Lumia Denim now available for the AT&T Lumia 830!

Update: It appears like the new firmware has been removed; running WPRT now shows the old firmware.  I was fortunate enough that I was able to get it before removal and my 830 is running much better than before even on the current Windows Insider build.

Original post follows:

No, AT&T didn’t relent and release the firmware update; you will get the new firmware if you use the Windows Phone Recovery Tool (link at bottom of page) to reset your phone back to Windows 8.1.

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Star Wars Rebels – Can’t wait for Season 2

I’ve always been a huge Star Wars fan.  And like most fans my age I really didn’t care for the prequels.  I tried to watch the Clone Wars movie but I just couldn’t get into it.  Over time I started liking aspects of the prequels and so I watched a few episodes of the Clone Wars series (up until the episode “Bombad Jedi”, really?)  But for the most part I vastly preferred to spend my time in the Expanded Universe.

And then came Disney…

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Windows Server activation via KMS

Nothing is more fun that finding out a production server has not been activating via KMS like it was supposed to be doing.  Imagine my surprise logging in and seeing a “Windows is not activated” message.  Re-entering the correct kms setup didn’t solve it; in fact, it didn’t even send a KMS message to the server.

It turns out the server was in MAK licensing mode.  I found that out by running the command “slmgr /dlv” in an elevated command prompt and seeing VOLUME_MAK in the description.

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Goodbye Comcast, hello Metronet!

I was getting really tired of Comcast’s billing games: service was priced high but you can call in every 6-12 months to get on a new promotion.  And it seems like every time we got on a new promotion something broke like losing the NFL Network or other channels.

I have to say that Comcast’s services are great at least where we live.  We rarely had service outages and while the Internet service did slow down at night it wasn’t too noticeable.  We were on the 50Mbps plan but I routinely only got about 25-30Mbps on average.  Imagine my surprise when Comcast suddenly raised it to 105Mbps and didn’t increase our price.  What could be the reason for that generous increase?

A company out of Evansville, IN named Metronet started rolling out fiber service in our area.  We had somebody stop by the house late last year and asked us if we were interested in switching.  We said “yes!  of course!” but had to wait a couple of months before it was available in our neighborhood.

Installers were on-time and professional.  They did a great job setting up all equipment and running the necessary lines inside the house.  Interestingly we got the “whole house dvr”.  The main dvr box is connected via Ethernet and the boxes for the rest of the televisions are connected wirelessly.

We are saving around $50/month and getting the same level of service as we did with Comcast.  Our internet access is actually much better though; we have the 200Mbps plan but I routinely can hit 350Mbps downloading games from Steam or operating system ISOs.

All in all we are very happy with Metronet.

Chrome: app mode

If you want to open a chrome window without the tab bar and toolbars, you can start chrome in application mode:

Chrome.exe --app=

You can run this from the Run dialog (Windows-R) or create a shortcut.  I use this mode for both and Netflix.