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James Senior at Microsoft: Like a kid in a candy store

September, 2006

  • Woah there cowboy, you've got information overload!

    Ok I have waaaaay too much information coming at me in every direction. I need to cut back on my information addiction... I went to "Informatics Anonymous" last week (saw my boss and Matt there) and got the following things of my chest: I'm subscribed...
  • Flexible Working in Vista: Part 1 - Presentation Scenarios

    I recently read a great article on flexible working which presented some great ideas on how to maximise employee effectiveness when away from their desks whether in on out of the office. Some of the things they mentioned were: Eliminating dead...
  • Lunchtime kickoff: Arsenal vs Vista

    Yesterday, I was presenting at an event in the new Emirates Stadium which is the home of Arsenal FC. The stadium itself is fantastic and the executive box where I was presenting, provided a great view of the pitch. It was apt considering I was showing...
  • I want my desktop to look beautiful, even if I can't see it

    At the moment I'm on training in Paris, learning about advanced .NET & all things code-like. One of the fellow delegates who also works at Microsoft UK is Saqib Shaikh who sits in the Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) group as a developer. One of...
  • 3 Minute View on Vista - Using Guided Help

    As promised: PTS Screencast: "3 Minute View on Vista - Using Guided Help" The screencast shows how a user can follow a guided help topic to find out a solution to a problem. In this particular example the help topic is on hiding and showing file extensions...
  • 3 Minute View on Vista: Handwriting Recognition

    In this, the latest screencast, I look at the handwriting recognition in Windows Vista which is available when you use a Tablet PC. I show how you can use it in your everyday Windows applications and also try to break it with my terrible handwriting ...
  • Free Disk Space Gadget

    Check out this free disk space gadget over at the Microsoft Gadget Gallery . The meter lets you know instantly how much free space you've got on your hard disk. As with any gadget you can add multiple instances of it to the Sidebar, which means you can...
  • Coding with Presentation Mode in mind

    Following on from my post the other day on Presentation Settings, I wanted to give you some technical details on how to code your applications so users have a good experience when they are making presentations. Firstly, it's worth checking out the...
  • Competition Time!

    It's the great Vista USB Key give-a-way!!!!! I've got one 256 MB Vista USB Key to give to one lucky reader and all I ask in return is that you do the following: In no more than 30 words, tell me about your favourite feature in Vista and why it's so...
  • Remote Desktop Gadget

    This is a rather cool gadget that system admins will find useful. It allows you to quickly type in a server name and remote in using remote desktop. Very slick indeed. Download it here: http://gallery.microsoft.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=c7f9c661...
  • Jim Allchin talks about developing on Vista

    Jim Allchin is our Co-President of the Plaforms and Services Division and is pretty important when it comes to all things Windows Vista. I was lucky enough to be in the audience when he gave a great demo of Vista at MGX (Microsoft's annual sales conference...
  • (Don't) Shutdown Vista in 3 keystrokes

    I saw David Overton's recent post on the quickest way to shutdown Windows using the keyboard. He recommends using the the following key strokes: Ctrl+Esc (Windows Key), Right, Right, Right, u Well that's 5 key strokes - and I can do it in three. All you...
  • Announcing USB Flash drive competition winner!

    Woah! I had a load of entries for this competition - thanks for everyone who emailed in - it was great reading all your opinions and there were a few humorous ones too :-) It seemed that Aero was one of the most popular features, along with ReadyBoost...
  • Vista Developer Training!!!!

    This is a unique opportunity to get a head start on the technologies available in Windows Vista... If there's one training that you allow your developers to go on this year - make sure it's this one!!! Here's what they will do: Technical exercises that...
  • 3 Minute View on Vista: Tablet PC Input Panel

    This screencast covers what all tablet pc users will be using in Windows Vista - the Tablet Input Panel. One of the great features is the way that it is "context sensitive" which means that whichever application you are running, if you need to enter text...
  • Games on Vista with quad damage

    I'm not talking Chess Titans here, nor Quake for that matter. What can be done with a quad core processor from Intel and Windows Vista? Well an example is Alan Wake which my main man Long Zheng drew my attention to today via a video posted on YouTube...
  • ReadyBoost USB Devices Reviewed

    ExtremeTech have written a great article reviewing different USB flash devices and how they get on with ReadyBoost in Windows Vista. "ReadyBoost is a technology built into Windows Vista that caches disk reads onto a flash memory device. It can work with...
  • Perspective on EC vs Microsoft

    I've held back from posting about the recent buzz around a statement made by the EC regarding the security features in Windows Vista. So no ranting here - although I might want to - just a link to an article on FT.com. This article is simply a letter...
  • It's time to wake up Dreamweaver, Expression Web Designer is here

    For the past 6 years I've used Macromedia/Adobe Dreamweaver to do my web designing - it's a really good piece of software and I stuck by it because I considered it to be the best on the market. Two months ago I uninstalled because I found a much better...
  • Users who support themselves

    Ok, so here's the scenario, you're an IT Manager and one of your users has a problem. They don't know how to connect to the wireless network in your office. So what do they do? They ring the IT support desk because they want you to help them. One of your...
  • Zune Prices and Accessories

    Courtesy of Cesar Menendez : Today we're issuing a press release about Zune's launch date and price: November 14 in the U.S.; $249.99. Many people have asked about Zune Marketplace: A ZunePass (giving you access to millions of songs) will cost you $14...
  • ISVs - Get Ready for Windows Vista

    UPDATE: The portal is still in pilot mode so full benefits are not quite available yet - however you can still get 10 free hours of email support!! Help your customers understand that your software is high quality and certified for use with Vista...
  • You've got to love Amazon

    First to publish Vista prices, first to publish Zune prices..... Someone needs to tell them that Apple don't make the Zune - it's from Microsoft. My grandad used to say "a little more care, a little less haste".... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Zune...
  • BBC Vista Demo

    Something that was demoed a while back at the Mix06 event was the BBC gadget running on Vista. It shows off the Presentation Foundation brilliantly and it's great to see a UK partner like the BBC pioneering Vista through our early adopter program. Check...
  • Windows Server "Longhorn" Webcasts

    Maximize control over IT infrastructure: Help your customers enjoy a more secure, reliable, robust server environment with the Windows Server code name "Longhorn" operating system. Two new webcasts cover how to ensure system health with Network Access...