Dear, Microsoft: This is a joke, right?

It’s sometimes hard to tell when Microsoft is joking.

On April Fool’s Day 2012, the company published a tongue-in-cheek post saying that it would return to its “monochromatic roots” with an updated interface for SkyDrive, its online storage service. SkyDrive, the post said, would avoid pesky clicks or finger flicks and use DOS command prompts instead.

Microsoft april fools 2012

Sad thing was, I believed the post when I first saw it.

I was reminded of that this week when I looked up information about a power drain on my Surface tablet.

Sure enough, Microsoft had a fix for the problem. All I had to do was open a command prompt and enter this:

powercfg -setdcvalueindex SCHEME_CURRENT 19cbb8fa-5279-450e-9fac-8a3d5fedd0c1 12bbebe6-58d6-4636-95bb-3217ef867c1a 3

And then this:

powercfg -setactive scheme_current

I’m still hoping that Microsoft will announce that it either delayed its April Fool’s post for 2013 or jumped the gun on 2014.

Unfortunately, I’m afraid my command prompt will be blinking for a long time before that happens.

Microsoft surface command prompt



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Doug Ward is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas.
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