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  • Blog Post: Upgrading a Mac Air with Windows 7– is it worth it?

    I’m lucky, I have a few machines I use for work and for home. When I was a kid the Mattel Aquarius was an amazement. Later the Commodore 64 a dream, and writing space invaders on Acorn and RM Nimbus machines was a breeze. As developed from X-Windows, to Sun to various Windows platforms and languages...
  • Blog Post: The last Windows largely deployed?

    Every now again I find James Gardner's blog posts insightful and provocative. The recent post The last Windows ever   is the latest in a running line of doom mongering for Windows. Since I’ve been working now with Windows Azure ,  some say is a new Windows Operating System in the cloud, the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Tweetup in Sydney on March 30th

    The consumer team is hosting a Windows 7 Tweetup in Sydney on March 30th . Might be worth it cos Kordahi is there…. A tweetup is, apparently, an organized or impromptu gathering of people that use Twitter!
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Themes

    new Windows 7 Themes now available here
  • Blog Post: HP Envy

    As many of my colleagues rib me about, I do like the Apple Hardware. Today we at Microsoft in Sydney had a bit of a look at many OEM Windows 7 devices pre-launch. The first I came to was the HP Envy, notable not only for its strikingly Mac like features (I'm a big fan of the low profile keyboards), metal...
  • Blog Post: Customize the Windows 7 Logon Screen and other quick tips

    Customise the log-on screens in Windows 7 by using this 'how-to' guide . Also I found out how to add your own channel logos to Media Center on Windows 7 Get up to speed with  BitLocker To Go using this  Microsoft TechNet Edge video - it shows you what to do, and explains how you can recover...
  • Blog Post: some VHD Options in Windows 7

    I've become quite the VHD user with Windows 7. You might be asking why. To start with I didn't realise that I would be such a protagonist either. Essentially it allows me to keep a complete working and bootable test environment from which I can easily take a full backup – just cut and paste the VHD file...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Books in Australia - Half price for July 09

  • Blog Post: Free HP Mini Netbook with Win 7 for TechEd attendees

    These HP Mini 2140 Notebook devices look excellent, and will be free (!) for attendees of TechEd 2009, Sep 8-11 2009 on the Gold Coast http://www.msteched.com/australia/Public/windows-7-experience.aspx
  • Blog Post: Playing with HP Multi-Touch on Win7 for Amplify09

    Today I have been having fun with the HP IQ528 – thanks HP! We are planning to use at the Amplify09 event this Friday. I installed the Windows 7 touch pack and added a beta multi-touch driver (thanks to Windows 7 TechNet forums ) and a few games such as Airhockey from IdentityMine who did some great...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Windows 7 RC x64 VHD

    I’ve recently spent of bit of time building a Windows 7 VHD for some custom development. I thought I’d take the time to document my experiences: 1) Download ISO. I used a tool called MagicISO to extract the install.wim file. 2) Create a VHD from WIM using script downloaded from here 3) Install the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RC Example Changes

    Over and above my previous IO categorisation of Windows 7 features, RC brings some welcome new additions and some hidden gems. An an example/rambling of some of my experiential Window 7 RC changes below. Boot Time: My boot time is even quicker than the beta. Similar too is the time to login. Internet...
  • Blog Post: MED-V compared to Windows XP Mode

    To answer a number of questions around XP Mode and MED-V .  I have borrowed some of the FAQ. I think we will see more and more of this going forward. Generic versions of new technologies won’t have the enterprise management features that larger companies may want to deploy. Another way of looking...
  • Blog Post: Compendium of Windows 7 Search Connectors

    A while back I published a how to make your own Windows 7 Federated Search Connector. There is now a Federated Search Implementer's guide as I found in the Seven Forums For some ready made ones I liked: Twitter YouTube Flickr ISO Hunt MSDN Channel 9 I’m making some new ones, but if you have any cool...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 – XP Mode

    Do you want to move to Windows 7 but worried about that XP application that will require some changes? Introducing XP Mode for Windows 7 What XPM actually does is allow you to run Windows 7 and XP side by side so applications that don’t run on 7 can be run on XP.  The main difference is that the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 – Good press

    Just wanted to let you know about a couple of great news articles on Windows 7: http://mediaproducts.gartner.com/reprints/microsoft/vol5/article2/article2.html http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=2350 On another note, a new Windows 7 Learning “Snack”  was just published called “ Introducing Windows...
  • Blog Post: BitLocker to Go – Use in Windows 7 Beta

    Windows 7 Beta has added a new feature, BitLocker to Go , which allows you to encrypt removable media like USB Thumb Drives and backup USB Hard Drives. Both Passwords and Smart Cards are supported with BitLocker to Go. BitLocker continues to offer the same overall look and feel at boot time for protection...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Power Management

    Win7 Power Management http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/E/6/5E66B27B-988B-4F50-AF3A-C2FF1E62180F/COR-T540_WH08.pptx Windows Server 2008 R2 – Reduced Power Consumption might be a reason to consider an upgrade to WS 2008 R2.  Windows Server 2008 introduced a 'balanced' power policy, which monitors...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Quick Keys – ZoomIt

    Windows Logo+Down Minimize the current window Windows Logo+Up Maximize the current window Windows Logo+Left Snap to the left hand side of the screen Windows Logo+Right Snap to the right hand side of the screen Windows Logo+Home Minimize/ restore everything except the current window Alt+P Display/ hide...
  • Blog Post: Federated Search in Win7: Adding news to your search

    Thanks to this article and some cajoling by Chris Allison I decided to add WotNews to my Win7 search experience. All in 3 minutes flat. Federation is great because it leverages the UI from Win7 to display search content using the search index on the target platform (this is especially neat via Sharepoint...
  • 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: Is Windows 7 the Solution?

    In the recent CIO Article Windows XP: The Microsoft OS That Just Won't Die there is a great quote: "Were this Apple, you wouldn't have the option to use an old OS at all. Granted you probably wouldn't want to, which speaks to the problem here." Still though, I’m hopeful that the beta...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 - What the PDC Build is saying in the press

    The following is a collage from various publications on the recent announcements on Windows 7. For a detailed run through, this site is pretty comprehensive. From what I can see (and I now know more than the preview I saw a couple of weeks back) and what is reported the team has done well! Great job...
  • 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 7 - its going to be [available on disk] at PDC

    At the Windows Digital Lifestyle Conference in Tokyo, Bill Gates unveiled a few more details regarding the upcoming operating system . According to the transcript, the key aspects of Windows 7 will be "the ability to be lower power, take less memory, be more efficient, and have lots more connections...
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