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Shuttle rides, waiting for meetings, and other places: articles and posts I've read
On Shuttle rides, my WindowsPhone keeps me in touch and busy... And it tells me where my next ride is. What it allows me to do is to catch up on articles of interest and Tweet or post about what I'm reading. (And when I'm waiting in someone's office for their meeting and I know they're on Twitter, they...
14 Jan 2013
It's Time To Fall Back An Hour in the US and Canada: Daylight Saving Time Ends This Sunday
How quickly time flies, seems like just yesterday we were Springing Forward (way back on Sunday, March 11). Yes, it's that time again if you'll pardon the pun, to fall back in much of the Northern Hemisphere. Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00AM local time in much of the U...
2 Nov 2012
Your Questions: "What do you think about Windows 8? Which one should I get?"
I'm very excited today with the release of Windows 8. It's been nice to see the positive press on the new OS release, and to connect with friends with questions about the latest version of Windows. As an example of the mails I've received, one was from one of my friends from a past life in Silicon Valley...
26 Oct 2012
Advisory: October 2012 DST Cumulative Update for Windows operating systems
As just announced, the October 2012 DST Cumulative update for Windows operating systems has been published on the Microsoft Download Center. This year’s October Update replaces the normal August Cumulative Update. More info is available here on the official DST blog , and you can get the update...
11 Oct 2012
Update: No immediate plans in Russia to return to Winter Time in 2012
A few days ago I mentioned the discussion that Russia may return to Winter Time in 2012 . I now have news that legislative initiative of the State Duma Health Committee to switch Russia back to the “winter time” has been withdrawn. As such, we don't believe there will be any near-term change to Russia...
27 Sep 2012
Advisory: Russia’s possible return to Winter Time in 2012
Earlier this summer we received news reports that the Russian government was considering a move to Winter Time, changing their prior decree in 2011 to abolish Daylight Saving Time in the federation . At that time, we weren’t certain the government would make this change. Recent news confirms...
26 Sep 2012
Advisory: Armenia will not observe daylight saving time in 2012
If you read this blog regularly, you'll recall that Armenia proposed changes to their stand on daylight saving time… We now have confirmed reports that similar to the move in Russia, that Armenia, Belarus and Ukraine won't fall back but also stay permanently on summer time on October 30. (There...
23 Mar 2012
Another look at the PC of tomorrow, in your pocket with Windows To Go
A couple of months ago, I opined about what will the PC might look like in five years, and offered a view of my son's possible Windows PC in 2016 … "The icing on this hardware cake will be the additional power outside the box. Given he'll be connected to the most powerful servers on the planet anywhere...
6 Mar 2012
Microsoft on standards, behind the scenes building Windows 8, and more of what I've read this week
A few links of interest today… a quick post as I need to get through my email. Busy week. With Valentines around the corner, I particularly enjoyed these 16 things Calvin & Hobbes said better than anyone else http://on.news.me/zyH7yH via @ moorehn Thanks to Larry Hryb (aka @ majornelson ) we're reminded...
10 Feb 2012
What will the PC look like in five years? Here's one look at my son's possible Windows PC in 2016
The other day I mused about my past predictions of future PCs , noting how far we've come for price/performance over the last few years since 2004… Way back in 2003, I worked in the Windows Hardware group, and was asked [in 2004] to present at an industry conference about "the PC of tomorrow"...
6 Jan 2012
A past look at future tech: thoughts on the Windows PC of 2008 back in 2003... and 2012's in 2008
Here's a blast from the past, when I predicting the average PC of 2012 back in 2008... and the PC of 2008 back in 2003: Way back in 2003, I worked in the Windows Hardware group, and was asked to present at an industry conference about "the PC of tomorrow". Looking at what we had shown off that...
3 Jan 2012
Advisory: Windows Cumulative Update for Samoa, as they skip Friday and change their time zone
As I noted in a prior post, Samoa will move their time zone this week, essentially traveling to the future ... When is December 30th not December 30th? When it's 2011 in Samoa. [rimshot] As you may have read, Samoa has decided to move ahead in time and join neighbors and trading partners...
28 Dec 2011
The time has come to move on… to Windows 7 (especially if you're still on Windows XP)
It's time to make a move away from Windows… Windows XP that is. As Rich Reynolds noted in his post on the Windows team blog commemorating Windows XP this week… "We’ve been talking a lot about the anniversary of Windows XP and how much technology and business have changed...
