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  • Blog Post: Dexter on Vista

    I watch a fair bit of cinema and unless you are truelly unaware of product placement you would have noticed like me that apple pops up quite regularly. Then I watched the Day the Earth Stood Still and it featured some Windows Logo and Microsoft Surface. Then tonight, thanks to Roger, I got round to watching...
  • Blog Post: BitLocker To Go

    Inspired by Windows 7 beta I saw today and the superb USB drive encryption I thought I'd post some links on BitLocker. BitLocker Drive Encryption Step-by-Step Guide http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732725.aspx My likes for BitLocker to go: Drive explorer automatic opening and closing Automatic...
  • Blog Post: Windows Marketplace

    I accidentally stumbled upon the updated Digital Locked aka Microsoft Store . From here I found out about intriguing AutoCollage 2008 While I was there I noticed some nifty compatibility site for Windows Vista – pretty useful.   I also came across Microsoft PinPoint but its appears to be, unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Ministry of Sound Vista Gadget

    When I'm trying to focus I find it really helpful to tune into high BPM tunes. Especially developing. Ministry has always been a favourite but only this weekend I tuned into their free radio. They have a Vista radio gadget too: Download the gagdet here Thinking out loud: I must check what's new for gadgets...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista - Gadget and Media Center Addon for the Beijing Olympic Games

    Thanks to the Windows Vista Experience Blog for pointing me at these two tools! 1) A brand new Windows Sidebar gadget designed to let users keep track of Olympic Medal wins from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games . Download: 2008 Beijing Olympics Medal Count Gadget 2) A Media Center Add-on for saving events...
  • Blog Post: Mojave - the Vista Ultimate experience

    After the weekends news about Mojave there has been much noise in the blogosphere . It turns out that the Mojave Experiment was simply the out of the box Vista Ultimate experience. I'm going to delve a bit into the testing process and the hardware, but its ironic but no surprise that Vista is actually...
  • Blog Post: Ultra portable options and directions

    I am about to travel overseas, and not that my budget extends to another laptop, but this OQO model e2 ultra mobile pc would be a great form factor with Vista! I would love, battery depending, to have this XO-2 laptop (around 2010)  however:
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista SP1 - my likes

    Windows Vista SP1 is an update to Windows Vista that, along with improvements delivered to users via these other channels, addresses feedback from our customers. In addition to previously released updates, SP1 will contain changes focused on addressing specific reliability, performance, and compatibility...
  • Blog Post: Vista tweak tools

      Windows Vista tweaks A vista logo generator
  • Blog Post: New TechNet ANZ Vista Gadget

    The Microsoft TechNet Gadget for Australia and New Zealand delivers information from several of the common news feeds and security alerts. It supports up to six feeds with TechNet Highlights and Basic Security Alerts as default options. A range of other feeds are selectable with options for more comprehensive...
  • Blog Post: Vista wallpapers

    I've been meaning to create a post to host some of my Vista links I like. Here is a nice link for some Vista tools and one of I like particularly is the Vista wallpapers that were not included in the final build.
  • Blog Post: Another reason to goto Vista Ultimate

    I realised only late in the day that Virtual PC (a free download here ) is not intended to run on Vista Home Premium (I say intened because my version did, but the XP OS never appeared). This is a bit of shame because otherwise my home premium version is great. I like the idea of having a Virtual PC...
  • Blog Post: Upgraded? to Apple Macbook Pro (with Vista Home Premium)

    Muchto the confusion of my colleagues I have continued my Apple home hardware path. Yes, I am running Vista. Yes, I've been through a few problems - most of which I had been through before with my Mac Mini. The Vista install was a dream (0 issues). But the same old performance counters and USB device...
  • Blog Post: Aussie Wow is Now

    I was over at the Vista Consumer Launch yesterday and was quite impressed. Im particularly interested in the Australian Music (Sanity), Photos (Kodak) and Movies (Bigpond) and how they will integrate with Vista. The other night, at the midnight release in Alexandria Harvey Norman, all copies of Vista...
  • Blog Post: ReadyBoost Compatibility

    I purchased a USB stick at the weekend to speed up my ailing Sony A190. Unfortunately the ReadyBoost gamble didn't pay off. Windows Vista ReadyBoost requires uniform behaviour of the memory - my transcend jetflash 110 has, apparently, got 128Mb fast memory and the rest I guess not so flash. The ReadyBoost...
  • Blog Post: Vista Readiness Review

    Today I heard about a new service that Fatih Colgar and Richard Crawford are producing to aid customers in accelerating their migration to Vista. Some quick things to consider until I get hold of the high level details: Hardware Does your hardware support Windows Vista, what is the customer’s hardware...
  • Blog Post: Vista RC2 installs

    Having waited for RC2 to arrive to sort out my Media Center woes on my Mac Mini, it was worth it. A combination of Bootcamp 1.1.1, Vista build 5744 (available a day earlier than I had anticipated) and Sigmatel installation (forced copy from Bootcamp XP drivers CD) saw my problems on gone (stuttering...
  • Blog Post: Maxtor Mini Software Working in Vista

    I was within a day or so of returning the Maxtor Mini when a colleague Callum Meek tempted me to try and use compatibility mode on the software. No it didn't work but I did notice a little button on the properties for the Maxtor OneTouch Manager (Privileges – run as Administrator). When you click this...
  • Blog Post: Things I discovered about Vista today...

    Quick tips: Search on the top right of every page (like searching control panel for power) Search using the Start Search (windows button) - e.g. %temp% takes you to the corresponding environment variable directory Issues found: IE7 connections to various sites can be a pain - ActiveX controls...
  • Blog Post: Mac Mini Rc1 Update

    At home my Mac Mini is still running RC1. The video problem is being investigated (triaged) by the internal team and Im confident of success - it currently looks like it may be network adapter driver related. I tried various things to see if they would work but the video playback of previously recorded...
  • Blog Post: Post install restrospect

    When installting RC1 I was probably a bit harsh on my comments. Well the part about it defeating me (so far) is probably true. My home Sony laptop I came home to, was quiet. I felt a moement of joy and I continued on a path of success as I discovered I hadn't deleted my wife's outlook contacts. Sadly...
  • Blog Post: RC1 experiences

    Vista RC1 was available to me as an employee to try. So, having prep'd myself with my Maxtor Mini Onetouch and backed up my home computers I went about installing the new OS. My home PC is a Sony Vaio A190 and its quite handy and portable as well as being sufficient big in screen and features to do...
  • Blog Post: Mac Mini Vista Media Center Update

    I'm very excited about the new release of Vista. Having bought a lovely Maxtor Mini 100Gb drive and backed up my work and personal machines I'm ready to take the plunge on all fronts to RC1. Unfortunately last night I discovered that Bootcamp assistant (1.1) beta from Apple would appear to rely on...
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