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I'm NOT a Girl!
...but I have been to a Girl Geek Dinner and plan to go to more. As the name suggests they focus on the female perspective of technology. Of course I have no idea how many of you are Girl Geeks - if you are one then you can add your name to the WIKI and join the Geeky Girls @ their next gathering in...
7 Apr 2006
Join Tim O'Reilly for a podcast discussing OpenSource, Architectures for Collaboration and Mashups
There's an interesting podcast (of approx 20 mins duration) hosted by Bill Hilf where Tim O'Reilly discusses where OpenSource is going and how Open Access to data is of principle importance. Tim talks about how the best applications are those that get better the more people us them - search engines,...
2 Aug 2006
Our Cat Killed the TV - why we're not going HD
Whilst we were on holiday a few weeks ago one of our cats was sick INTO the back of our television! She likes to sit up there as it's nice and warm. Fortunately she wasn't hurt though the TV faired less well. We were left with a dilema as we had to replace the TV and the temptation to purchase a High...
17 May 2006
Why are the "M" and "N" keys wearing out on my keyboard?
I'm using a couple of laptops - one is nearly three years old and for some bizarre reason only the "M" and "N" keys are loosing the symbols printed on the key. I could understand if the vowels were wearing out. Someone helpfully suggested that I probably type "M" for "Microsoft" pretty frequently...
26 Jul 2006
Windows Vista Gadgets are cool - I've just found a great one for Windsurfers
Windows Vista's Gadgets provide a cool way to customise your desktop with handy tools and information feeds. I'm an enthusiastic Windsurfer so you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across WindGuru's windspeed gadget. It's cool because the gadget can be configured (via a pull down menu) to provide...
26 Oct 2006
I love the Punn - this really is mobile
I was tempted to touch up the picture and add a wheel clamp to make it somewhat less mobile or possibly make it appear to be being transported by break down truck. The car enthusiasts amongst you may note that this Mini is supercharged too hence it exhibits an annoying high pitched whine and goes rather...
29 Jan 2007
I'm grappling with which device to get next to replace my C500 Smartphone
My current C500 Smartphone is one of the few mobile telephones that I've been happy with for more than the first month or two of ownership - I've had it for two years now. I use it to read/write email whilst on the move, as a personal music device and as a GPS via a bluetooth receiver. I'd like to...
6 Jul 2006
We're getting really close to Beta 2 of Windows Vista - I've moved across to one of the latest builds
I'm on 5353 which is really stable - so much so I've moved to it for my production system. Having said that the official advice remains "this is a test build and therefore shouldn't be relied upon in production". I like living on "the bleading edge of technology" so I'll take my chances. Doug cites...
12 May 2006
Announcing the new "BlogFather"!!
OK so this has nothing whatsoever to do with Security but it's Friday afternoon and I want to share with you the wonderful term " BlogFather" - it made me laugh when I read it . The Internet Explorer team blog is about to be lead by Anurag as Al's moving to pastures new.
19 May 2006
How to project or use an external monitor from Windows Vista whilst running Aero Glass
I'm still struggling with this one. If you know of a reliable way to project or use an external monitor from Windows Vista Beta 2 with Aero Glass then please hit the comment button. I realise that most of you probably haven't had time / access to the software yet to get any where near being able to...
26 May 2006
The Magic of Software can improve the effectiveness of Jet Fighters
I recently watched a TV programme that covered a major airshow in the UK - Farnborough. There were many impressive displays including one by the new European "Typhoon" fighter. Shortly afterwards a rival manufacturer (Saab) demonstrated their aircraft which has been in service for several years - once...
7 Sep 2006
Ooooh here's a nice toy - a blue tooth enabled watch
Thanks to Hoop for posting about this rather interesting gadget. Thanks to Engadget for the image - browse to their site to read more . It's a Bluetooth enabled watch. I really like the idea. It looks rather large for every day wear but the idea of talking into your watch is truely secret agent and...
