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Weekender: Facebook, Silverlight, CSS, Guy Kawasaki
CSS Zen Garden Illustrates the Power of CSS This is a great site that shows real-time CSS design changes by simply clicking on a new theme. What is nice about the site is that it has a lot of content that perfectly shows how content is separated from the layout style. You can also download the files...
5 Feb 2010
PHP SQL Server Driver for All You Communists
I’ve been meeting a lot of open-source devs lately and most tend to be genuinely surprised about the ability to now use SQL Server 2005/2008 with PHP applications. The best PHP devs, especially those who own or run development houses, tend to be a platform neutral bunch even those that work almost exclusively...
30 Jan 2010
Just Watched Obama Get Grilled by House Republicans QA for 90 minutes. WOW!
Sorry if politics isn’t your thing (it should be cause tech revolves around policy), and I am not trying to be hyperbolic when I say this but I think I’ve witnessed the most honest and open American political debate in my 27 years of life! Although not quite British Parliament style, its reminded...
29 Jan 2010
Microsoft Releases Haitian Creole Translator for Haiti Aid Workers
Its been amazing to see the world community mobilize against the disaster in Haiti. There isn’t a day that goes by where I see, hear, or read an amazing story about survival and philanthropy. Microsoft has done a lot in this area to help. “Since we first heard news of the tragedy in Haiti...
28 Jan 2010
Microsoft Can Do Sexy Too…Pshh iPad
If you’ve heard or used our Arc Mouse, we now have a really cool companion item to go with it. BEHOLD…the Arc Keyboard! That should hold you guys over until a do a full write-up on the iPad from the Microsoft employee angle out tommorow. Seriously, Apple is loosing its design...
27 Jan 2010
Mr. Ballmer, Would You Sign My Mac?
Sorry, this was too funny not to post! Well played Mr. Ballmer…well played. Just out of curiosity, can you perhaps furbish me, employee #318193 with a personally signed version of my Lenovo (I’ll even take a Dell) ? I know its not a Mac, but I swear it has Windows 7 on it :) Macs get...
22 Jan 2010
Deepfat Rationalizes the Ribbon UI in Microsoft Office
My colleague Andrew Fryer (@deepfat) was annoyed at BETT 2010 conference by the number of older teachers, headmasters, and IT professionals whining about the Ribbon UI. I told him that some people just can’t be convinced and will only go kicking a screaming. I said this after spending about...
22 Jan 2010
Office 2010 Tips – View, Edit, and Collaborate Anytime Anywhere with SharePoint Workspace
Pilot SharePoint Workspace! Ever open your computer, ready to work from home, and realize you forgot to download that one crucial SharePoint document? Work on any teams where emailing version after version of a document takes up half of everyone’s inbox? Try out SharePoint Workspace 2010—it’s the new...
18 Jan 2010
Windows Azure Interop with Ruby on Rails!
I presented at London Geek Night a few days ago about the contributions that Microsoft made to the open-source community in 2009. My presentation was titled, “Hell Froze over, Pigs flew, Microsoft Went Open” Hell Froze Over, Pigs Flew, Microsoft Went Open View more presentations from ukdpe . This...
2 Dec 2009
Sky Player on Windows 7 Media Center
Sky Player, Sky’s online TV service launches on Windows 7 creating a new and innovative way for people in the UK to watch live and on demand TV from Sky on a PC. The service is simple and easy to use and gives Windows 7 users access to the wide range of high-quality live and on demand pay TV currently...
2 Dec 2009
Pairing Jawbone Headset with Windows 7
Doing a search on this topic, it seems that many of you out there are frustrated by the fact that a premium bluetooth headset like the Jawbone has so many problems with pairing. The key to pairing this headset with Windows 7 comes down to your bluetooth driver. I have a Lenovo T61p. ...
23 Nov 2009
Discover the Future of Visual Data Mining with Microsoft Pivot
The world has too much information. If you query any search engine for any topic, you will likely be greeted by millions of links of results. Everyone knows that text cannot possibly be the end all, be all of data discovery. Surely as the volume of unmanaged data grows, which grows...
21 Nov 2009
Dolly Parton Does IE8 Webslices!
