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  • Blog Post: Mac Fan Experience of Vista & Microsoft on the BBC

    This made really interesting reading....take a look about how Ken Mingis of got on with RC1 version of Vista running on a Mac !. Computerworld Software .....ps it is a pretty even handed review. Also this article caught my eye on the BBC Website "BBC AND Microsoft sign agreement" to explore ways of developing...
  • Blog Post: Have your cake and eat it !!

    This made me laugh....well it is Friday. Apparently the Microsoft Internet Explorer team sent the Firefox team a Congratulations cake for shipping ontime !....I wonder if anyone will send us a cake when we launch our EVO (Exchange Vista and Office) in the very near future.:)
  • Blog Post: My 15 minutes - Well not quite !

    If you want to learn a little bit more about me and my job at Microsoft and why I joined, then here is a little bit of self - promotion !. I was interviewed a little while ago by PartnerTV. I had pushed it to the back of my mind (as I am a little camera shy) until much to my suprise Eileen Blogged about...
  • Blog Post: Great "Grab it while you can offer"

    Being a school Governor I am always interested in great offers for Software now Staff at colleges and Universities can take advantage of a Great Offer which was formerly only open to Students. If you are interested Read On ! Students of colleges and universities have been able to buy Office 2007 Ultimate...
  • Blog Post: Why do I Blog?

    This was a question asked of me by a colleague recently. Why do you waste your time blogging everyday. Well it took my breath away a little bit because I never considered I was wasting my time !. Well here are my top 5 reasons for why I blog. 1. A good way to pass on technical information which may...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Desktop Player This has potential !

    Apologies for not blogging recent weeks. I have been tremendously busy plus working out of the country My good friend Justin Zarb showed me this the other day. Microsoft Desktop Player This is a great utility that gives you a platform to search for technet content based around . You can either use the...
  • Blog Post: Back on the horse of Blogging after a well earned rest

    Well back from holidays and back to work. I have been catching up on my mountains of Emails. Whilst catching up on some posts the on Tafiti which is swahili for "do research" website looks really exciting. It uses "silverlight" technology and takes a completely innonative approach to carrying out searches...
  • Blog Post: What Eats my Weekends

    It was good fun reading this article by Steve Ranger talking about how so called time saving gadgets which are meant to save your time ....you end up wasting hours and hours "playing" with them. I can totally empathise with this. I recently spent an aimless Saturday afternoon checking out all the functionality...
  • Blog Post: Seriously Cool Device

    Sorry I have not posted for a few days. I was a bit under the weather....however back fighting fit now !. I am always losing things....keys usb sticks, husbands children!. Well I think I have found my ultimate geek chick Christmas present. This was reviewed on the BBC Technology Web Site , it is called...
  • Blog Post: Heading to Teched IT Forum Barcelona 2007

    Well I am now getting excited. I am going to be working on the Ask the Experts Stand @ Teched IT Forum in Barcelona next week. I am really looking forward to this as I had an absolutely brilliant time out in Orlando this year at Teched. I will be intending to build upon my 2008 knowledge and catch loads...
  • Blog Post: A Great day in the Land of Virtualization

    Well today has been great. My inaugural Operations day for Premier Field Engineering "Virtual Server and Beyond " has come to a close. I can honestly say it went really really well. I must admit it was hard work putting it all together but I had a really great Colleague Sarah Lidington working with me...
  • Blog Post: For the Geek who has everything !

    For a bit of Friday Fun (It has been a hard week !) and the season of Christmas fun. I came across this in my Internet shopping travels. I am sorry but this must be the most "geekish" present you could buy for your loved one. a LED Belt Buckle.........really !. This made me LOL when I saw it !...
  • Blog Post: Size is Everything

    I remember the time that I was blown away by the newest P.C. that was delivered into the Company I was working for back in 1989. This was a IBM ps/2 MODEL 70 . It had a huge 40mb hard disk drive and 4mb of memory !. I was working as a new p.c. support "nugget" and could remember wondering how on earth...
  • Blog Post: Useful Windows Live Add-in for Microsoft Outlook

    I came across this add-in the other day which pretty useful. This allows you do to do the following ; "Windows Live Local for Outlook adds maps, routes, traffic updates, driving directions, and travel time to your Microsoft Office Outlook meeting requests. See maps in road, aerial, bird’s eye view,*...
  • Blog Post: A Great Evening and much food for thought ?

    I had a great evening the other night representing Microsoft at BCS IT Computer Awards Dinner 2007 http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=conWebDoc.16272 . It was a great occasion and a great chance to dress up !. However Microsoft was up for a couple of awards most notably; GCS Women in I.T. Award and also...
  • Blog Post: Running around in Circles

    This made me laugh....I gonna get one for those days when you feel you are just going around in circles ! Hamster
  • Blog Post: Top Microsoft Bloggers

    Starting the week of gently with a non pure "technical" blog. I was reading Redmond Mag over the weekend, and an article on blogging caught my eye. In this article Mary Jo Foley, lists her top ten Microsoft Bloggers . Being very new to the Blogging arena, it was interesting looking down the list who...
  • Blog Post: Squeezing a quart into a Pint Pot

    Well yes it is a very British expression, but I was reading May Wongs article on Funblog which talked around some great new technology which Ringcube Technologies unveiled. This software can virtually squeeze a PC onto an USB Keychain drive, MP3 Player cell phone or any gadget with digital storage space...
  • Blog Post: Get Organised - Claim your Life Back .....Well we can try :)

    Guys and Girls - A new book from Microsoft Press to add to your reading list. I am going to try some of the techniques to some-how make sense of my busy diary....although I am still booked out until December ! ISBN: 9780735623439 Author: Sally McGhee and John Wittry Pages: 368 Synopsis Get expert advice...
  • Blog Post: Cool Picture Editing Software

    I was reading about this recently some online Picture editing software by Picnik. This has the following cool pictures The great thing about this is it can all happen online with functionality to hook into flickr facebook and picassa One-click photo fixing or in-depth tweaking Crop, rotate, and resize...
  • Blog Post: Side by Side

    I love listening to all manner of music and have owned an MP3 player since the early Creative Rio players. I am not going to say the "word" which Rhymes with Nod because it is not that make of player !. However I have owned one in the past before I accidentally dropped it over the side of an English...
  • Blog Post: Well I lied ....just one more blog before the Year Ends

    Well you know what its like....the time between Christmas and New Year when you are on holiday almost seems like a hangover and I get itchy fingers being away from my technosphere !....yes I know I am a bit sad. Anyway...I noticed I have been tagged....by Eileen to reveal 5 things about myself which...
  • Blog Post: Well I am getting Excited - Teched Florida 4th - 8th of June

    Well as the time draws nearer I am getting more and more excited. I am going out to Florida this Sunday with some colleagues two of them who you may know from their blogs, Justin Zarb and Ben Pearce to represent Microsoft Premier Field Engineering from the U.K. and to work on the Longhorn Demo Stands...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Blogosphere

    A good friend and colleague Mark Empson has entered the Blog Community. He is to be found here http://blogs.technet.com/mempson/ . His main areas of technology will be Platforms and Active Directory. But I happen to know he is an guru on Windows 2008 so keep a close eye on some really excellent blog...
  • Blog Post: Zune Details Released - groove baby !

    I love listening to music and keeping pictures and videos of all my family and favorite bands, It is therefore with great interest I have been following the story of "Zune". IMHO think one of the great killer functions is that Zune possesses is the ability to wirelessly share all your music and multimedia...