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  • Blog Post: 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 help you work and play better. We begin with a topic...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Live Writer 2.0 Beta

    Technorati Tags: Microsoft , Live.com , beta , blogging I just downloaded the new version of Live Writer, for some reason I was still using a pre-1.0 beta. For those of you who still use a browser to blog, using a dedicated application allows for a richer level of access to advanced features like...
  • Blog Post: Do You Deploy Windows with Floppy Disks?

    Of course not, if you do, you're dumb.  Please unsubscribe from my RSS feed now please.  During a late night after-party recap, me and James started talking about cool stuff *deployment? Where's Kanye? *  that people should do but don't, stuff that is really practical to IT Pros and partners...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 to Include “Windows XP Mode” for Application Compatibility

    The Windows Product team have made a really smart decision to put in some effort around the Windows XP Virtual PC experience .  This feature will is aimed at businesses that need to maintain XP compatibility with line-of-business applications.  Essentially, prior to this feature announcement...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Knowledge Base Upgraded to Become Soulless IT Troubleshooter

    Who needs people any way.  Of all the times I’ve had to deal with less than professional IT administrators who more closely resemble Nick Burns, company computer guy, than a well spoken service professional, it’s about time that IT troubleshooting has a level automation to it.  What I’m refering...
  • Blog Post: 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 new features but rather, it gave visibility to mainstream...
  • Blog Post: Wildcard Search in MOSS 2007 and MSS 2008

    I know a few of you who attended my presentation on Search Server 2008 had questions regarding wildcard search capabilities. Sammy Jankis sums up SharePoint's wildcard search functionality pretty well. After reading his article if you find that you want a more robust solution, Mondosoft 's Ontollica...
  • Blog Post: 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 in security for Office 2003. It further hardens...
  • Blog Post: Bringing the Soul Back to PowerPoint

    Office Labs has recently released a PowerPoint 2007 add-in called pptPlex .  For those of you who saw Bill Gates show off the TouchWall at the CEO Summit, you saw how information no longer had be be presented in a linear fashion.  When dealing with many data sources and disparate views, users...
  • Blog Post: A Better Way To Defrag

    What year is it?  It’s 2008 and I’m still writing about how to defrag my Windows machine.  It’s pathetic.  The whole idea is ridiculous especially considering that as the size of partitions have shot up almost exponentially, while the time taken to completely defragment...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 SP1 is Out - GoodBye Outlook Problems

    My colleague James O'Neill beat me to this one.  SP1 for Office is finally here, and none the sooner as I was ready to destroy my laptop and beat it with a sledgehammer because of the stability issues with Outlook. Funny story, a lot of the bad rap that Vista has been getting has actually been due...
  • Blog Post: Tafiti Brightens Up SharePoint Enterprise Search

    Microsoft announced yesterday that Tafiti , the experimental Silverlight front-end for Live Search, has been released under the Microsoft Shared Source Permissive License *it's like BSD*.  Here is the announcement.   Internally this caused a lot of buzz on our enterprise search distribution...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Wave 3 Beta is Released

    Lots of updates with the new versions of Live Messenger, Live Writer, Search Toolbar, and Live Services integration.  Check it out!  Also, the branding and skinning of all the apps have become more unified so the look and feel is similar.   New Windows Live Betas – Download Wave 3 Now...
  • Blog Post: 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's see if anyone will "digg" me.
  • Blog Post: Confessions of a Mobile Blogger

    So for the last few weeks I've been secretly blogging without a computer. I won't tell you which articles, but a few of them were written, hyperlinked, and published via my Orange M3100; shitty phone, great pda. I accomplished this amazing feat by using an amazing killer app called "Diarist 2." Diarist...
  • Blog Post: Create Hollywood Quality Music Videos Cheap

    It's been a really hectic month for me this last March, hence the utter lack of regular blog posts. For this I apologize. Even though I'm was on vacation at my home in Dallas, Texas, I wanted to let everyone know about a really cool site called Animoto . Animoto's goal is to create Hollywood quality...
  • Blog Post: If Your Organization is Still Running Internet Explorer 6 (IE6), READ THIS!!!

      This is going to be one of those months.  Most of you all knew it was coming with the announcement a few months ago.  Be aware this only applies to WSUS customers who have changed the default setting.  What does this mean for your apps?  Well if you haven't tested all your...
  • Blog Post: Did You Know: Live Photo Gallery Does Panoramic Auto-Stitching?

    My cousin decided to get a new place and needed to post pictures of their apartment on Craigslist.  I suggested they try panoramic pics of their place to show the size of the apartment.  Being a lazy person, he didn't care, so I did it for him, mostly to satisfy my technical curiosity. The...
  • Blog Post: 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 and extend functionality. David Tse is a program...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Document Security with MOICE – Part I

    Last year was a big year for Office documents. Office 2007 was launched, Office Open XML became an ECMA standard, and the security group for Office released a major service pack for Office 2003. Last year was also a big year for hackers who found one of the few remaining “Trojan horses,”...
  • Blog Post: Really Interesting Zune Hack

    I recently had the opportunity to play around with the new Zunes at Best Buy while attending MacWorld.  I was definitely impressed with how much the Zune team has accomplished in a year *sorry I doubted you J *.  The biggest improvement, in my opinion, is not the hardware, but the software...
  • Blog Post: How To: Fix Outlook Data Corruption

    So I had a weird morning today.  My computer woke up from sleep a little grumpy, definitely not the typical experience which is usually smooth as a baby’s bottom.   Anyway, I fire up outlook and I’m greeted with an error that says Outlook can’t launch because the OST file is corrupted.  I sigh in annoyance...
  • Blog Post: How To: Create a Vista SP1 Image Using ImageX.exe and WIM Files

    My colleague James O'Neill has a really simple step by step blog post on how to use the new deployment tools that come with Vista to create an SP1 Vista image.  He makes it sound so easy!  * it actually is*  The coolest part of the entire image creation process was that it was done completely...
  • Blog Post: Vista, Office 2007, BDD, Exchange, Resource Laundry List

    Test Windows Vista and 2007 Office system for your organization Download the free Business Desktop Deployment 2007 solution to get all the deployment tools Learn more about Windows Vista, Exchange 2007 or the 2007 Office system Download the Exchange Server 2007 readiness checks with Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Masses Rejoice: Xobni Goes Public Beta

    Xobni , the small San Francisco Bay start-up, has gone public with their Outlook, and now Yahoo Mail, plug-in.  If you recall, I wrote about Xobni a few months back.  Having been on the private beta, I can only say, that Xobni has really changed the way I use Outlook.  I love the fact...