Lenovo: http://blog.lenovo.com/perspectives2014-11-05T19:47:04+00:00http://blog.lenovo.com/products/8-tips-windows-usb-recovery-driveCaroline Lalla2014-11-05T19:47:04+00:00
This is part of a weekly series featuring content from the Lenovo Companion App (this post originally appeared on Lenovo Support)
We hope you never run into any issues with your new PC, but with that being said, we want to help you troubleshoot and fix any problems that may arise. A USB recovery drive can help you, even if your PC won't start.
Your PC might have come with a recovery image that’s used to refresh or reset your PC. The recovery image is stored on a dedicated recovery partition on your PC, and is typically 3-6 GB in size. Windows 8.1 includes a built-in tool to create a USB recovery drive. Windows will let you know how big the recovery partition is, and you'll need a USB flash drive at least that big.
Please note that creating a recovery drive will erase anything already stored on your USB flash drive. Use an empty USB flash drive or make sure to transfer any important data from your USB flash drive to another storage device before using it to create a USB recovery drive.
To create a USB recovery drive:
1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.
2. Enter “recovery drive” in the search box, and then tap or...
Point 1: Discipline(s): a “village” of experts worked together to design X6
Lots of discipline went into the design of the System x X6 family of servers. Correction: perhaps we should say disciplines. Experts in High End Hardware Development, Human Factors Engineering, Industrial Design, User Experience and Mechanical Engineering all collaborated on what would become the final design of the X6 portfolio of rack servers.
One engineer reinterpreted the way a high end system could be constructed; his models were the impetus for the modular concept. Others collaboratively designed a feasible architecture, interconnects, the system’s spatial layout and the final architectural design. Human Factors engineers optimized the design to be more user-friendly by taking into account the way that individuals naturally process information and the ways in which they act based on what they see and/or understand. The design team knew that not only could a well-thought-out and innovative design help data center professionals to streamline day-to-day activities such as routine maintenance, service and upgrades, but also, it could drive a more positive user experience.
In the final design, easy-to-install flexible granular elements form the basis of the X6 rack server. These elements slide into and out of the server chassis much like books on a book shelf. Having “preconfigured assemblies” (also known as removable modular “books”) represents a real leap forward in usability in enterprise system design. X6 rack servers feature three types of these modules, one for each of...
Guest Blog by Bill Bolton, Community Moderator, Lenovo Forums.
*Updates: Here's Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4.
The UPS guy has just delivered my new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, so let’s get on with unboxing it.
The very first thing I did was look at the back of the box, as there are specifications shown there. I wanted to look at the specifications to make sure that the product I received was what I expected, before I broke any packaging seals.
Oddly, there are two identical specification panels there, but it's better having two than none I guess. Anyway, the specifications line up with the model/configurations I was expecting, so it's on to opening the box seals.
One of the box seals isn’t fully stuck down, so out of curiosity I pick at it and it comes off, but it's tamper proof, and leaves a VOID marker.
So, I just cut through the seals and this is what’s inside.
The Yoga tablet is on top and underneath it are some essential accessories – a power adapter, USB cable, JBL ear phones, a micro-fibre cleaning cloth, a Lenovo Mobile Support information slip, and a multi-language Safety, Warranty & Quick Start Guide.
The tablet is in a transparent sleeve with symbols on it, so I resisted the temptation to just rip it off, and took a look at what the symbols indicated.
These symbols are indicating where the external controls and connectors...
Last week, more than 225 recent college graduates began their new jobs at Lenovo's Beijing office. During the orientation meeting, they had an unexpected visitor: Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing. (Or, as many call him, "YY.") He spoke off the cuff to the group, sharing his thoughts on the company, the future and the opportunity before them. Below are excerpts from his conversation with a future generation of Lenovians...
* * * * *
25 years ago, I was as young as you are when I joined Lenovo. I had the same passion, dreams and hopes as you do today. I worked from being a sales guy all the way up to the challenging role that I have today, developing my own career while contributing to Lenovo’s success. During the same period, Lenovo grew from just an agent for foreign brands operating only in China to the global leader in the PC market.
Nowadays kids look at me and call me “Uncle” but Lenovo does not get old. Know why? Because we always have fresh blood like you joining us!
Today we live in the internet age. To us it means big changes in our lifestyle. But to you, it’s no change at all because the internet has always been part of your life. That’s why Lenovo needs you--you can help us innovate and accelerate Lenovo’s transformation.
At Lenovo, your career has no ceiling. Lenovo is unique. We are the most global among the...
Last week my three year old daughter watched Toy Story for the first time. Not surprisingly, Woody, had a big effect on her. After the movie, she spent a lot more time with her older toys. She had a new found appreciation for the toys who comforted her as she made the leap from baby to “big kid”.
I think that is how I feel about the ThinkStation 30 Series. On August 12, Lenovo introduced the new ThinkStation P Series; the products that will replace the 30 Series. The response has been incredible. The press, customers, hardware and software partners, are all very excited about the new products. And a lot of extremely talented people have worked tirelessly, with an intense focus on the customer, to make the P Series a reality. I think I speak for many of my colleagues when I say, the P Series has truly been a labor of love.
But what about 30 Series? What about Woody? Without question, the new ThinkStation P Series takes workstation computing to new heights. But doesn’t the 30 Series deserve an appropriate send off? Because, honestly, without the ThinkStation 30 Series, there is no P Series.
From the time it was introduced, the 30 Series delivered exactly what you would expect from a Think branded workstation; high quality, ultra-reliable, and of course….it was black. The 30 Series took the Lenovo workstation business from being a baby, and...
http://blog.lenovo.com/products/a-visit-to-mili-pictures-the-realization-of-chinese-animation-dreamLenovo Workstation Team2014-07-29T16:16:47+00:00
“Arts Enlighten Technology, Technology Drives Arts.”
