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…back at it–fall preview
It’s been over a year, but this fall seems a fitting time to return to regular blogging. I’ve still been involved with the Chicago Windows User Group (CWUG) and now work at the Chicago MTC (Microsoft Technology Center), but with the job change came some time to get familiar with a new team, new processes...
23 Aug 2014
movies about dreams and virtual reality
this week i saw the movie inception for the second time and it reminded me of another movie when i was young that i really enjoyed brainstorm. brainstorm is a movie staring christopher walken and natalie wood about two scientists that perfect a machine that allows one person to "playback" the real world...
1 Aug 2010
25 apps for christmas–office, itunes and zune
no list of applications would be complete without microsoft office. i have always used this on windows and had a chance to check out office 2004, 2008 and 2011 on the mac. the latest versions of office (2010 for the pc and windows phone, 2011 for the mac and the web versions of office from...
25 Dec 2010
25 apps for christmas–rockband 3
i caught the bug a little late (stood in line at midnight for the guitar hero 3 for xbox release) but was waiting for wireless guitars since it’s one of the main reasons i love xbox 360. when rockband released it was another pre order for me and i’ve played most of the guitar hero and rockband...
15 Dec 2010
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 the request and a box was sent to ship in my...
2 Jan 2009
25 apps for christmas - browsers
it’s december 1st and having recently gotten a windows phone 7 and starting to play around with applications, i’ve decided blog posts of my 25 favorite apps would be a good series for my blog. i’ve been using microsoft applications since ms dos 2.0 and microsoft flight simulator 2.0...
2 Dec 2010
my youtube channel - whoops!
i haven't posted a lot of videos to youtube and a couple that i did post were apparently marked because of the musical soundtrack (since i "created" the photo and video portion and own the music, i didn't think about using it to impress my grandma and other family members with my computer skills). i...
2 Dec 2010
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 which was very cool and i'm really getting into...
5 Jan 2009
25 apps of christmas–netflix
no list of the most important applications of the year would be complete without this – the netflix silverlight player (for computers). i can access netflix on my windows phone 7, windows devices, macbook as well as the xbox in the family room. in my opinion, the list of what you can’t access...
13 Dec 2010
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)...
7 Jul 2009
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 .
18 Nov 2008
25 apps for christmas–apps to create apps
for the last 30 years i have been using a computer and the one common thread among all those computers? applications that made it useful. many of these applications were “off the shelf” meaning i or someone i lived with paid for the application. but an important part – especially of...
2 Dec 2010
first failure on my xbox 360 - time for a repair
this evening i have experienced my first failure on my xbox 360. it's been a great system, so i can't complain and after a quick search on searchandgive.com (which supports my kids school while providing me the information i need) i've opened a repair request and will send it in.
7 Dec 2008
8 things about windows 8: living in metro
I’ve been running Windows 8 for well over 6 months as my production operating system, but the funny thing is you wouldn’t normally notice unless you asked “where’s the Windows logo in the lower left hand corner?” and that is because I spend a lot of time in desktop applications today. My primary...
13 Jul 2012
netflix using silverlight - and xbox 360 and tivo
wow - i can't believe how cool netflix is right now. i've opted into the silverlight beta www.netflix.com/silverlightoptin - which now makes it possible for me to watch my instant queue on a mac, my pc, media center, tivo or my xbox 360. i discovered a feature the other day watching a movie that...
31 Dec 2008
tekken 6 – coming out later this month for xbox
it’s been an entire year, but later this month tekken 6 comes out for the xbox 360. since then i’ve added a second xbox to our home, begun watching netflix movies instantly on them, created my own custom avatar and gone back to mainly wireless game play even in titles like rock band and guitar...
4 Oct 2009
sam’s presentation @sitconference
on saturday my son sam and i attended the 10th annual sit conference (students involved with technology) – it was a well attended event and sam gave a presentation on speech and touch capabilities on microsoft windows computers and in a ford vehicle equipped with microsoft sync. sam’s presentation...
22 Feb 2010
10 years ago…
i was running windows xp (and had been since before it was released) and when i read ed bott’s post about browser usage , i couldn’t help but think about what i was running 10 years earlier in early 1992… i started at the company my wife now works for and was supporting software...
6 Jan 2012
sunday posts for everyone - the wait is over on june 25th
i've been waiting for friday, june 25th and now on father's day it's less than a week away. what's happening on june 25th you ask? office 2010 has already shipped (i haven't posted anything on docs.com or office.live.com here that i recall). the xbox news was already announced. it's the return of my...
21 Jun 2010
25 apps for christmas–kinect games
games on the xbox have always been “apps” that i use, but this christmas kinect games like joyride, dance central and even the included kinect adventures have provided hours of entertainment for family and friends. the controller free play was really cool and even how it works with zune video amazed...
24 Dec 2010
tekken 6 coming to xbox 360
tekken - the game i purchased a playstation 2 to play - is coming to xbox 360! tekken 6 will be the first multiplatform title in the tekken series.
10 Oct 2008
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...
4 Dec 2009
kinect and the microsoft company store opening in oakbrook, il
in my five years at microsoft i’ve had a chance to attend a lot of events. my first “launch” event was for windows vista in february 2006 where I had a chance to do two of the keynote demos in front of an audience of over 4,500 attendees. i’ve worked at the intel developers conference, internal...
5 Nov 2010
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