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Windows 7 Gadget – point and click time zone change
I travel a LOT and find myself in 2-3 time zones per week. In Vista, a user could change time zones without elevation but it was nearly impossible to automate the process. Windows 7 includes a command line utility to make time zone change automation a trivial step. I authored the attached gadget as...
16 Feb 2009
The Minzilla Project, Part Two
Yes, I am still alive! Thanks to a couple of people who recently motivated me to get another post online. I’ve been travelling with my HP Mini 1000 for 2 months now. I can honestly say I have no major issues that would cause me to turn back and carry a full sized laptop again while travelling...
10 Feb 2009
Spend an hour today and think about mobile devices in schools
If it was just that easy... Mobile devices in Education is something that we really do feel passionate about across my team at Microsoft. Trying to find the right devices, and the right solutions, to provide value to the educational environment such that they are empowering tools for learning. In many...
11 Aug 2007
Creating a "Digg This" Link for IE7
13 Jun 2007
Virtual Earth is now available via Instant Answer
I like Virtual Earth, in fact hopefully I get a post out tomorrow morning regarding a fun MapCruncher project I just completed. Just need to retake some screenshots... I see on the VE blog that they have integrated with Instant Search. Neat! Instant Search is the name for the quick results you get at...
7 Jun 2007
Popular Mechanics Video - Microsoft Surface
This is a great video if you want to sit back and see what everyone is talking about. http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4217348.html Looks like it's in the process of being Dugg. Technorati tags: Microsoft Surface
30 May 2007
This Week, May 29, 2007 - D5, Now That's a Speaker Line-Up!
Every Monday I sit down to figure out what the hype of the week will focus on. I've decided to start blogging about it as time allows. I have no idea where this concept is going or whether I will keep it up... :-) There's a conference going on this week in CA, hosted by the Wall Street Journal, named...
29 May 2007
Do you remember your first mp3?
My Saturday mornings often mean getting up early to play with the dog, kid, drinking coffee, and sitting down to search for new music. That's why I love subscription music services, it lets me download everything I can get my hands on and then delete out the things I later decide I don't care for. Do...
26 May 2007
New Sony VAIO desktops
Have you seen the new VAIOs? WOW. I was at Fry's in Chicago yesterday. Sony is obviously known for their stylistic form factor but this is impressive and actually pretty affordable. You can get in to one of these fully loaded at around 1600 bucks. Not great, but not 1000$ over what you would pay for...
11 May 2007
Link: Podcasting 101 for K-12 Librarians
I'll give Credit to TechLEARNing.com , which you should visit, before linking directly to the site below. This is a good high level overview for educators to understand what "podcasting" means, how the process works, and what value it offers to education. http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/apr06/Eash.shtml...
11 Apr 2007
Link: First look at the Xbox 360 Elite | Tina Wood | Channel 10
Channel 10 just posted the first of two announcements in regards to the Xbox 360. According to an earlier post the second will come tomorrow. This is an overview of the new Xbox Elite. A key take away for me was that they are planning to release a 120GB drive for the existing 360. Link to EXCLUSIVE VIDEO...
28 Mar 2007
Link: MCEDev's Media Center Cutter (MCML) for Vista Media Center
WOW, that is cool. This blog discusses a possible feature for the next MCE to allow video editing within the 10 foot view. I would use this A LOT. Link to Big Screen Blog: Preview: MCEDev's Media Center Cutter (MCML) for Vista Media Center
28 Mar 2007
Get your Vista machine ready for St. Patrick's Day!
You wouldn't want to bring bad luck to your gear would you? Here's a simple trick to bring good luck and avoid pinching... More info on St. Patrick's Day 1. Right click on your desktop and select "Display Settings". The click on "Windows Color and Appearance". 2. Select the drop-down arrow next to "Show...
17 Mar 2007
I posted a Search Macro - fewer retail sites
This started off as an experiment but is working well enough I use it as my default engine. The goal was to create a search macro off Live.com that would help cut back on the number of retail sites that are given in search results. Don't get me wrong, customer feedback on sites like Amazon can be really...
11 Feb 2007
Use FolderShare to sync your new Vista machine with your old XP machine
I know several members of my family have been waiting to buy a new desktop because they wanted Vista. How do you go about copying all your data between the two machines and what if you want to use both until you get comfortable? No problem. First off, I've found the Easy Transfer Wizard is VERY easy...
31 Jan 2007
Track shipments from the IE7 search field
I just stumbled across this and it works like a charm. In IE7 you can provide a custom search provider by copying and pasting the URL string from search results in to a form. This assumes of course that the URL string includes the keyword you use to search. I regularly order online and very often accept...
30 Jan 2007
Using TabletPCs for studying
I love reading the Student Tablet PC blog. This is a really interesting idea that includes the value of not just a tablet but the applications such as OneNote and how they can add value to studying. Link to The Student Tablet PC » Blog Archives » Expert Tiny-Writing Cheat Sheets In my life, I use OneNote...
30 Dec 2006
H3 Brute video!
http://www.bungie.net/News/TopStory.aspx?cid=9340 So I stopped by a Gamestop the other day to grab a wireless headset (which my dog has already tried to chew up) and as I was checking out the lady at the counter said "would you like me to put you on the list for Halo 3? It's only 5 dollars down."...
26 Dec 2006
More Windows Live™ services sneak out on Virtual Earth; New Microsoft.com
Virtual Earth keeps drawing my attention. Seriously, have you seen the features they've been adding? I noticed they now have a wifi hotspot locator. The only thing I don't see is a way to submit new hotspots, for example it lists the UPS store in my area but a St. Louis Bread Company (Panera) opened...
16 Dec 2006
Windows Live Search for mobile, very nice
Link to Windows Live Search for mobile beta Maybe I have been too wrapped up in Vista lately. I'm usually right on top of apps like this when they release but this one snuck past me. Very, very cool!
7 Dec 2006
Hooked on podcasts... (webcasts, netcasts, whatever)
Many years ago when I heard podcasts were becoming available I knew it was only a matter of time before content was available to match my interests. <sigh> Well, it's definitely happening and since I got my Zune I'm hooked. I'm still playing around with different receivers but I keep coming back...
27 Nov 2006
Cool third pillar offerings coming soon
The third pillar of Microsoft's strategy in education is to support the digital lifestyle. Zune is on the way and will hopefully be attractive to students. Also, for gamers, there is now a site up announcing a joint project between Microsoft and Razer to develop a gaming mouse. I've been a fan of Razer...
23 Aug 2006
Tablet PCs in Education
Imagine – you are studying for a final and find an item on the syllabus you just don’t recall. That day your mind was off in space for one reason or another. You open a browser and search across the professor’s class notes. You see the material from that day, highlight a specific bullet point and click...
15 May 2006
Sources searched by Windows Live Academic Search
From the Windows Live Help file: Windows Live Academic Search accesses content feeds from several publishers in the Computer Science, Physics, and Electrical Engineering areas. Academic Search works with CrossRef to facilitate cross-publisher searching. Publishers include ACM, American Institute of...
13 Apr 2006
Storm warnings and recorded TV
I'm currently living in the Midwest where there have been some pretty substantial storms in the past few weeks. Luckily, my friends and family weathered without substantial loss, many have not been so fortunate. The technology in our living rooms is constantly changing, at least for many of the people...
25 Mar 2006
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