girlfriend, and may be bilingual. These are the standards for enjoying yourself in an unfamiliar environment and remaining as unstabbed as Ben Carsons childhood friends. Here are some more:

Dont make an enemy of the dealer. Its true, actually, that standing pat on a soft 14 and splitting 10s are mathematically suboptimal plays. He can offer that advice to you if he wants, and its not technically against house rules for him to scoff when you ignore him. Similarly, youre not breaking any laws by clapping in his face like you just got the and-one when you win the hand, but it is very poor form. Just dont tip him if you absolutely must send a message.

Go easy on the free drinks. The average complimentary casino cocktail pour is rather light, to say the least, and if youre going to get drunk off of them, it will be a product of pure volume over marginthink of this as the Walmart Method. Generally speaking, though, even this will start to become difficult as the room fills up and your money fades away. At the very least, when the sun goes down, waitresses will avoid the penny slots like somebody snuck a bunch of bear traps over there. As a result, your free drinks are going to require you to put more than a couple of dollars at risk. The inevitable result is the most expensive Sunny D and vodka youve ever consumed.

Dont expect much out of the pit boss. These guys get paid to bring a piece of paper over to the table and put a checkmark on it four times an hour. They dont have time to open up a table just so you can lose your little $50 nanostack, and they will absolutely not give you any comps once you do. Ive been comped a couple of buffets before, but only in Tunica, and only because everyone watched me essentially buy a 10-minute course in how not to play craps for $300. If you dont manage to piss away a house payment, you will not be receiving a free room. Not even in Mississippi.

Stay Away From The Weird Ones

I dont know how to play Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Tiles, Pai Gow Poker, Keno, Ultrakeno, Doublegame, Doublegame Classic, Big Bettor, Money Master, Crazy Elevens, 2 for 3s, Cardswap, Flip and Tip, Jazzman Hands, Wild Time, Dragon Scowl, Riverboat Accident, Deck of Jacks, or Diamond Six. Whats more, some of those games are actually real, and theyre everywhere. If you know how to play those games, thats fantastic. Im not saying theres anything wrong with them. In fact, I hear Baccarat is quite simple (which is what everyone says when theyve finally figured out something really complicated), but unless youre a savant, there will be a limit to the number of games you can play well. Heres what you need to know:

Craps: Bet the Pass Line by putting one chip on that section of the table. When youre comfortable with that, you may graduate to the Odds bet, wherein you put somewhere between two and five additional chips in a stack directly behind your Pass Line bet. You wont know how much you are allowed to put here until you ask. Do not be afraid to ask; there are approximately 10 employees at every craps table, so they will have the time to answer your questions about, say, all the other bets you can make at a craps table that I proudly know fuck-all about.

Blackjack: Try to get to 21, and settle for 17. Double down on 11. You cant fuck this up, regardless of what superstitious assholes will tell you.

Roulette: Ignore the board that keeps track of previous spins. Everything else you can do in this game is more or less equally bad, in that the payout will never match the risk. Just bet on black if you want to feel superior to the spray-and-pray crowd. Or just sit in your hotel room and flip a coin if youre so fuckin cool.

Slots: As discussed, only play the shitty-looking ones, and dont expect to win those, either. Your sole mission is to look alive long enough to get a free beer and move on.

Theres no advice that Ior anyone else, for that mattercan give that will guarantee you of a profitable time in any of the fine gambling institutions around the world. And while I respect the opinion that there is money to be made by making certain bets in certain ways, I also know that the odds are ever in the houses favor. Your mood and behavior is the only factor you truly control. So just think of gambling as entertainment, and any funds returned to you as icing, or gravy, or money you paid for in advance. You may lose a shitload of dough this way, but hey, so did Donald Trump.

Jesse Farrar is a writer for hire, heavyset grillman, and father of two. Read his Beer Idiot column here, follow him on Twitter here, and email him at

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62 Windows 8 secrets you need to know: Windows 8 tips …

8. Use the app bar

Windows 8 apps aim to be simpler than old-style Windows applets, which means it’s goodbye to menus, complex toolbars and many interface standards. There will usually be a few options available on the App bar, though, so if you’re unsure what to do then either right-click an empty part of the screen, press Windows+Z or flick your finger up from the bottom of the screen to take a closer look.

9. Launch apps from the desktop

Windows 8 doesn’t provide any obvious way to launch apps straight from the desktop, but this is actually surprisingly easy to set up.

Right-click on an empty part of your desktop, select New > Shortcut, and type Explorer Shell:AppsFolder in the “Location” box. Click Next, enter a name – “All Programs”, for instance – and click Finish. Double-clicking that shortcut will open a folder listing all your installed programs, including the apps, and you can launch whatever you like.

Windows 8 tips tricks and secrets

10. See what’s running

If you launch a Windows 8 app, play with it for a while, then press the Windows key you’ll switch back to the Start screen. Your app will remaining running, but as there’s no taskbar then you might be wondering how you’d ever find that out.

You could just press Alt+Tab, which shows you what’s running just as it always has.

Holding down the Windows key and pressing Tab displays a pane on the left-hand side of the screen with your running apps. (To see this with the mouse, move your cursor to the top left corner of the screen, wait until the thumbnail of one app appears, then drag down.)

And of course you can always press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to see all your running apps in the Task Manager, if you don’t mind (or actually need) the extra technical detail.

