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 :)
Then you might be interested in this newly released program, Windows Live Writer Backup from @scottisafool the creator of some other great Windows Live Writer addons such as the Twitteriser plugin previously mentioned auto replace add-in (updated as Scott tells me it ain’t working no more!)
What is great about the utility is that not only can you backup your blog posts but all your settings, plugins, blog templates, link glossary at the same time.
I downloaded it no problem and got it running without too much trouble:)
It would be even better to have a periodic prompt to do the backup (or after each post?), and maybe some sort of synch to Live Mesh or SkyDrive folder.
Quick tip you may have to run as administrator if you want to write to your C:\ drive disk that is not part of your users profile, if you have another harddisk you should be able to backup there without the admin requirement
To see some of the other projects Scott has been involved in check out his projects on codeplex or visit his web site http://scottisafooldev.spaces.live.com.
Updated with a few inaccuracies following a chat with Scott
I have been using IE8 for some time, and the more i use it the more I know it has some great features over IE7. One of them I use quite often is the Map with Live Search accelerator, which is very easy to use.
If you have not heard of Accelerators they are little addins that you can use to improve your web browsing experience, and let you connect your favourite web services on a a web page.
Below is a quick demo of using the Map with Live Search accelerator
Prior to this you would have to select and copy the postcode, open another browser session (or tab), start your favourite mapping website, paste the post code in and wait for the mapping website to bring you back the information. A bit long winded hey!
You can get additional Mapping addons at http://www.ieaddons.com/en/mapping/ including
which all do pretty much the same sort of thing i guess.
For all you Twitter lovers, and for those who may not understand what it is then this funny from Jon Stewart on the daily show is for you.
I also loved the quote that went along the lines of is wizard the new word for good
thanks to MG Siegler from venture beat for the tip
and you are in the UK and can get to London on the 31st March? then this training might be useful :
Windows 7 / Vista application compatibility lab in London, March 2009
‘The purpose of this lab is to provide training on the changes in Windows 7 and Windows Vista that are most likely to cause compatibility issues with client applications designed to run on Windows XP or earlier. Microsoft application compatibility experts will be on hand to help test and debug those applications and, either mitigate or identify the fixes required to resolve any problems that may be discovered. The intention is that you leave at the end of the week with your applications working on Windows Vista and Windows 7.
The primary target for these labs is applications that are already known to have compatibility issues with Windows Vista or applications that have never been tested on Vista. If your application runs on Windows Vista, then it is very likely that it will also run on Windows 7, so we will be running either another lab or a briefing on Windows 7 ONLY issues once we are closer to the release of Windows 7.
All client applications are welcome, whether they are written in .NET, C++, VB6, etc. Please bring with you an installable version of your applications, the symbols (PDBs), and the source code. If you have any special requirements then please contact us before registering to see if we can accommodate these.’
We have recently had lists of all sort of things about Twitter, such as the Microsoft product twitters. Well now thanks to Danny Sullivan on search engine land we have the..
The Big List Of Search Engines & Their Employees On Twitters
Which includes tweeters from Google, Microsoft (Live, adcenter, powerset and others), Yahoo, Ask, Techmeme, Twitter and others…
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
Apparently the oldest English words (according to Reading University researches) are “I”, “we”, “two” and “three” dating back tens of thousands of years, (40,000)…
Also they claim words such as "squeeze", "guts", "stick" and "bad" as likely to be extinct before others…
What the researchers found was that the frequency with which a word is used relates to how slowly it changes through time, so that the most common words tend to be the oldest ones.
For example, the words "I" and "who" are among the oldest, along with the words "two", "three", and "five". The word "one" is only slightly younger.
The word "four" experienced a linguistic evolutionary leap that makes it significantly younger in English and different from other Indo-European languages
The article on the BBC web site BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | 'Oldest English words' identified is very interesting for anyone interested in languages
My Colleague Chris has just told me that we have updated the Microsoft Store (AKA MSStore) to allow you to buy Windows Anytime Upgrades. These upgrades allow you to move one version of Windows Vista to higher spec one without having to buy the full product, and you get DVD Media, product key and instructions in the box.
So for example you can go from Home Premium to Ultimate for £144.99*
Windows Vista: Windows Anytime Upgrade: Overview
The available options are
Home Premium to Ultimate: You've experienced Windows Vista Home Premium and you're ready for the best of everything Windows Vista has to offer! With an upgrade to Windows Vista Ultimate, you'll have all the capabilities you enjoy in Windows Vista Home Premium-plus all the power and convenience of Windows Vista Business.
Business to Ultimate: When you purchase Windows Vista Ultimate with Windows Anytime Upgrade, you get the single most powerful solution for home, work, and everything in between. With the acumen of Windows Vista Business, plus the fun of Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate simply has it all.
Home Basic to Home Premium: Windows Vista Home Premium is simply the best system for giving you everything you need to enjoy home entertainment, with easy ways to manage your photos, videos, music, and even TV and movies. And all within a brilliant new interface that makes it fun to use.
Home Basic to Ultimate: Windows Anytime Upgrade is the most affordable way to get Windows Vista Ultimate, the best of everything Windows Vista has to offer. From the stunning entertainment features that help you enjoy everything from photos to live TV, to essential work features like data protection and easy networking, Windows Vista Ultimate has it all.
*= Prices do not include shipping and handling or applicable taxes.
If you are not sure which version of Vista is the one for you then I can recommend Comparing Windows Vista editions as a good place to start
If you are not sure which version of Vista you are currently running then check out this very short article
Remember Kylie and Alexa and their demonstrations of how easy it is to use Windows Live products, well there now is an extension to this with them taking on some more senior citizens and seeing if they can beat them in using the products:
thanks to the LiveSide for the tip