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.
Shamelessly copied from The WinVista Club here is a great list of all the Shortcut keys in Windows Vista
WinKey - Open and close the Start Menu WinKey + D - Minimize all windows to the desktop. Press again to reverse action WinKey + E - Open Computer in Windows Explorer WinKey + L - Lock the computer WinKey + F - Open the Search window to find files and folders WinKey + M - Minimise all windows WinKey + Shift + M - Maximise all windows after minimizing them
WinKey + R - Open the Run dialog box WinKey + X - Open Windows Mobility Center WinKey + E - Open Windows Explorer
WinKey + Tab - Activates Flip 3D. Use mouse wheel to cycle windows
WinKey + U - Open Ease Of Access Center
WinKey + Pause - Opens the Systems Properties dialog box
WinKey + F1 - Opens Windows Help & Support
WinKey + B - Sets focus on the Task bar, Allows navigation using arrow keys; opens applications on pressing Enter key.
Updated 24 Sept 2008
Winkey + Space – shows all the sidebar and desktop gadgets
Updated 01 Oct 2008 - found this by mistake!
Winkey + S – Create a screen clipping and send to Microsoft OneNote
Updated 15 Jan 2009
For the full list try this Windows Help and how-to article Keyboard shortcuts
Nice little touch from Live search in India , if you enter in any cricket related search term such as India Test match cricket score you get a great result showing the latest match score (seems very up to date within an hour at least) and links to schedules and scorecards..
Kudos to WinVistaClub for the spot.
I am sure it is something that has been around for ages, and it all also exists for other search engines, but it is great when you get surprised that something just work they way you expected it!
So WFH (working form home) today and my wife popped her head round the door and asked me what the weather was going to be like and would she need a raincoat for a quick trip into Wokingham. So rather than opening a weather web site I just typed Weather Wokingham into my IE search bar
and it came up with a great set of results that showed me what I wanted without having to go to another site
So clearly no need for a raincoat today!
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…
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’
The project that has been keeping me very busy recently has been the launch of the Windows site in the UK which we rolled out in conjunction with the UK version of I’m a PC campaign, which you will have spotted if you watch the X Factor on Saturday.
So you will notice our new homepage http://www.microsoft.com/uk/windows/
as well as a totally redesign web site of all the Windows content such as our Windows Vista pages, to be in line with the corporate Windows site I blogged about a while back
Over the next few days I plan to share and highlight some of the new content and features, but for now if you want to see relive the UK advert watch the video below:
as always love to hear any comments or feedback you have on the new design, or any problems you may have found.
Spotted this article on The Independent, maybe all that surfing will be of value in the end? or is it just those that like finding new information and solving problems naturally come to the top anyway. Is surfing just another method to do that?
‘The Internet is not just changing the way people live but altering the way our brains work, with one neuroscientist arguing this is an evolutionary change which will put the tech-savvy at the top of the new social order. ‘
Surfing the internet "alters your brain" - News, Gadgets & Tech - The Independent
‘We're seeing an evolutionary change. The people in the next generation who are really going to have the edge are the ones who master the technological skills and also face-to-face skills," Small told Reuters in a telephone interview. ‘
Thanks to Vishal for pointing out this competition over on the Windows Guides
‘Best Windows Customization Website’ Competition
‘If you run a blog/website/forum, which focuses on Windows customization, you are eligible to participate. If you run a website that focuses on other areas, you will be eligible if your website has substantial content aimed at customizing Windows.’
remember you got to be in it it win it….
All user generated I believe from some of the more than 17,000 photos and videos uploaded at http://www.windows.com
Nice to see some of the more odd ones as well
More info from the Advertising age
If you like your Windows Vista in Armenian, then you can download the latest Windows Vista Language Interface Pack (LIP) now:
Click here to download the Armenian Vista LIP.