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How to disable driver signing requirement in Windows 8

Written January 20th, 2013 by
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Trying to install a driver for old hardware, or otherwise unsupported hardware, on Windows 8? I bet you’ve run across something that kept you from actually install the drivers.
NotSigned

While playing with my Galaxy Nexus, I ran into an issue where I could not install the ADB driver found in the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit. It told me the driver was not digitally signed, and after trying to use it, it said windows encountered a problem.
Failed

This is because Windows 8 enforces driver signing. If it’s not signed, Windows 8 says tough! Well, I found a couple ways to get by this, keep reading to find out how… Read the rest of this entry »

And just like that, the Cisco Cius is dead – @Cisco #Cius

Written June 5th, 2012 by
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As I mentioned in a previous post, the Cisco Cius is an Android tablet designed for corporate use.

I’ve been using mine for roughly 5 months. Initially, I loved it, but it’s proved to be less than (insert some mediocre phrase here). It wasn’t bad, but also wasn’t great. However, over time, the tablet performed worse & worse. The week before last, it pretty much became non-functional. It would drop the SIP connection on wifi, I do have a dock for it, but no POE+ drop to power it. I tried to go into the About section of settings and that started force closing on me. Eventually I got to the point where a full wipe was needed.

I did a quick Google search to see about custom ROMs (again), getting into Recovery, or if there are updates. I did find one update, that update being that Cisco is dropping the Cius.

Senior VP of the TelePresence Technology Group, OJ Winge, wrote, “Cisco will no longer invest in the Cisco Cius tablet”, in This Blog on May 24th. I was really hoping Cisco would have put a lot more effort into it and made it great.

I cannot say I’m surprised, though, I bet I’m the lone user of the Cius table of all that were issued/demo’d here at my employer. I see several laying around, collecting dust, because user experience just wasn’t there. One even has a post-it note simply saying “DEAD”. Initially, it came with Donut (Android 1.6), no Market (Play Store), and was clunky. Luckily, the one I use had a newer ROM, but it was still sluggish and didn’t perform optimally.

I’ll continue to use it, unless it tanks on me again, forcing a wipe, at which time it’ll probably end up on a shelf, too…

Some thoughts on the Cisco Cius Android tablet – User Review

Written April 19th, 2012 by
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I’ve been using a Cisco Cius 7″ Android tablet for several months now and am starting to have mixed emotions about it. Initially, I loved it, especially since it now has 2.2.2 (Froyo) and Google’s updated Play Store. It also allows side-loading of apps, so I have the Amazon Appstore, plus Cisco’s AppHQ. Overall, it’s fairly snappy, but is Atom-based (at 1.6GHz), so custom ROMs are pretty much non-existent.
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Initial thoughts of the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook, unofficial review

Written April 13th, 2012 by
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I received a demo of the Ultrabook and I have to say I’m pleased out of the box.  It’s obvious it took some cues from the ‘other’ laptop, and it’s nice.  First thing I noticed is how light and thin it is.  It’s probably as thick as my Viewsonic G Tablet, and boots faster.  I timed it, from the time I pressed the power button, until I had a mouse pointer without the ‘wait’ signal, was about 20 seconds.  The windows boot logo never even finished!  Craziness.
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