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July, 2009

  • the it crowd complete second season dvd is here!

    i noticed up in my netflix watch instantly queue that the second season of the it crowd is available on demand.  i quickly checked the availability of the dvds and best buy has the first and second season in stock.  the third season is scheduled...
  • history of microsoft videos - 1995

    in february channel9.msdn.com started a history of microsoft series that has been very entertaining to watch. in a few short months, the series has covered 20 years of microsoft, computing, and the world. check it out here .
  • direct access screencast and cwug.groups.live.com

    i have posted a short video demonstrating windows 7 direct access as well as the chicago windows user group use of windows live mesh .  this month we also launched our windows live collaboration site for the chicago windows user group – cwug.groups...
  • you have angered the great master russinovich!

    one of the geekiest but most amusing videos i've seen from microsoft. i hope you enjoy trevor and sam talking i.t. as much as i did. this third video in the series is priceless! http://www.youtube.com/user/talkingaboutwindows#p/u/5/7uHHENkT4dY Master...
  • windows live messenger in facebook?!?!?!?!

    today i discovered another useful facebook app – windows live messenger within facebook – click here to install it.  we’ve also announced that windows web messenger is now part of hotmail and people.live.com.  hopefully you’ve received the message...
  • preparing for techready 9

    i will be spending the last week in july out in seattle at techready – a semi annual gathering of microsoft field engineers.  last year at techready 7 i saw ray ozzie speak for the first time.  some of the highlights are contained in a wired...
  • sam’s emachine is now running 32 bit windows 7 ultimate release candidate

    so i got a little ahead of myself only having the 32 bit version of the release candidate handy when it came time to ensure sam is running something other than the beta (i already asked my parents if they could wait a little bit – they were running a...
  • did you know - boot from vhd (the step by step guide)

    so you’ve got windows 7 running, but what about windows server 2008 r2?  it’s 64 bit only and if you’re like me you’ve got interest but won’t be running it daily (i spent some time actually running windows server 2008 with the desktop experience...
  • did you know - ford fusion hybrid sync vehicle health report

    so after upgrading to the sync 3.0 software (i know – i haven’t done a post on that yet – sorry!) one of the first features i wanted to test out was the vhr (vehicle health report).  the syncmyride.com website walks you step by step through this...
  • want to help feed america?

    i've already blogged about browser for the better (which runs through august 8, 2009) - download internet explorer 8 here and microsoft will donate 8 meals to help feed america. what i wasn't aware of was the other promotions feeding america has done...
  • did you know: vertical window maximize tip

    in windows 7, if you have a window (like the explorer window shown below) and you move your mouse right above the title bar (so the mouse pointer changes to the double arrows shown), you can double click to vertically maximize the current window. figure...
  • my best year in college

    in the summer of 1987 my mother received a call from millikin university in decatur, il.  apparently they had over booked dorm assignments and they were looking for approximately 40 students that would be willing to live off campus in a hotel. ...
  • did you know: connecting windows live web activities

    when you are logged into windows live (home.live.com), you can go into your profile – permissions and on the bottom right is web activities to start, i’ve added 5 web activities in alphabetical order:  digg, facebook, pandora, twitter and zune social
  • bill gates makes richard feynman physics videos available

    i just got back from a 20 mile bike ride, had lunch with the family and am now watching microsoft research project tuva – a series of videos about physics which inspired bill gates.  the first video starts with a 5 minute intro and then feynman begins...
  • did you know: windows key + number to launch pinned taskbar programs

    i keep on forgetting to demonstrate this great new feature.  today i remembered to show how you can take pinned taskbar programs and reorder them, what i forgot to mention is the windows key + number associated with those pinned apps. so in the example...
  • did you know - encrypting your hard drive with bitlocker

    i've done this so many times i hadn't even noticed that the pause button had been removed from the windows 7 encryption status window! you can still use manage-bde ( now an executable) to pause and resume the encryption (if you begin encrypting and wish...
  • onto rtm - 3 for 3 (and counting…)

    so i’ve already installed three copies of the rtm (release to manufacturing) of windows 7 and it’s working great!  i’ve upgraded one system (32 bit windows vista home premium) and installed two copies of 64 bit so far.  i’ll try to provide as...
  • first flight with wi-fi access

    so i’m headed to seattle for microsoft’s internal version of teched called techready and i’ve got high speed wi-fi access on the flight.  it’s usual for me to use the 4 hour flight to catch up on cached email or listen to the music and movies i’ve...