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

August, 2007

  • Social Bookmarking Plugin

    Thanks to Scott who pointed out a rather tasty plugin for Live Writer that adds Social Bookmarking tags to your blog post automatically - nice. This chap is responsible for it and the first thing I did was modify the text files that come with it to include...
  • Vista After Hours - The Return!!!

    We're back by popular demand! Matt and I are being unleashed on 4 cities up and down the UK to deliver a stonking array of innovations, hardware, gadgets all tied together by the magic of Microsoft software. Last time around we played to packed crowds...
  • Bamboo for Vista

    The guys at Wacom surprised me by sending over a Bamboo pen tablet the other week which was rather nice of them. Since I moved from my Toshiba Tablet to my Sony Vaio without a touchscreen I'd really been missing the ability to make notes and draw on my...
  • Halo 3 + HD + Silverlight = cool

    One for Friday this, and a quick reminder about the Vista After Hours sessions we are running at the end of September ( see here for more details ) and join the Facebook Group Here . Did I mention we are giving away copies of Windows Vista Ultimate at...
  • When error messages are good

    I was playing around with the new image library of the space shuttle when I broke Photosynth. I got a javascript popup telling me about my faux-pas and instead of just dismissing the error without reading it, for the first time in my life I read an error...
  • Partner TV goes Silverlight

    I promised some changes to Partner TV , the first of which (if you don't count a bit more text explaining the videos) I published last night which is a Silverlight player. This new enhancement brings cross-browser, cross-platform capability to Partner...
  • Live.com velocity

    Interesting eye chart from Compete.com which shows the "velocity" of Live.com relative to google.com and yahoo.com. For those of you who don't know, Live.com is Microsoft's internet search engine. Compete.com describe velocity as: Velocity is an effective...
  • Blue Monster at the Future of Web Apps

    Representing Microsoft at this year's FOWA (Future of Web Apps) conference in London, I'll be there finding out where the top people in the industry think the web is going. One of the things I'll be particularly interested in talking to people about is...
  • Watch the UK Foot and Mouth outbreak spread

    Well hopefully not, but this is how it looks at the moment... Here in the UK, during the great floods of 2007 we were pretty late in getting the situation covered on Virtual Earth and I moaned to the Director of our Online Services Group (MSN and stuff...
  • Vista Application Compatibility Training available

    This Application Compatibility Training has been delivered worldwide to MCS Consultants, partners and customers preparing to deploy Windows Vista. In this training, you will learn about the most common application compatibility problems found with Windows...
  • Windows Vista SP1

    We've just announced the beta of Windows Vista SP1 which is available on beta in two weeks time. Nick from the Windows Vista Team Blog has all the details on his post here. There's also a whitepaper available here which discusses SP1 in lots of detail...
  • Deployment Event with a difference

    Keith Baker, one of our resident deployment gurus here at Microsoft UK is running a trial event for TechNet explaining how and why you should deploy technology. Keith will go into the details of how you to understand the application related obstacles...
  • New Deployment training (BDD v3)

    We are pleased to announce the new Desktop Deployment Planning Services Readiness (BDD v3) Workshop for partners. · Duration : 4 Days · Cost: £400 · No of Deliveries in H1 – 4 (First date on 25 th September)– with more planned if demand outstrips supply...
  • BBC goes Web 2.0

    Interesting that the Beeb have got their Web 2.0 thinking hat on and have started adding bookmark links at the end of each news story which link to Delicious, Digg, Reddit, Facebook and StumbleUpon really easily. Clicking through to "What are these?"...
  • Inspect the shuttle repairs with Photosynth

    I thought it was quite cool that NASA - after taking pictures of the underside of the shuttle - sent them over to the guys at Live Labs to synth them and get them online for people to look at. Technorati Tags: NASA , Photosynth , Shuttle