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  • Blog Post: Useful Windows Live Links

    Messenger : PC Client Version 8.1 / Mobile Client / Mobile Browser / Add-Ins / Online Help / Service Status / Support Blog / Newsgroup Discussions / Authorized Vendors / Team Blog / Feedback Hotmail : Web Version / PC Client Version / Mobile Client / Feedback Spaces: Web Version / Mobile Browser / Windows...
  • Blog Post: Send to Mobile

    You have to check this out (it's cool, trust me): Go to http://search.msn.com/local/results.aspx?q=bouchee+cr%C3%AAperie+and+caf%C3%A9&w=Seattle%2C+WA&FORM=QBXR (it's a Local search for Bouchee Crêperie and Café Fremont from the point of view of someone sitting in Seattle) Click on ...
  • Blog Post: Ultra-Mobile PC

    This thing is amazing! It runs Windows XP (Vista once that ships) and all apps that run on Windows. Check out the experience (the UI, apps, etc.) at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/umpc/seeit.mspx Check out the devices at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/umpc/hardware.mspx And it...
  • Blog Post: Voice Regognition in Windows Vista

    I can't wait! Chris Henley has a great video showing how voice recognition is built into Windows Vista. Check it out at http://blogs.technet.com/chenley/archive/2006/02/21/420136.aspx
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Student 2006

    I don't have kids and I'm way past the 8th grade. However, I am very jealous that I didn't have anything as cool as Microsoft Student 2006 when I was in school. There is a great review of it by a father and son who give it two thumbs up at http://office.weblogsinc.com/entry/1234000337070913/
  • Blog Post: How can Microsoft help change the world?

    I've been doing some thinking and figured I would ask the blogsphere.... How would you combine all of these different assets to enable our customers and partners to change the world? It seems like we have a lot of stuff (facilities, patents, technologies, experts, training, and other) that could be combined...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Technologies Available for Licensing

    This is pretty amazing. We are making quite a few technologies available for others to build products with. I think most of them come via Microsoft Research. See http://microsoftipventures.com/ for information on how to license them. Business Week has a good article about it too. As of today (May 4,...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Small Business Center, a Tablet PC, and a 5-year old

    A friend of mine has a very talented 5-year old daughter who has been using a Tablet PC to draw pictures. You can see her hard at work on a Tablet PC at http://www.helencards.com/ . Her dad, Paul, has used Microsoft’s Small Business Center (was called bCentral) to make these available to anyone willing...
  • Blog Post: Using the netsh Command-Line Tool to Fix Connection Problems

    I was recently helping someone in Chicago with an interesting problem that led to me using the netsh command-line tool, which I had never used before. The Problem When she would dial into her ISP, she would connect to the ISP, but could not get to any web sites. I noticed that even though the dial-up...
  • Blog Post: SOA Demo on MSDN's Channel 9

    Our video is now live on http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=38823 . To repeat the explanation of this demo, which originated in e-mail from me to the Scobleizer himself is: I work in the Redmond MTC (Microsoft Technology Center) and we have a very interesting Service Oriented Architecture...
  • Blog Post: Windows Media High Definition Video

    Robert X. Cringely has an interested article where he guesses that the Mac Mini is going to be a device for downloading and watching movies in High Definition (HD), and make it proprietary like the iPod . Sounds pretty cool to me, but I already download and watch HD stuff on my PC running Windows XP...
  • Blog Post: Defending Microsoft’s Products and Bill Gates

    At the risk of getting flamed from in the blogsphere, I’ve got to stand up and voice my opinion against Charles Cooper’s “ Gates and the code-jockey elite ”. It is generally filled with negative comments about Bill Gates being Chief Software Architect and a handful of products, specifically: Internet...
  • Blog Post: TulaFale: A Security Tool for Web Services

    TulaFala looks to be pretting interesting. It is part of the Samoa Project from Microsoft Research in Cambridge. See http://securing.ws/ . The description of the problem and the project sounds impressive, and useful: An XML web service is, to a first approximation, a wide-area RPC service in which requests...
  • Blog Post: Great Windows Applications to Download

    I am often amazed at some of the applications people come up with. Here are a couple of specific ones that I have tried lately, and have been impressed with. DateLense for a very interesting and efficient way to look at your calendar (thanks Shish ) KeyHole (and yes, I know that Google owns them now...
  • Blog Post: Resource Kits

    Resource Kits have some of the greatest tools for digging into a Microsoft product for fun, to learn more about the product, to support it better, or just to make your life easier. Here are a few that we find useful when building, running, and maintaining our demo. There are many more resource kits than...
  • Blog Post: Command-line view of ports in use

    Here is a quick and easy way to dig into what ports are being used, and what apps are using them. Step 1: Find out what ports are being used: C:\>NetStat -o Which will return the following (your list will probably be much longer): Proto Local Address Foreign Address State PID TCP EC968728:1108 somesite...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Software

    I didn’t realize it, but Microsoft has a TON of software you can try out for free. Microsoft’s Trial Software Center site has links to everything. Specifically: Windows Office Developers IT Professionals Business Users Home Users Games There is even a FAQ that basically explains that all of this software...
  • Blog Post: 10x10 - Interesting view of top news stories

    http://www.tenbyten.org/10x10.html has an interesting view of the top news stories. An explanation from Micro Persuasion is: David Krane from Google points to a killer new site called 10x10 that every hour scans the RSS feeds of several leading international news sources, and performs an elaborate process...
  • Blog Post: PhotoStory 3 is released for Windows XP customers

    See http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx The previous version is great and I have been waiting for the new release ever since I saw an early copy a few weeks ago. I am downloading it now (was too excited to wait to blog about it) and will report back with...
  • Blog Post: Identity Management Challenges

    We were presenting to, and discussing with, a customer at the MTC today about the benefits and challenges of identity management. This organization has a pretty complex environment (many environments really) and they know they need an IdentityManagement solution. Here are a few great resources for others...
  • Blog Post: Flight Simulator 2004 and the team behind it

    The video of the Flight Simulator team is now on Channel 9 . It is 41 minutes and 20 seconds long, so it's got quite a bit of stuff in it, but it's more interesting than that rerun of Law & Order my wife is watching for the 5th time. :-) Here are a few of what I consider the highlights from the video...
  • Blog Post: Request for a WMI script

    I am looking for a quick way to toggle my 2nd monitor, preferably using WMI, but anything will do. I want to simply run the app/script and have it enable or disable my 2nd monitor. This is because I often walk into my office, plug my Tablet PC into my 2nd monitor and enable the 2nd monitor to extend...
  • Blog Post: Hong Kong's use of Technology

    A couple of friends, Rob & Becky Dickson, live in Hong Kong and Rob loads up his watch with credits so that when he rides the subway, he simply wands his watch near some sort of reader at the turnstile. I always though that was pretty cool as I would fumble through the coins, he would just walk right...
  • Blog Post: VoIP, WiFi, and SmartPhones

    My wife and I just setup our new-world of communications: We just got our Vonage phone , which is Voice Over IP, connected to our cable modem and our Microsoft 802.11g WiFi router. We now no longer have a regular phone line. The connection is: Coax cable to cable modem to Vonage router to (1) telephone...
  • Blog Post: Command-Line tools and the Windows Clipboard

    Matt Williams ' quest for a tool to extend the Windows Clipboard when working at the Command-Line seems to be over. To quote Matt: CLCL seems to be exactly what I was looking for. I tried Shell Toys XP and while it has a clipboard management tool, it also has a boatload of other stuff. I just want the...
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