Jason N. Gaylord
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I live with my family in the rolling hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania. I'm a web developer by trade, but have broad experience in various business areas. Want to know more about me?

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Customize the Color Scheme and Theme of Visual Studio 2012

During early builds of Visual Studio 2012, many developers griped and complained about the lack of color within the application. By the time VS2012 has RTM’d, two themes shipped with VS2012. There is a light theme and a dark theme.

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Setting up Virtualization using Hyper-V for Windows 8

So you’ve downloaded Windows 8, installed it on your box, and are ready to get virtual machines (VMs) setup. Now what? In Windows 7 days, this could be accomplished by using Virtual PC or VirtualBox (an offering from Oracle). With Windows 8, VirtualBox is still available. However, Windows 8 comes with a new feature that’s been available for several years from Microsoft in Windows Server called Hyper-V.

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September Tech Announcements for Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon

Wow. The next two weeks has a lot in store for us. There’s a lot that will be announced and released in the next two weeks. Let’s start with today and detail out the next 8 days:

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Launch your Windows 8 app from Idea to Market in 4 weeks

Begin your 30-day journey to create a great Windows 8 app. Get started here and receive:

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Windows 8 Released (to MSDN and TechNet Subscribers)

After much anticipation, Windows 8 is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. There are two versions to download. One version is Windows 8 which has Windows 8 Pro capabilities (with the appropriate key). The other is Windows 8 Enterprise which requires a KMS or adding the key using a script (as blogged about here).

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Windows 8 Enterprise Activation

If you are downloading the new Windows 8 Enterprise edition from MSDN or TechNet today (as a Volume License Customer) and plan on adding in your volume license, you can do so without the need for a Key Management Server (KMS). To do so, run a command prompt as Administrator and enter the following:

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Visual Studio 2012 Released (to MSDN Subscribers)

Much like Windows 8, many developers have been anticipating the release of Visual Studio 2012. Earlier today, Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 Team System were made available to subscribers of MSDN. Non-subscribers of MSDN can download a 90 day trial of Visual Studio 2012 for free at http://jasong.us/PoRAPn.

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SharePoint 2013 Review: Installation Process

Now that Office 2013 is out, I wanted to check out the new SharePoint 2013. I downloaded the ISO, mounted it in my brand new installation of Windows Server 2012, and clicked setup.exe (no auto run executed on mounting). After a couple of minutes, I was greeted with the following:

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Using Conditional Formatting in Microsoft Excel

Have you ever had a spreadsheet that you’d like to apply formatting, such as highlighting a row, if a certain value was within a particular range? It’s not that difficult to do. Below, I’ll walk through doing this in Microsoft Excel 2003 and again in Microsoft Excel 2010. Microsoft Excel 2010 adds additional features such as including icons in the cells.

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