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RSS feed reader blues? Get your feed in Microsoft Outlook and Office 365
ICYMI, Google Reader, Google Voice App for Blackberry, Google Cloud Connect, and Snapseed Desktop are shutting down . Hilarity ensued on the Internet with the melt down on social media over the change. As Danny Sullivan noted here , "Google should have done better by Google Reader & Google users...
15 Mar 2013
How do I survive SXSW in Austin? By "attending" virtually
As you may know – and some may even be reading this from the great state of Texas – the South by South West (SxSW) festival kicked off in Austin. Unlike a few of my friends, and contrary to my thoughts in 2011, I won't be there this year. There are some great reasons to attend SXSW, I know that from...
9 Mar 2012
Surviving TechReady 14 in Seattle 2012: A few helpful tips and hints
Here's a link to my post with some helpful hints on Surviving TechReady in Seattle, from 2010 . Many of the links and info points are still relevant… Going to TechReady next week in Seattle? It seems from what I read on Twitter that we will have a number of people visiting the fair Emerald...
28 Jan 2012
Surviving CES in Las Vegas: A few helpful hints for 2012
in this post, I offer a few tips for those heading off to CES 2012 in Las Vegas this week... As you may already know, CES 2012 begins this week in Las Vegas (officially, CES is January 10-13 ). Yes, it's true that researchers have determined that stress may cause the brain to become disconnected ...
5 Jan 2012
Heading to Microsoft TechReady 12 in Seattle? Check out my helpful hints and survival tips
Here's a link to my post last year on some helpful hints on Surviving TechReady in Seattle, from 2010 . Many of the links and info points are still relevant… Going to TechReady next week in Seattle? It seems from what I read on Twitter that we will have a number of people visiting the fair Emerald...
11 Feb 2011
Curious how to back up your PC? There are a few free options via Windows Live
Listening to you're a local radio show today en route between building on our shuttle this morning about backing up your PC, I thought I'd note that a number of firms offer free and commercial options to back up your PCs. Microsoft does offer free ways for consumers to do this: Back up Office documents...
18 Jan 2011
A favourite application: Microsoft XML Notepad 2007
Added 040813: A quick note to respond to Judy's query: I successfully use XML Notepad 2007 on Windows 7 today – here’s the DL link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7973 . Although it's not expressly called out as compatible, there are a number of older utilities that...
5 Jan 2011
Surviving CES in Las Vegas: A few helpful hints for 2011
As you may already know, CES 2011 begins this week in Las Vegas (officially, CES is January 6-9 ). Yes, it's true that researchers have determined that stress may cause the brain to become disconnected , but you don't have to be disconnected at when traveling to Las Vegas. As noted in the Wall Street...
4 Jan 2011
How to access your bookmarks on Windows Phone 7
As I noted in my post with tips on moving from an iPhone to a new Windows Phone 7 , I also touched on how to sync several files, including the backing up of my iPhone's browser bookmarks. I failed to note how I access my favourites on Windows Phone 7, which I do via the power of Windows Live. (There...
26 Nov 2010
How to sync files like notes and tasks on your Windows Phone 7
As I noted in my post with tips on moving from an iPhone to a new Windows Phone 7 , I also touched on how to sync several files - namely notes. A number of folks asked how to sync notes and files with your new Windows Phone 7. There are different ways to sync files on your phone, depending on the type...
24 Nov 2010
Looking for Windows Phone 7 apps? Try Bing Visual Search Gallery
As I noted in a post yesterday in a few tips on what to know about moving to a new Windows Phone 7, there are a number of apps available for the platform – with many of the apps I've been using over the last couple of years. But I was wondering how to look for new apps when I'm not on the phone...
21 Nov 2010
Do you have strong passwords on your devices? Here's what to consider
A friend noted today that their online email account was compromised over the weekend. I thought about my post on creating strong passwords (and passphrases) in six easy steps , which is still relevant today… There's a good article that was recently posted on on the Microsoft Security At Home...
26 Jul 2010
Surviving TechReady 11 in Seattle, 2010: A few helpful hints
Going to TechReady next week in Seattle? It seems from what I read on Twitter that we will have a number of people visiting the fair Emerald City for next week's geek festivities. To aid in your visit to the fair city by the Sound, I've posted here a few hints along the lines of my notes from Surviving...
