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  • Blog Post: Net maps - PowerShell and Excel

    Over the weekend I picked up a link from Jeffrey , which took me to this post by Doug . My post from Friday had already got me thinking about visualization stuff and so I went off on the link that Doug provided. A nice little snippet of PowerShell which piqued my interest and a link to another post of...
  • Blog Post: Camera-phones One Note and OCR.

    Everyone uses different bits of office. There’s a core piece that everyone uses and then we all have our personal 10%. I like the OCR feature of One-Note. For example on the way to the BETT show a few days back I saw an advert on the tube that’s a grander variation on “How do you pronounce Ghoti ?” ...
  • Blog Post: Groove and Mind Mapping

    In my post last Friday I mentioned installing Groove and the Mind Genius Mind mapping software which I use so much. When I had trouble explaining what Groove 3.1 did, I made a mind map - which has now been given the Mind Genius V2 treatment. Darren Strange has a good post on using Groove ...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications server 2007 Beta available for public download.

    Little more to say. It's here Documents are available separately. So is speech server Given our propensity to move these download URLs, Just be aware that if you search for it putting 2007 in the search terms narrows the hits down. Technorati tags: Microsoft , office Communications Server , live Meeting...
  • Blog Post: Slides and scripts from Open XML / PowerShell reporting Session in Barcelona

    I'm going to spend the next two or three Posts explaining what I did in this session for those who weren't there but, for those who were I promised the slides and scripts would be downloadable You can get the zip from my skydrive
  • Blog Post: Not exactly a valentine for IBM

    One of those odd coincidences. Back in January 26 when I was blogging about IBM FUD , I mentioned an Information Week Article where IBM made the assertion that " a so-called "open XML" platform file format, known as OOXML, is designed to run seamlessly only on the Microsoft Office platform.". This is...
  • Blog Post: MY reason for having Office 2007 SP1

    I've blogged about this twice already, but now it's on my system I have one bug-fix to report. I read every thing in Outlook. I don't go to blog sites to see if they have posts, I subscribe to RSS feeds, which get brought into folders in Outlook. In fact if something doesn't come to me via outlook, it...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 and Windows Vista: Release to Manufacturing !

    I have just seen confirmation from Jeff Raikes that we have released Office 2007 to manufacturing . This is the biggest change we have made to office certainly since we went 32 bit, and in UI terms it's probably the biggest change since we bundled the apps and called them office back in 1993. The internal...
  • Blog Post: The Campaign for real numbers

    Sorry to rant about phones twice on the same day, but hopefully this will get something out of my system which has been has been bugging me for ages. Really this is only aimed at British readers. First some history. When "Subscriber Trunk Dialing" was introduced into Britain the Post Office came up with...
  • Blog Post: More on office SP1 (pass the tin hat)

    It was an interesting journey to work. Between the fog, ice and roadworks and traffic police who seem to have become suicidal of late, I was listening to my e-mail through Outlook Voice Access. The time really has come to buy myself a Jawbone headset : OVA is perfect when I use the mobile handset (illegal...
  • Blog Post: UK techdays Free events in London – including after hours.

    You may have seen that registration for UK TechDays events from 12 th to 16 th April is already open - but you probably won’t have seen this newly announced session, even if you are following   @uktechdays   on twitter After Hours @ UK Tech Days 2010 – Wednesday 14th April, 7pm – 9pm. Vue Cinema...
  • Blog Post: Groove, Vista and "better together"

    Groove is infectious. Everyone who has started using it in the office, loves it and sets up workspaces for other people. Sue, our roadshow producer is using the evaluation version and is already growing nervous of the day it runs out - she was really pleased to learn that she'll be able to use it with...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Service pack now out

    The title says is all really. Details of what is in the service pack are in KB article 936982 and the download is available here . I've been saying I'd rebuild my PC once we have the release of office and vista SP1 so I haven't been running this one in beta, so I haven't got experience to share, yet...
  • Blog Post: On Writing. And formats for storing writing. Via sockpuppets

    I mentioned the post that I lost last night and that it referred to Clive James, a writer whose words I can hear as I read them. I can't think of many others like that: I hear Bill Bryson's words in the on-the-brink-of-mania tones with which Kerry Shale read them on the radio, rather than Bryson's easy...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 support for Windows mobile

    One of our Redmond product managers was visiting today, and since he's old friend of mine from my days in consulting we took a chance to grab a Coffee. In putting the world to rights we took in the problem of one part of Microsoft not knowing what another is doing. It always amuses me that people outside...
  • Blog Post: Imagine having 580 Terabytes of data you can't access.

    I've given some clue of the problems I have managing all the photos and Videos, but I realised my problems are pretty small when I read this The National Archives, which holds 900 years of written material, has more than 580 terabytes of data - the equivalent of 580,000 encyclopaedias - in older file...
  • Blog Post: It's official, Office Open XML is an ISO standard

    ISO have posted the official news to their web site, and the less than inspiring title, " ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Information technology – Office Open XML file formats, has received the necessary number of votes for approval as an ISO/IEC International Standard. " I've had some pretty robust...
  • Blog Post: Open-XML. This is what it's all about.

    I have been saying for ages that most IT professionals really don't give two hoots about Open-XML. It's a file format. Who cares ? The old file format had been around for ages, and was pretty opaque, so hardly anyone dug into it. The new format is XML (which is good), and rich (also good), but complicated...
  • Blog Post: Making Word clouds (Part 1: how it works).

    I’ve been playing with word clouds on and off for the last couple of months, and finally I’ve decided the time has come to share what I have been doing. Word clouds turn up in all sorts of places, and I wanted to produce something which could take any text, be customized, and let me edit the the final...
  • Blog Post: Presentation skills

    I'm back from in Athens, we had a 2 day evangelism summit (a synod ??) followed by after 3 days of Longhorn training, and those of us who will be out talking about Windows Server "Longhorn" got to spend time with a top presentation skills coach who works a lot with our US staff. It meant listening to...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell from Excel (oh oh, VMware again)

    VMware are a competitor and so when things go wrong for them I'll point it out (and to answer Nick, a regular commenter: No, that's not FUD. Saying "VMware had a failure here, so you can extrapolate from that to unspecified future failures" would be spreading Fear Uncertainty and Doubt. I might...
  • Blog Post: Search: A quick round-up

    I've been meaning to have a play with Search Server since Viral demo'd it on the last roadshow. We have a downloadable VHD for it with a very good walk-through, I can say that honestly because I've just spent a couple of hours walking through it. Of course since I'm doing all my virtualization on Server...
  • Blog Post: Another lesson in FUD, from a past master.

    A little culture to lead into the weekend. A quote from Voltaire no less. I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it. Someone sent me a link to story " Rivals Attack Vista As Illegal Under EU Rules ". We've heard of the...
  • Blog Post: Thinking about the cloud (part 1).

    I was telling someone recently that before I joined Microsoft I spent the late 1990s running a small training company. The number of employees varied, averaging out at a dozen or so. I delivered training, did the business management, helped the win over customers and I looked after the IT. It was like...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Vista and Office Launch (for Pedants)

    I realise that those of you who are prone to bouts of political correctness might describe me as "pro-detail" - and whose who aren't might call me a Pedantic wassname. You might register for the Exchange/Vista/Office (a.k.a EVO) Launch event perfectly happily but since I first saw the UK version of a...