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  • Blog Post: Virtualise your business card?

    Are you a Microsoft Certified Professional?  If so, not only do you have access to the same great Hyper-V and virtualisation goodness that everyone else has access to, but you can also go one step further, and virtualise your business card!  Before you say, ‘what is he talking about (again...
  • Blog Post: $2.5 billion and growing...

    Now there are many people out there who don't like Microsoft, for a variety of different reasons, which I'm not going to go into here - after all, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but, no matter how positive or negative your opinion is, there is no denying that Microsoft, as a company, has given a...
  • Blog Post: I'm number 1 in the World at Assassin's Creed!

    Well, me and 10,191 other people, but that's not the point :-) See more here, http://profile.mygamercard.net/mattmcspirit and feel free to add me as a friend if you want a game of something!  My current game of choice is Rockstar Table Tennis!
  • Blog Post: Caption Competition - Time for a chuckle...

    Completely Vista-unrelated (but it is still technology!), yet when I saw this, I had to make sure you guys saw it too. I stumbled upon it when reading my RSS feeds - it's taken from Technology Filter , and is apparently an "early prototype" of a gaming 'helmet' that pops on your head and can provide...
  • Blog Post: XP SP3 in the public domain

    XP SP3 has been released into the public domain after a short delay.  Get all the info, and the updates themselves, by following this link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsxp/0a5b9b10-17e3-40d9-8d3c-0077c953a761.aspx There's also an interesting whitepaper available, entitled Windows XP...
  • Blog Post: July to November - where did it go?

    I’ve been writing this blog for a number of years now, and I don’t think I’ve ever had such a barren spell of posts.  You have to look back to the 15th July for the last real post on Microsoft technology, and frankly, I’m disappointed and embarrassed! So much has happened since July.  I flew...
  • Blog Post: The blogging bug...

    It was quite a strange day yesterday - not strange in a bad way, not at all. It started with an email from David, at TranquilPC. He'd found, via my blog, that James and I were putting on another set of Vista: After Hours events at the end of September. Why was this of interest to David? Well, apart from...
  • Blog Post: Got a spare few minutes? I’ve got a game for you…

    Just a bit of fun really, but if you enjoy retro style games (complete with retro music) that you can spin up in the browser, then this could be the game for you.  I’ve just had a quick go at it, and it’s actually quite funny! Head on over to ServerQuest and start racking up Geekpoints! What is...
  • Blog Post: Energy Saving Search? Captain Planet would be proud...

      Credit where it's due: "Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. "Image displayed is primarily a function of the user's color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display...
  • Blog Post: Too good not to share... :-)

    If you've never watched 'Who's Line is it Anyway?', you're missing out... This is a classic :-) Enjoy the weekend :-)
  • Blog Post: OK, what happened to May?

    I admit, it’s been a while.  28th April to be precise, which, in my book, is far too long.  For those of you who showed concern, it was much appreciated, but I’d like to reassure you, I hadn’t moved role, left Microsoft, or been struck down with illness.  On the contrary, I’d just been...
  • Blog Post: Hello and Welcome!

    Hey – Welcome to my shiny new blog! My name is Matt McSpirit, and I am a Partner Technology Specialist here at Microsoft in the UK. I’ve worked at Microsoft for the last 6 months, and during my time I’ve been introduced to many new areas of technology, so I thought it was about time I started sharing...
  • Blog Post: Open XML: I SO need your support ;-)

    Interoperability, Choice and Open XML. Over the past year, Microsoft has done a hell of a lot to try and ensure that our products inter-operate with other products, not necessarily produced by Microsoft, out of the box, without the need for the user to call on an advanced team of consultants to make...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation, on mobile phones?

    Some people think so! http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/apr2008/tc20080421_235517.htm?chan=technology_technology+index+page_top+stories It's an interesting read, but whether it takes off or not, who knows.  I'd love a Hyper-V enabled Windows Mobile, running Virtual Machines - it's be...
  • Blog Post: Long time no see...

    It's been a while, and I'm sorry.  Things have been busy, what with the launch of Windows Server 2008 round the corner, and the Microsoft Virtualisation steam train slowly building up momentum, things are getting really exciting, busy, but exciting! I'm keen to provide you with as much information...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Partner Network

    I received a funny email the other day, via my blog, which, on first glance, said one thing to me.  SPAM.  It went on about viral videos and spoof setups, but I clicked the link anyway – it was only linking to a YouTube video, so, what would the harm be? Turns out, the video ain’t half bad...
  • Blog Post: Where did the last fortnight go?

    Firstly, an apology - my posting frequency has dropped dramatically over the last 2 weeks, and with only 3 posts since the start of November, I thought it was time to get cracking again! Secondly, an explanation of why I haven't been posting! Well, having completed some training in Milan at the start...
  • Blog Post: I’m twittering. Kind of.

    I didn’t think I’d give in, but finally, I’ve decided to embrace twitter.  Whilst I can appreciate it’s value, especially in today’s IT-fuelled world, where information is King, and people are desperate for the answers to the questions they haven’t even asked yet, twitter still seems a bit, well...
  • Blog Post: Chinwag with Mike Laverick

    Earlier today, I had the pleasure of sitting down and having a chat, via webcam, live from the man-cave , with Mike Laverick, who, among other things, has a successful blog , is a VMware vExpert , and has written a number of books, including the VMware vSphere 4 Implementation .  If you’ve not seen...
  • Blog Post: Vista even makes me laugh...

    Now, as you'll probably have guessed, I love Vista, and it genuinely has changed the way I work, for the better, but every so often it does something which makes me laugh, and although this happened to a colleague of mine, and not me, I thought I'd share it with you anyway.... Hee hee :-) Made me laugh...