24 Jul 2010
Updated tips on buying a new PC
With a nod to my previous post with tips on buying a new PC , I thought that it's time to update the advice (just in time for "grads & dads"). As I posted on Twitter today , PC Magazine provides an update to their regular feature on How to buy a laptop by Cisco Cheng. This follows the helpful...
4 Jun 2010
12 Apps & Services for Surviving Conference Season for iPhones… and Windows Phones
Just in time for SXSW and Mix10, courtesy of Amybeth Hale at Mashable is her list of 12 iPhone Apps for Surviving Conference Season … "As conference season is upon us (including SXSW , of course), I began thinking about all the things one might need to survive and stay connected with a busy schedule...
12 Mar 2010
Surviving SXSW in Austin: A few helpful hints
Added 031210: @Microsoft : Tag #sxswHaiti on Twitter, @PayPal & @Microsoft will donate $0.25 to @SavetheChildren : http://bit.ly/918YAk Pls RT! Looking for something to do? Check out the list of nearly 700 SXSW side parties http://bit.ly/aO6zkS from 360sxswi ! SXSW food parties (scroll down...
9 Mar 2010
Tips & Tricks: How to deauthorize Apple iTunes on all computers associated with your account
Yes, I use lots of different software, including applications from companies of all sizes, from WinZip to Scansoft, to popular applications from Adobe, Intuit, Microsoft (of course) and many more. And yes, I also use software from Apple. We own lots of different devices and systems in our home, and we...
2 Feb 2010
How to make an impact at Thanksgiving, even if you're not Bill Gates
It's Thanksgiving, and again I am fortunate enough to spend my holiday with my friends and family. In a past post, I noted my posts on being thankful , in particular this one on being thankful , where I noted the Seattle P-I newspaper's slide show on " Words of Thanks ." "What are you most thankful...
26 Nov 2009
More help and tips in finding that perfect laptop computer, this time from Rob Pegoraro of the Washington Post
Over swim lessons today, I read Rob Pegoraro 's article "Tips to boot up your laptop hunt" (which was picked up in today's local paper) for users looking for new laptops (as I Tweeted today )… "… many users — college students among them — still need laptops that survive away from desks and power...
16 Aug 2009
It's nearly back to school time: here's info on buying a new PC
As I posted on Twitter today , Joel Santo Domingo over at PC Magazine has published a new article, How to Buy a Back-to-School PC . He covers what you should consider when shopping for a new PC for back to school or for you home. It's helpful and timely information given the article I recently read from...
14 Aug 2009
Thinking about the Windows 7 upgrade experience, have you backed up your files lately?
This week the Windows 7 team posted on delivering a quality upgrade experience for Windows 7, noting that many people are running the Windows 7 Beta full time just as many of us do daily at Microsoft. And the team is encouraging users to revert to an earlier Windows Vista image on their PCs and perform...
9 Apr 2009
Going to Mix09 in Las Vegas? Check out my helpful hints on surviving tradeshows and finding restaurants in Las Vegas
As you may already know, Microsoft's Mix09 Conference begins this week in Las Vegas. Yes, it's true that researchers have determined that stress may cause the brain to become disconnected , but you don't have to be disconnected at Mix09. Once again, I was asked not once but twice today for I was asked...
16 Mar 2009
How do I change the power option settings for Start button in Windows Vista?
Today I was asked… "How do I change what the start menu power button does in Windows Vista?" Click on the Start/Windows icon in the lower left hand corner of your screen and type "power options" in the <i>start search</i> text field. This will take you to Control...
4 Feb 2009
Of interest: Screencasts covering the features in Windows 7
Thanks to Stephen Rose for his reminder to take a look at these short screencasts of the new and updated features in Windows 7 from the Windows Client Video Library on TechNet. You can also subscribe to the Windows Client Videos for IT Pros RSS feed to be automatically updated as new walkthroughs are...
25 Jan 2009
How to make Deviled Egg Salad
I spent a few years when I was young growing up in the south, where a favourite weekend food was the deviled egg. Many recipes offer their versions of these picnic staples, but I found that the same basic ingredients in this side dish also make a great egg salad for sandwiches, on a nice dark rye...
25 Jan 2009
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