Windows 8 tips

11. Close an app

Windows 8 apps don’t have close buttons, but this isn’t the issue you might think. Apps are suspended when you switch to something else so they’re only a very minimal drain on your system, and if you need the system resources then they’ll automatically be shut down. (Their context will be saved, of course, so on relaunching they’ll carry on where you left off.)

If you want to close down an app anyway, though, move the mouse cursor up to the top of the screen. When it turns from the regular mouse pointer to the icon of a hand, hold down the left mouse button and drag it down the screen. Your app should shrink to a thumbnail which you can drag off the screen to close it.

If that’s too much hassle, then simply pressing Alt+F4 still works.

And when all else fails then press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch Task Manager, right-click something in the Apps list and select End Task. Beware, though, close something you shouldn’t and it’s easy to crash or lock up your PC.

12. Hide the taskbar

If you run Windows 8 on a tablet then it makes sense to keep your taskbar on the left, where it takes minimal space and is best placed for easy thumb access. Switch your tablet to portrait orientation, though, and you’ll suddenly find the taskbar grabs much more valuable screen real estate.

It doesn’t have to be this way, however – not if you install Surface Taskbar Helper. This neat tool enables you to set the taskbar to “auto hide” based on its current orientation, so for instance you can always show it in landscape view, but hide it in portrait, which is a very flexible way to get the most out of your display space.

Windows 8 tips tricks and secrets

13. Master Internet Explorer in Windows 8

Click the Internet Explorer tile from the Start menu and you’ll launch a full-screen version without toolbars, menus or sidebars, which like so much of Windows 8 may leave you initially feeling lost.

Right-click an empty part of the page or flick your finger down from the top of the screen, though, and you’ll find options to create and switch between tabs, as well as a Refresh button, a ‘Find’ tool and the ability to pin an Internet shortcut to the Start page. Click the spanner icon and select ‘View on the desktop’ to open the full desktop version of Internet Explorer.

Windows 8 tips

14. Spell check

Windows 8 apps all have spellcheck where relevant, which looks and works much as it does in Microsoft Office. Make a mistake and a wavy red line will appear below the offending word; tap or right-click this to see suggested alternative words, or add the word to your own dictionary if you prefer.

15. Run two apps side by side

Modern UI apps are what Microsoft calls ‘immersive’ applications, which basically means they run full-screen – but there are ways to view up to four at once.

On Windows 8, swipe from the left and the last app you were using will turn into a thumbnail; drop this, and one app displays in a sidebar pane while your current app takes the rest of the screen. And you can then swap these by swiping again.

Windows 8.1 expands on this and can display up to four apps simultaneously, if you’ve enough screen space. Move your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, and when it changes to a hand icon, drag and drop your app to the left or right. Once you’ve moved it enough, a dividing line will appear, you can drop the app, and it’ll appear in just that part of the screen. Use the bar between your apps to resize their window widths, or if you need to make one full-screen again.

Rup apps side by side

16. Run as Administrator

Some programs need you to run them with Administrator rights before they’ll work properly. The old context menu isn’t available for a pinned Start screen app, but right-click one, and if it’s appropriate for this app then you’ll see a Run As Administrator option.

17. Make a large app tile smaller

You’ll notice that Windows 8 apps come in different tile sizes, and these won’t always be set up as you like (if you’re not really interested in Sports, say, you might prefer that tile to be small). In Windows 8, right-clicking a tile displays ‘Smaller’ or ‘Larger’ options which you can use to resize it. Or in Windows 8.1, right-click a tile, ‘Resize’ and choose from one of four tile sizes: ‘Large’, ‘Wide’, ‘Medium’ and ‘Small’.

18. Uninstall easily

If you want to hide an unused app for now, select ‘Unpin from Start’. The tile will disappear, but if you change your mind then you can always add it again later. (Search for the app, right-click it, select ‘Pin to Start’.)

And, if you’re sure you’ll never want to use an app again, choose ‘Uninstall’ will remove it entirely.

Of course, if you like to try out lots of apps then uninstalling them one at a time can get a little tedious. If that becomes a problem, give Windows App Boss a try – it enables you to select multiple apps and remove them all at once.

Windows 8 tips tricks and secrets

19. Customise app privacy

It is worth keeping in mind that by default Windows 8 apps can use your name, location and account picture. If you’re not happy with that, it’s easily changed. Press Win+I, click More PC Settings, select Privacy and click the relevant buttons to disable any details you’d rather not share.

The new Task Manager also includes a History feature that tracks the CPU time used by every application. If you’re wondering what someone’s doing most of the time on their Windows 8 system, launching Task Manager (press Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and clicking the App History tab will give you an idea. But if you don’t want someone doing the same to you, clicking App History > Delete Usage History will clear all the figures.

Windows 8 tips tricks and secrets

20. Show administrative tools

Experienced Windows users who spend much of their time in one advanced applet or another are often a little annoyed to see their favourite tools buried by Windows 8. Microsoft has paid at least some attention, though, and there are ways to bring some of them back.

As we’ve mentioned, pressing Win+X launches a menu with plenty of technical tools: ‘Device Manager’, ‘Network Connections’, ‘Computer Management’ and more.

If you need more power, open the Charm bar by flicking your finger from the right-hand side of the screen and select ‘Settings’ then ‘Tiles’. Change ‘Show administrative tools’ to ‘Yes’ and click back on an empty part of the Start screen. And it’s as simple as that. Scroll to the right and you’ll find a host of new tiles for various key applets – Performance Monitor, Event Viewer, Task Scheduler, Resource Monitor and more – ready to be accessed at a click.

Windows 8 tips tricks and secrets

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