27 Oct 2011
Announcement: Late breaking 2011 time zone changes for Armenia and Ukraine (again)
I originally posted that we confirmed that Armenia, Belarus and Ukraine won't fall back but also stay permanently on summer time on October 30, similar to the move in Russia. Well, it appears that that these decisions were recently reversed. Please note we have received reports that Armenia and...
22 Oct 2011
Advisory: Fiji plans to shift from daylight saving to standard time earlier in 2012
As you may have read, Fiji has decided to shift their move back to standard time earlier than originally planned in 2012. This from the Government of Fiji … "The end of daylight saving scheduled initially for the 26th of February 2012 has been brought forward to the 22nd of January 2012. "The...
20 Oct 2011
Announcement: Late 2011 time zone changes for Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine
Important update October 21, 2011: Please note we have received reports that Armenia and Ukraine have canceled their proposed changes. ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/dst2007/archive/2011/10/19/notice-ukraine-and-armenia-revert-2011-dst-cancellation.aspx ). According to reports in Rada and Kyivpost that...
5 Oct 2011
Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine to abolish Daylight Saving Time, Microsoft guidance for Windows
[Updated 21 October, 2011] Please note we have received reports that Armenia and Ukraine have canceled their proposed changes. ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/dst2007/archive/2011/10/19/notice-ukraine-and-armenia-revert-2011-dst-cancellation.aspx ). According to reports in Rada and Kyivpost , Ukraine will...
30 Sep 2011
Changes to daylight saving time in Russia for 2011: third party resources & guidance
A question from the virtual mailbag today… "I know that you have released guidance on Microsoft products and services for the end to Summer Time in Russia. But what about other products in our stack?" Good question. Here are the responses I'm aware of today. Blackberry : To find the latest...
29 Sep 2011
DON’T Turn Back the Clock: Microsoft Provides Resources for Change in Daylight Saving Time in Russia
Early this morning, I posted on the Microsoft Corporate blog about our efforts to inform our customers and partners on our activities related to the end of daylight saving time in the Russian Federation, a change noted earlier this year. For our customers and partners worldwide, this means there are...
29 Sep 2011
Advisory: Samoa moving their time zone, traveling to the future
When is December 30th not December 30th? When it's 2011 in Samoa. As you may have read, Samoa has decided to move ahead in time and join neighbors and trading partners on the western side of the International Date line (like Australia and New Zealand). In doing so, Samoa will move from December...
9 Sep 2011
Microsoft Windows August 2011 Updates to Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones, including Russia
Check out Microsoft KB article 2570791 for the August 2011 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems, just posted this week. (This update supersedes and replaces update 2443685, which was released in December 2010. This update also includes additional time zone changes released as hotfixes...
11 Aug 2011
Microsoft Supports Next Generation of the Internet with World IPv6 Day
Today at 5:00PM PDT, Christopher Palmer, IPv6 Program Manager on the Windows Core Networking team posted on the Microsoft blog that Microsoft joins other members of the Internet Society (ISOC) in support of World IPv6 Day . You may view the post here on the Microsoft Blog , along with more our information...
7 Jun 2011
Microsoft Bing and Xbox.com Support World IPv6 Day
June 8 is just around the corner, and along with other members of the Internet Society (ISOC) , Microsoft will participate in World IPv6 Day. (For more information on IPv6, you can Bing it: http://www.bing.com/search?q=ipv6 ) On this one-day test, we will provide support for IPv6 on Bing.com and Xbox...
1 Jun 2011
Russia will abolish Daylight Saving Time, Microsoft to provide updates and guidance
[Note: please see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mthree/archive/2011/08/11/dst-081111.aspx for the released Windows Update for August 2011...] Remember when I wondered out loud about Russia abolishing daylight saving time? Well, I do. We've been following this quite closely at Microsoft, and have seen...
22 Apr 2011
Will Russia abolish Daylight Saving Time?
Just back from vacation and good to see that some things never change. In this instance, it's the discussion of changes to daylight saving time rules around the world. Back in early 2008 Last year, I recall that the Russian government considered a bill abolishing daylight saving time or ”summer time...
4 Mar 2011
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