Windows 7/8 Marbles Theme

-Windows 7/8-

From Microsoft:

These colorful marbles seem less like a game for kids than like small glass sculptures. Ribbons of yellows, blues, oranges, reds, and greens decorate some, and the clear glass showcased in others is a study of light and shadow. Together, they make up a fun, free Windows theme for your desktop.



Direct download.


Chinese New Year theme

-Windows 7/8-

Hot pink pin wheels, bright orange dragons, and softly glowing paper lanterns: This free theme for Windows brings the colors and moods of the Chinese New Year to your desktop.




Office 2013 Quick Start Guides (free!) From Microsoft

-Office 2013-

office 2013 quick start guides logo

Today, Microsoft made available 9 free Quick Start Guides for Office 2013.

“These printable guides contain useful tips, shortcuts, and screenshots to help you find your way around”.

On Windows 8, you can open and view these guides in the Windows 8 Reader app without any additional steps. If you’re using Windows 7 or earlier, you’ll need to install the free Adobe Reader before you can open and view these guides (download Adobe Reader. Be sure to un-check the free McAfee security scan).

The guides are available as separate downloads, so you can grab just the ones you want.

Windows 8 Toolbox Not Working? Try Microsoft’s Modern UI App Troubleshooter

-Windows 8 only-

First, a little about Windows 8 Toobox:

With Toolbox, you can view and interact with up to 6 different tools at once, giving you the power and flexibility to customize your workspace for maximum productivity. Toolbox allows you to run more than one instance of any of these tools within the same workspace. This allows you to view multiple web pages at the same time, monitor the weather in two different cities, or even view the time in six different locations at once.

windows 8 toolbox

With the Toolset feature, you can save your favorite layouts and customizations to be recalled quickly and easily whenever you need them. You can even pin them to your Start Screen!

My problem: Toolbox wouldn’t load. So I went searching for some answers and this is what I found…

There are currently 10 apps included in Toolbox with promises from Microsoft of many more to come :

Web Browser
Unit Converter
Voice Notes
World Clock

Download and run the Modern UI App troubleshooter to check your apps.

Other possible solutions via Microsoft Answers

USB Mouse Freezing? Try this Possible Solution via Microsoft Answers

Problems with your usb mouse freezing? Try this (windows 7, Vista, XP) possible solution via Microsoft Answers:

Click Start button
Click Control Panel
Click Power Options
Click Change plan settings
Select Change advanced power settings
Expand USB settings
Expand further the by clicking on the sign
Set both and to ‘Disabled’ and click ‘Apply’

That worked for me, thankfully!
Let me know if that helped…

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool 4.12

-Windows only-

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 computers for and helps remove infections by specific, prevalent malicious software—including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed.

Choose your scan type:

Download Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool 4.12

(x64 Version)
Download Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool x64

Never Forget. Ever. (9/11 – In Memory of Christopher M. Colastani)

A repost from September 11, 2002. Never forget. Ever.

I remember sitting at my desk the morning of September 11, 2001. It was such a nice day. Clear autumn skies, the sun shining brightly through the windows. I had been at work for about a half an hour when the customer calls suddenly stopped. Not a single call coming in. Me and my co-workers were perplexed. Sure, there had been ‘pockets’ of one or two minutes here and there when the calls were idle. But now it had been nearly five minutes. It was truly weird to sit in a room with some 50 other people and not one of them was on the phone (I worked for one of the Baby Bells).

Against company policy I checked the internet. What I found was more horrifying than I could have imagined.

Why on earth would someone fly a plane into the World Trade Center? Was it an accident? Surely it was I thought.

The motive and/or cause had not yet been determined.

Sometime after 9AM I called my friend John that lives in Greenwich Village. He worked just a couple of blocks from the World Trade Center. His place of employment had sent everyone home. Sadly, John told me he saw people jumping from the towers in a desperate attempt to survive.

I wished him well, went to the restroom and got sick…

Christopher M. Colastani

Christopher grew up in South Orange, N.J. and met Kelly, his wife, in high school. They went to the prom together. He graduated from Dartmouth and became a trader at Cantor Fitzgerald. The young family lived in Hoboken. The night before the attack, Mr. Colasanti gave their girls, Cara and Lauren, their baths as he did every night. Then he showed Cara his baseball card collection.

He gave himself the tongue-in-cheek nickname “The Dominant Force” — or “Dom” for short — in the seventh grade, and it stuck with him into adulthood because it was so contrary to everything he was.

On Sept. 11, 2001 Christopher kissed his wife, Kelly, and children, Cara, 4, and Lauren, 1, before catching an early train to arrive by 7:30 a.m. at work as a bond trader on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower.

His plan was to get to work early so he could return home early to his family in Hoboken…

Christopher was also at the World Trade Center in 1993 when a truck bomb exploded, killing six people.

God bless Christopher Colasanti and his family. God bless all that lost their lives that day.

Never forget. Ever.

A huge thanks goes out to Dale Roe for help keeping us connected…

“We’ll be a strong family, the three of us,” Kelly said.
“We have to live this way because he was so great. We can’t let it not be great here because it was so great.”

Christopher loved playing golf, even though he was lousy at it. He rooted for sports teams that were mostly terrible, like the Nets and Jets, just so he could pull for an underdog.

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