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Your questions: What's all this about the Leap Second, and how does it affect the Microsoft Windows OS and other products?
First off, Happy Canada Day. (eh? ;) Lots of talk today about the 'Leap second bug' that caused various site and software crashes (see this post via CNET)... "The addition of a leap second to the Coordinated Universal Time at midnight Greenwich Mean Time last night appears to have caused site disruptions...
1 Jul 2012
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 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
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
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
Your questions: "Where do I go for help with my Windows Phone?" Here's a link
Wondering where to turn to contact Microsoft Customer Support? See my post on where to turn to contact Microsoft Customer Support . But if you're looking for support on Windows Phone, first visit the http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/howto/wp7/default.aspx , as I noted in my post with tips...
14 Dec 2010
Dude, where's my Windows Phone? Found it, with Windows Live
My favourite feature in Windows Phone is actually more than one feature: the features to help you find a lost phone . Tonite I misplaced my phone. You have kids, you know what I'm talking about, dragging who-knows-what in from who-knows-where. And invariably, the phone gets misplaced or set somewhere...
11 Dec 2010
Link: How to change your name on Facebook (well, we'll see)
Has facebook made you change your name to something other than your name? Recently, an automated system on Facebook demanded that I change my name, after having provided details to them previously verifying my name. " "The name contains invalid characters." Really? It's not like my name...
9 Dec 2010
Wondering where to turn to contact Microsoft Customer Support?
Wondering where to turn to contact Microsoft Customer Support? I've been asked this a couple of times today, so I thought I'd include a couple of helpful links: Microsoft KB 295539 : How and when to contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support To make sure you receive the appropriate support information...
9 Dec 2010
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
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
Surviving MGX Atlanta 2010: A few helpful hints
If you're heading to the US for MGX (Microsoft Global eXchange - the Microsoft Sales & Services annual event), I've posted here a few hints along the lines of my notes from Surviving CES in Las Vegas , updated from my 2009 entry . I will add to the page later as I have time. If you're heading...
20 Jul 2010
Going to Mix10 in Las Vegas? Check out my hints on surviving tradeshows and finding restaurants in Las Vegas
Going to Mix10 in Las Vegas, from March 15 - 17 ? Check out my helpful hints on surviving tradeshows and finding restaurants in Las Vegas As you may already know, Microsoft's Mix10 Conference begins this week in Las Vegas. Yes, today is when we Spring Forward An Hour in the US and Canada (thank...
14 Mar 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
Heading down to SXSW this year? Consider taking a travel power pack
Heading down to SXSW this year? Long flights? Worried about not finding a power outlet when your devices are running on low? I have to recommend the Energizer XP8000 Rechargeable Power Pack . (And no, I'm just an energizer customer, not shilling for Energizer. But in the interest of full disclosure,...
8 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
Surviving CES in Las Vegas: A few helpful hints
As you may already know, CES 2010 begins this week in Las Vegas (officially, CES is January 7-10 ). 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. Once again, I was asked...
5 Jan 2010
Your questions: "What do people read on your blog?" Stuff about Time, Bill Gates, Kids and shopping for a new PC. Here are some of the most popular posts.
Jenn asks today… "What do people read the most on your blog? I found your article on how to choose a new computer and found lots more stuff." Good question, Jenn. I didn't really know until I looked today. Here are the top recent posts from my blog in the last couple of weeks. Seems that the...
21 Nov 2009
Surviving MGX Atlanta 2009: A few helpful hints
Going to MGX this year? Here are a couple of resources for you - I will add to the page later as I have time. If you're heading to the US for MGX (Microsoft Global eXchange - the Microsoft Sales & Services annual event), here are a few helpful hints from 2008 on Surviving MGX Atlanta along...
20 Jul 2009
Information on Daylight Saving Time, Time Zone and related DST changes for Microsoft Windows and other products in 2009
An update on some of the recent daylight saving time changes around the world coming this year to Morocco, Pakistan, Syria and Tunisia in 2009… It's been a busy time, reflected in fewer than normal postings on this blog, but happily it's due in part (when it comes to time) that there has been little...
19 Mar 2009
SXSW 2009 in Austin is the place to be, at least virtually via Twitter and the Web for me this year
This weekend was a busy one for us at home, otherwise I would have found a way to travel to Austin with several of my friends to attend South by Southwest 2009 Conference in Austin, Texas. For those of you who don't know, a good summary is offered here on SXSW from the local paper: "South by Southwest...
15 Mar 2009
Going to the MVP Summit in Seattle? Here are a few travel tips and local suggestions
Microsoft will host the 2009 MVP Global Summit this week, March 1-4, 2009, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond. Hosted by two of my associates , the irrepressible Rich Kaplan and the multi-talented Toby Richards (known in the past for...
1 Mar 2009
Concerned about online privacy? So is Microsoft's Peter Cullen. Actually, it's his job.
There's a new article and interview up on Microsoft PressPass with my friend and fellow Canuck Peter Cullen from Microsoft on Data Privacy Day & online privacy. (Also available at http://tinyurl.com/pcullen013009 .) The kids are in school today… did I miss a bank holiday somewhere? When asked...
30 Jan 2009
Your questions: How to easily set up a dual boot system for Windows 7
Over the weekend I noted that the Windows 7 Beta was available for download , which prompted a number of questions. By far, the most common and popular question was… "I want to install Windows 7 but I don't want to lose my Windows XP/ Windows Vista installation. I'd like to create a dual boot system...
12 Jan 2009
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