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  • Blog Post: how many blog posts in the last 6 years?

    one of our neighbors is approaching the one thousand blog post mark - i was reminded to check it out today. it got me thinking about how many blog posts i have made at microsoft and to make a contest out of it for our next cwug meeting. find out the answer next thursday!
  • Blog Post: 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 that cwug (the chicago windows user group)...
  • Blog Post: nxe will be released on wednesday

    we're rescheduling our wednesday cwug live meeting, but fortunately there will be something for members to do on wednesday - upgrade their xboxes with nxe - the new xbox experience. check out the info here .
  • Blog Post: 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.live.com come join in the conversation and hope...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: windows home server power pack 1 public beta!

    windows home server's power pack has hit the public beta milestone! see it in action at our next chicago windows user group meeting!
  • Blog Post: revisiting windows steadystate

    i do most of my reconfiguration of systems today using virtual pc, virtual server or hyper-v. even most beta software is virtualized avoiding the need to worry about removal, upgrades to more recent versions or production when available. windows steadystate can be used on systems that i want to maintain...
  • Blog Post: cwug windows home server webcasts begin in november!

    cwug started our online endeavors with chris urban's management track. next month, ray casey takes up where chris left off. there will be a new windows home server track that will kick off with online meetings every other wednesday. more information about these live meetings will be posted to our cwug...
  • Blog Post: 100 members in facebook!

    the day before our big october 2008 cwug meeting we hit 100 members in our facebook group . you have to be a member of the chicago network (for your location), but it's open to anyone other than that! join us thursday evening in downers grove for a great in person meeting.
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesdays 60 tips in 60 minutes (the presentation)

    yesterday was the ahma hardlines technology forum in schaumburg, il . i had 60 minutes to go through 60 tips on windows 7.  with other tips shared besides the “main” tip, i easily was above 60, but i have included the original list of 60 tips (many with screen shots) here in a chicago windows user...
  • Blog Post: christopher kusek will be on the bus and at teched 2009!

    christopher kusek who has been a long time member and recent vice chair of the chicago windows user group will be getting on the bus and going to teched 2009! there will be a large womenbuild event at teched in los angeles as well.
  • Blog Post: sunday posts for everyone - giving

    this topic seemed to be appropriate since i have just completed a few requests to support a high school friend , a coworker and a friend i met through the chicago windows user group in their running and walking.  in june eva and i will again participate in the trek 100 ride . the chicago windows...
  • Blog Post: cwug windows home server live meetings begin tonight!

    as i'm blogging this, ray casey is kicking off the first in a series of windows home server live meeting sessions. ray is a member of cwug (the chicago windows user group) and has stepped up to chair the windows home server track for the user group.
  • Blog Post: mdop charter member program

    thanks to christopher kusek for remembering to blog about this (after i mentioned it, but apparently never blogged about it). at our october cwug meeting, gordon dunkley and christopher kusek were the only two attendees that were certified as charter members.
  • Blog Post: keeping your kids safe online – windows live family safety and windows 7 parental controls

    last month i gave a speech on keeping your kids safe online at cwug (chicago windows user group) – here’s some of the nuggets you missed at our november meeting. first, i have embraced what is coming – we have two children that are growing up in the digital age.  they both have computers to use...
  • Blog Post: chicago windows user group on groups.live.com

    this month we've crossed the 400 member threshold on the chicago windows user group site on groups.live.com. next thursday we're meeting at the microsoft store in oak brook, il. if you haven't been to a meeting, feel free to join a group of passionate technologists to discuss the latest hardware, software...
  • Blog Post: another install fest (thursday), top windows 7 utilities and 3 more installations today (friday)

    thursday my counterpart dan orum led our second install fest, i did an internal tips and tricks session and then dan presented at the chicago windows user group on the top windows 7 utilities. we'll post the top utilities at our cwug site - cwug.groups.live.com . today i got up bright and early for a...
  • Blog Post: 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.technet.com/drey
  • Blog Post: live mesh beta - now for windows mobile and mac!!!!

    the chicago windows user group has had a cwug beta of live mesh going for a couple months now with a lot of people participating and i know a few of the members were really excited about the opportunity to mobile mesh - while it's available now. check it out at http://www.mesh.com . oh - and there's...
  • Blog Post: 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 meeting). i'm considering a hp touchsmart computer...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 virtualization

    we're gearing up for a great cwug march meeting and it will feature some of the new virtualization capabilities that windows 7 has. app-v just went into a 4.5 cu1 beta and this means we'll add this to our planned demos and possibly hands on lab for march. all of the sequenced demo applications that i...
  • Blog Post: sit conference 2011

    i can’t believe we’re only a month away from the students involved with technology conference!  i attended last year with my son sam.  sam will be presenting again this year – on office 2010, 2011 and the office web applications. http://www.sitconference.org/ i also just received information...
  • Blog Post: thanks to mike niehaus

    last week i was honored to spend 3 days with mike niehaus. we visited with a number of customers and also attended two user group meetings - cwug (chicago windows user group) and iwug (indiana windows user group).
  • Blog Post: windows 8 release preview loadfests in chicago and oak brook, il!

    Next Thursday (June 21st) at the Chicago Windows User Group June meeting, we will be hosting our Windows 8 Release Preview loadfest. This is the last milestone before the RTM (Release To Manufacturing) of the product. The event will be at both the Aon Center (Microsoft's Chicago office) and at the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: office 2010 tips and tricks thursdays (on a friday)

    today i’m going to share my office live story and a link to a bunch of office content.  christian maulsby gave a great presentation at cwug (chicago windows user group) last night on office live and how he uses it professionally.  great session christian!  my story starts a couple years...