One of the most popular female country performers of all time, Dolly Parton is an international music icon. In conjunction with the international release of Dolly’s new CD/DVD set, Live From London, Dolly has added a Silverlight-based IE8 web slice to her web site, www.dollypartonmusic.net . Be...
17 Nov 2009
Classrooms with “Mini” Mainframe Using Multipoint Server
The idea of using a single machine with multiple simultaneous users is not a new concept. After all, that is exactly what server admins do all the time with remote desktop and terminal services. But what hasn’t been as easy to do is give users access to their own desktop environment with...
17 Nov 2009
SharePoint VCX Conference Videos Posted! (FREE)
Attend at Your Convenience! If you weren't able to make the SharePoint Live Virtual Conference & Expo live event on November 5th, you can now view the event On-Demand! They have got all the sessions you missed for you to peruse at your own pace and on your own schedule. Take a look at the complete...
13 Nov 2009
SharePoint Conference Day 1 – Keynote Bullet Points
What a conference! 7400+ Attendees 150+ Breakout sessions, Hands On Labs, and Chalk Talks 7.5 Miles of Cat5 cable…ironically for the wifi connection The biggest party the Mandalay Bay has ever had! Excellent Bullet Points from Keynote session SharePoint Conference has started stronger than any conference...
19 Oct 2009
Office 2010 Tips – Language Translation on Steroids *laughs at Google Docs*
What language barrier? Find improved tools for translation in Word Word 2010 has great tools for anyone who’s ever worked with someone—a coworker, customer, or entire market segment—who speak a language different than their own. The improved translation tools in Word 2010 provide easy options for translating...
14 Oct 2009
Office 2010 Tips - Create Super PivotTables in Excel with “Slicer”
Zero in on the right data points, faster. Excel 2010 delivers new and exciting slice-and-dice capabilities. The Slicer feature provides you with a rich visualization of your PivotTable view so you can dynamically segment and filter the data to display just what you need. With the search filter, you can...
4 Sep 2009
iPhone 3GS, Project Natal, Palm Pre, ZuneHD, Windows 7 ZOOOOM!!!
ZOOOOOM!!! Technology is great! It’s like a having a one-night stand every week though it never tends to be as good as your first. Take Apple for instance with their iPhone 3GS announcement. Bigger, faster, cheaper is their game. Any real buzz they had with the product was...
12 Jun 2009
Win a Laptop – Watch the Road to Windows 7
Microsoft has a shiny new laptop to give away to feed your recession fix! Watch the trailers below and visit us at Road to Windows 7 . Microsoft will be posting a new video every week with information that every IT Professional wants to know about, and best of all its not in PowerPoint format...
19 May 2009
Windows 7 Adds Virtual Wifi Adaptors…SkyNet is Here
Every week, there is some new RC feature that gets uncovered that I don’t seem to know about. I suppose that says how many little tiny features are actually built into Windows 7 or if you’re cynical, show’s how Microsoft communicates :) Virtual Wifi adaptors will allow wireless cards to essentially...
19 May 2009
Windows Virtual PC Beta Supports Aero in Windows 7 VM
I was testing out Windows Virtual PC that is used for “XP Mode” and decided to create some custom VMs for Windows 7 as a demo. I went into it knowing full well that many cool features of Windows 7 wouldn’t be demoable simply because 3D support in a VM environment isn’t support…or at least I thought...
13 May 2009
Buy Office 2007 Ultimate for £39
It’s not piracy - It’s The Ultimate Steal! Microsoft® Office® Ultimate 2007 for a tiny £38.95 . You shouldn’t have to resort to piracy to get your hands on the software you need. So, while it lasts, you can obtain genuine Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 – featuring a pirate’s booty full of features –...
12 May 2009
Fora.TV Features Steve Ballmer’s Stanford Presentation on Difficult Economy
I love Fora.TV and I’ve been figuring out a way to take some of Microsoft’s product content and abstract it out to neutral technology discussions that are more closely related to policy and vision. So while browsing, I was greatly surprised to see Steve B’s head on the front page of Fora. ...
8 May 2009
Windows 7 To Boost SSD Performance
The Engineering 7 Blog outlines enhancements made in newer solid-state disk technology that will improve user experience in Windows 7 significantly. Because SSDs are essentially giant flash drives with no moving parts, there are inherent performance benefits in theory, however the blog discusses...
8 May 2009
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