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    Oooh, it's shiny and new. Announcing the new packaging for Windows Vista and the 2007 Office system. I quite like it. Do you?
  • Blog Post: That Windows Vista Packaging

    Here's the clever bit about the new packaging. It opens like this: Very neat!
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 - new look icons

    While I sit waiting for the 2007 Office system Beta 2 Technical Refresh to finish installing, I thought I'd share this blog posting of some of the new icon sets included in Build 4228 of the Beta. Of course, there's no guarantee that these icons will make it into the final build ;-) but it's nice to...
  • Blog Post: Smile! You're on a Speed Camera!

    I'm fascinated by the human relationship with technology and how one helps shape the other. A recent example that got me thinking came after the Thames Valley Park Security team installed a speed camera on one of the roads approaching the UK Microsoft Campus. But this wasn't one of those widely despised...
  • Blog Post: Save the Blog: Vote Now

    Contrary to one correspondent's theory, the lack of recent postings here is not evidence of my having been seized by British Anti-Terrorist Police. I agree that the liquids I carry onto aircraft may have a dangerously high alcoholic content that could blow your mind but I doubt they'd do much damage...
  • Blog Post: Genial Presentations by Genii

    If, like me, you regularly find yourself on your hind legs in front of an audience wondering how to make the next 30 minutes a pleasurable experience, check out this outstanding example of public speaking from the very brilliant Sir Ken Robinson . And a big thanks to TED (Technology, Education and Design...
  • Blog Post: The Joys of International Working

    If you've ever had the "pleasure" of working for an international company the size of Microsoft, this short film parody will almost certainly raise a wry, if somewhat vexatious, smile. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Presentation Zen from Canada

    As if by magic, my RSS feed in Outlook 2007 brings me another interesting perspective on how to give great presentations. Garr Reynolds' blog Presentation Zen is a must-read site for anyone interested in finding new ways to make their presentations punch harder. And this post makes an interesting comparison...
  • Blog Post: The End: this blog leaps over to Windows Live Spaces

    I've decided to move my blog to a new home on Windows Live Spaces. I hope you'll move with me. My new blog URL is http://usefultechnologyblog.spaces.live.com/ . To subscribe to the new RSS feed, simply click this link: http://usefultechnologyblog.spaces.live.com/feed.rss . Thanks for being with...
  • Blog Post: Deciphering the Gobbledegook

    I enjoy following Matthew Stibbe 's blog at badlanguage.net . Matthew used to run a computer gaming company and now flies planes. He's also a writer. His freelance writing company handles assignments from several big companies including Microsoft. It's great to see a writer of Matthew's calibre taking...
  • Blog Post: Dubious words emerging from Microsoft

    What's going on? We seem to have a swathe of dubious sounding product names emerging from Microsoft just recently. There's the legendarily bad "OneCare" (careful how you say that), we've "SmartArt" in the 2007 Office system, and IE7 is now "RC1" which is a harsh description at the best of times. I know...
  • Blog Post: From Zero to Hero with Outlook

    I have my annual performance review in half an hour. This reminds me of a great little non-technical tip that may help you get even more value out of Microsoft Outlook. Every time you receive an email thanking or praising you for some work that you have done, save it in a special folder called (something...