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 been using the Microsoft Arc mouse now for a week and thought I would pop down my thoughts and feedback on it.
Things I like about it
Things I think can be improved
Overall it is a pretty good mouse, it ticks all the boxes as well as looking fantastic which counts a lot to me and will probably be on my desk for some time to come.
Here is a quick tip, if you are running the Windows 7 Beta and are having problem connecting your E650 phone, getting errors such as Device Driver was not successfully installed
then try downloading the Mobile Device Center 6.1, although it claims that
‘The Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 is only supported on Windows Vista.’
It seems to work, although you may want to make any backups before doing so.
Download the software and then connect the phone through the USB-Mini usb cable, unlock it and follow the screens to set it up.
Hope that helps if you are having problems
Thanks to Kevin for the tip, here is a simple and neat little tool to create an online mosaic of all the people you are following on who are following you on Twitter
If you have not yet tried IE8 out then you may want to give the RC1* Windows Internet Explorer 8 a try
So try it out for your non Windows 7 machine at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8
*RC1 = Release candidate software is at a stage in the development process where it is ready to be evaluated by users while it undergoes final testing.
Just wanted to share this excellent article written by a colleague of mine Chris Moore about how to use Windows Live Writer and Spaces to create a free online travel Blog
The posting Chris.Life : A free travel blog with Windows Live Writer and Spaces covers Chris and his girlfriends trip to Thailand. Chris covers
Excellent read :)
There was a lot of coverage of Twitter traffic overtaking Digg earlier this week well in the UK traffic has grown rapidly according to Hitwise in the last 12 months:
Twitter use in the UK explodes by ten times says Hitwise
I don’t think that me getting into Twitter in October is the main cause of the massive increase seen in the last few months. But rather the celebs that are tweeting…
‘Famous Twitterers are boosting the site. Stephen Fry, has over 50,000 followers, John Cleese can claim more than 30,000, and 2,000 people are following Andy Murray’s progress at the Australian Open. Jonathan Ross (13,000+ followers) is spreading the Twitter religion by verifying if his celeb pals are on it. He calls himself the “Number One Twitter Detective’
I am not a big follower of celebs on Twitter, in fact the only ones I follow are
Just wanted to highlight these 4 new Windows Home Server Videos from Steve Dotto in Canada
Click the image and then select which demo you want to see and the Silverlight player will launch with that one playing, you can choose from
thanks to Steven on the Windows Home Server Team Blog for the link.
This is pretty cool and nifty and something I didn’t know you could do until recently.
Simply by going to http://profile.live.com/webactivities you can update your Windows Live status with anything from your last tweet, photos on Flickr or a custom RSS feed.
So having become an avid Twitter addict I have added my last tweet to my own windows live profile.
Thanks to Rob on Windows Live Wire for the tip
Preston Gralla over on Computer World has a great article about the Seven reasons you need Windows 7:
So what are you waiting for, download the beta (before it closes)
I had this sent to me today and I thought you might all like to see them, personally I love Joe Wilcox's quote the most.
“This first beta of Windows 7 is a polished piece of work, with few apparent kinks to be worked out. Windows 7 is much further along at this beta stage than Windows Vista was at a similar point.”
- Preston Gralla/Computerworld
“All in all, Windows 7 is shaping up well. It's a far more modest release than Vista was, but it's no worse for that. The new OS introduces a compelling combination of welcome innovations and much-needed polish, and that's exactly what Microsoft needs right now. Vista's foundation was solid, and Windows 7 just makes it better.”
- Peter Bright/ArsTechnica
“I’ve been working with the Windows 7 beta for several weeks, and I like it a lot. It feels snappier and more responsive than Windows Vista.”
- Dwight Silverman/Houston Chronicle
"Without a doubt, the first beta edition of the Windows 7 operation system indicates that Microsoft is on the right track to shore up many of the perceived flaws of Windows Vista… And at its heart, Windows 7’s greatly improved emphasis on workflow and organization makes the operating system much more palatable for heavy-duty users used to operating with a large number of open windows and applications"
- Andrew Garcia/eWEEK
“Microsoft's next OS is looking like Vista done right, with a smaller disk and memory footprint, faster startup, and fewer annoyances. We shouldn't see the kind of hardware incompatibilities encountered with the first version of Vista, since 7 uses much of the kernel code from the previous OS. Still, users who cling to XP will have a bigger adjustment interface-wise than those who moved to Vista.”
- Michael Muchmore/PC Magazine
“As for performance, I think Microsoft is going to surprise people. And if you're working for an enterprise that hasn't upgraded to Vista because it won't run acceptably on your existing PCs, you'll want to look again at Windows 7.”
- Paul Thurrott/Supersite for Windows
"We mentioned the Problem Steps Recorder blackbox error reporting app back in our Win 7 Giz Explains, but it wasn't until I tried it for myself that I saw just how amazing it is."
- Jason Chen/Gizmodo
“I'm actually having fun using Seven, something I haven't said about a Microsoft operating system since Windows 95.”
- Joe Wilcox/MicrosoftWatch
‘Windows 7 seems to be much improved than Windows Vista in lots of areas and the beta clearly shows that Microsoft has indeed taken users feedback on Vista seriously.”
- Chandran Chakkaradeep/ Neowin
“Microsoft has taken a disciplined approach to planning, building and delivering Windows 7 (and planning is already underway for Windows 8); this may lack the flamboyance of previous versions but if Microsoft can maintain the quality of the beta, Windows 7 could indeed be the best version of Windows yet."
- Mary Branscomb/Financial Times