I am Microsoftie 4 ever (19+ years) working in Windows Services and Content team in the UK, my blog is mainly focused on the Windows family of products and trying to provide help pointers and resources for customers on our products.
You may have seen the post on the Windows Vista Team blog about a new download available to Windows Ultimate users called Tinker.
‘Microsoft ® Tinker (TM): Microsoft Tinker is a casual game that provides players with short puzzle game play sessions set in a warm, calming environment.’
So if you have Ultimate and you are wondering how to get it try this article
And if you would like to understand how to play the game a little, the 5 types of objects and strategies and tips try, Tinker: How to play
Not currently having an Ultimate I can’t try it myself !
Updated 25 Sept 2008 changed Tinkler to Tinker
What with all the I'm a PC stuff going on thought this might amuse
thanks to my boss Alessa for the link :)
Well worth looking at, even if it is just to grab some great images to go on your wallpaper. Also love the random options :)
Wallpapers from MSN – Beta
Using the tool, you can
If you would like to learn more about customising your desktop, themes, tips and tricks, start menu and the Windows Sidebar try this great article from the Windows Help and How-to site
Well it is friday…
Search Engine Rap Battle - MSN vs Google
thanks to Matt over on the Windows Live Channel for the link
How great is this latest Bot, from the MSR-MT team Windows Live Messenger translation bot now available!
Really easy to use and setup in a few seconds on Windows Live Messenger, and on your smartphone.
To get started just add email@example.com to your contacts, then start a conversation with TBOT ? to get a list of commands, and then for example enter 7 (for English to Italian translation), then type your message and you get a machine translated response such as
‘quanto freddo è il Bot in tensione di traduzione del messaggero delle finestre’
Update – just also added this to my Office Communicator and of course it works fine there too.
You might have already seen a little about the this great new piece of software coming from Microsoft Research , it lets you create collages of pictures automatically from your computer. So I thought I would give it a quick go, and the result are below.
This collage of pictures was from a Heli-Hike trip we took on the Franz Josef glacier in New Zealand, way back in 2001. As you can see from the picture we had a truly great day, and it was one of the best experiences of our life's.
It was so simple to use the tool and am now on the look out for more images to have a play with :)
You can see a demo of the program in action, or get a 30 day trial free, or buy from the Microsoft Uk Store (covering all EU countries)for £19.90
Microsoft Research AutoCollage ‘Pick a folder, press a button, and in a few minutes AutoCollage presents you with a unique memento to print or email to your family and friends. ‘
Whilst on the train into London this am I was browsing Metro and spotted this story
13-million digit prime number discovered
‘The University of California, Los Angeles team found the number, which is too long to appear on this page, on a network of 75 computers running Windows XP.’ (my bolding)
UCLA academics yesterday said that while the prize cash was nothing special, the 'bragging rights' would be terrific.’
Keith Coombs - has a little more info
One of my homepages for IE is http://uk.msn.com, and this morning when I launched my browser I was offered to try Viewer.
‘…a new way to explore MSN UK. It’s a trial using Microsoft’s new Silverlight technology, We hope you like it.’
Kudos tot he team at MSN UK for doing something a little different, I am sure not everyone will like it, but on first glance I think it is pretty good. I am going to spend some time looking at it in more detail and posting feedback to http://msn-viewer.spaces.live.com/
Just a quick plug for an excellent new site on http://www.microsoft.com/uk about licensing and piracy aimed at home users.
The new site at http://www.microsoft.com/uk/licensing/homeuser/default.mspx is themed around ‘buying safely and activating’, and features:
Well worth a look if you have any questions on this topic.
We also have tons of content on Windows Help and How-to about activation, product registration and related topics such as :
The ever wonderful Windows Vista Magazine has been running a recent set of articles on how to achieve a Windows Experience score of 5.9
The articles are great and well worth a read if you are looking to make sure your computers hardware and software is going to be capable of giving you the ultimate experience
Part 1: Focuses on memory and RAM
Part 2: Focuses on processing power
Part 3: Focuses on boosting your graphics
Part 4: Looks at increasing your hard disk speed
My nearly 2 year old Toshiba Tecra M7 comes in at a paltry 3.0, mainly due the graphics capability. If these where improved I could be up in the high 4s as the rest of the hardware is not to shabby.