VT's Blog

The Blog of Viral Tarpara A Smart 27 year old's thoughts on Windows, Cloud Computing, Collaboration, and Productivity

September, 2007

  • Vista Desktop Search Annoyance

    I thought people might find this fix interesting because it annoyed the hell out of me when I first started using Vista. In the XP days, I was a huge Windows Desktop Search (WDS) fan, and like many WDS fans Vista search wasn't that exciting because of...
  • Powershell and OneNote - Are You Geek Enough?

      I'll admit, when I saw OneNote and Powershell in the same headline, I was like WTF mate .  I started computing with command-line back with MSDOS, but somewhere between Windows XP and World of Warcraft, I just stopped caring about these outmoded...
  • Insider's Opinion of the New Live Meeting

    Chris Dalby of Yellow Park just wrote an article that was posted on the Industry Insider's blog breaking down all the big new features in OCS and Live Meeting. It's a brief summary outlining what he likes and dislikes about what Microsoft is doing with...
  • *CORRECTION* Vista Search Annoyance

    I received some emails regarding my article on a Vista Search bug . The article stated that the bug would be fixed in SP1, but it was unclear on what settings would change. The original article read, "As it turns outs, the quick fix was to change...
  • How Green Is Your Business?

    I hate hippies. I lived in California for about 6 years and not a day went by when there wasn't some random print, news, or radio story related to the hippies and the environment. Everyday it was, "corporations are evil," "save Mother Earth," and "plants...
  • Evolving Company Culture Starts With a "SharePoint"

    One of the most difficult tasks that IT departments and businesses have with managing a company is to evolve culture. cul·ture (kŭl'chər) Pronunciation Key n. The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions...
  • OneNote Web Exporter...*pst* It's Open Source

          Anyone who works with me knows that I'm a big OneNote fanatic!  Not only is it a great piece of software, it is a great development platform for ISVs.  One of the great things developers can do is tap into the OneNote API...
  • Windows Live Showcase: Toolbars Don't Always Have To Suck

    After writing about the Hotmail connector for Outlook , I decided to write about the Windows Live Beta offerings on a feature basis. Today is the first part of a multi-part series showcasing Windows Live and how the new collaboration enhancements can...
  • OneNote Changes Student Computing Paradigm at Pharmacy School

    Palm Beach Atlantic University students in the Pharmacy program have adopted tablet PCs and Microsoft OneNote as the standard for academic collaboration and courseware. One interesting item in the statement says, "Course content documents are available...
  • Use Outlook Natively with Hotmail

    The new Hotmail Connector for Outlook was released a few weeks back, oddly I haven't seen anything written about it, hence this post. The connector gives the ability to use Outlook 2003 or 2007 with LiveMail/Hotmail natively. For those of you who were...
  • Steal Office...Legally

    Okay so its not really stealing, but $59 is nothing compared to the $679 cost of buying the full version of Office Ultimate. For students in UK, Spain, Italy, or France, you also have the option of doing a one-year subscription instead of paying for...
  • Digg Plugin for Live Writer

      This is exactly what I was looking for.  Leo Vildosola has written a great plugin that gives bloggers an easy way to add Digg button.  It seems to work well seeing as how I've just added the button with one simple click!  Now let...
  • Comprehensive OCS Resource Laundry List

    Arthur Pounder who has been posting for sometime now about LCS 2003 & 2005 has posted about OCS Licensing and provided a full reference library including the trial software and other reference material which can be found at : Microsoft Unified Communications...
  • Windows Live Showcase: Photo Management For Everyone

    In the world of consumer photo/movie management software, people only had three free options, Windows XP's "My Pictures," Google's Picasa, or iPhoto. Of course we all know that iPhoto isn't really free, you have to buy an Apple to use it. Then along came...
  • Masterchief Blows Away Early Release Retailer

    My teammate, James O'Neill, was driving for the road show we've been on for the last two weeks.  It was a fantastic two weeks with the only downside being that we were away from our 360 when Halo 3 launched.  During his travels, he saw the wrath...
  • Microsoft Launches Office 2003 SP3

    OKAY....so maybe it's not so much of a launch as it is a quiet, understated announcement.  I'm sure everyone using 2003 will still want to download this service pack. "Microsoft® Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) represents a major evolution...
  • Messaging and Mobility User Group Meeting This Month

    September MMMUG meeting will be held in London at the new MS offices near Victoria. This month we have Ben Appleby from MCS back, who helped lead the great session we had in July. The topics this time will be Exchange Message Transport with a particular...
  • Yellow Park interviews Microsoft Evangelist

    Chris Dalby of Yellow Park Tech Watch has put up a two part series with Eileen Brown , IT Pro Evangelist with Microsoft UK. They cover a lot of ground from the social aspects in technology to the latest scoop on OCS, TechED, and UC. Part 1 Part 2
  • OpenXML Interoperabililty Using Linux and Java

    Channel 9 has posted a great video interview and demo of how OpenXML easily allows interoperability with back-end systems on the LAMP stack. This demo was created by developers at Sonata Software who specialize in IT development and global off-shoring...
  • Just Tafiti It

    I'm always amazed at how quickly the marketing department gets on a roll with great product names like Silverlight , Surface , and Popfly , only to crash into a proverbial brick wall with a name like Tafiti . what is that, like 5 syllabals? Regardless...