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.
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.
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
Always on the look out for useful Windows help topics and tips and tricks, here are 2 really useful 2 page reference cards for Windows Vista and Windows XP
Thanks to Blake on the Road to Know Where 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." ‘
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
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.
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 ?
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/
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
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