Jonathan Hardwick

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  • Blog Post: David Ornstein talks about FlexWiki - and wall-sized screens

    Scoble has posted a fascinating Channel 9 video interview with David Ornstein . David describes what makes wikis work, how his own FlexWiki advances the state of the art, and speculates about what type of people like wikis. His PC display setup is also worth checking out — instead of a regular second...
  • Blog Post: Mark all as read in Outlook - and why the long tail means that web search engines beat Office help

    Cameron Reilly found my post on keyboard shortcuts in Outlook while trying to figure out a better way to do “Mark All As Read” : Oh, and Jonathan, don't worry about getting this tidbit into office.microsoft.com. Who needs it! Your blog came up as the #4 result when I googled <"mark all as read...
  • Blog Post: News about MSN Desktop Search and Non-Admin wikis

    Time for a couple of wiki news items that I've been saving up for a while. In a “one small step” moment, I believe that the MSN Desktop Search wiki on Channel 9 is the first wiki to ever be referenced in a Microsoft help file . As you can imagine, this was quite a culture change — kudos to everyone...
  • Blog Post: http://del.icio.us gets funding (at last!)

    Congrats to Joshua Schachter for (finally :-)) announcing that he’s taken the money and will now work full-time on http://del.icio.us , his pioneering social bookmarking/folksonomy/community tagging service. Whatever you want to call it, delicious changes how you use the web . I’d been trying to talk...
  • Blog Post: More Microsoft wikis: Getting Things Done, PatternShare, and a player to be announced later...

    I spent Saturday night setting up a new wiki for an idea that’s been banging around in my head for a while. When I took a break halfway through and fired up FeedDemon, I found Jeff Sandquist stealing my thunder with his announcement of another brilliant wiki idea – a community wiki for hints and tips...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft wikis just keep multiplying...

    When Channel 9 started last spring I had the slightly crazy idea of getting direct feedback about Microsoft products by letting anyone add their gripes, workarounds, and wishlists to its wiki pages. The first big hit was the Internet Explorer feedback wiki , which rapidly grew to the point where helpful...
  • Blog Post: Downloaded the Windows Update Services beta? Try the WUS wiki!

    This deserves a post of its own because it’s so cool. One thing I missed in my announcements from IT Forum 2004 is that you can now get a free download of WUS (Windows Update Services) as part of the beta open evaluation program. Naturally this has the standard feedback options of any Microsoft beta...
  • Blog Post: Review of FranklinCovey's PlanPlus

    “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” Gertrude Stein. One of my resolutions this year was to get some help in sipping from the information firehose that is a typical Microsoft inbox, so back in January I bought a copy of PlanPlus. This is an Outlook add...
  • Blog Post: FlexWiki released to the world!

    If you're looking for a great Wiki implementation for ASP.NET, with a good user base and a whole lot of neat features to build on, look no more. David Ornstein has jumped through all the legal hoops, dotted all the i's, crossed all the t's, and has finally been allowed to release his FlexWiki software...
  • Blog Post: Sharing your bookmarks: http://del.icio.us, wikis, and the zen of SharePoint

    Most of us have way too many bookmarks (favorites) in our web browsers. Bookmarks that we've accumulated over the years, bookmarks that we haven't visited in ages, bookmarks that we jealously hoard from the prying eyes of our friends and co-workers. Well, ok, maybe we're not actively hoarding them, but...
  • Blog Post: Use Word 2003's reading layout, save a tree

    I've always hated reading documents formatted for paper on-screen. Until we get 200 dpi LCD screens, there aren't enough pixels to make small print-ready fonts legible without a lot of zooming, at which point navigation becomes a pain. And printing out a paper just to read it once, or maybe mark it up...
  • Blog Post: Creating your own keyboard shortcuts in Outlook

    Or, remapping keys for fun and profit. I subscribe to a fair number of email lists, and use Exchange rules to filter them to individual folders. Since I read just a fraction of the new emails that arrive each day, I find myself doing “Mark All as Read” in Outlook 2003 a lot. Enough to get aggravating...
  • Blog Post: That's a LOT of hidden data...

    Or, how you can use the Office Remove Hidden Data tool to compress your Word documents. Recently I've been spending a lot of time editing Word documents with other people. This typically requires a final pass to… harmonize… the different format styles that people use. After the latest session of removing...
  • Blog Post: Font choices, and other religious wars

    Scoble's interview with Bill Hill reminded me that font choices are another weapon in the ongoing battle against information overload. Of course, any conversation about fonts is almost as likely to escalate into an all-out religious war as is a conversation about, say, code indentation practices*. So...
  • Blog Post: Using your laptop as a second screen

    Advertisers, Wall Street traders, and anyone who's ever fought for a share of the Windows desktop knows that the most important real estate on the planet is the screen you're looking at right now. And like all real estate, while some is good, more is better. We can't all have the quad-screen-from-hell...
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