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  • Blog Post: Keep your desktop private

    If you do demonstrations or webcasts from your computer, used the desktop screen sharing feature on Office Communicator 2007 R2 , or asked for remote assistance you may have inadvertently shown your desktop to your co-workers, a client, or the world. If you keep a spotless computer desktop (or are using...
  • Blog Post: Creating a PowerPoint Deck from a Word Outline

    Great trick to use when creating a presentation in PowerPoint. If you start out when planning your presentation by just firing up PowerPoint and adding slides, it can be difficult to keep track of the overall flow of the presentation. If only you could create an Outline in Word, and then automagically...
  • Blog Post: WordPad is strangely functional

    If you are like me, you haven’t fired up WordPad since somewhere around 1998.  It has virtually no functionality at all. Except… now it does.  I was listening to Windows Weekly , and Paul Thurrott and Leo Laporte mentioned that WordPad is significantly improved in Windows 7.  I fired it...
  • Blog Post: In my head

    I know I have fallen woefully behind in my blogging… for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to sign up for 18 college credits while working full time, which has left me precious little time for things I once enjoyed, like blogging, sleep, or remembering my kid’s names. Good times. In any case...
  • Blog Post: Made My Day

    If you haven't seen any of the " Where the Hell is Matt? " videos, do yourself a favor and check them out, especially his new video that came out yesterday. The locations he visits are absolutely epic. http://www.vimeo.com/1211060
  • Blog Post: Gigabits and Petabytes

    Just saw this over on Microsoft Watch , but this is a fascinating interview with Debra Chrapaty , the Corporate VP in charge of Microsoft’s data center and network expansion.  The scale is absolutely mind-boggling.  Seriously… watch the whole interview. It’s worth your time.
  • Blog Post: The Live Orb Button

    Not high on the scale of discoverability, but cool nonetheless... If you are on one of the Live websites (such as http://my.live.com or http://home.live.com ) that has a Windows Live orb in the top left of the page, it turns out that the orb is actually a button with navigation options that appear when...
  • Blog Post: Are you a Windows Guru?

    If you love technology, Windows Vista, and live in one of the following locations, you can be a Windows Guru! W Hollywood CA Los Angeles CA Downey CA Hawthorne CA Torrance CA Pasadena CA Burbank CA Rancho Cucamonga CA West Covina CA Chula Vista CA San Diego CA San Bernardino CA Riverside CA Irvine CA...
  • Blog Post: Pandora Gadget

    If you at all like music, you probably visit Pandora ( http://www.pandora.com ) on a regular basis.  Tonight, I noticed that they have a Gadget that will let you play their awesome playlists directly from your sidebar (or if you are on Windows 7, from anywhere!). Get it here: http://www.pandora...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope Released

    Wow. Microsoft Research's WorldWide Telescope must be seen to be believed. Make sure your kiddoes are handy, because they will love this. Experience it here: http://worldwidetelescope.org
  • Blog Post: Add Bing to your site

    Just saw this over on The Road to Know Where , and is really quite nice… You can run through a quick wizard over on the Bing Site Owner site, and it will generate some HTML that you can past on your site to add a Bing Search Box that will search both the Internet and your site. The search box powered...
  • Blog Post: Attention to Detail

    One thing that we are absolutely doing right in Windows 7 is paying attention to tiny details that may seem trivial, but that add significant polish to the End User experience. In checking the date today, I see that the clock politely informs me that it changed the time due to Daylight Savings Time....
  • Blog Post: Masters of the (Reading) Universe.

    Unless you are Uber-l33t, you are probably not working on your Microsoft Certified Master certification.  This is  where the best-of-the-best come visit the better-of-the-best on the Redmond Campus to learn everything there is to know about Active Directory Services , SharePoint , OCS , SQL...
  • Blog Post: Online Safety Resources

    With school back in session soon (if not already), The Trustworthy Computing team has released a number of useful family safety resources and brochures that would be useful to hand out at a PTA Meeting. You can also use them as supplemental materials to run your own online safety event for your school...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010– Storman on Steroids

    AKA… how to visualize the files you are storing in SharePoint. * Update on the below after having spoken with the team that runs the internal Microsoft SharePoint farm (thanks Sam for information on the impact!).  While everything mentioned does work, the approach has two downsides: It will not...
  • Blog Post: MOF licensed under Creative Commons

    I know this has been in the works for a while, but I see over on the MOF blog that Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) 4.0 has been licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license.  From the post: One of the first things people realize when looking at implementing a service management framework...
  • Blog Post: Binging Twitter

    Wow, that sounds kind of dirty… I am proud to say that I have managed to make it this far without joining the time sink that is Twitter (although watching CNN, you’d think that it will eventually replace speech as the primary form of human communication). Anyhoo… Bing just added a pretty cool feature...
  • Blog Post: Search and Give

    Neat opportunity to make a difference throughout the day without even having to get out of your seat.  Head on over to: http://www.searchandgive.com and set it as your home page.  For every search you make, Microsoft will contribute to the charity of your choice.   I am contributing to...
  • Blog Post: Unnecessary Complexity

    If you are a long term Windows user, you right-click everything.  That right-click menu offers a lot of options, and it is comforting to see everything that you can do at any given time.  Heck… you can often Shift-right-click and get even MORE options. There is an interesting place within Windows...
  • Blog Post: How do you measure up?

    Cool Instant Answer on Bing … just visit and search for “<job> salary”
  • Blog Post: Blogging Windows 7

    AWESOME news… two of the smartest people I have ever met are starting up a blog on Windows 7, and the engineering that has gone into it.  Steven Sinofsky is the Senior Vice President of the Window Engineering team, and was responsible for the masterpiece that is Office 2007 (which shipped on time...
  • Blog Post: Leave me alone!!! (using Lync to NOT communicate)

    Ubiquitous connectivity and communication sources are a blessing and a curse.  It is amazing that I can speak with my co-worker in Germany and get an answer as if he were sitting right next to me.  On the flip side of the coin, my co-workers (and family, and friends) all over the world (or...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 About Face

    The story from June 2008: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/25/et-tu-intel/ Intel, the giant chip maker and longtime partner of Microsoft, has decided against upgrading the computers of its own 80,000 employees to Microsoft’s Vista operating system, a person with direct knowledge of the company’s...
  • Blog Post: Easter Eggs

    Just saw this over on Bink.nu . It turns out (and I have verified), that there is a pretty cool easter egg included with the HP EX470/EX475 MediaSmart Home Servers . The HP servers have a series of LEDs on the front of the unit that turn different colors to indicate status at a glance. With the easter...
  • Blog Post: Combining Smart Art Diagrams in Word 2007

    One of the coolest features of Office 2007 is SmartArt .  It makes it incredibly easy to create great looking diagrams to show a process, cycle, hierarchy, or relationship. During some business planning recently, however, I had the need to actually COMBINE two different diagrams to show a relationship...