I am Microsoftie 4 ever (18+ 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.
Just been playing around on the Wonderwall (beta) on msn in the US, and I quite like it…
It is a bit different from some of the usual stuff from MSN, so hats of for trying something a little different. It is nice how you can drill down into news stories or celebs, and how the nice horizontal scrolling brings in the story.
PS But why not in Silverlight ?
On Saturday morning I came across this article in the Saturday Independent discussing how the Cornish language had been declared extinct by the UN, and a couple of quotes caught my attention
‘Unesco’s director general, Koichiro Matsuura, said: “The death of a language leads to the disappearance of many forms of intangible cultural heritage, especially the invaluable heritage of traditions and oral expressions of the community that spoke it – from poems and legends to proverbs and jokes.”
There are thought to be just 300 fluent speakers of Cornish left and Jenefer Lowe, development manager of the Cornish Language Partnership, says reports of its extinction are premature. “Saying Cornish is extinct implies that there are no speakers and the language is dead, which it isn’t,”’
UNESCO say this about Cornish language:
Name of the language: Traditional Cornish (en); cornique traditionnel (fr); корнский традиционный (ru)
Number of speakers: 0 (the death of the last speaker of traditional Cornish probably took place in 1777)
Location(s): Cornwall, England; the entry deals with traditional Cornish; Cornish is currently being revived and exists in three different versions; revived Cornish cannot be regarded as endangered as the number of users seems to be constantly growing
So it look like there may have been a little confusion here, but it is good to read about how small languages can survive and even grow even in today's generic society.
The article goes on to mention other British languages such as Welsh, Scottish Gaelic and Manx and it reminded me of Microsoft's Unlimited Potential web site which is well worth checking out for its Local Language Program that ‘…represents the Microsoft commitment to helping more people worldwide benefit from technology, while striving to preserve local languages and cultural identities. This means making software available in as many languages as possible.’
Microsoft actually provides a Welsh LIP (Language Interface Pack) which can assist the over 500,000 Welsh speakers use Windows in there their chosen language, you can download the pack here (Pecyn Rhyngwyneb Iaith Windows Vista)
You can read more about UNESCO’s Atlas of the worlds Languages in Danger and view the world map in pdf and use an interactive map using Google maps to search for languages and there vitality, and read about details of each language. Which are all pretty good resources if you are interested in this topic.
The Oscar’s passed me by as usual but this article didn’t
And The Oscar For Best Search Engine For Oscar Winners Goes To … Microsoft Live & Ask.com
Nice work and kudos tot eh Windows Live Search teams
as Danny Sullivan points out ‘…these type of specific answer searches can be a habit breaker when you know to expect them consistently.’
For other smart Windows Live Search answers try
Ok so all the talk is about Windows 7 and Windows Phone and other latest and greatest technology bla bla bla
But if you are looking for a bit of nostalgia mixed in with your current phone (if it is a Nokia N95) then check this out
‘If these screenshots are to be believed, then an ironic hacker has successfully installed Windows 3.1 onto a Nokia N95 handset. Marchin-PRV used DOSBox to emulate the x86-class processor on the Symbian handset in order to install Microsoft's 1992 OS. Totally useless, yes... and totally badazz’
Windows 3.1 running on Nokia N95 is both awesome and depressing – Engadget – check out the comments as well
My Colleague Chris has just told me that we have updated the Microsoft Store (AKA MSStore) to allow you to buy Windows Anytime Upgrades. These upgrades allow you to move one version of Windows Vista to higher spec one without having to buy the full product, and you get DVD Media, product key and instructions in the box.
So for example you can go from Home Premium to Ultimate for £144.99*
Windows Vista: Windows Anytime Upgrade: Overview
The available options are
Home Premium to Ultimate: You've experienced Windows Vista Home Premium and you're ready for the best of everything Windows Vista has to offer! With an upgrade to Windows Vista Ultimate, you'll have all the capabilities you enjoy in Windows Vista Home Premium-plus all the power and convenience of Windows Vista Business.
