Windows 8.1 will include boot to desktop option to bypass ‘Metro’ interface

We understand that the hot corner functionality, for access to the Charms and Start Screen, will remain intact if the boot to desktop option is enabled. References to a “CanSuppressStartScreen” option in early builds of the Windows 8.1 registry were recently discovered by members of the My Digital Life forum, but a UI to enable the feature doesn’t appear to be present.

It is a step in the right direction, but not far enough. I like some things about the Metro UI, but I also think that, overall, the insistence on it being the only “true” UI for Windows 8 has hurt Microsoft and Windows 8 immensely. There is a lot to like about Windows 8 (if you use Windows), but the UI seems to have scared people off.

Facebook Home ads show Facebook at its worst

While I agree with Josh Elman that the ads for Facebook Home have been pretty bad, I cannot, at least fully, agree with the following (from the opening paragraph):

We are more closely connected than ever before, and sharing a special moment or idea has become a natural and primary instinct for most people.

I’d say that people can argue that the opposite is true. We’re less connected with the people around us and we share things which are more trivial and matter very little. The ease by which we can share has enabled that.

I’m more guilty of that than most.

More on IT Partnerships

My friend, Nate Beran, just posted a great article about his views on IT partnerships. I recommend you go and take a look yourself if you have any interest in the seemingly endless talk about shipping more and more things away from internal IT departments to 3rd parties.

Here is the salient paragraph for me:

So what does a partnership mean to me now? It is a relationship where an MSP/vendor provides me services I need AND assumes enough of my risk to create a vested interest in my success and growth.

Very good. Very, very good.

HP Moonshot

I don’t deal with server hardware a ton, but these past two weeks have seen me installing a few RAID cards and working with XenServer quite a bit so the latest server offerings from HP caught my eye.


So cool. So dense. I’m hoping that we see more and more work done to bring low-power-multi-core computing into the server room.