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  • 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: 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 48 hours before a lecture for students to...
  • Blog Post: Ina Fried of ZDNet Interviews Ballmer on Windows Mobile Strategy

    My favorite excerpt from this fun interview was the following: "What about full Web browsing? I mean, that seems to be the one feature of the iPhone that would also benefit business users. Ballmer: It sure would." Simple and blunt answering is Ballmer's style. Like him or hate him *most at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: I Love The Passion, But Seriously, What An Idiot

    This has got to be the most absurd comment about Windows or Linux I've ever read.  Clearly the commenter holds Microsoft in high regard.  I just wish he wasn't so completely retarded misinformed. "You are kidding arent you ? Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Battery Life Needs Manufacturers to Get On-board

    Techradar has an excellent piece on the engineering efforts around Windows 7 battery life.  Although the headline is definitely sensationalist and inaccurate, the meat of the article is quite good.  An interesting paragraph describes how configuration settings are largely to blame around the...
  • Blog Post: TechNet and MSDN Subscribers Set to Receive Windows Vista SP2 on Dec. 4th

    Microsoft will launch the Customer Preview Program (CPP) for Windows Vista® Service Pack 2 (SP2) for MSDN and TechNet subscribers with broad availability on December 4th. The Springboard blog has offered initial guidance and messaging for IT pros through their blog on October 24th. Please visit the Springboard...
  • 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: Windows Task Manager Shortcut

    Here's a tip for all of you out there.  In Vista, one thing that annoyed me was how disruptive the the CTRL+ALT+DEL screen was in switching from the desktop to the list.  Most of the time I would have to do this to bring up the task manager.  I just learned a new shortcut.  I'm not...
  • 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: *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 the start menu settings so that the search bar...
  • Blog Post: Vista SP1 RTM Released to TechNet Plus and MSDN Subscribers!

    I won't get into this whole SP1 mine field as I think there has been enough back and forth on the blogs.  The interesting blogs I've read have been Mike Nash's Windows Vista blog that has been showered with customer feedback to some of our popular evangelists in the field like Keith Combs . The...
  • 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: Win a Vista Media Center RF remote

    Do you have something nice to say about Windows Media Center?  Then click on over to James Senior's blog and click on the email link.  It is that easy.  The remote is RF so it works through walls and stuff.  James will tell you why that's cool, as I'm more of a "hey let's not...
  • Blog Post: Live At BETT 2008 - Day 1

    Hello Everyone, For the next three days I will be talking with customers at the Microsoft booth. For those that do not know what BETT is, it is the largest Education-focused tradeshow in the UK. There are a lot of exciting technologies on showcase here so I want to share parts of the event as well...
  • Blog Post: 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 big Outlook Express fans *gag* , this was a native...
  • Blog Post: Thank You TechED and Musings From My Vacation

    My blogging has been on hiatus because of a lot of traveling these past few weeks.  I've logged over 12,000 miles in two weeks and all my clocks are on different time zones.  As I pickup the the pieces of the train-wreck that is my inbox these next few days, I thought a quick post about what...
  • Blog Post: Did You Know: Vista Also Has A 'Run' Command?

    While I continue to write part 2 of " Death to the Start Menu ," I wanted to give a few more tips around Vista because with the holiday shopping season, I couldn't tell you how many corrections and demos I had to give around Vista.  I never hide the fact that I think Vista, with all its...
  • Blog Post: All You Need To Know About Vista SP1

      TechNet Resource for Windows Vista SP1  
  • Blog Post: Death to the Start Menu – Part I

    So I have been playing around with Vista SP1 RC and so far it has been a much more enjoyable experience from a usability perspective. The number UAC prompts are down, network performance regarding file sharing is now what it should have been at release time and stability is much better. I always thought...