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.
Via my colleague here in the UK Jason Neave comes this article from Gizmondo Gizmodo about
Largest TV Remote Ever Controls Windows Media Center
very neat :)
If you like your Windows Vista in Setswana, then you can download the latest Windows Vista Language Interface Pack (LIP) now:
Click here to download the Setswana Vista LIP.
ok so I posted just a few hours ago about how easy it was to use a Web Slice in Internet Explorer 8 , well i just spotted something else very cool with how IE8 handles them
If you navigate to a page which has Web Slices on them, and again using the UK MSN homepage as a good example, the little RSS icon on the tool bar
turns to a a green web slice icon
and if you click on it you get a list of all the Web Slices on that page
I love learning new little things like that, which can make the entire experience that much better.
Just sharing a quick video from Little Miss Enviro Geek pointing to a new video she has put up on how to quickly set some of the power management features in Windows Vista.
It is nice and short and worth checking out if you are interested in the subject.
We also have several articles on Windows Help for power saving including
So hopefully by now you have heard of Accelerators in IE8? well if not read this article most of the time I find them incredibly useful for stuff like mapping and searching. the kind of stuff you do everyday, but they can also add a little fun and I wanted to share an accelerator that was demo’d to me this morning.
The Entertonement accelerator lets your listen to the sound of text quotes from the Entertonement web site
As with all accelerators you can down load from the IE Addons web site
Click the image (or follow this link) to add the accelerator to Internet Explorer.
It is then very simple to use just highlight a piece of text (I chose Monty Python and the Holy Grail) on a web page and then click the blue box, All accelerators and then listen with Entertonement
You will then get an accelerator fly out and if there is a matching sound bite in there database you will hear that…
Hope you enjoy, if you find any good soundbites or other fun accelerators please let mw know.
If you want to find out more about accelerators in Internet Explorer 8 then try the following articles:
I don’t blog too much about Office products, I don’t really have enough time or focus in that area, but i came across these videos on the I started something blog showing some of the ideas and vision of the next generation of communication, collaboration and production technologies
there is a longer 5 minute video available on Longs post as well as links to a powerpoint deck from Microsoft presspass
Well worth checking out
I am a big motor racing fan and am looking forward to the new f1 season and I came across this video via the Motorsport magazine web site
the way they controlled the RC car from the Blackberry was very cool, but did Lewis Hamilton really control his F1 car from one? You will have to watch all the way to the end to find out .
Did you know that IE 8 Loads faster than Firefox 3.05 and Chrome 1.0 on the top 25 popular web sites?
Is the faster on 5 out of the top 10 sites
12 of the top 25
3 times as many as Firefox
1/3 more than Chrome
Don’t believe me then watch the video below (click image)
Check out more Internet Explorer 8 videos at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/videos.aspx
So today is the 1 year blogiversary for this blog and I thought I would spend a little time to reflect on what the past years experience of blogging has taught me. When I started I wasn’t sure how I would get on or if it was something that I would continue or enjoy, but I can say that after over 250 posts that it is a really been an ejoyable and insightful experience.
In no particular order the things I have learnt are:
· You don’t have to blog every day, if you haven’t got anything to say then don’t force yourself into feeling that you must have something.
· Any comments, good or bad, are absolutely fantastic to receive. To hear back from you is something I really appreciate. Conversely commenting on other blogs has become easier as the confidence to have a voice in the internet has grown.
· It’s a great way to meet new people both outside of Microsoft and internally, usually in a virtual sense but neither the less a good vehicle for this.
· Having blogged for a while I found I gained more interest and confidence to look into other social media topics such as twitter.
· If I wasn’t totally comfortable with putting a blog entry together for whatever reason then I stop and do not publish it.
· Originally I thought I would blog about my personal experience working in the Windows team in particular, and it remains a focus of this blog. But writing about other subjects, sometimes what I describe as way of topic has grown and that has been a bit of a surprise.
· You don’t need to have a gazillion number of visits and page views to justify your existence.
· Sometimes the most obscure of posts that you think would receive little interest turn out to be very popular
I am sure there are many more, and I would be interested to hear from anybody else’s learning’s in the first 12 months of blogging, and maybe what to expect in the next 12.