I came across the little product whilst watching Jeff Sandquist show us around his home and was delighted to find it was a free download on the Stardock site. It does one job and does it well so I now have a dark aurora as the background my logon screen on Vista which suits by black Vaio nicely!
Download for XP or Vista
"This transformation from software to software-plus-services is a very, very big deal for our company," - Ray Ozzie
Today I started a new gig at Microsoft that has a lot to do with the image above. Hugh kindly drew this a few months back and I was quick to snag it as I knew it would become my new card. Basically I'm working in a part of the organisation known as Microsoft International and helping to shape how we talk about Software + Services internally and externally. It's a big new adventure and I'm really looking forward to it. It means I'm no longer managing the PTS team which I'll miss as they're just a great bunch of guys doing outstanding work, but the opportunity to be involved this deeply with S+S was something I couldn't pass up. I'll have involvement in a few other projects I can't talk about but S+S will be my main schtick.
Given that, it's probably a good time to clear up some confusion on what Software + Services is (and isn't), so here goes...
I'm not saying I'm creative (more simple) but the quote does capture why I try to do.
Anyhoo, that's probably enough for now but this is what you'll hear a little more about from me over the coming months. Rest assured though, this blog will continue to be home to an eclectic mix of technology, design, gadgets, Microsoft, industry and other random stuff I find. I hope you keep coming back and if you have question on S+S, fire away!
Your loyal blogging servant, Steve...
[update #1 with new image from Hugh and link to high res version] [update #2 good chinwag with the Hughmeister today and decided to print out the high res as a poster and plot companies/products]
That's me apparently...according to my family anyway. Not sure I agree of course as I don't have Ferrari Scuedria in the stable or a Trilby hat. Regardless, I need your help. What do I need for Christmas this year? Bear in mind I have most of the stuff you may obviously suggest such as an XBOX 360, Zune 8gb, LG Viewty phone, Sony TZ laptop, nice car etc etc....and of course all the things money can't buy. But lets just get consumerist for a few moments. What do you think I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed?? :)
Answers on a postcards or to make life easy, in the comments section!
I stumbled across ammunition group's website recently following a link from a Wired article and decided to browse their catalogue of designs. Imagine my surprise when I found a few Microsoft concept PC designs in there...and my further surprise when I found out that Long hadn't already posted them
Not sure I like any of them too much anyway but hey, nice to see something differently
Hat Tip to frederiksamuel