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    Make your car look like a car form Cars!

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    Autoblog links to a neat write-up about how to make a photo of your own car look like Lightning McQueen from the movie Cars. Fun!
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    Snap Anywhere

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    I just discovered Snap Anywhere's link preview service , and decided to try it out on my blog. If you mouse over any of the external links on this page, it should give you nifty preview tool tips.
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    A new job and a new look!

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    Several weeks ago, I started a in a new role at Microsoft as a program manager on the Expression Web team! With Windows Vista out the door I decided it was time for me to do something new. To celebrate the new role, I took the opportunity to make-over...
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    Heuristics for enabling Aero

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    If you're a system builder or just building a pc for yourself, and you want to make sure that your PC can run Aero, you'll be interested in this document . It describes the heuristics the operating system uses to enable Aero, and outlines some troubleshooting...
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    DPI Scaling in Windows Vista

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    Someone posted a question via the blog recently asking about how Windows Vista supports high DPI displays. Here's a quick summary of how it all works: You can find the DPI settings in Windows Vista by right click'ing on the desktop and selecting "Personalize"...
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    Shipped!

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    It's done! Windows Vista has released to manufacturing ! The Windows Vista page on Microsoft.com has the scoop on when it will be broadly available.
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    features that didn't make it into vista

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    Dave has an interesting list of these over on the shell blog. Most enjoyable to read. :-)
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    colorization improvements for maximized windows

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    One question (complaint really) we've gotten for quite some time with Windows Vista has been that customers who select a custom color for their windows lose that color when the window is maximized. Well - we fixed that - the next RC build of Windows...
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    exposé using DWM API

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    Greg Schecter has been blogging extensively about the DWM API's in Windows Vista lately. It's definitely worth a look, as he does a great job outlining the possibility of what you can do using the DWM on Windows Vista. One great example I saw recently...
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    Arrested Development

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    MSN Video will be hosting the entire 3 season run of Arrested development on MSN Video. Awesome.
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    Dissecting my WinHEC talk

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    I got an email recently about a post on a third-party discussion board regarding my talk at WinHEC. This made me chuckle. I assume it’s the zoom-in on the caption buttons that’s being questioned there. I’m pretty sure if you look up my slide deck...
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    Photographing Fireworks

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    Sean Alexander pointed me to this great article about photographing fireworks . Timely.
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    Computerworld’s Top 20 Reasons Why Windows Vista Will Be Your Next OS

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    Computerworld has a comprehensive write-up on Windows Vista that just went up a couple days ago. One highlight for me was reading Scot Finnie’s comments on some of the work we’ve done in the graphics stack with Windows Presentation Foundation and the...
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    Traveling with your Windows PC? Try SpeedSwitchXP

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    Chad Essley’s blog pointed me to SpeedSwitchXP . A great little utility for managing your CPU’s power-saving state while traveling.
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    Kam’s adventures with HDV

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    I recently purchased a Sony HDR-HC3 high-definition camcorder, to capture some vacation footage with my family, and It’s been an adventure to work with. I got some good results in the end, but not without some bumps along the way. First – some background...
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    Closing windows, learned behaviors, and the forward-slash key

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    I just read Jensen’s post about the history of the close button and it made me chuckle. You see, when we went thorugh the redesign of the folder windows in Windows Explorer, the issue of whether or not to put an icon in the top left corner was hotly debated...
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    Off topic: inexpensive mini-rc airplanes!

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    A friend just sent me a link to Raiden Tech Inc. , who make some neat little remote control airplanes! I used to really enjoy model airplanes as a kid… this looks like a great and inexpensive way to get into it…
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    Take Windows Vista and Office 2007 for a test drive!

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    The Windows Vista site on Microsoft.com has all the details on getting signed up for the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program, and you can get the Office 2007 Beta from the 2007 Microsoft Office System preview site .
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    The only thing cooler than the Halo 3 trailer at E3…

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    …is this video the folks at Bungie produced about the making of the trailer. I can’t wait for this game.
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    Hack your router

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    UPDATED: fixed the link -now it points to the same article LifeHacker was linking to (I can't find the LifeHacker post anymore). Sorry about the UPS package tracking thing. I’m generally not one to recommend doing anything that might void your warrantee...
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    Seema’s Blogging!

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    Seema is a program manager on my team focusing on 2d & 3d graphics in Avalon. She’s started her blog with a post discussing how WPF’s hardware acceleration characteristics can change based on driver model (Windows Vista or Windows XP), and driver...
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    How to get “glass” into your application using WPF or WinForms

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    The great thing about working at a company the size of Microsoft is that sometimes people get things done that you wanted to do before you get around to it. In this case – some folks on our evangelism and SDK teams have written some really slick samples...
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    iTunes and QuickTime updated to be compatible with Aero

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    Back in February, I posted about some compatibility issues various applications may have with Aero, and in that post, I referenced iTunes and QuickTime as examples of applications that have these sorts of problems. Well, the very nice folks at Apple...
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    Plays For Sure hat-trick: WMP11+URGE+Clix

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    Windows Media Devices have been getting a whole lot of really positive press lately. CNet stacked the Clix above the iPod on their must have list , and in a recent review of the new Toshiba Gigabeat device , Cnet said: any advantage that the iPod/iTunes...
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    Responding to comments on podcasting

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    No question that this whole process is way more difficult than what's available with iTunes (I'm actually an avid iTunes user for podcasting). The point of the post was just to demonstrate what's possible with the platform - you could easily build...
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