30 Jun 2006
How to restore the display on Windows Vista following hibernation
OK so there is a minor practical problem with Windows Vista in it's current Beta form - if you suspend or hibernate your system the display doesn't come back up (on my machine anyway). Thanks to James for sharing with me the tip to get it to come back on - it's weird but strangely it works every time...
26 May 2006
I Love this - MOOWA - Outlook Web Access that MOOs when you receive a new message!
KC posted a wonderful MOOWA entry showing how to set Outlook Web Access (OWA) that takes on a Cow theme AND it MOOs when you receive new messages. OK so this has nothing to do with security but I had to share it. Thanks to KC for sharing and also supplying the following image.
15 Jun 2006
How to get Aero Glass working on Windows Vista Beta 2
As many of you know Aero Glass is the name given to the beautiful high-end interface of Windows Vista. As we've released Beta 2 (build 5384.4) to MSDN (and very soon to TechNet - this delta will dissapear very soon) then many of you will be able to install it for yourself. Browse here to find out how...
26 May 2006
More power, more power!
If a health and safety person was to visit the room I'm in @ the moment they'd probably have a cornary! I'm preparing for my talks @ the Dutch launch event and am joined by the other speakers. The room is small. We have MUCH kit! Wires everywhere. I brought my own 6 way power block - trouble is I'm using...
6 Mar 2008
How to toggle Aero Glass on and off in Windows Vista
Thanks to Robert McLaws for commenting on this post to correct me - the following information is obsolete - please ignore! Very weird I know but the key combination you need to switch Aero Glass on / off (given that your system's configured for Aero Glass) is Control-Shift-F9 I'm sure there must...
26 May 2006
This made me smile - book publisher steals Google laptops
I'm not advocating stealing as an acceptable behaviour before anyone asks! The Register posted a story about the CEO of a book publisher (Richard Charkin) and colleague stealing a couple of laptops from a Google stand. The machines weren't actually taken anywhere and they were returned as soon as...
5 Jun 2007
I'm unplugging from the Matrix for the next week
I'm going board riding for the next week. I'm going to unplug. No email. No blogging. No TV - though that's not a hardship in the USA for me. Minimal electronic use - I'm allowing myself to use my camera. Time to reflect. No distractions. Me time. Last time I tried this I found myself being a little...
9 Feb 2007
Not sure what to do at the weekend? Try a random day out!
I noticed the randomdayout site on a PC in a meeting earier in the week. It's a fun way to get suggestions for something interesting to do for the day. It's useful for those of you in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. You simply pick from the options shown below: The results are entertaining to say...
3 Nov 2006
KUDOS to James for the nice intro to Taking Microsoft - I'd love to hear your suggestions for people you'd like us to interview
James wrote a great introduction to Talking Microsoft and I'm glad to see that folk out there in IT Pro land are starting to talk about this new resource which takes you behind the scenes at Microsoft Ltd. Our aim is to connect you to the people that make decisions about the software and services we...
17 Aug 2006
Big Sunday: The best wind I've ever experienced in the South East of England
OK so this isn't security related... It's Monday morning and I can't help but share the most amazing day's Windsurfing I've ever enjoyed. I live near London in the South East of England - this is generally the best time of year for wind though rarely does it get above 15 mph - yesterday it blew...
3 Apr 2006
Please can the miscreant that keeps posting "Well done" and "Nice Design" comments on my blog STOP wasting everyone's time!
The only reason I moderate the comments to this blog is to stop this rubbish getting through thereby increasing the number of hits to bogus websites. I'm sure many of you recieve comment spam on your blogs and are equally frustrated. I know that the chances of the miscreant(s) responsible are unlikely...
2 Oct 2006
Microsoft - change the world or go home!
Thanks to Hugh at GapingVoid for the following wonderful image: Hugh's cartoons make me smile and I can highly recommend browsing the GapingVoid website .
2 Nov 2006
Traffic information MashUp
Click here to play with the Traffic Information MashUP - and here to find out what a MashUP is! In layman's terms a MashUp is where you (as an application developer) build upon an existing application - the term comes from DJ's mixing music samples. Try rolling your mouse wheel to zoom right in and...
7 Apr 2006
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