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After Hours - Canon EOS talking to a Surface Pro over wifi
Please note This an after hours post, specifically about connecting a Canon EOS 6D to windows 8/8.1. I have written it for two reasons - so I can remember how to do it and because this you might need to do something like this for a camera enthusiast that you know who isn’t a networking guy...
29 Sep 2013
I have just read Paul Gregory’s guest post for the TechNet Flash , and the two things that caught my eye was to be bi-lingual and to keep your skills up to date. I put these two themes together and came up with the title for this post which essentially means being skilled in more than one technology...
26 Jul 2013
Microsoft Free Software – a personal top ten
You might think this will would make for a really short article post but actually there’s a huge amount of free tools and resource out there and I have had to restrict myself to a top ten across the server and client, based on what Simon and I have used. So please feel free to...
22 May 2013
Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012
My Christmas card for 2011 is inspired by a frequent visitor to my back garden the Goldcrest . The trick to seeing them is to resist the temptation to tidy up and dead head too much, whereas that’s exactly the sort of thing you should be thinking about in your data centre to keep it clean and tidy...
23 Dec 2011
Do What You Love
“Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing.” - Robert A. Heinlein, “ To Sail Beyond The Sunset ” I want to make two comments about that quote; firstly it pretty much sums up working at Microsoft, secondly that is on an e-mail signature...
16 May 2011
I reckon the IT Professionals working in education have some of the most demanding jobs in in the IT industry, they have to contend with all sorts of privacy and security problems, a multitude of software and with only one or two per school they need to be real Jacks (or Jills) of all trades. Clearly...
25 Feb 2011
Discovering Autism with Microsoft Surface
I met Freena Eijffinger again at this year’s at TechEd Berlin after doing some cartons for her film crew last years and she casually mentioned she has been given a Microsoft Surface . Her company ( FreenaNL Multiouch ) is developing an application to diagnose autism in children and the robust nature...
22 Nov 2010
A lot of people who use facebook also use Office so Microsoft Fuse labs have used Azure to provide Office document sharing between facebook users in much the same way as facebook users can now share pictures and videos. I Simply went to http://docs.com and signed in with my facebook account to get started...
28 Jul 2010
Is the Tablet PC dead?
I have the luxury of 2 laptops one for infrastructure demos and one for the day to day stuff most of us need to do. I have added luxury on top of that becuase my day to day machine is a multi-touch tablet (Dell XT2). Before I get the iPad comparison comments at the end of this post about...
9 Jul 2010
Free Tickets to the SQL Master Class
Here’s a problem how do you give away 2 tickets to the SQL Server master class with Kimberly Trip and Paul Randall ? The logical answer is to ask a technical question, but if it’s too hard the winner who answers it won’t get the same benefit from going to the master class. Of course...
8 Jun 2010
After TechDays there’s After Hours
Hopefully you are aware of Tech Days in the UK during the week of 10-16 April, but you might not be aware of the After Hours evening event on the 14th April. This is still about technical stuff but with homage to scrap heap challenge and Top Gear, rather than the day events where we all concentrate...
11 Mar 2010
It’s official, 64 bit Windows is fun
Although I have an Xbox, I still find flying and adventures are often better on the PC and I am not alone. I am also not alone in that I use 64 bit windows 7 at home for gaming according to this steam hardware survey … What I am seeing here is that windows 7 is seen as a high performance platform...
10 Feb 2010
Green IT is about saving power in offices and data centres, so my definition of brown IT is about making the best use of the existing kit you have. This is good for two reasons, it saves you money as you don’t have to buy new hardware, and it saves vital resources. You will see loads of stuff telling...
8 Dec 2009
SQLBits Goes West 19-21 November, Newport
When I am not doing the day job I like to draw and paint to relax so I have combined a bit of business & pleasure for the SQL Bits Goes West conference by doing a few cartoons for them… As you can see the event has grown to three days. While there has always been a deep dive, paid for training...
26 Aug 2009
A lot of teenagers are on work experience at the moment, and as I don’t have any of my own children I got to be cool uncle for a week and took my nephew Harry to spend a week inside Microsoft. We run a full week course of lectures and practical exercises along the lines of the apprentice, to teach...
14 Jul 2009
SQL Server TV
One of the Microsoft guys at the last SQL Bits events was Chris Guest who works in the Media Room team which is all about TV over the internet. I wasn’t sure why he was at a SQL Server event so I grabbed a camera (well two camera and and cameramen) to find out more… Technorati Tags: SQL Server...
11 May 2009
Apologies for the Inconvenience
Sadly I am not as reliable as SL Server and so the blog has not been updated for a couple of weeks while I have been recovering form an operation. My events have also been affected so Keith Burns will be on hand in Scotland tomorrow instead of me, and my TechNet virtual event on saying farewell...
23 Feb 2009
Win a Ray Ozzie signed copy of Windows
One of our evangelists ( Marc Holmes ) has managed to get Ray Ozzie (Microsoft’s chief architect) to sign a copy of the pre-release previews of Windows 7 and Windows 2008r2 and he’s giving these away. To win you’ll need to make a cool video of some aspect of a Microsoft product and then let Marc now...
4 Feb 2009
Days of Christmas – where do I get the stuff
My wife Juliet asked me a stupid question about all those Christmas Videos Viral , James and I made.. where’s the stuff? What she meant was where are the links to try it yourself so here you are Mrs Fryer… Virtual Earth Photosynth Windows Live Writer XNA Game Studio and the XNA Creators Club Deep Zoom...
9 Jan 2009
12th Day of Christmas – Community Clips
In my final video of free stuff from Microsoft, Viral is showing my Community Clips a screencasting tool that we actually use to make most of our videos. However the Community Clips site is also a great resource of videos for learning Office … Technorati Tags: community clips , office training...
6 Jan 2009
11th Day of Christmas – Live Mesh
Live Mesh is the brainchild of Ray Ozzie and is cooler than the weather outside at the moment. To see why Viral has put together a short video to explain all.. Technorati Tags: Live Mesh
6 Jan 2009
10th Day of Christmas – Windows Live Sync
Viral has made another video for my Christmas series, this time on Windows Live Sync, which allows you to aggregate and share your digital life.. and sorry it’s a little late! Technorati Tags: Windows Live Sync , home computing
5 Jan 2009
9th Day of Christmas – PPTplex
The remaining videos in my quest to show 12 cool free things that you can use form Microsoft have been made by good friend Viral . Viral is the Office and Sharepoint evangelist so it is entirely appropriate that he shows you PPTPlex, a PowerPoint add-in to pimp your presentations. It really comes...
2 Jan 2009
8th Day of Christmas – ThumbTack
The OfficeLabs guys have been busy in the run up to Christmas and have release a gizmo called Thumbtack. It’s a sort of web based OneNote and allows you to quickly aggregate research from lots of web sites. My wife Juliet explains it better than me… I can see this being used by lots of kids for...
1 Jan 2009
6th Day of Christmas – Armchair Astronomy
I still love to watch the Royal Institute Lectures at Christmas, and I am please to see Microsoft supporting them this year. In this spirit I wanted to show the Microsoft World Wide Telescope so if you haven’t tried it yet hopefully this will convince you… Technorati Tags: astronomy , telescope...
30 Dec 2008
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