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Of interest for bloggers: adCenter Analytics
Of interest... This release of Microsoft adCenter Analytics Beta delivers exciting new reporting functionality, so you can get a better picture of your Web site users’ engagement—from click to conversion. To add your name to our adCenter Analytics Beta invitation list, fill out the registration form...
24 Jul 2008
Safari: an update on managing Apple Software Update items
In an update to my post No Safari option for me on Apple Software Update , thanks (as always) to Microsoft MVP Blake Handler for this update. Dan Cunningham documented how to disable this update .... Offered as an FYI, YMMV, as modifying the registry (if you don't know what you're doing) may not be wise...
19 Apr 2008
Friday Humour: not-so-obvious M3 links on the Internet
My friend, J., sent me a funny mail today that I had to share... and with it, a return to Friday Links : "I don't know if you have looked lately, but "M3" has a whole bunch of different links around the Internet like: 2008 BMW M3 Coupe : obviously! M3 Companies : real estate developers M3 Adapter : Nintendo...
19 Apr 2008
No Safari option for me on Apple Software Update
It's a busy season, and it's taken a toll on my ability to post this week. But a canceled meeting and I pop up my head for lunch as well as a look at the RSS feed for news... So, it's interesting to note the news today: looks like the mood changed at Apple related to Safari (pushed to customers without...
18 Apr 2008
Your questions: "How do I get updates to DST and time zone updates and alerts?"
Related to the regular updates made to our pages on time , Steven asked this week... "Is there something that customer can plug into, like subscribing to monthly security alerts, for DST [and, I'll add, time zone] updates?" No, not directly. You can enable tracking for specific pages on the...
8 Mar 2008
Of interest: FastCompany's Top 10 Web Sites You've Never Heard Of
Guarded nearly as well as the passcode to the Microsoft home of the future , and the details of the Inquisition were released this week (not to be confused with The Spanish Inquisition of Monty Python fame )... here are The Top 10 Web Sites You've Never Heard Of courtesy of Chris Dannen and April Joyner...
29 Feb 2008
Bringo, GetHuman offer ways to avoid phone tree hell
"Thank you for reading our blog today. Your visit is VERY important to us. Please select from the following options. Please make sure you read through to the entire menu because our options have recently changed." OK, not really. All options are still available in the left-hand nav. And happy December...
1 Dec 2007
Yes, there is $10 DSL... but "the user experience is not... really state of the art"
An interesting article at on Web Pro News and how nobody wants AT&T' $10 DSL . (The low-priced DSL offer was required by the FCC Federal Communications Commission when Cingular.) Nearly the same price as a high-speed dial-up (an oxymoron these days), AT&T offers a low priced package that many...
11 Aug 2007
Thoughts on supporting the new online generation: "they're just different"
Kids are up for some reason and so I wait for the next request for a glass of water... In the mean time, something has been nagging at me. Customers are changing, and I've seen a real change in how the younger generation is forcing companies to change their thinking on how they listen and respond...
23 Jun 2007
Your questions: "What is going on? aQuantive... sounds like a Silicon Valley deal."
I was asked this morning by a friend from down south at a not-so-small Internet services company: "What is going on up there [in Redmond]? Six billion for aQuantive? That is a bunch of money. It sounds like a Silicon Valley deal." A new record-setting, massive Microsoft acquisition, the largest the...
19 May 2007
"Thank you for your visit" could mean you're curious or just gullible
Lisa Vaas of eWeek has an article today on how nearly 500 people took the bait to 'Click Here to Get Infected.' It was as simple as setting up an innocent looking domain name (drive-by-download.info), one with an '.info' suffix that is reportedly popular with malware providers, as noted in the article...
18 May 2007
BusinessWeek's Wildstrom says the Sansa Connect is slick
Stephen H. Wildstrom of BusinessWeek applauds the new SanDisk Sansa Connect in this article , calling it a "slick Wi-Fi music player." This new device integrates Yahoo's subscription music service... "The $250 Sansa Connect is the result of a collaboration among SanDisk, Yahoo!, and Zing Systems...
