I’m clearing down my browser tabs and dumping some of the the things I found recently that I might need to remember again one day!
Taking a screenshot on Windows Phone
Windows Phone 7 didn’t have a screenshot capability (I had an app that worked on an unlocked phone) but Windows Phone 8 let me take screenshots with Windows+Power. For some reason this changed in Windows Phone 8.1 to Power+Volume Up. It does tell you when you try to use the old combination but, worth noting…
Some search engines are more helpful than others
Incidentally, searching for this information is a lot more helpful in some search engines than in others…
Until Bing becomes as useful as Google, I’ll be sticking with the evil advertising giant. Perfectly illustrated here: pic.twitter.com/2keMORGLQ4
— Mark Wilson (@markwilsonit) September 10, 2014
One might think Microsoft could surface it’s own information a little more clearly in Bing but there are other examples too (Google’s built-in calculator, cinema listings, etc.)
Force-quitting a Windows Phone app
Sometimes, apps just fail. In theory that’s not a problem, but in reality they need to be force-closed. Again, Windows Phone didn’t used to allow this but recent updates have enabled a force-close. Hold the back button down, and then click the circled X that appears in order to close the problem app.
Enabling a static IP on an Android device
Talking of long key presses… I recently blew up my home infrastructure server (user error with the power…) and, until I sort things out again, all of our devices are configured with static IP configurations. One device where I struggled to do this was my Hudl tablet, running Android. It seems the answer is to select the Wi-Fi connection I want to use, but to long-press it, at which point there are advanced options to modify the connection and configure static IP details.