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.
The Engineering Windows 7 blog has just put up a great article about the Windows Experience Index in Windows 7. SO it thought I would quickly check and see what my score was, remembering that in Vista I scored a not so great 3.0
…and now I am a big fat 2.0, really got hit by the hard disk and graphics limitations of my PC
Anyone got a higher, or lower score?
To find out your Windows Experience Score, simply type ‘ Score’ into the start menu
Well according to CNet he may very well have to…
‘One reason to curb presidential BlackBerrying is the possibility of eavesdropping by hackers and other digital snoops. While Research In Motion offers encryption, the U.S. government has stricter requirements for communications security.
"Without more details I would have to say that putting sensitive or classified information on a BlackBerry is a risky proposition," said Greg Shipley, chief technology officer at Neohapsis, a governance, risk, and compliance consultancy. ‘
One option as CNet points out is the Sectera Edge, which might not be the prettiest or most svelte of devices but if security is top of your agenda and you must have a phone-PDA combo then it could be for you…
Thanks to Abhishek for the tip
Following on from my updated list of Windows Vista Shortcut keys (which all seem to work in Windows 7 as far as I can tell) I have shamelessly copied a list of Windows 7 Shortcut keys from Mintywhite (aka Windows guides)
Windows Key + left arrow = dock window to the left hand side of the screen
Windows Key + right arrow = dock window to the right-hand side of the screen
Windows Key + SHIFT + Left arrow = Move the current window one monitor to the left
Windows Key + SHIFT + right arrow = Move the current window one monitor to the right
Windows Key + up arrow = maximise current window
Windows Key + down arrow = Minimize current window
Windows Key and Home = Minimize/maximise non-active windows
Windows Key and numbers = Launch programs from the taskbar
Windows Key and Space = Enable Aero Peek
Windows Key and P = open projector mode to change external display settings
Windows Key + T Jump to the taskbar to select a new windows with <—or –> and Enter
CTRL + Left Click = Use on taskbar items to switch between windows of that program only
Shift and Left click = use on taskbar items to open another instance of that program
any more let me know
updated 10 Feb 2009
ALT + P – brings up the Page drop down in IE and also in windows explorer toggles the file preview pane
Windows Key + E = opens Windows Explorer
CTRL + SHIFT + CLICK = lunch an app with full admin rights
Updated 23 Feb 2009
Probably the complete, official and correct list from the Windows7 Blog
Following on from the previous post I wanted to bring to your attention the Windows Online Gallery.
We’ve provided several sample themes and desktop wallpapers for our beta testers to try out. There are beta themes for the UK, US, Japan, and Germany, and also some “region neutral” themes and images.
When you click “Get more themes online” in Windows 7, you now get to the Gallery, where you can download the latest and coolest themes, backgrounds, desktop and sideshow gadgets. There are some UK themes in there including Beaghmore Stones (Northern Ireland), Llanwst (Wales) and my favourite Isle Of Lewis in Scotland:
Expect to see more gadgets and themes in this area over time as we add to them.
To access the themes from within Windows 7 do the following
To get to the gallery, click on the “Get more themes online” link in your Windows 7 Personalization control panel (Control Panel –> Appearance and Personalization—> Personalisation)
Some of the Photography in here are form Microsofties past and present as well so check it out.
Overnight we launched the new http://windows.Microsoft.com in several locations including the UK at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/Windows7/Home
I know a huge amount has gone on in the background to get to this and it is just the start. For now it is just a focus on Windows 7 Beta but expect to see more and more content moving to this destination.
Windows 7 beta home
If you find any problems or errors let me know.
Just before the holidays MSN Mobile Music Store was launched in the U.K. where you can buy such things as ringtones, full track downloads and music videos from the likes of EMI, Warner, SONY etc…
To access the service: Text ‘MSN’ to 63463 and you will receive an SMS with a link to the MSN Mobile site. Once you are at the site, save the URL in your bookmarks, or as your home page if your device allows.
I have not tried it yet myself but it is on my list of things to do
MSN Mobile UK
however I do think the MSN guys need to update the image which shows a device with a stock ticker showing the FTSE at 6,210.20
which according to Yahoo hasn’t closed at that price since 19 May 2008
We have updated the homepage of the Windows Help and How-to site focusing on making your PC run smoothly, sort of a mini-detox for your Vista PC. Check it out lets us know what you think
Yesterday I posted about the top 20 highest rated articles on Windows Help and How-to So I thought I would follow up with the to 20 most visited articles to the UK site during 2008:
If you ever wondered how the Internet started and how things such as the Cuban Missile Crisis influenced it then watch the excellent and informative video below.
Thanks to PICOL on http://vimeo.com/ Via the sixtysecondview
» A brief history of the Internet sixtysecondview: Sixty second interviews from pr, media and politics
Well there seems to have been a rash of people giving advice on how to decide whether to follow someone on Twitter or not:
As someone relatively new to Twitter (and enjoying the experience) they are all a good read. For an Experiment I am now following the last 2 and see if they follow me (unlikely I know)…