3 May 2007
CNET interview with Ray Ozzie and his "quiet revolution at Microsoft"
No sooner do I talk about how Ray Ozzie is connecting with customers that I see this on CNET News today, discussing SilverLight at Mix and "about the company's ongoing transition from the age of desktop software to a new era." Ozzie's quiet revolution at Microsoft Chief software architect Ray Ozzie...
1 May 2007
Mary Jo Foley's Daylight Saving Time Tips for Microsoft users
I had the pleasure of speaking today with ZDNet 's Mary Jo Foley about the upcoming Daylight Saving Time change and her Tips for Microsoft users . She blogs that the change is about a one month away until the new Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes take effect in the U.S. and many other countries, and...
10 Feb 2007
Daylight Saving Time site on Micorsoft.com: A new look and feel
It's the end of another work week and guess what: it's time once again to update our Daylight Saving Time 2007 Web page on Microsoft.com. (Please see http://www.microsoft.com/dst2007 .) What do you think? As I noted previously , this public page on the Microsoft.com site will be revised regularly...
9 Feb 2007
ABC's Sweeney: Success = free, ad-supported TV episodes via the Web
I've written previously about ABC's success providing current, popular TV shows on the web had been a success, saying that 50 million TV episodes requested by web viewers since September, and that "free, ad-supported shows are attracting a younger audience that's more comfortable watching shows on a...
9 Feb 2007
New Consumer Lifestyles portal now online
As I mentioned earlier this week , we regained power late Tuesday and we're back in our home. Seems that most of our friends now have their power restored, too. You can still see examples of the impact around town and Microsoft main campus in Redmond. To gain an appreciation of the impact of the storm...
22 Dec 2006
Try out the new Microsoft.com home page
You can try out the new Microsoft.com home page by going to http://labs.microsoft.com/en/us/ . It's slick, fast, easy-to-use and visually appealing. Joe Wilcox at Microsoft Watch noticed : "The software giant is testing a new home page , and do I detect some AJAX? The new Microsoft.com also...
2 Dec 2006
Of interest: Zune podcasts on the NBC Nightly News
Last night, at the end of NBC Nightly News broadcast, anchor Brian Williams announced the launch of the new Nightly News Podcast, which he said is available for iPod and Microsoft’s new Zune… this from the Nightly News web page … Nightly News Podcasts ...
15 Nov 2006
Web 2.0 is so yesterday: the Internet as your personal advisor (Seattle Times)
The Seattle Times has an article today on the new ways that web companies are devising ways "to mine human intelligence" through te semantic web, or Web 3.0. Here I was, thinking that Web 2.0 was the razor's edge... "Their goal is to add a layer of meaning to the existing Web that would make it...
12 Nov 2006
More on the Xbox Live Video service: Joystiq, engadget
More on the new Movies & TV service via Xbox Live, as announced yesterday. Joystiq has a brief discussion with Scott Henson , director of platform strategy for the Xbox 360, for more info on the service, due to launch on November 22nd. And more pictures and a run through of the service is up on...
8 Nov 2006
Movies & TV via Xbox starting Nov. 22
The Seattle Times reported the new agreements with several networks (including CBS, TBS and MTV), Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers "to bring an initial lineup of more than 1,000 hours of hit television shows and movies to Xbox 360 consoles" starting November 22nd, with to bring standard and HD...
7 Nov 2006
Your questions: How do you compile your reading summaries?
WRT the reading summaries in the "articles I've read" posts ( here, too ), I was asked... "how do you compile these? Are you using a special tool? I'm looking for something that lets me just push a button every time I read an interesting article and save it to a log file where I can automatically...
1 Nov 2006
Your questions: do I need to do anything for IPv6?
I was asked this week: "What is IPv6 and what do I have to do to my PC now to support it?" So first, what is it? In the simplest terms, Internet Protocol version 4 an 6 (IPv4 and IPv6) are the Internet network standards that are and will be used (resp) by any device connected to the Internet. IPv4...
29 Oct 2006
Problems accessing the Internet with Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor? Try this
Yesterday I recommended the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor in my post "How can I find out if my PC is compatible with Windows Vista?" A reader commented that he having difficulty using the application, getting an error msg that he "didn't have an internet connection and it can't contact the web service...
27 Oct 2006
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