Category Archives: Windows

Microsoft Teams 101

Teams is a great tool for real-time collaboration.  It allows your office to call, chat and meet one place. Chats are persistent and can be secured to limit access.

Restore Missing Data

If your data is stored on a Windows server it is preserved for a limited time by a service called Shadow Copy. To access these files: Open File Explorer > Navigate to the original location of the data you want to recover. Right-click in the open space of the folder > choose Properties > Previous Versions (Tab) Select… Read More »

Multiple GPU Best Performance

Workstation class laptops usually have two GPUs. The onboard Intel integrated GPU and a dedicated NVIDIA  graphics card. When this is the case you need to make sure that your high-performance applications use the NVidia GPU, rather than the low-performance Intel integrated GPU. To ensure optimal application performance make the following adjustment:

Grammarly

Grammarly is a writing assistant that can spell-check your web-based content as you write. It can be loaded as a firefox browser plugin for free. It offers advanced functionality, with a monthly subscription, to evaluate your writing in the areas of tone, engagement, clarity, and grammar.

Newforma Tasks

Newforma has a task tracking and accountability feature that covers your team as well as external vendors on your projects. File attachment and markup, Mobile and web access are all built into the system.

Newforma Shared Folders

Did you know that you can use Newforma to share folders on the network with outside vendors and clients? Shared folders create an online space where internal and external team members can access and share project files. This has a number of advantages over products such as Dropbox (which is a violation of some client contracts). Key features … Read More »

OneNote

OneNote is a virtual notebook, with incredible search capabilities, that synchronizes across all your devices and between multiple users in real time. A universal platform, it works on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Online. Everything is stored as a separate element so markups can be removed, files or images can be saved or moved. Pages are a limitless… Read More »

Preview Panes

When a user has the preview pane turned on in Windows Explorer, they cannot rename or move files. This is because, unlike the thumbnails generated for photos, the OS does not release the current file after opening it and generating the image. The OS then falsely reports that the file is locked by someone for editing. The worst… Read More »

4K Monitors & TVs

Resolution Comparison 4K monitors are taking over, but there are a number of pitfalls when implementing them. Video cards: Even a lightweight card a NVidia Quadro NVS 295 (Passmark 103) will let you run at 4K resolution, but the PC is unusable. A more typical production card used by our architecture clients is the NVidia Quadro K2000 (Passmark 1672).… Read More »