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AD: Two slightly used TiVos for sale
Before Windows Media Center Edition was released, I purchased two TiVo DVRs. My family has really enjoyed these units - In fact my 3 year old daughter has become so used to being able to watch a favorite episode of Rugrats on demand that when we explained that grandma's TV can only play scheduled programs...
22 Jun 2005
The Windows Server System Song
Jeff Swift was asking me about royalty-free music earlier today and the first thing that popped to mind was Richard Stallman's magnificent " Free Software Song " - Jeff thanked me for my suggestion, but pointed out that it wasn't very appropriate fare for a Microsoft blog entry... He was of course right...
10 May 2005
This last weekend a couple of guys from the EEC and the Windows Server TAP team went down to a place called Hole-in-the-wall Paintball to shoot each other with small projectiles from pneumatic weapons :-) Before From left to right, we have Matt Wagner , Dave Kearney, Do Kim, myself, Nathan McAffee...
6 May 2005
What Kind of American English Do You Speak?
What Kind of American English Do You Speak? - Having been born and raised here in the Redmond area with a couple of years spent in rural parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland and elsewhere, here's how I tested out on the latest " timewaster of the week ": 75% General American English ...
19 Apr 2005
Last week the Terminal Services Team squared off against the EEC crew in a very one-sided dodgeball game at the ProClub in Redmond... I wasn't able to make it, but as I hear things, the score was something like EEC=3, TS=0! Stanley Jones took some video of it using a Kodak digital camera which I've put...
15 Apr 2005
Microsoft's version of the Darwin Award...
Well, it's official: Richard Gregg has been sentenced to 2 years in one of Washington State's fine correctional facilities for the crime of tragic stupidity. This is really a shame - Richard is a very likable fellow who had run the software library for the Windows Application Compatibility Testing Team...
5 Apr 2005
Windows Messenger in Corporate Environments
I had a surprise the other day - I run MSN Messenger 6.2 on my laptop here at work for occasional IM sessions with friends and family, and after I signed in yesterday morning with my firstname.lastname@example.org Passport, it prompted me to change my Passport email addy to email@example.com ! It told me to...
31 Mar 2005
Inappropriate relations with a Sun server...
Wow! If a Microsoftie has a few complimentary words to say about Sun's latest Windows-compatible hardware, should he be fired for revealing his latent "hardware fetishist" tendencies? According to TheRegister , the answer is a logic-defying "yes". Fortunately, my boss doesn't look to the Register for...
12 Mar 2005
Making life as a LUser more livable
Well, after reading Aaron Margosis' blog , I decided to give running as a limited user at home another try... I'm used to running *Nixoid workstations in this manner of course and I've tried running this way on my Windows boxes on a couple of occasions in the past and had been dissatisfied with the experience...
28 Feb 2005
Kingdomality companion worksheet
On the topic of Kindomality, for those that have a copy of the book , they may have noticed there's a different version of the personality test in the appendices than the better known online version . Here's a companion worksheet I put together that let's you visualize the breakdown of your responses...
14 Jan 2005
Kingdomality - Helpful insights into team dynamics
I know the www.kingdomality.com quiz has made the internet rounds a few times, but I was recently handed a copy of the book by my boss and I really did find "Kingdomality: An Ingenious New Way to Triumph in Management" to be quite an engaging read that was very worthwhile. Thanks for putting me on to...
14 Jan 2005
So far so good - Lovin' the new Windows AntiSpyware beta
A friend put me on to this the other day: Microsoft has released a free beta download of our new Windows AntiSpyware application . I ran it on a couple of machines at work and at home and it detected nothing, but on my daughter's PC, it found several problems. This beta appears to have done a fair job...
8 Jan 2005
Analog AV Capture - Conclusion
Well, I'm pleased to report that after sinking an excessive amount of time into this project and stumbling through all of the gotchas detailed in the previous two installments, I finally hit upon a set of products and a work flow that resulted in really nice quality output as follows: I've purchased...
25 Dec 2004
Analog AV Capture Sequel...
While I am pleased to report that Movie Maker and Windows XP Media Center 2005 have been responding within specified parameters, I am displeased to find that the most of host of 3rd party media capture products I've tried since have not lived up to expectations... At CompUSA, I purchased Pinnacle...
19 Dec 2004
My recent trials and travails with Windows Media-based Home Video scenarios
While catching up on some time off this month, I decided to sit down the other day and digitize several hours of old and recent home video, but despite having what I thought were likely to be all the right tools for the job, this turned out to be much more painful than I had anticipated! The tools...
15 Dec 2004
Introduction - Bryce Milton
By way of background, I was born and raised here in the Redmond area and have now worked at MS for the past seven years (with a few years of contract software testing work before that). Prior to coming to work at Microsoft, I was a counter-intelligence agent and a tactical interrogator in the US Army...
5 Nov 2004
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