This famous remark of John Alan Lasseter, the founder of Pixar and winner of two Academy Awards, mirrored the importance of technology in 3D animated films. Dragon Nest: Rise of the Black Dragon, China's most expensive 3D animated feature film, has featured exquisite production that is beyond compare in many aspects in China’s animation sector. Lenovo ThinkStation workstations were the powerhouses behind the creative, with integrated solutions from front-end visual design to back-end rendering. At the eve of the launch of Dragon Nest: Rise of Black Dragon, we paid a visit to Mili Pictures’ production base in Suzhou to explore the “birth of the dragon”.
Witnessing the production of every scene
Dragon Nest's production was created using the highest standard of workstations in China’s animated film sector. Different movies (even different scenes of one movie) have different requirements for workstations. Moreover, art and image design, scene design, special effects production and composition also have different requirements for workstations. ThinkStation provides solutions for all these different needs. For instance, art work and other early stage departments don’t have a high requirement for hardware, but they need to be incredibly stable. To cater to such a need, Lenovo provided E31 ThinkStation workstations.
The animation department, the core of the animated film production, has very high graphics card requirements; for this, Lenovo’s C30 ThinkStation workstations did the job. Late-stage rendering...
If you use CAD/CAE or just creative applications, have you ever thought about why you need to upgrade your workstations, and if there is a real timetable you should follow? If so, here are four things to consider:
1) Design and creation activities are critical to your success, they represent your competitive advantage. This starts with you, the engineer and/or creative person who conceive the idea and the design. In addition, it includes the methods you use to design it, the software you use and the hardware that runs the software. Also very important, is how fast you design and create, as you can’t afford to get behind the competition, or miss a critical due date. All these things combine to give you a creative and innovative competitive edge. Both creation and schedules are two critical elements of your success.
2) Nothing is stagnant in this world, and this is true for the world of design and creativity. For example, new features are constantly being added to your design and the design is being shared in new ways using software like Product Life Cycle Management. Designers learn more from organizations like manufacturing and adapt their designs according to the latest technology trends available. In addition, the software they use changes, new revisions come out, new fixes and even additional software features to take into account. Designers want to know more about their design decisions and attach histories and notes to the design files. All of this results...
STUDENTS, UNDERGRADS, FRESHMEN.
Summer's almost over! Since you've been a busy bee the past few weeks, we've decided to lend a hand and help you gather the tools you need to discover that Rory Gilmore in you. Go ahead, load your Yoga Tablet with these apps and fight your way to become Editor-In-Chief of the school's paper.
Being a proactive, roving worker bee is part and parcel of being a journalist. While you’re out doing fieldwork, you may not have the luxury of sitting down to capture the story. Jot your notes on Evernote while you're interviewing your lead, work on your story on-the-go or access it from your desk, all on Tilt Mode.
Does your story require you to talk to people from all around the world? You'll be relieved to use Skype in Stand Mode to make your international calls without being charged for overseas calls on your mobile and conducting video chats with your interviewee over the Internet. Best thing is, this comes pre-loaded on the Yoga Tablet.
Today's journalists need to tell stories through a variety of formats. Whether video, text, graphics, audio or photos, you will be in great standing if you're able to create a multimedia experience for your readers. Use apps like Skitch to help you snap pics, mark them up comfortably in Hold Mode with shapes, arrows and quick sketches to tell the story better and to point...
IT’S ALMOST TIME TO HIT THE BOOKS AGAIN.
Cue dramatic music. We recommend Europe’s The Final Countdown. It’s our favourite way to get ready for the end of summer - even if the deafening sound of your alarm clock may require some fixing. Here are some good news though: The coming semester is yours to figure out “you” and if you think that involves music in any way, shape or form, we've gathered a couple of tools you should definitely load up on your Yoga 2 Pro.
Whether you aspire to be a pianist, guitarist, violinist or a DJ, every aspiring musician should have access to millions of songs. While everyone’s taste in music is personal, check out Spotify’s playlists of different tracks that matches your current mood. Looking for something soft, mellow or electrifying to get inspired? You’ve got it all here.
#2. TuneIn Radio
You won’t even know where to start with over 60,000 radio stations and 2 million on-demand programs at your fingertips. Set your Yoga 2 Pro up in Tent Mode and start discovering what’s important to you from the world’s largest collection of news, sports, music and talk stations.
While you’re getting down to serious business experimenting with new sounds, pick up some tricks of the trade from the professionals while you read up on tutorials in Laptop Mode. Everything from basic composition to recording,...
WELCOME TO THE BEGINNING OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
Yes it’s a bit dramatic. If you’re thinking of capturing this moment to make it last forever, you probably can. That’s what Instagram is for, right? It's something we take for granted with the ubiquity of camera phones and devices around us all the time, but if you constantly see photograph-worthy scenes happening around you, maybe it’s time to listen to what your heart is saying and load up your Yoga Tablet with these 10 shutterbug-approved apps.
Don’t worry, your pictures can definitely be bigger than 500 pixels. Probably one of the most popular online photography communities, 500PX is aimed at both aspiring and professional photographers. We all hit creative walls sometimes so take this chance to find inspiration and connect with other amazing photographers. Develop your creative eye and hone your craft here, there's no magical trick that will give you the creative perspective you're looking for.
#2. VSCO Cam
VSCO Cam's lock function is your cheat sheet to getting sharper and smoother photos. You can also find and follow photographers from around the world, and the best thing is? It focuses on beautiful imagery, not social clout, so number of followers, comments and likes are absent from the platform. Focus on what matters (oops, hope that wasn't too punny).
#3. Camera FV-5 Lite
Before you decide to take the plunge and commit your entire...