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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 : Photos, Gallery and AutoCollage.

    When I first started using Windows Vista it was the better experience for photographers which really hooked me in. Most common image formats use the EXIF standard for embedding data about the picture (everything from the camera model and settings, to the title, keywords and so on. XP lets you look at...
  • Blog Post: How to drive Twitter (or other web tools) with PowerShell

    First of all since I’ve mentioned twitter a few times recently I should say I have this cartoon of Hugh’s in my head as a warning . After a 10 days on Twitter I’m qualified to talk about it like an expert … There are some obvious points of interest. (1) Twitter Provides a web interface, it’s not...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 federated search.

    I was a little surprised to find it was nearly 3 years ago that I first wrote about Open Search… So first off… Open search provides a specification for XML to describe search services. It’s easy to build this XML, and there’s a Microsoft Page which builds it for you , so here’s an example for IMDB, which...
  • Blog Post: Vista DOES HAVE Podcasting! (but it’s a bit ugly). The RSS screen saver is built in too..

    Regular readers (if I have any) will know that RSS is one of my interests. So I noticed Robert Scoble’s post “Windows Media 11’s lack of Podcasting gets noticed” which in turn followed up a post on Geek News Central For background: Podcasts are just RSS feeds with Enclosures. Internet...
  • Blog Post: More halo 3 picture fun

    Driving home last night I heard Stephen McGill (who's in charge of all things Xbox in the UK) on the PM programme (it's about 40 minutes in if you want to use the "Listen again feature). He was talking about Gears of War winning the Golden Joystick awards. According to the BBC Xbox and Wii had a good...
  • Blog Post: RSS Stumbler now available for download

    It was a pleasant surprise to get a mention from Robert Scoble , for my "RSS in 90 lines of code", and the I'm pleased to announce that it is available for download. Before give you the link, please be aware that Only the source code is included, you need Visual Basic 2005 (or express edition)...
  • Blog Post: Good and not so good use of RSS.

    Every morning my postman puts 3 or 4 catalogues through the door. My wife's late father had a printing company, and she still murmurs "more work for the printers" when this things arrive. It's one of of the few causes of friction in the O'Neill household, because I try not not to get to get these things...
  • Blog Post: RSS in the Enterprise

    Before IE7 and Office 2007 Beta 2 I used Attensa to bring RSS Feeds into Outlook, I liked the product and I'm still on their mailing list, they just sent me a link to their white paper "Enterprise RSS: the center of attention" and it's useful reading for anyone asking what RSS means for internal information...
  • Blog Post: RSS for the bewildered.

    The volume of web content is overwhelming. And it keeps changing - we could spend all day just checking discussions, news, blogs and so on in the hope of finding something new (a process I call " Optimistic Browsing "). Shouldn’t stuff come to us ? After all, computers are good at polling. I don't want...
  • Blog Post: Programming RSS - a complete reader in just 90 lines of code !

    I know - platfrom folks shouldn't do code. But yesterday I wrote my first "proper" program in nearly 2 years. My university lecturers would hate me to call VB "proper" programming: but although I've done a some scripting I haven't written anything with a user interface since writing a little Smartphone...
  • Blog Post: Another trick of the Touch-Pro 2: Radio.

    The more I explore the features of the Touch-Pro 2 (and Windows Mobile 6.5 – or “Windows Phone” as the marketing people have it), the more I find to like. Being a Sunday I found myself with other parents from the village standing beside a freezing soccer pitch cheering on our offspring (since mine was...
  • Blog Post: Would Apple sue Scoble's new company ?* . Don't Google for Podcasts. And other stuff from my weekend reading.

    Before I was working for Microsoft, I read Douglas Coupland's book "Microserfs" . I visited Redmond in1997 and was amazed how close it was to the book. Half a dozen pages in Coupland writes "WinQuote ... gives continuouse updates on Microsoft's NASDAQ price ... Most staffers peek at Winquote a few times...