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January, 2009

  • sam - my first personal beta tester

    when sam (my son) was 3 he was running windows xp in beta with a simple web game i had created for him (webpages with shapes, colors, letters and numbers - hyperlinks below the correct answer and a sound file to ask a question ("find the 6, sam"). it...
  • windows key + space to show desktop in windows 7 beta

    wow - pretty cool new feature to peek at the desktop. windows key + arrow keys are very cool as well
  • 20 years since paul's boutique - beastie boys still going strong

    the first (and possibly only) full rap song i have memorized is "sucker mcs" by run dmc. on take a bite outta rhyme, lords of brooklyn and everlast turned it into a song. on "in the beginning there was rap" wu tang clan covered it. if you go over to youtube...
  • dr. bob - the value of my time/15 more installations (somewhat automated)

    i was thinking of someone who taught me the value of my time when i was much younger (and had time to spare!) today as i setup another 15 computers with windows 7 at work. "dr. bob" as he was known to me, was technical, an entertaining presenter, and...
  • the week of windows 7

    last night steve ballmer kicked off ces 2009 and introduced the windows 7 beta. it is available today on msdn and technet and will more broadly available on friday. now that it is officially unveiled, a number of internal folks will begin dogfooding ...
  • windows vista, windows 7 and application compatibility

    the springboard series has released a number of videos that explain a number of features in windows 7. the first one i watched was on application compatibility . showing the same work that went into fixing an application running on windows vista and then...
  • another windows 7 installation and demo prep

    i think i win the geekiest airline passenger award this past week - i brought three laptops with me to redmond for the mct summit. 1 running windows 7 enterprise, 1 running windows home premium and 1 running windows server 2008 and hyper-v. so i get out...
  • build 62 - actually an upgrade

    still my favorite installation trick from windows vista is the use of shift+f10 during the installation to be able to access a command prompt. this wasn't windows vista specific - it existed in windows xp as well, but i discovered it during the beta of...
  • redefine christmas

    i just recently learned that someone i met at a church conference a year and a half ago is the vice moderator of our denomination (the internet and facebook are pretty powerful indeed!). byron wade talks about what you want to give or receive this christmas...
  • 63 today - 15 more on sunday

    build #63 today but i'll pick up 15 more on sunday in preparation for a demo monday. i saw the acer netbook at walmart this evening. besides what i'm assuming is very limited space on the hard drive, it looked pretty nice in the display case. also saw...
  • 57 + 2 = 59 installations of windows 7

    i've installed windows 7 on dell, lenovo and hp computers and today i just completed the installation on two new dell latitude e4300s. desktops and laptops, tablets and notebooks, haven't installed it on a netbook just yet, but that can't be too far away...
  • running windows 7 on a netbook

    i recently received two netbooks for our upcoming cwug windows 7 loadfest and have been doing some testing with windows 7 home premium and windows 7 ultimate on them. we're looking to provide the community with these kinds of experiences as well. two...
  • my 57th installation of windows 7

    back to counting - my 57th build of windows 7 and my first use of the latest version of windows easy transfer.
  • only 9 days

    i had an xbox 360 finally fail and sent it in for repair (during the holidays - so my xbox became the family xbox) - i wanted to see what the process looked like since i've heard of the "red rings" both through game store visits and individuals. i created...
  • tip for windows vista

    in windows 7 beta there is a boot to vhd feature which allows you to start a vhd and may avoid the old school option of dual boot. however with windows vista there are a couple great things with dual boot. 1) if you dual boot windows vista with an...
  • to netbook or not to netbook - that is the question

    this evening i was looking at the various options - around $300-350 for netbooks. netbooks are interesting because they can run either windows xp, windows vista or windows 7 beta and they are larger than my current phone to make typing and using them...
  • 60, 61 and high sevens

    last night i installed my 60th build of win7 and just completed my 61st build. ran the windows experience index and noticed the new scale of 1 to 7.9 more on this shortly...
  • virtual installations of windows 7 won't count, but my first one was successful!

    on my way to 700 installations of windows 7, i've decided i won't include virtual installations using virtual pc, virtual server/hyper-v or other virtualization products (it doesn't seem fair to count them). i will however be counting reinstallations...
  • homegroup post on e7 blog

    i haven't even begun to dig through all the goodness that was posted on the e7 blog about homegroups, but i had 7 computers running windows 7 beta over the holidays and this was one of the main features i played around with. also streamed to my xbox 360...