Mar 16

2015 Splanic Brackets

As always you get nothing for winning this but the ability to say you are better than Bale. You name will go in theSplanic Hall of Fame  so you can become immortal on the internet.   Sign up below  and make sure to use a real email so you have a chance at the 10k.  Sign up with as many brackets as you want! If you sign up your kids or pets let us know if you used any special methods for picking team.   I plan on signing up my kids this year last year they came in 23rd and 24th.  Good luck all and hope your team does well in the tourney!.  Pass this on to anyone you know that may want to play!

Get in on the excitement of this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Compete against other fans as you fill out a bracket and earn points for every correct pick! Come out on top and you could win a $10,000 Best Buy gift card. Get a group together and earn plenty of bragging rights among your friends by winning it all. Best of all, it’s free to play and win. Get in the action now:

Jan 25

Windows 10 and the Asus VivoTab Issue with Atom Drivers

I made the mistake of updating the chipset drivers from the ASUS site today.   They installed fine but when I rebooted I went into a nice blue screen loop.   I was able to get to the recovery screen and do a system restore after putting my bitlocker key in.  I am very happy it was stored in Onedrive.    The device has not been correct since.  The interface became unresponsive and froze several times.   Permissions on applications were not set and gave me no way to set them.

The first thing I did was in reapply the latest Windows 10 build over my current install.  I mounted the iso on the device and ran setup.  The process took about 45 minutes and did not help my situation.

The solution:

I did the following to resolve the interface, touch, permission and lockup issues

  • created a new local account
  • assigned that account local admin rights
  • log in as that account
  • delete the profile for my other account
  • create a new account
  • login again
  • redownload all my metro apps

The interface is working great.  Now I just need to figure out how to reset the modern app perms.

Jan 25

Windows 10 and the ASUS VivoTab Note 8 (M80TA)

The main tablet I use for commuting and sitting around the house is the ASUS VioTab Note8.  This has been a great 8 inch tablet for ~ $200.  After all the news about Windows 10 I wanted to load the 9926 tech preview and check out the new features.

I decided not to take a backup or go with a fresh install.  I did an in place upgrade from the 32 bit iso.    This process took about an hour but completed with out issue.   I did go out to ASUS’s site and update a few of the drivers but they were not needed.   So far the ASUS is running just as fast as it was with 8.1 and I have had no real issues.    I do need to relearn the interface,   I got used to the windows 8.1 interface pretty quick.    I will be posting up several posts on Win10 over the next couple weeks.

Process I used to upgrade my ASUS VivoTab Note to Windows 10

  • Download the Windows 10 32bit Tech Preview from Link
  • Right click and mount the ISO
  • Open the drive and run setup.exe
  • Wait about an hour
  • Logon

This is all I needed to do.   The interface is a bit buggy but I was warned when I downloaded the preview.  Leave feedback on MS site if you find any issues.