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.
Spotted this nice photo article over on silicon.com
Photos: Windows through the ages
which shows 10 Windows screen shots from Version 1 through to 7, really interesting to see the changes...
My first encounter with Windows was I think 3.1 and then Windows for Work Groups...what was yours?
that accompanied the trailer ( a track called How it ends by the band called Devotchka then you can now get it in the UK for 79p via iTunes I think
'Due to the incredible success of the game in the UK and the insatiable demand for all things GOW2 from the fans, we’re thrilled to be able to offer consumers the chance to enjoy this track as a bona fide single release.
The TV ad launches on Dec 1st and due to overwhelming demand, we’re thrilled to offer the original track, a remix of the track, and the original TV spot all for the incredible value of 79p.'
More info on the Offical XBox web site
Even though i know Microsoft Onecare is going sometime in the new year, I recommended my dad to renew anyway as he was happy with the product and comfortable using it. So rather than do the online billing at £37 I suggested he buy a brand new copy at somewhat less from Amazon.co.uk (around £24 ISTR)
Anyway as one of my regular jobs whilst visiting is sorting out the family pc problems he asked me to update his onecare with the new one. So put the disk in and got a wonderful error message 0006-80004005 and bascially some text that said I would couldn't have 2 copies of Onecare on the same machine and I would have to uninstall the current one and then re-install. I feared doing this would loose all the settings and maybe screw up a whole bunch of other things and the get more help option was not. So after a bit of research I came across this http://www.vistax64.com/live-onecare/139278-retail-box-version.html on the Vista x64 forums that told me how to fix the problem (copied below)
Don't reinstall OneCare.Purchase the retail box copy and then go to http://billing.microsoft.comSign in with the subscription LiveID (Help/About in OneCare will show you theSubscription ID)Select the renew link in the billing entry for OneCare.Select the option to renew with a retail PIN or token.Follow the wizard for this and proceed with renewal. You can do this at anytime, not just when you are due for renewal.It can take up to 24 hours to reflect the new subscription status in OneCare.
But what stumped me was the term Retail Pin or Token, now going through the billing process it was clear it was asking for what I think is more commonly termed a product key... So why is it called a Retail Pin or Token and not at least adding or Product Key (as it is actually called on the box)
As someone once sang Confused you will be
Was just sent the below link (thanks Akim) about the UK Windows Media Center and Home Server User Group, which I think has just got going.
So if you want to know more about Media Center or Home Server in the UK and join the enthusiast community then it looks a great place to start.
'Simon and Ian have been looking for a way to really bring Windows Media Center users and enthusiasts together, we both live in the UK and we think there's some great fun to be had by getting the enthusiast community meeting each other. At this kind of event we'd hope to share our knowledge, bring in some exciting guest speakers both from within the community and the vendors and maybe even some system installers.
Most of all we want the events to be fun, and for everyone to get something out of them that they're going to enjoy. We want to officially open up the conversation on this so that we know what you'd like to see. So join the UK Windows Media Center and Home Server User group.'
There is the obligatory Blog http://thedigitallifestyle.com/cs/groups/uk/blog/default.aspx but nothing posted, come on guys, even if it is a little hello..
The other areas such as Discussions and Wiki I expect to grow as the group gets going.
Although it says Microsoft UK is supporting the user group I don't know by how much.
You can also visit our Windows Help and How-to Windows Media Center help Center, where you can see help on getting started, demos and answers to some of your questions.
I just started seeing this message pop up (from my etrust realtime protection) on a few sites including this blog!!!! how can that be?
A quick bit of surfing took me to http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/12/02/actnsswift-virus-affecting-embedded-youtube-vids/
'Apparently some sort of relatively aggressive virus is affecting certain embedded YouTube videos. Some are saying it affects IE and Firefox users, while others say it’s only going after IE. The virus is called Actns/Swif.T and seems to contain a redirect to a phishing website embedded within a SWF file.
The site apparently installs Antivirus 2009, which is malware. We’ll pull our most recent YouTube embeds, but be careful because this one appears to have just broken out today. If you find yourself being automatically redirected or experience other weird pop-ups, especially for something called Antivirus 2009, don’t click on anything.'
The only Youtube video on the main page is the TronMan one so thats gone, and so is the message WTF is going on :S
The ever informative Windows Vista Magazine has just put out a great article on the 10 great features of Windows Live that covers the following areas:
if you want to know how to take advantage of all these and more Windows Live features visit the Windows Help and How to Windows Live help center
Steve Ballmer, I'm a PC , nuff said
and if you cannot decide then you can always let the Windows Gadget Guru help you out with your decision
‘When it comes to choosing your new laptop or smartphone, you can't just rely on Santa to make the right choice. Give the old fella a little assistance using the Windows Gadget Guru – we'll help you pick a new laptop or mobile phone by answering your questions, cutting through the jargon and recommend a gadget that'll meet all of your needs. ‘
We have just launched our Windows Vista community page in the UK
UK Windows Vista Help and How-To Community
On this site (which we are planning on expanding) are
The idea is to highlight the great community resources available in the UK for people with Vista issues and hopefully if they have a problem or question give them a central place to try and find an answer.
So if you know of any other great communities or blogs about any aspect of Windows Vista that is focused more on the consumer side of things then let me know and I would be happy to consider including it.
PS I have already been asked why I have not included my own blog, and my reply was modesty... do you think I should include it?
Ever wanted to know what the Windows Media Center TV pack is? well follow the link below to find out ‘Everything you need to know to install, tune, and get the most out of the new Windows Media Center TV Pack.’
Windows Media Center TV Pack 2008: The Unofficial User's Guide - Features by PC Magazine
Thanks to Chris for the link