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.
I have recently been playing around with the new Windows Live Group feature and have found it very easy to use.
But first you may be asking what a Windows Live Group is…
Well it enables your selected group of contacts in Windows Live Messenger to have a group conversation with and also you get your own mini website for just your contacts to share photo’s and files, a calendar and even have your own mini discussion forum…
Setting up your group couldn’t be simpler, start by logging into Windows Live Messenger
Hopefully i will write up another entry on doing things such as adding photo galleries etc
The latest in the I’m a PC series, this is really neat showing off the easy to use Windows Photo Gallery. It really is that easy BTW.
Check out some more of the latest I’m a PC videos at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/rookies/
Last week we brought you Kylie – who at 4 1/2 was using Windows Photo Gallery, well now in the latest series of Windows Rookies, there is Alexa who is 7 and is creating panoramic pictures
I have done a few panoramic picture sin the pictures in the past Norfolk ones here and Microsoft TVP here
and remember you can see how to create a panoramic picture on the windows help and how to site here
Remember Kylie and Alexa and their demonstrations of how easy it is to use Windows Live products, well there now is an extension to this with them taking on some more senior citizens and seeing if they can beat them in using the products:
thanks to the LiveSide for the tip
Following on from the translation in Wales that went bad is this story being reported on the bbc
The mystery of Ireland's worst driver
It would appear that police officers where getting confused with the Polish wording for Driving License (Prawo Jazdy), and had written tickets over 50 times to a Mr Prawo Jazdy , rather than to the real person
‘It was discovered that the man every member of the Irish police's rank and file had been looking for - a Mr Prawo Jazdy - wasn't exactly the sort of prized villain whose apprehension leads to an officer winning an award.
In fact he wasn't even human.
"Prawo Jazdy is actually the Polish for driving licence and not the first and surname on the licence," read a letter from 2007 from an officer working within the Garda's traffic division.
"Having noticed this, I decided to check and see how many times officers have made this mistake.
"It is quite embarrassing to see that the system has created Prawo Jazdy as a person with over 50 identities." ‘
Currently I am having my kitchen refitted and today I was chatting with the electrician and he handed me his business card, which i thought was a wonderful piece of design.
I always love smart bits of marketing and I like how the idea of a business card over a standard plug works so well for his line of work.
Remember the wooden PC? Well now there is the cardboard PC
I quite like the idea especially for its green credentials as ‘…the outer body can be recycled…’
But keep it away from all things wet such as coffee, half drunk water bottles and other detritus that can be found on the typical geek desk.
Adam Kinney has an excellent list of Microsoft Product groups and there Twitter Accounts
Microsoft teams and products on Twitter | Adam Kinney, Continuum Explorer
To highlight a few of the windows based ones:
@MSWindows – Announcing Windows 7
@WindowsLive – Official Twitter account of Microsoft Windows Live
Check out the rest on his blog http://adamkinney.com/blog/408/default.aspx
updated with correct links without typos!!!!
I didn’t quite get to an internal training session earlier this week due to various reasons on my part, but the organisers did send me some links to some of the things I missed:
This one about how language counts is one of my favourites and it makes you remember when working in a mutli language environment how small mis-hears or mis-speaks can have a different outcome depending on your language
Following on from Wednesdays post, it must be incredibly hard for non fluent English speakers to get some of the double meanings of the same words. In fact its hard enough for those who are native speakers. So just be mindful when writing for your international audiences.
Can you read these right the first time?
1) The bandage was wound around the wound. 2) The farm was used to produce produce. 3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. 4) We must polish the Polish furniture. 5) He could lead if he would get the lead out. 6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert. 7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present. 8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum. 9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes. 10) I did not object to the object. 11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid. 12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row. 13) They were too close to the door to close it. 14) The buck does funny things when the does are present. 15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line. 16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow. 17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail. 18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting, I shed a tear. 19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests. 20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?