CmdrKeene's Blog

thoughts from shawn keene: analyst, technologist, microsoft mvp, skywarn storm chaser, fitness freak, and nerd

How to Hide an Update in Windows 10


One of the design tenants of Windows 10 is the enabling of automatic system updates that are more transparent to the end user than in the past. But if you’re affected by a buggy device driver that gets installed automatically, you may want to block it. Here’s how.

Extensive List of Windows Shell Folder Aliases

Windows 10 showing Run box and User Pinned folder

This list is too good to keep to myself. I’ve been using several of these for years, but there are so many more than I ever knew — many for directories that are incredibly difficult to reach by navigating the folder tree directly.

The Bare Minimum Backup Strategy

Windows 10 desktop with OneDrive local folder and OneDrive website.

Accidents happen, files get saved over or deleted, viruses intrude, and hard drives fail. So why do so many of us ignore backups? Today I’ll share a simple practice to ensure you are always protected from data loss.

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Shorten Links Before Creating QR Codes


Better Practice: To make your QR code faster to scan, particularly from a distance, try using a URL shortener before creating your QR codes. The generated code will contain less information and can be read more easily and reliably by a scanner.


Capture your Screen as a GIF Animated Image


If a picture is worth 1000 words, a video must be pure gold. But recording and sending a video capture of your screen for a quick how-to or to demonstrate an issue is a chore. Today I’m going to share a tool I found to make it much easier.


Sort Outlook Folders by Filed-Date Order


Recycle Bin has this great ability to sort by date deleted. Like a real trash can, the stuff you threw away last is on top. Today we’re bringing that ability to Outlook – and not just for the trash.


Blindly Sounding Sirens By County is Crying Wolf

Click to enlarge this graphic showing a radar scan from the moment the warning was issued.

Tonight KOCO ran a story about a perceived very real false alarm by Oklahoma City’s emergency management this morning. Just after 6:15am, the city activated their Whelen outdoor warning siren network, yet for a weak storm that had itself already moved through the area hours earlier.

Register to attend the Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference

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Hi everyone – I wanted to let you know about a great free event that Microsoft and the MVPs are putting on, May 14th & 15th.  Join Microsoft MVPs from the Americas’ region as they share their knowledge and real-world expertise during a free event, the MVP Virtual Conference.


Weather Apps 2015

...and on the desktop in Windows 10.

Well it’s barely April and already my hometown has been hit by a tornado. Maybe we’ve gotten it out of the way… But at any rate it’s a reminder that it’s time for my semi-annual collection of weather-related apps I’m using today.


Plus! Pack Themes for Modern Windows


I found some old Plus! pack themes on an old hard drive this week. During some downtime I modified the source of the files to make them compatible with modern versions of Windows and packaged them up for your enjoyment.

Windows 10 Technical Preview Observations

Windows 10 screenshot with notes

A look at what I’ve noticed in Windows 10. These observations are for build 9841, which became generally available on October 1, 2014. Since there is still a year or more before release, most if not all of all observations are not a representation of the final product and are either going to be adjusted […]

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Reset a Forgotten Windows Password


If you forget your computer’s password, it can be difficult to recover from and might require special tools and skills. However, the built-in system administrator account can be a great avenue to reset a forgotten Windows password, especially for home users.


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