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.
I am not a developer, well maybe somewhere in the very dark past, but anyway thought I would highlight this new blog.
The Windows 7 Blog for Developers
‘…this blog will be a “one stop shop” on the road to get yourself familiar with what Windows 7 has to offer for developers and how you can “Light-Up” using Windows 7 features in your application.’
So you might have thought Facebook and Myspace rule the world , well maybe not…
‘The data shows the highest ranking social network for each country by traffic, not members, page views or any other method
Data was taken from alexa.com on 16th Oct 2008
Alexa data comes from users who have the Alexa toolbar as well as “data obtained from other, diverse traffic data sources” – Alexa.com
Countries in grey do not have data available and for a few countries it was difficult to identify local social networks and therefore were omitted from the map.
It’s not perfect so let me know of any errors or suggestions www.oxyweb.co.uk/blog’
I have always been fascinated by speed and the land speed records in particular, the cars, the men that attempted them and the stories around them.
Men like Sir Donald Campbell, Henry Segrave, John Cobb etc. are true heroes.
So I spotted this with great interest on last nights news at 10
‘If all goes to plan, Bloodhound SSC will break the land speed record by the largest ever margin, and, in 40 seconds of breathtaking thrust, inspire thousands of British school children to take science A levels’
Britain's Bloodhound car could reach 1,000mph - Times Online
Wikipedia has a full list of the Land Speed Record holders as you would expect
Mary J Foley took time out from a promotional book tour to spend 1 hour at the Microsoft TVP Campus to answer questions from Microsofties and journalists. It was a great informal discussion and we got to hear from Mary J Foley on topics ranging from Windows Vista perceptions to Ray Ozzie and from Virtualization to the Mojave Experiment.
Thanks To Eileen Brown for organising the session.
Below is my annotated notes and interesting snippets I took out of the session (slight disclaimer: I have abridged the questions and answers based on not taking verbatim notes or being able to read my own writing)
A few weeks ago following a quick email discussion with Steve Clayton, I decided to give Twitter a go. So I signed up, installed TWhirl and kind of forgot for a couple of weeks. Then when I went back in I couldn’t access my account as it had been marked as suspicious for some reason.
So I sent an email to twitter support, and got a response that they would look into it quite quickly and would let me know. Well a couple of days later and a confirmation email from them and I have got it up and running.
You can follow me on twitter at http://twitter.com/robmargel and am looking forward to giving it a go.
or just see my latest tweet on the left hand side of the blog, I have set it to be the latest twit rather than anymore…
Just been announced on the Windows SideShow Team Blog are the following 4 gadgets.
Download the 32 bit version
Download the 64 bit version
Celebrating the 300th anniversary of St Paul’s Cathedral, it is really worth checking out over on msn.co.uk http://news.uk.msn.com/st-pauls-cathedral-photo-tour.aspx
Learn more about Photosynth and St Paul's Cathedral
You may remember back in April a Live Search marketing campaign that allowed you the chance to win prizes every time you searched using Windows Live Search.
Well its back again giving you the chance to win ‘thousands of pounds worth of vouchers that can be redeemed either online or in stores…’ for John lewis
The basic way it works is that every time you do a search you will get 2 randomly generated cards (Like in the card game snap!!) and if they match your a winner.
I didn’t win this time
So I had a few minutes to kill waiting for a meeting to start and I had OneNote open on my TabletPC and started to doodle and inspired by the I’m a PC marketing campaign that launched in the UK last week I doodled this up...
Ok so I won’t win any artistic prizes but it killed a couple of minutes so thought I would share.
Unlike a lot of my fellow co-workers I really love my TabletPC (a Toshiba Tecra M7). Ok so it is a bit of a brick, has poor battery life and isn’t the fastest of machines, although I have got mine tweaked heavily and is better than it was… But I love using the stylus for not only taking notes but also as an alternative to the scratch pad which I have never got on with in the past. In fact it gets commented on in meetings here at Microsoft many times that I am the only person they have seen using the stylus to work the machine.
If you have used TabletPC on XP and want to know what the improvements are with Vista then try the following http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-GB/Help/c0b768fc-3117-478f-a143-8f3a91081d1a1033.mspx
Updated to add – if you are wondering what i am going on about see Steve Claytons recent posting
From the Windows Vista Magazine is a neat article about how to tidy up your desktop, they mention MSN Wallpapers that I blogged about a few weeks back, as well as a few other tips and tricks I didn’t know like the ALT 255 for removing icon wording.
Also the create a shortcut key to turn the desktop icons off from How to geek is worth a quick read as well .
We have an entire section in Windows Help and How-to on how to personalise your computer including areas about the desktop, sidebar and taskbar, start menu, language settings and more…