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  • Blog Post: Dont Forget about Earth Hour 2008!

    I will be taking part in Earth Hour 2008 and so will Microsoft Australia. We will be turning off our computers, lights, monitors etc before we leave for the weekend. Remember to turn off your lights at 8pm on Saturday night! There is also a Facebook Footprint Calculator which is the official WWF Earth...
  • Blog Post: Gartner's top 10 Strategic technologies for 2008

    Gartner has come up with their top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2008 and there is no surprise Green IT is topping the list at number 1. 1. Green IT 2. Unified Communications 3. Business Process Management 4. Metadata management 5. Virtualization 6. Mashups 7. The Web Platform 8. Computing fabric...
  • Blog Post: Wave your hands to control your TV

    Two engineers from the University of Wollongong, Australia (UOW), have developed a box that will replace your TV remote control. You’ll just have to wave your hands to control your electronic gadgets. Their box contains a camera that recognizes your hand signals and translates them into electronic commands...
  • Blog Post: Worldwide PC shipments up 12% - IDC

    Worldwide PC shipments grew by 12.5% in the second quarter of 2007 (2Q07), according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) returned as the fastest growing region with volume increasing more than 20% from the same quarter one year ago. A competitive market in the United...
  • Blog Post: Download Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate (RC)

    Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications with the new virtualization innovations provided in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC. Dynamic Memory and Microsoft RemoteFX TM , to help businesses further optimize their datacenter and desktops. Dynamic Memory lets Hyper...
  • Blog Post: Happy Retirement Windows XP!

    Time to move off XP?  Little reminder for the upcoming end of support date. Jeffa
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: Cloud Content Available Now!

    I know through a lot of discussions I’ve been having with IT Pro’s that Cloud Computing is top of mind.  Our internal IT folks our having the same thoughts and concerns about how to use cloud computing in the best way. Cloud computing is a top priority for Microsoft customers and partners. For CIO...
  • Blog Post: Siemens and Microsoft team up to drive in-car applications

    Siemens VDO and Microsoft are teaming up to develop in-vehicle communication, information, entertainment and navigation products. The first product, to be built by Siemens VDO based on the MS Auto software platform, is expected to go into production in 2009, faster than usual in the automotive industry...
  • Blog Post: 8 steps to Windows Server 2008 planning

    Computerworld article outlining 8 important steps to plan for Windows Server 2008 in your organisation. 'For data center managers, nothing spells "doom and disaster" quite like a server infrastructure change. Whether it's a new virtualization technique, an upgrade to network access-control software or...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia 2013: Session Catalogue is live!

    We’ve reached another milestone in our TechEd planning cycle with the session catalogue going live!   A whole bunch of folks have worked really hard to get the catalogue up so well done everyone!  Also this is one of the big asks we get from customers thinking of attending TechEd as having...
  • Blog Post: Foxtel HD Blog

    I've been a subscriber to Foxtel for a while now, primarily for the sports and news channels. So the announcement of Foxtel HD got me pretty excited especially when all my friends in the UK are already watching the football in HD. Its great to see Foxtel HD will support both 720p and 1080i HD formats...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.5 Beta Now Available!

              The Microsoft Solution Accelerator team has recently announced the first public beta of the MAP 5.5 toolkit.   I’ve been a big fan of this tool for quite some time now and this latest version adds a host of new options--with assessment for easier migration to Windows...
  • Blog Post: Watch Bill Gates last day at Microsoft

    Hope everyone had a great beak over the holidays. For those who didn't know the Consumer Electronics Show is happening at the moment over in Las Vegas. Bill Gates was speaking at the Keynote and he showed a video of his last day at Microsoft. Guest stars include George Clooney, Steven Speilberg, Jay...
  • Blog Post: New Internet Speed Record

    " GROUP of researchers led by the University of Tokyo has broken two internet speed records in as many days. Operators of the high-speed Internet2 network announced that the researchers sent data at 7.67 gigabits per second, using standard communications protocols." "With the 10-fold increase, a high...
  • Blog Post: End of support for Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista RTM and Windows 2000 Server

    As we announced in 2008, support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010. Support for Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Server will end on the same date. Support for Windows Vista Release to Manufacturing (RTM) will end on April 13, 2010. NOTE: There is no Service Pack 3 for the 64...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac available for TechNet Plus Subscribers

    We are pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac today, bringing Mac users the latest versions of the company’s productivity software. The release is the latest effort from the Office for Mac team, which has been delivering Microsoft software to the Mac for 13 years. Some...
  • Blog Post: Holographic Storage offers 300GB of storage on a standard disc

    The worlds first Holographic Storage devices will be launching soon. Initial storage will be around 300GB on a single disc and could offer 1.6Tbytes on a single disc within 3 years. The product being launched by InPhase is the Tapestry 300R drive and media, which has a capacity of 300Gbytes and a transfer...
  • Blog Post: New HP and Microsoft Agreement to Simplify Technology Environments

    For those who haven’t heard, HP and Microsoft Corp. announced an agreement to invest $250 million over the next three years to significantly simplify technology environments for businesses of all sizes. This agreement represents the industry’s most comprehensive technology stack integration to date ...
  • Blog Post: Paramount and Dreamworks Animation choose HD-DVD

    Just as I was losing hope for HD DVD... Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc said on Monday they will release their next-generation DVD titles exclusively on HD DVD ahead of what they say could be the biggest holiday season ever for DVDs. Paramount had sold titles in both...
  • Blog Post: MIT researchers complete wireless electricity test

    "MIT research team juices up a 60-watt light bulb using "WiTricity" The day may be coming when PCs, cell phones and many other devices will be run without a battery or electrical cord. Last week, an MIT research team announced that it had juiced up a 60-watt light bulb using "WiTricity," the name...
  • Blog Post: Live Earth, The Concert for a Climate in Crisis

    On Saturday, 7/07/07, MSN is sponsoring Live Earth, The Concert for a Climate in Crisis. This 24-hour global event will feature more than 150 of the world’s top bands performing on all seven continents, with concerts in Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Istanbul, London, New York, and other cities around the...
  • Blog Post: Free Wireless at Sydney Libraries

    Got this from Lifehacker . Good news for those taking laptops into Sydney libraries, you will be able to use the free wireless service . The libraries offering Wi-Fi are: Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay Glebe, 186 Glebe Point Road, Glebe Haymarket, 744 George Street, Sydney Kings Cross...
  • Blog Post: Daylight Savings changes in Western Australia – prepare now!

    Daylight Savings time changes can have a significant impact on business performance if not dealt with proactively. Effects can range from the incorrect time display on the clock, to calendaring problems, to changes in business critical services that are time dependent. This year, Western Australians...
  • Blog Post: New Social Bookmarking on TechNet and MSDN!

    We have launched a preview of our Social Bookmarking application on TechNet and MSDN for you to start using. Social Bookmarking is a way to store your bookmarks on the web, share your bookmarks with others and explore bookmarks stored by other users. Some of the new features to look forward to in the...
  • Blog Post: How to become an exceptional security manager

    Good article in Computerworld taking tips from a surgeon's textbook and applying it to IT Security Management. "The number one indicator for above-average medical care was often simply consistency. In the story related on NPR, the author discussed how one doctor was able to have significantly longer...