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Disable onscreen keyboard in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 thinks that my laptop has a touch screen and therefor deems it necessary to display a little keyboard icon on my task bar, with which I can summon an onscreen keyboard.

Unfortunately, neither does my laptop in fact have a touch screen nor am I interested at all in using that idiotic onscreen keyboard.

So, how does one get rid of that icon? After searching the Interwebs I’m convinced that as of writing, there is no practical solution available. The only way to get rid of the icon (which is a toolbar, by the way), is to disallow any and all toolbars on the task bar.

While not everyone may be pleased with this solution, I’m fine with that. So without further ado, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Start Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  3. Add a new 32-bit DWORD key named “NoToolbarsOnTaskbar” and give it the value of “1”
  4. Log out and log back in

Now the little booger will stay away (along with any and all other toolbars you might have had enabled).

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VPN Troubles

Recently I experienced a new kind of problem with Windows 8.1 on my laptop. I was unable to connect to my VPN-server at home. It turned out this was caused by a device missing.

The moment I would try to connect via VPN, Windows would try to comply, but fail in the end with some error message.

Before trying to connect via VPN, there would be no problematic devices listed in Hardware Manager. But afterwards, several miniport devices would be listed as such. Generally it was reported that the required drivers could not be loaded.

Investigation lead me to the Microsoft Support Forum:

  1. In Device Manager, right-click on the non-working miniport, choose Update Driver.
  2. Choose Browse my computer.
  3. In the next window, choose Let me pick driver from a list.
  4. Uncheck Show compatible hardware. From the Manufacturer list, choose Microsoft, and from the Network Adapter list, choose Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network). (It can be any device the user is allowed to uninstall.)
  5. Back in the device manager, delete the device that just turned into a Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network).
  6. Reboot.
  7. Delete your VPN information and then enter it again.

(repeat for all problematic miniport devices)

This solved things for me.

Home at last

Quicky: the airplane has just landed. :-) I’m back and the coming days I will be doing “post processing”, possibly sorting and posting pictures.

I think, this will be all for now.

How to operate an airplane

Quicky: to adjust the seats on a Cathay Pacific airplane, you press and hold the button in your armrest. While pressed you can slide the seat forward while the back tilts back.

Also, you can bend both extremities of your headrest. This way you can try and sleep (or at least maybe rest), because your head doesn’t roll to the side.

Kamera View

Quicky: watching the airplane take off and land, on the external camera view, is just so cool!

Also, descending through the clouds by night is also very pretty to see. :-)

Movie time

Quicky: I think I already mentioned, but to be sure… On the airplane to Ōsaka I watched the movie Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise. I loved that!

Right now, I’m watching Guardians of the Galaxy. Yum!

Review: excellent!

Take off

Quicky: it’s raining a lot at Narita. And the captain just informed us that it is very busy today. Take off will be slow this time.

Awesome!

Quicky: this airplane has an outside camera which you can use. That is so ridiculously awesome!

Here’s a thought

Quicky: the trip to Hong Kong will take about 4,5 hours I just heard.

But to the point: I think now I know why people had been standing in line at the gate for so long. The ridiculous amounts of luggage people will bring on the plane! They were maybe making sure that they could store their things in the overhead compartment..

Just wow. Apart from the delay, now we’re already late for departure.

Also, I’m not at the plane I saw land earlier. :-P

Queueing

Quicky: it’s not even close to boarding time, but Asian folks must really like standing in a queue in front of the gate.

I don’t get it. People have a reserved seat, the plane does not depart with people still at the gate, why do you have to be the first one on board and stand in line now, while you can sit and wait for the gate to open?