Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

CORTANA Bad Jokes - English UK

I switched my Cortana language to English (United Kingdom) and not only did I get a set of different bad jokes, she also included many of the English (US) bad jokes. I was able to pull out 88 bad jokes.





Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Blowing Cortana's Mind: One Cause of Unresponsiveness

I have been playing with and experimenting with Cortana on Windows 10 recently. I have noticed that after too much use, Cortana becomes unresponsive. I noticed that, in my case, the cause was a spawn of Windows Error Reporting processes that are disk intensive. To see if this is the cause, review this video.

To disable Windows Error Reporting, see this post.









Disabling Windows Error Reporting in Windows 10

The Windows Error Reporting service can cause havoc to your computer, depending on what you are doing, as it will spawn processes that peg your disk I/O. I have done this several times by playing with Cortana (see this post for insight). I decided to simply disable the service such that I could avoid issues in the future This video  shows how to disable the Windows Error Reporting Service.





Sunday, January 7, 2018

CORTANA Jokes for Your Kids

Recording a PowerPoint Show or Video without Audio

Objective

You would like to create a presentation in PowerPoint that automatically plays and navigates through your slides, however, you do not wish to record any audio/voice.

Overall Solution

The overall solution is, ironically, not to record a slide show at all but yet simply save your presentation as a PowerPoint Show or Video (e.g. MPEG-4 Video). Therefore you will not need to use the Record Slide Show option as you would normally do to record a presentation with audio.

Use the Record Slide Slow when you actually want audio
Without making any other modifications, you can save your presentation as a PowerPoint Show and you will have an automated show but the user will need to click to advance each slide (this is not the objective). 

If you save your presentation as a video, you will have an automated presentation that advances through the slides, however, the default display duration is 5 seconds per slide which may not correspond with your content. 

Therefore, you need to modify your presentation to advance slides automatically according to your needs or liking.

Solution for a PowerPoint Show

The key modification to automate a PowerPoint Show without having the user click through the slides is to change the advance slide setting from On Mouse Click to an After time duration. This may be accomplished from the Transitions tab. 

With a slide selected, click on the Transitions tab. On the far right, uncheck the On Mouse Click checkbox:



Next, click the After check box to select that option and enter a time duration (in seconds):


For PowerPoint Shows, the selected slide will now advance after the duration that you have entered without having the user click. To save time and establish a foundation, click on the Apply To All button such that each slide will no longer advance on a mouse click and use the duration setting you entered.



Now all you need to do is go to each slide and tweak the After duration accordingly. When you save the presentation as a PowerPoint Show, the presentation will automatically advance through the slides based on your timings.

Solution for a PowerPoint Video

When you save your presentation as a MPEG-4 Video, the On Mouse Click option (as shown in the previous section) is ignored. The default duration of each slide advance is after 5 seconds.

To tweak and modify your presentation video, follow the same steps for the PowerPoint Shows and modify the After duration accordingly. When you save the presentation as a MPEG-4 Video, the presentation will automatically advance through the slides based on your timings.

Conclusion

  • To record a presentation without audio do not record a slide show at all
  • Uncheck the On Mouse Click option under the Advance section of the Transitions tab
  • Modify the advance timings of your slides from the Transitions tab
  • Save your presentation as a PowerPoint Show or MPEG-4 Video





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