So Microsoft released Windows 10 to the world back on 29 July. Many of us went ahead and pressed that upgrade button.
And then we all wondered where 20 GB went.
The upgrade process to Windows 10 actually allows you to revert back to a previous version of Windows – you probably noticed you had a C:\Windows.old directory sitting around on your hard drive. Some of you might have thought to yourselves, “I don’t need that, I’ll just delete it.” STOP!
Don’t do that.
Go press the Start Button (yay it’s back!!!) and type in Disk Cleanup. Disk Cleanup will pop open and you’ll say to yourself, I want all the disk space back I can get – mind you, you can’t revert back to your previous version of Windows if you do this. . . Click on the button in the bottom left that says something about Administrative System Files. Disk Cleanup will go and run a scan of things not initially presented which include, “Previous Windows Installation(s)”.
If you want to reclaim the space and have already scavenged the Windows.old directory for items that may not have been dropped in your Documents folder or Desktop folder and are ready to commit to expunging those files, click the check box and then okay.
You’ll get another pop up, and you’ll confirm it and boom, you’re on your way to reclaiming some hard drive space.
There’s a Microsoft support page, though oddly it’s written for Windows 8.1.
Another year, another July trip to New York City for SharePoint Saturday NYC. It’s like clockwork the way these folks run these events – great crew of organizers. I’m really looking forward to engaging with attendees and hearing their ideas during the session I’m presenting. It’s been two years since I’ve had the pleasure of presenting with Scott Hoag, and this year we’re actually doing a new talk!!! Come join us to hear more about Worst Practices for SharePoint.
Worst Practices of SharePoint
In a perfect world, most SharePoint systems are well planned out with defined requirements, stakeholder approval, and methodology approaches with unlimited budgets. The reality of SharePoint implementations, deployments and operations are typically not what might be seen through rosy colored lenses.
For all of the things that can go wrong with your SharePoint implementation, one of the best things we can do is learn from others. From not accepting that implementing an established information architecture and having an available infrastructure are core tenants of every SharePoint installation to managing SLAs with your end users; join us as we share not only what we’ve seen as worst practices but also worst experiences.
Attendees will learn practices on how to properly manage their SharePoint environments, how to work with other IT department leads and plan for a more properly planned SharePoint environment instead of dealing with the headaches that precipitate themselves when systems are hastily thrown together.
Where: Central Park West in the Microsoft Offices of NYC
When: 230 PM Eastern
Slides will be posted up shortly after the event. We look forward to seeing you all!
The other day while recording Episode 15 of Brewery.fm with Scott Hoag, I remembered something that was tweeted about during //Build and that I’d received an email about earlier in the day as well – Office DevCamp. So we included it in the show and hoped that folks would consider checking it out – it’s a great opportunity to meet folks from the Microsoft Office Developer team and to learn a thing or two… for free.
So what are Office DevCamp’s? Do I need a shovel? Will I need insect repellent? I sure hope not. I hope they’re going to teach us how to write Apps and use the Office 365 APIs.
If you’re done reading, head on over to http://aka.ms/msdevcamps and register.
For those of that are still here, good on you! Essentially the DevCamp is held at a Microsoft Office near you (in most instances) and it’s split out into a 5 part day. There are events all over the place in the US to include:
There are over a billion Office users out there in 147 countries (wow that’s a lot) and they’re all looking for ways to better use Office – so why not build an app for them?
Definitely sounds like an interesting day – hope that you’re able to make it out!
So for the past few years, myself and a few friends have been running the SharePoint Saturday Events DC events. As a part of these events we strive to improve upon each event to try to cater to the needs of the community and to help provide a setting for folks to come to an event and learn more about SharePoint and associated technologies like Office 365 and Azure.
In as much, we’ve got a quick survey for this year’s Summer event available here:
If you’re attending the event, please feel free to fill it out so that we can help to ensure that we plan rooms properly and to give presenters some information ahead of time so that they can shape their presentations to the needs of you the audience.
So one of my podcasts that I catch every morning is the Marketplace Tech podcast – interesting little bits of information that are shared that sometimes are random and sometimes are highly pertinent.
This morning they had part one of a miniseries of conversations with Satya Nadella discussing the Ignite conference and the role of Microsoft in cloud services. Pretty darn cool considering that the Ignite conference kicks off today in Chicago at 9 AM CDT with Satya taking the stage along with others from the Microsoft product and platform groups.
Check it out if you have a minute – it’s amazing at just how humble Satya is in comparison to other CEOs out there.
Interview with Satya Nadella on MarketPlace – http://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/marketplace-tech-monday-may-4-2015
If you’re looking for a recap of last week’s //Build conference, check out Brewery.fm’s episode 13 where myself and Scott Hoag break things down from the keynotes on Wednesday.
Last but not least, if you happen to see my photo wandering around Ignite this week with Isaac Stith, be sure to stop him, snap a photo and post it to Facebook or Twitter and tag me – wish I could be there with you fine folks but things just didn’t work out this year.
This week Scott Hoag and I covered a ton of the announcements from the first day of the Microsoft Build conference as well as getting up to speed with other recent announcements when it comes to Azure, Office 365 and even the Apple Watch.
Several different topics have come up in the community recently comparing technology providers and their capabilities and the best we can say is that in a lot of cases it’s like comparing bananas with battleships.
Check out the show notes and the most recent episode here: http://pub.brewery.fm/brewery013
Looking through the sessions that will be presented this coming Saturday at the Northern Virginia Code Camp hosted at the Reston Microsoft Technology Center in Reston, VA gets me pumped to see so many in the community presenting on hot topics that are key to staying relevant in this age of iterating forward with new technology on what seems like a daily basis. All that being said (and all in a single run on sentence no less), I’m stoked to see that Bart Loesley will be presenting on NoSQL as an Application Backend.
So often we tend to find tech groups pointing to MySQL, PostGres, Oracle, Microsoft SQL or some other database platform to be the backend for a technology solution without considering a NoSQL solution. Bart’s session “NoSQL as an Application Backend” looks to be pretty spot on with helping application developers and architects to better understand where these technologies come into play.
NoSQL is a different way of thinking about a database. Relational database models may not be the best solution for all situations. In this session we’ll introduce what NoSQL is, the various approaches and options for NoSQL platforms, and show an example of how we leveraged Azure Document DB as the backend for a cloud application. Benefits such as scalability, schema independence and object orientation make your application scalable but it requires some planning that is different than traditional relational databases.
For me, I’m excited to check out this session for a couple of reasons…
- NoSQL is a technology that gets overlooked far too often
- Profit from Bart’s knowledge
Seriously though, Azure’s DocumentDB, which recently became generally available, could probably replace a significant number of application backends operating on other database platforms that don’t require the horsepower of the platform in use, nor do they make use of the functionality, so why not go with something like Azure DocumentDB?
Look forward to seeing you there at NOVA CC for Bart’s session!