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  • Blog Post: “Upgrade Your Parents Browser Weekend” Holiday To Become Obsolete?

    Right after the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, I asked folks how their “Upgrade Your Parents Browser Weekend” went. The “upgrade your parents meme” started that weekend with a post from Alexis Madrigal at The Atlantic.  The notion being, when visiting our non-technical friends & family...
  • Blog Post: How Was “Upgrade Your Parents’ Browser Weekend” 2011?

    It’s Monday after the big Thanksgiving holiday weekend here in the US.  You’re back at the grind, heads down in e-mail, and perhaps even some code.  All the usual manic Monday comments are flooding your social network feeds. The Boomtown Rats are ringing in your ears.  For many, it’s just...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Events are visiting NY & NJ again!

    After quite an exciting Heroes Happen Here Launch , MSDN Events are here again!  This quarter we have some tantalizing new content for you to enjoy, and my colleague Lindsay Rutter is kicking it off in a couple of weeks in New York City and Edison, New Jersey.  Due to some unresolved venue...
  • Blog Post: Ed Bott Eliminates My Vista Pet Peeve

    There's been a lot of fuss about the User Account Control (UAC) feature in Windows Vista.  A recent story even made headlines when a Microsoft manager was quoted as saying Microsoft deliberately deigned UAC to "annoy users".  I've heard all the arguments for and against it. ...
  • Blog Post: Vista Security vs. iTunes

    Last year at the AJAX Experience conference in Boston, all of the attendees received an iPod shuffle as part of the swag package. I have four media players I rotate between: a Zune, the iPod shuffle, an iRiver T30, and an old Creative Nomad Zen. I love the smaller flash devices because they are light...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista - Six Month Security Check Up

    Jeff Jones from the Microsoft Security team just released a six month Security Vulnerability Report for Windows Vista . Not much to add here. The numbers appear to speak for themselves. I'll be quite interested in seeing the 1 & 2 year report cards in the future too!
  • Blog Post: Rocket Dock and Switcher: Two Cool Add-Ons for Windows

    Okay okay... so for all those Windows users with Mac jealousy, now you can have the fancy icon bar with animations too. Check out Rocket Dock. It's free, and it works well. http://www.punksoftware.com/rocketdock So far, so good. My only complaint is that when a window is open, it appears only on the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Shares Lessons Learned from the Animated Cursor Security Bug

    Last month, a critical security bug was found in most versions of Windows. This bug generated a lot of news because it was one of the first to impact Windows Vista. Over on the new Secure Development Lifecycle blog , Michael Howard discusses what the security team at Microsoft learned from this incident...
  • Blog Post: Vista Update for Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Available

    I must have missed the final announcement on this one last month? If you're running Visual Studio 2005 SP1, the additional update needed to resolve some of the Vista compatibility issues is now available (it was in beta previously). This is a separate and additional update for Visual Studio 2005 than...
  • Blog Post: Cool Vista Mashup Applications

    Via Scoble ... Check out these cool mashup applications from Thirteen23 that take advantage of the Windows Presentation Foundation on Windows Vista. These applications also work on Windows XP, but you'll need to install the .NET 3.0 Framework first. The Nostalgia application lets you connect to Flickr...
  • Blog Post: Are They Nuts?!

    What is AOL doing?! I've long enjoyed listening to AOL's streaming radio service . Their Shuffle and Shuffle Hits channels are great for variety. One minute Frank Sinatra, the next Snoop Dogg. At home, I usually listen to this on my secondary machine that runs Windows XP and is connected to my stereo...
  • Blog Post: Jim Alchin Says Goodbye

    Yesterday was Jim Alchin's last day at Microsoft. Jim has been one of the executives who has led the Windows team for quite some time now. Now that Vista is out the door, he's looking forward to spending some time off. In a "good-bye" post on the Windows Vista blog, he describes what he hopes will be...
  • Blog Post: Free Wi-Fi in North America (no joke!)

    Starting next week, if you're running Vista on your laptop, you can get free wi-fi access at any T-Mobile hotspot in North America until April 30th . Personally, I'm a Dunkin' Donuts guy, but that's a nice deal for folks who frequent Starbucks and other places that have T-Mobile hotspots. This might...
  • Blog Post: Office + Vista: Better Together For Developers

    Wow! What a day yesterday. Yesterday was the launch event for Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office System. This was my first time participating in one of these large launch events since I joined the Evangelism team at Microsoft last year. It was really exciting to see so many folks coming out...
  • Blog Post: From CES: Yahoo Messenger on WPF

    Check out this video of what Yahoo is doing with the Windows Presentation Foundation. They've rebuilt their instant messenger to use the new presentation foundation in Vista. It's an example of the type of next-gen application user experience that is going to be possible and commonplace now that WPF...
  • Blog Post: Vista Remote Desktop Client Available on XP: Now with Multi-Monitor Support

    Back in October, I wrote about how excited I was to learn that the new Remote Desktop (RDP) client that comes with Windows Vista supports ClearType. With the hack I wrote about, I was able to run the Vista RDP client on my home XP machine to use my work laptop on one of my two flat-panel monitors. This...
  • Blog Post: A little birdie told me...

    Looks like attendees of the upcoming Windows Vista & Office 2007 Key City Launch events will receive a free copy of Microsoft Office 2007 Professional & Microsoft Office Groove 2007. Registration is filling up fast. Go here for links to the launch events here in northeast US. Steve Ballmer will...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Available

    Go get it here . Hopefully I'm not the first one to point this out to you. But better late than never. This service pack addresses issues that have come up with Visual Studio 2005 since it was first released just over a year ago. You can read more about VS 2005 SP1 here . A while back, I posted about...
  • Blog Post: Ready for A New Day Launch Tour 2007

    On January 30th, Microsoft will be releasing a couple of new products to the general public. You may have heard of these before: Windows Vista & the Office System 2007. Also new is Exchange Server 2007. So that folks have an opportunity to learn more about these new releases, there will be a series...
  • Blog Post: Has Hell Frozen over? Have Pigs Been Flying?

    For the past couple of weeks that I've been a delinquent blogger, it sure seems that way! I've seen things that I never thought I'd see, as well as things that I haven't seen in a long time. First off, in the category of things I haven't seen in a long time, MSFT ticked above the $30 dollar mark! This...
  • Blog Post: .NET University

    My colleague Doug Turnure down in Atlanta came up with this cool idea. Check out .NET University for a great way to learn about .NET 3.0 for free. .NET University is a way for anyone to get to a set of overview courseware for each of the 4 new technologies associated with .NET 3.0, which is at RC1 as...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio support on Vista

    Via Tim ... Some important news came out recently regarding visual studio 2005 and visual studio version support on vista. you can read about it on soma's blog here , but here are some nutshell bullets: Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Beta released today - pending feedback over the next few weeks, this is planned...
  • Blog Post: Vista RDP Client Supports ClearType on XP

    Wow! Now this is something I've been wishing for, for a long time now. I have two flat panel monitors at home connected to my home PC. I hate working off of a laptop screen for any long period of time. However, most of my work-related files and applications are on my laptop. So, I'm often moving things...
  • Blog Post: Taking the plunge

    I did it yesterday! I took the plunge and installed Vista + Office 2007 on my main work machine which is a Toshiba M4 laptop. That's right... barring any major show stoppers I encounter in the next couple of days, I'll be looking at XP through my rearview mirror (and on my secondary back up machine!...
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