Have fun with Cortana.

As any new user of Windows 10 would notice, Microsoft has bundled a new assistant named Cortana with Windows. By default Cortana is not listening to you for voice commands but can be enabled to do so, Just one checkbox in Cortana’s settings and a quick couple sentences for voice calibration and you’re ready to interact with Cortana.

Cortana can do many things. She can set appointments, reminders, and alarms. She can open applications and search Bing for you. She can tell jokes, read stories, and act like a wise-ass.

Try it just say “Hey Cortana!” then follow it with something like the following:

Open (Application name)! i.e. “Hey Cortana, open Internet Explorer!”
Remind me to … at (time)! i.e. “Hey Cortana, remind me to eat lunch at 12:30pm”
Set alarm for (time)! i.e. “Hey Cortana, set an alarm for 7:30am!”

You can even try to ask her opinions, such as:
“Hey cortana, what do you thing about Bill Gates?”
“Hey Cortana, what is your favorite Color?”
“Hey Cortana, How old are you?”
“Hey Cortana, where do you come from?
etc.

Unfortunately, Cortana will not open a webpage, all she will do is look it up in Bing. for example:
“Hey Cortana, bring up Google!” will not bring up google but will search for it in Bing..

I’m sure microsoft will continue to improve Cortana and make her more intelligent. Over all Cortana seems relatively real and human like, she even has a sense of humor. A big difference from the simple AI of a few years ago.

Cortana is a very nice feature and ive had fun the past few days messing around with her. One caveat though, disable Cortana’s automatic listening before watching a movie or listening to music, because Cortana will get desensitized to the sound of your voice by listening to your song or movie and you will have to restart your computer to fix it (maybe just resetting her would work).

Windows 10 Pros and Cons

Windows 10 Pros and Cons:

Hi, I’m Kevin, Lead Computer Technician for iFix of Milford.

Today, I’m going to talk about the Pros and Cons of Windows 10.

For the first time ever I can say that the Pros of a Windows OS outweigh the Cons.

Pros:

1) Windows 10 is a free upgrade for windows 7/8/8.1 users.
2) Windows 10 is featuring a brand new Start Menu (Not just a button)
3) On a desktop the tablet interface is hidden and on a tablet, vice versa.
4) Windows 10 now allows windows to be resized, and moved.
5) Windows 10 includes virtual desktop support (Nice Feature)
6) The settings app is starting to equal the control panel in functionality.
7) Modern apps are generally redesigned and more useful.
8) Windows 10 will be updated indefinately. (No more complete rewrites)
9) Integrated Cortana virtual assistant

Cons:

1) As most early adopters know, bugs are inevitable.
2) As Windows 10 matures features and functionality will inevitably change.
3) Vista users are out of luck for a free upgrade.
4) Microsoft Edge is a little slow.
5) It seems most apps require internet access, so may not be useful offline.
6) Supposedly device driver support isn’t finished yet… I never had problems.

I’m sure there are things that I missed, I may be kind of biased because I have been waiting multiple years for windows 8’s replacement, but in my opinion Windows 10 is a breath of fresh air. It is a return to the proper desktop ways of working that microsoft tried to force us to abandon.

To sum it all up Windows 10 is awesome.

iFix of Milford Personal HotSpot Troubleshooting

How to fix a Phone HotSpot

Troubleshooting Personal Hotspot

Follow these steps to troubleshoot Personal Hotspot.

Basic troubleshooting

  1. See if your iOS device, computer, and wireless plan all meet the system requirements for Personal Hotspot.
  2. Make sure Personal Hotspot is on: Tap Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot.
  3. Check the Internet connection on your iOS device: Tap Safari and load a new webpage.
  4. If one connection type doesn’t work, try another. For example, instead of connecting using Wi-Fi, use USB or Bluetooth.
  5. Turn Personal Hotspot off and on: Tap Settings > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot.
  6. Install the latest version of iOS.
  7. Reset your network settings: Tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
  8. If you still see the issue, restore the iPhone.

If you’re still experiencing issues, try the steps below.

Wi-Fi troubleshooting

If you encounter an issue using Personal Hotspot with other Wi-Fi devices, try these steps:

  1. Turn Personal Hotspot off.
  2. Turn on Wi-Fi: Tap Settings > Wi-Fi.
  3. Turn on Personal Hotspot.
  4. If another device can’t join your Wi-Fi network, make sure the Wi-Fi password is correct.
  5. If the device can’t see your Wi-Fi network, check your device name. Windows may not correctly show a device name that uses non-ASCII characters.
  6. See how many devices are using your Personal Hotspot. Depending on your wireless carrier, the number of Wi-Fi connections may be limited to three devices at once.
  7. If the other device still can’t connect, turn Wi-Fi off and on for the device.
  8. Make sure that your device can see other Wi-Fi networks.

Note: If you see “Unable to Join” or a timeout error when you try to connect a device using Wi-Fi, remain on the Personal Hotspot screen until the first device connects. After the device connects, you can leave the Personal Hotspot screen and use your iPhone normally. Your device will stop broadcasting Wi-Fi if you put it to sleep or if 90 seconds elapse and no connected devices use Wi-Fi. To share your Wi-Fi network again, tap Settings > Personal Hotspot.

USB troubleshooting

If you’re using USB to connect your computer to Personal Hotspot and can’t connect to the Internet, check your computer’s network settings. You may need to disconnect and reconnect the USB Ethernet interface.

