• Steve Clayton

    Andaz hotel checks in with a Tablet

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    A new hotel in my hood (well, sorta) that's using Tablet PC's to check guests in

    Andaz (which apparently means personal style in Urdu) Describes itself as a ‘personalised casual luxury hotel experience’, and has replaced the traditional check-in desks with what they call dedicated personal hosts; title-less staff who use Tablet PCs to check you in, respond and cater to your personal tastes and preferences, and aim to build a one-on-one host and guest relationship- rather like a personal butler

    Groovy. Must wander on down there to check out the vibe and see what Tablets's they're really running. I can't tell you which other hotel chain took me to lunch recently to see if I could get them on the Surface program for the UK. Now that'll be a cool checkin process.

    Hat Tip to PSFK

  • Steve Clayton

    Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

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    magnify 

    More Windows 7 goodness with the Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts post from Brandon Paddock. I’m a big fan on Windows Key + which brings up the funky little magnifying glass you can control as shown above. Handy for image editing etc. Here are a few others but for the full list head to Brandon’s blog

    • Win+Up: Maximize
    • Win+Down: Restore / Minimize
    • Win+Left: Snap to left
    • Win+Right: Snap to right
    • Win+Shift+Left: Jump to left monitor
    • Win+Shift+Right: Jump to right monitor
    • Win+Home: Minimize / Restore all other windows
    • Win+T : Focus the first taskbar entry
    • Win+Space: Peek at the desktop
    • Win+G: Bring gadgets to the top of the Z-order
    • Win+P: External display options (mirror, extend desktop, etc)
    • Win+X: Mobility Center (same as Vista, but still handy!)

    HT to Sarah

  • Steve Clayton

    London Floods

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    Fear not, this is the power of CGI - quite shocking when I first saw it in light of the recent UK floods but a new film is to chart what would happen if the Thames Barrier was overwhelmed. Flood features Robert Carlyle and is based on a Richard Doyle book. More info from the Beeb but surely there would be more boats on the river? :)

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  • Steve Clayton

    Skinkers interview

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    Video: Matteo Berlucchi

    Last week I had the pleasure of catching up with Matteo Berlucchi from Skinkers where we talked about their innovative technology and their relationship with Microsoft. We also captured a live demo of their LiveStation product that I discussed last week.

    These guys area great example of how Microsoft can and does work with small, innovative software companies and the video is longer than usual (17 mins) as Matteo and I discuss that as well as talking about their company, the product and our propensity to buy lots of gadgets!

    Don't forget to sign up for the beta and put my name in the "where you heard from field" to faster access!

  • Steve Clayton

    Start Me Up

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    Vista has this to beat for launch videos. Tough act to follow if you ask me (which you didn't I know).


    Video: Original Microsoft Windows 95 Commercial

    [update: video on YouTube for people who like to go that way]

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