Business to Ultimate: When you purchase Windows Vista Ultimate with Windows Anytime Upgrade, you get the single most powerful solution for home, work, and everything in between. With the acumen of Windows Vista Business, plus the fun of Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate simply has it all.
Home Basic to Home Premium: Windows Vista Home Premium is simply the best system for giving you everything you need to enjoy home entertainment, with easy ways to manage your photos, videos, music, and even TV and movies. And all within a brilliant new interface that makes it fun to use.
Home Basic to Ultimate: Windows Anytime Upgrade is the most affordable way to get Windows Vista Ultimate, the best of everything Windows Vista has to offer. From the stunning entertainment features that help you enjoy everything from photos to live TV, to essential work features like data protection and easy networking, Windows Vista Ultimate has it all.
*= Prices do not include shipping and handling or applicable taxes.
If you are not sure which version of Vista is the one for you then I can recommend Comparing Windows Vista editions as a good place to start
If you are not sure which version of Vista you are currently running then check out this very short article
Following up on Juju’s adventures in France it would appear that he has a cousin in India
Thanks to Eileen Brown for the tip
Apparently the oldest English words (according to Reading University researches) are “I”, “we”, “two” and “three” dating back tens of thousands of years, (40,000)…
Also they claim words such as "squeeze", "guts", "stick" and "bad" as likely to be extinct before others…
What the researchers found was that the frequency with which a word is used relates to how slowly it changes through time, so that the most common words tend to be the oldest ones.
For example, the words "I" and "who" are among the oldest, along with the words "two", "three", and "five". The word "one" is only slightly younger.
The word "four" experienced a linguistic evolutionary leap that makes it significantly younger in English and different from other Indo-European languages
The article on the BBC web site BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | 'Oldest English words' identified is very interesting for anyone interested in languages
I have mentioned Photsynth in the past and wanted to share WinliveMatts links to various Photosynths of the current snowy UK weather.
The ones of Primrose hill are very good and captures the conditions wonderfully
If you have nay other Photosynths of the current Snowy weather let me know
Ok so I still the love the idea of an Alloy 01 phone, however will it ever see the light of day? But recent reviews of the Toshiba TG01 phone are making me a little bit exited that finally there is a really really cool Windows Mobile phone that the fanboys might look at with a little envy, especially if you can live without mutlitouch…
Electricpig have a really good review highlighting the key features of the Toshiba phone, and it certainly ticks the boxes in terms of neat gadgetness and performance.
‘Processor speed The Snapdragon 1GHz processor makes every other smartphone look as slow as an arthritic tortoise. This will need to become a standard in all phones very quickly, or Toshiba will be up there with Samsung and Nokia, gunning for number one spot.
Resolution The W-VGA screen packs in more pixels than almost any other handset out there, and makes full frame web browsing a real possibility, since even tiny text is legible.
Screen size 4.1 inches? That’s almost a third the size of the iPhone’s display again. It’s absolutely huge. You could probably build on it and call it a studio apartment and nobody would notice. At the very least, you’ll be able to watch videos more than comfortably on the train, which is where the TG01’s DivX support will also come in handy.
Operating System Yes, it’s Windows Mobile, but we’ve never seen it looking so sharp - check out the menus Toshiba has grafted on in place of Microsoft’s stardard interface in our photo gallery. And who knows, the TG01 might even be able to run Windows Mobile 6.5 when it arrives.’
I would be more than happy to test drive one synch to Windows 7 ;)
So if you ain’t started yet then I suggest you get cracking on that download!
From Brandon on the Windows team blog
February 10th: Starting at 12am Pacific Time, no new downloads will be available. If you have already begun downloading the Windows 7 Beta, you have until Feb. 12th to complete the download.
February 12th: Starting at 9am Pacific Time all downloads will no longer be available for the Windows 7 Beta. If you have not finished your download, you will be unable to do so.
After February 12th, folks will still be able to register for product keys for the Windows 7 Beta.
The above schedule does *not* apply to TechNet and MSDN Subscribers.