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August, 2008

  • the epitome of hyperbole

    brian regan has been my favorite comedian for over 15 years.  he has a cd and a couple dvds.  this fall his next comedy central special "the epitome of hyperbole" will debut on sunday, september 7th at 9 p.m. and he will be at the...
  • taylor mali "what teachers make"

    the first time i heard taylor mali was on russell simmons def poetry performing his poem "totally like whatever" and after looking up his work on the internet i can across my favorite poem "what teachers make".  he also has a mission to create 1,000 new...
  • e7 blog

    steven sinofsky and jon devaan have begun an engineering windows 7 blog .  three posts have already been placed on the e7 blog .  steven had a msdn blog called techtalk , but ceased this public blog about 2 1/2 years ago to focus on an internal...
  • out of gas - at the station, in the prius and on my laptop

    i stopped to fill up my car this morning at the dekalb oasis and the gas station didn't have any gas - so my low fuel light had just come on and i typically have about 45-50 miles before the tank is empty so i decided to start the commute.  i ran...
  • get a free 120 day trial of windows home server...

    ...at least the software here . i've got one i built and the hp mediasmart server - both have been great and are centralizing and protecting my digital memories! i've got both a windows xp media center and all of my windows vista computers backed up to...
  • channel8/microsoft dreamspark

    17 years ago when i began working in information technology as a college student i purchased a "laptop" (not exactly what you'd pickup today) with dos 5.0 on it.  in the early 90s i purchased a desktop with dos and windows 3.1 on it and...
  • charlie

    about a month ago we "babysat" a kitten we named charlie.  sam has had allergies since he was very young, but at 10 years old he can take medication so we figured we'd take a chance and see how he would do with a kitten. it didn't work...
  • windows home server stories

    i've got my windows home server connected to many of my workstations for centralized storage and most of my computers are backed up to the windows home server for disaster recovery (we demoed complete system restore at the chicago windows user group july...
  • the ultimate steal

    school is beginning and many people i know are looking at new computers or making some upgrades to an existing one.  here is an awesome offer from microsoft for students on office 2007 ultimate.  what better way to spruce up an existing computer...
  • ie8 beta 2 posted!

    it's time to start dogfooding (if you haven't already!) the next version of the internet explorer browser. i have become such a big fan of virtualization, that's usually where i isolate non production code, but this one is so interesting to me, i'm going...
  • just reminded of the windows xp service pack/browser test vhd downloads

    it looks like one of the microsoft virtual hard drive (vhd) images for internet explorer 8 beta have been updated (windows xp with service pack 3). you can download this and run it with virtual pc 2007 on whatever operating system you are on.
  • 08/08/08 the olympics

    lots of microsoft technology being used in the online delivery of the olympics this time around - looking forward to the opening ceremonies and checking out everything online...
  • joy division limited edition zune!

    i've always been interested in music. in high school i discovered the band new order - in college i learned that before new order was a band called joy division (and that their lead singer was ian curtis). when i first heard joy division i didn't like...
  • geometry wars: retro evolved 2

    this weekend i saw that bizarre creations posted geometry wars: retro evolved 2 .  the first game for xbox live was addictive and this next version is even more so adding additional challenges and multi player!
  • "i hate windows vista!"

    my mom exclaimed.  "why?"  i asked 1) because it's my mom and 2) because i'm her son and 3) because it's my job (in no particular order).  "talk to your father..."  my parents have a dell inspiron 530 and just bought...
  • math doesn't suck

    danica mckellar - who i first saw as an actress in the wonder years, has a book called "math doesn't suck" (online at http://mathdoesntsuck.com/) - i came across it at our local borders while looking in the computer section (sometimes i browse beyond...
  • yes - i use live writer christopher!

    this evening at the chicago windows user group meeting, christopher kusek asked what picture a toolbar was from - it was from windows live writer!  i use this and windows live photo gallery on most of my computers to post to my blog, http://blogs...
  • mojave experiment - update

    the "next microsoft operating system" was shown to a number of people in san francisco - now the website includes the demo they were shown and some of the technical details (like the specs of the laptops used).
  • happy birthday melody and windows 95

    today is one of my sister in law's birthday.  it's easy to remember when windows 95 launched because it was on her birthday.