Development | Windows

My first look at Windows Sandbox

Earlier this week, Windows Insiders who were part of the Fast Ring, got their first glimpse of an isolated desktop environment called Windows Sandbox. Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18305 contains this new capability that will allow users to test out applications, untrusted or otherwise, without the fear of it destroying their existing their existing desktop environment. Through the magic of the Windows hypervisor (and some Windows Containers goodness), this isolated non-persistent environment looks just like a Windows 10 virtual machine with its own file system, registry, and network connectivity, but is walled off from your actual desktop protecting it from any rogue-ness that could otherwise render your installation unusable. Enabling Windows Sandbox If you’re on the Fast Ring and have upgraded to build 18305, then enabling Windows Sandbox is pretty simple. Navigate to Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs, Turn Windows features on or off, then in the list of Windows…

Compellent | Dell | PowerShell

PowerShell One-Liner: SC Series storage class and RAID level allocations

With the PowerShell SDK for Dell EMC SC Series arrays, you can easily retrieve volume information including allocated, free, and used space. But what if you’re looking for RAID allocations on the entire array? Like how much RAID10, RAID5 or RAID6 is allocated across all of your tiers? That’s easy too: From these couple handy cmdlets strung together, you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for: Enjoy!


PowerShell: Dynamic generation of an iCal/vCalendar (ICS) format file

Generating your own custom calendar or event invites in the iCal (vCalendar) format is pretty easy, once you’ve read the 140+ page spec. Actually, it’s a pretty complex but flexible way to build schedule items. Just think about the possibly combinations that exist when you create a new meeting request or appointment in Outlook or your preferred calendar application. You get recurrences, descriptions, summaries, invitees, location, start time, end time, all-day…. and the list goes on and on. For this example, we’ll keep it simple and walk through building a function for an event with a yearly recurrence; something like a birthday or an anniversary. The first part of this function is going to put together some of variables for building out the ICS file. In this case, the function is going to ask for input for all the fields. To truly automate, you’ll want to suck this information in…

Gadgets | Hardware | Reviews | Windows 10

First impressions: Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter (2nd edition)

Microsoft released their original version of this hardware back in 2014. The reviews were pretty mixed, with complaints about latency and connectivity. They released a new version of the Wireless Display Adapter earlier this year, and recently I put a couple of them to the test.

Tips and Tricks | Windows 10

Fixing the slow-loading Downloads folder in Windows 10

Have you noticed in Windows 10 when you click on the Downloads quick access link in Windows Explorer that its contents don’t immediately load, rather the progress bar acts like it is processing something? This can leave you waiting for 10 seconds or more depending upon the number of items in the folder.