Saturday, December 15, 2012

Google in Search of Singularity

Ray Kurzweil Joins Google In Full-Time Engineering Director Role; Will Focus On Machine Learning, Language Processing | TechCrunch:

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are known to be keenly interested in the theory of an upcoming “technological singularity,” a time when human beings and artificially intelligent machines will sync up to push innovation forward at an unprecedentedly fast rate. Kurzweil is one of the most prominent individuals associated with the singularity movement.

Big Asteroid Tumbles Harmlessly Past Earth - NASA Science

Big Asteroid Tumbles Harmlessly Past Earth - NASA Science

"At closest approach on Dec. 12th, asteroid 4179 Toutatis will be 7 million km away or 18 times farther than the Moon.

Asteroid Toutatis is well known to astronomers; it passes by Earth’s orbit every 4 years. Measuring 4.5 km in length, it is one of the largest known potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs), and its orbit is inclined less than half-a-degree from Earth's."

Windows 7 & 8 "Arrow Keys" Shortcuts

Windows 8 Start "Tiles" is forcing users (like me)
to search for faster ways to navigate between apps.

Now that they have "moved my cheese" (start menu),
keyboard shortcuts are more attractive...

Findings of the day:

Windows key + Up Arrow: Maximize current window
Windows key + Down Arrow: Minimize/restore current window
Windows key + Home: Minimize all but the current window
Windows key + Left Arrow: Tile window on the left side of the screen
Windows key + Right Arrow: Tile window on the right side of the screen
Windows key + Shift + Up Arrow: Extend current window from the top to the bottom of the screen
Windows key + Shift + Left/Right Arrow: Move the current window from one monitor to the next

List of Windows 8 Shortcuts - Yash's Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs:

Official list of Windows 7 Shortcuts (apply for Windows 8 also)

New keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 and Windows RT

My conclusion is that keyboard is an essential part of Windows computer, so instead of attempting to out-touch iPad, Windows tablets could be convertible "netbooks", like Lenovo Yoga
(current 11.6"/32GB price with coupon: $665.00)
Weight of 2.8 lb is not impressive light... price of "real" keyboard and larger screen.

Hyper-V Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell

Hyper-V Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell

Windows Server 2012 comes with many useful PowerShell "cmdlets" scripts
for managing many features of the server, including Hyper-V
The user still needs to be an admin to manage VMs, by default.
There is a (complicated) procedure to allow non-admin users to manage Hyper-V.

Allowing non-Administrators to control Hyper-V

Manage Hyper-V Server 2012 Remotely