Select your operating system for instructions.

Mac OS X

  1. Go to System Preferences > Network.
  2. Select the Ethernet adapter.
  3. Click the gear  icon and choose Make Service Inactive.
  4. Choose Make Service Active.

Windows Vista or Windows 7

  1. In the Network and Sharing Center, click View status.
  2. Click Diagnose.

Windows XP

  1. Go to Control Panel > Network Connections.
  2. Right-click the Local Area Connection that lists Apple Mobile Device Ethernet.
  3. Click Repair.

Bluetooth troubleshooting

If you’re using Bluetooth to connect another device to your Personal Hotspot and you can’t connect to the Internet, try these steps:

  1.  Make sure your Bluetooth connection is active and discoverable.
    • Mac OS X: Click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar and make sure Discoverable is on. If you don’t see the icon in the menu bar, open System Preferences > Bluetooth and select Show Bluetooth in menu bar.
    • iOS devices: Tap Settings > Bluetooth. Make sure that Bluetooth is on and the bottom of the screen says Now Discoverable. Stay on this screen until pairing is complete.
    • Windows: Choose Start > Control Panel and open Bluetooth Devices. On the Options tab, select Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area. Click the Bluetooth icon in the notification area and set it to Discoverable.
  2. Pair your device with iPhone or iPad (3rd generation or later) Wi-Fi + Cellular or iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. You’ll be asked to confirm that an identical Pin Code appears on both devices, but you don’t need to enter it.
    • Mac OS X: Open System Preferences > Bluetooth. Click Pair next to your device and follow the onscreen instructions.
    • iPad or iPod touch: Locate the device that’s sharing Personal Hotspot in Settings > Bluetooth and tap the device to begin pairing. You can’t share your cellular data connection with another iPhone using Bluetooth.
    • Windows: Click the Bluetooth icon in the Notification area (system tray), select Add a Bluetooth Device, and follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. Connect to the network using the steps for your operating system.

Mac OS X

  1. Click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar.
  2. Choose your iOS device.
  3. Choose Connect to network. You can confirm that you’re connected in System Preferences > Network.

Windows

Click the Bluetooth icon in the Notification area (system tray).

Select Join A Personal Area Network. You can confirm that you’re connected in Control Panel > Network Connections (XP) or Network and Sharing Center (Windows Vista and Windows 7).

  • Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • Windows XP

If you can’t connect, follow these steps:

  1. Turn Bluetooth off and on for both devices.
  2. If the issue persists, remove the pairing records from both devices, then pair again:
    • iPad or iPod touch: Tap “i” to the right of the device, then tap Forget this Device.
    • Mac OS X: Open Bluetooth Preferences, select your iOS device, and click the X to remove it. Restart your computer.
    • Windows: Click the Bluetooth icon in the Notification area (system tray), select Show Bluetooth devices, select your iOS device, and click the Remove button. Click OK and restart your computer.
  3. Restart the iOS device.

Learn more

  • Depending on your cellular network connection, incoming or outgoing phone calls may interrupt your Personal Hotspot connection. After you end the call, Personal Hotspot should automatically reconnect with your devices.
  • If you’re outside your wireless carrier’s network coverage area, you may be roaming.
    • To use Personal Hotspot, you need to turn on Settings > Cellular > Data Roaming.
    • Data roaming charges will apply. Check with your wireless carrier if you’re roaming to verify any additional charges.
  • When Personal Hotspot is on, your iOS device automatically shares your Internet connection with your computer when you connect using USB. For example, when you connect your iPhone to your computer to charge or sync with iTunes. To avoid unnecessary data charges, turn off Personal Hotspot when it isn’t in use.

Windows 10 Upgrade 10

Windows 10? The great Promise

Windows 10 developed by Microsoft is launched and free for anyone who has Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Windows 10 (while i’ve been using it with VM Fusion) is a cross between Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The cumbersome tiles have been made smaller while the program control panel is easily accessible.

While Windows 10 is still part of the “Windows NT” Family it is quite similar to Windows 8.1 when it comes to networking. Networking on Windows 10 is simple and user friendly.

Another great feature of Windows 10 is the upgrading. Very similar to OS on Mac Windows 10 will be upgradable for years to come.

While I like Windows 10. One of our team members, Kevin says “Windows 10 isn’t as good as Windows 7. The freedom of Windows 7 (and of course XP) is gone, there is no command line and is one big GUI (Graphical User Interface).”

Since we are part of the developers improvement program for Windows 10 we will definitely see what we can do.

I promise to keep you updated on the future of Windows 10.

Can you imagine 10 Billion devices created by Microsoft will now have Windows 10. Talk about a GAMBLE!

Here you are and here we are.

Let me tell you a little bit about this blog (or should I skip to the juicy stuff). This blog represents a company in Connecticut called iFix of Milford where with our minds we specialize in everything for everyone.

This is the truth. We can fix any problem – everything from Post Execution Errors to building firewalls, but that is not why we put this blog up, the reason for this blog is to tell you our insane ideas and experiences. Today Kevin did his first iPhone Repair (August 6th, 2015) I put that date their just because we are all so damn proud.

Kevin at Ifix fixes first iphone

kevin at ifix fixes first iphone

Anyway, you get the idea we want to tell you everything from opinions, news, geeky stuff, and much much more!

So stop back if you like to read. Eventually we’ll put video’s, but until then your going to have to read.

Read it and Weep it!