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Google v Bing: Remote Desktop Connection In W8

I have to manage one credential per domain at work, but one cred can only be managed remotely.

Using Remote Desktop Connection on a Windows 8 machine, I was not able to send CTRL + ALT + DELETE to a machine on the other domain remotely because the W8 machine apparently intercepts the command regardless of settings in RDC.

Using Bing, I entered the following search string: remote desktop connection ctrl alt del “windows 8”

I tried a few results which all gave outdated (pre W8) information. So I hopped over to “the other search engine” and the 2nd result is gold. (TL;DR: Use CTRL + ALT + END)

I headed back to Bing and didn’t see the same result on the first 3 pages of results.

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Dear Microsoft, no. 2

Windows: Don’t introduce new features without having invested in content, then abandon them

Windows introduced Sidebar with Vista (release in 2007) and continued the feature as “Gadgets” in Windows 7. However, the stock gadgets paled in comparison to Apple’s Dashboard, introduced in Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) in 2005. Since early-adopting Vista, I routinely clicked the “Get more gadgets online” link in the OS to see if Windows had made further investments. I never saw anything noteworthy until today, when I was informed of the following:

Because we want to focus on the exciting possibilities of the newest version of Windows, the Windows website no longer hosts the gadget gallery.

Contrast this with the greater investment in Themes. When I tested Windows 7 RC, I noticed a similar approach had been taken. The OS came with a handful of tasteful themes, and users were prompted to explore more online. I had all but given up on this to until a year ago when a colleague informed me of the Bing Dynamic theme (my personal favorite).

While both Dashboard and Sidebar/Gadget can said to be superseded generally by smartphones, not all of the default functionality is present (for example, my Mac has a widget with a full dictionary and thesaurus) and I am disappointed to see Windows abandon its investment in part of a released OS.

I still appreciate a traditional “desktop experience” and will not be upgrading my Macbook Pro from OS 10.6 or my home PCs from Windows 7 any time soon.


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Microsoft City Center & Bing

Where in the world is Microsoft City Center?

Unlike other Microsoft properties, you can’t search for it on Bing. But you can browse for it. If you don’t use the Bing app.

Mobile Browser (Safari, iPhone 4, iOS 4.3.3)

Bing (Safari, iPhone 4, iOS 4.3.3)

Notice that the Bravern boxes don’t even look the same. Weird.

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