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  • Blog Post: Microsoft is Having a Big Patch Tuesday – Webcast Announced

    For October we are releasing 13 bulletins (eight critical and five important), addressing 34 vulnerabilities, affecting Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Silverlight, Forefront, Developer Tools, and SQL Server. Most of these updates require a restart so please factor that into your deployment planning...
  • Blog Post: Ballmer-Gates Tag Team to Show Off Windows 7 TODAY!

    If you want the first official glimpse of Windows 7, bookmark this link to Engadget for live coverage! The legendary duo will be showing the next version of Windows at the All Things Digital conference while sipping scotch with the Mossberg. I don't think I will be able to sleep tonight... For those...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Cuts Cord to Internet Explorer

    Windows 7 Engineering today confirmed that that Windows 7 will allows users and IT Pros the ability to disable or turn-off IE8.  Although IE will on by default, administrators who want to standardized on a different browser will be able to turn off the IE components.  Read the Engineering 7...
  • 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: 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: Really Funny Mac vs. PC Comparison

    I particularly like the “8.2fps” attention to detail ROFL!
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 SKUs Not That Bad But I Want Bitlocker Lite

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2009/feb09/02-03Win7SKU-QA.mspx My initial reaction to this was very negative.  Can Microsoft really “screw up” again?  But the more I thought about it, more it became clear that if Microsoft pushes the marketing dollars in the right places, namely...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Passes Acid2 Test, "HolyShit" says Slashdot

    For the non developers out there, you may be wondering what Acid2 is, but in the web developer world, its HUGE!  Slashdot's tagging of the article is actually quite hilarious.  Read about this historic milestone on the IE Team Blog .  Also Channel9 has an interesting interview regarding development around...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Training Videos

    My good friend Jamie Burgess was kind enough to upload some great training videos around Windows 7 Beta.  This growing list will be getting larger and larger over time as new features are exposed and discussed.  Check our Youtube channel “ukdpe” and our blogs for interesting videos. 1. Peek...
  • 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: How To: Open All Office Applications in 0.5 Seconds!

    Did you ever wish you could defrag your workstation in 3 seconds?  Have you ever accidentally opened ALL the applications in your start menu *not really* ?  What about jump up and down with 24 running hard drives in your hand?  The boys at Samsung have and they have a pretty amazing story...
  • Blog Post: Tips: ‘Group Policy Preferences’ are a Better Alternative to Logon Scripts

    One great new feature in Windows Server 2008 is a feature called Group Policy Preferences .  Unlike Policies , Preferences are not enforced.  Before this feature was introduced, IT administrators would have to often write a whole bunch of logon scripts or tediously build the settings into an...
  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Windows 7 to “Nag” 29% Less than Vista

    Interesting article from ComputerWorld about UAC improvements and a reduction in prompts to the end-user by the operating system. “Among the changes Microsoft's made to UAC that will drive that decrease, Cooke cited several specific examples, then pointed to the new "slider bar" that will let...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts for Power Users

    I read Tim Sneath’s blog and he had a massive post on some secrets in Windows 7 .  He had some great tips around keyboard shortcuts so I thought I would consolidate them for everyone’s benefits. Taskbar Shortcuts In Windows 7, you now permanently pin applications to the bar, internally, we call...
  • 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: How TechNet/MSDN Subscribers Can Make a Windows 7 RC Bootable USB

    Oh is RC out already?  Well it is if you are an MSDN or TechNet Plus subscriber!  Booting from DVDs are so last decade.  If you want to install your RC copy with class, follow the instructions my buddy James O’Neill has posted on his blog .  Make that 30 minute installation into a...
  • 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: Audit Your IT Environment with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 is Now Available! With Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 becoming available in the near future, the Solution Accelerators Team is offering customers and partners a head start on deployment planning with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit...
  • 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...