During Rajesh Jha’s keynote, Kevin Gallo announced the new Windows Terminal and showed the following “sizzle video” that showcases that the team wants to aspire for v1.0:
Windows Terminal Session
Rich Turner (Senior Program Manager) and Michael Niksa (Senior Software Engineer) delivered a deep-dive session into the Windows Terminal, its architecture, and its code.
What’s new with the Windows Command Line
See Scott Hanselman interview the Windows Terminal team and discuss several aspects of the new Terminal capabilities, the process of opening sourcing Terminal and looking at some of its features:
The new Windows Terminal will run alongside Console and will not replace it. They are looking to target a preview download from the Microsoft Store by Summer 2019, and to deliver v1.0 release by end of 2019.
You can go try it now if you like by cloning the repository. This is pretty exciting and I can’t wait to download, compile and give it a try.
Today Microsoft is rolling out an update to its Mail and Calendar app and has finally added a complete dark mode to which the reading pane is now dark (previously the reading pane or email body was white). Microsoft has also added a toggle button to switch between light and dark which sits between the Forward and Archive buttons.
Windows 10 has some very handy sign-in options for unlocking your computer including using a fingerprint, a picture or a numeric PIN. I’ve used all three and by far my favorite is the PIN option.
Recently I reformatted my Surface Pro 3 and after installing Windows 10 Anniversary edition (build 1607), I noticed that as soon as I joined my work domain, the PIN option for sign-in was disabled. This was strange since hours earlier I was using this sign-in option with Windows 10 Anniversary edition prior to reformatting my device. I decided to try signing in to my device using a local profile and the PIN sign-on option was now available, but strangely on my Windows Domain account it was not.
After doing some research online I found that with Windows 10 Anniversary edition, this feature has reverted back to how it functioned in Windows 8, which requires it to be authorized before you can use it when on a Windows Domain.
Here is what you need to do to enable it.
Steps to Enable PIN Sign-In Option for Windows 10
Open up regedit.exe
Browse to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
Add a new DWORD key named “AllowDomainPINLogon” and set its value to “1”
Restart your computer
After logging back in to your computer, go to SETTINGS, ACCOUNTS, SIGN-IN OPTIONS and you should see that the PIN option is now available to be set
Today I received my Starter Pack for Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2. I purchased it from Adafruit, which you can order from here.
“Windows 10 IoT Core is a new edition of Windows targeted towards small embedded devices and maker boards such as Raspberry Pi2. IoT core is designed to work with low-level bus interfaces such as I2C, SPI, USB. You can write a Universal Windows Application using a variety of programming languages in Visual Studio to rapidly create maker projects.
You can use Windows 10 IoT Core to read sensor data, control actuators, connect to the cloud, create IoT applications and much more. The Starter Pack from Adafruit includes parts to get you started.”
Let’s get started!
Raspberry Pi 2 Board (Included in some versions of the Adafruit Starter Kit)
Adafruit Raspberry Pi Case
8GB SD card with Windows IoT Core
5V 2A Power Supply with MicroUSB Cable
USB WiFi Module
Full Size Breadboard
Premium Male/Male Jumper Wires
Premium Female/Male Jumper Wires
MCP3008 – 8-Channel 10-Bit ADC
Adafruit BMP280 Temperature + Barometric Sensor
Adafruit TCS34725 Color Sensor
Plug in the HDMI and Ethernet cables and then plug in the power source. It was too late at night to setup the wifi, so I’ll leave that for another day.
It took about 5 minutes for the Raspberry Pi to boot up the first time.
Once it was booted up you see the following screen which allows you to interact with the device.
Now that you’ve connected your Raspberry Pi, you need to configure your PC and Raspberry Pi before your can start development.
Most operating systems, including Microsoft Windows versions, use the hosts file to translate computer names. Also known as “host names” to numerical IP addresses, the hosts file is similar to using a phone book to find the matching phone number of a specific person’s name.