Windows Live Writer Beta

May 31, 2007

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Just read on Frank Arrigo’s blog about the Windows Live Writer Beta.  So I just had to download it and take it for a test run.  So this is my first post using the it, and it seems to work really well.

Windows Live Writer Beta

The one thing that didn’t work is Tags in WordPress, got Technorati tags, so I still need to look into that.

Update: Figured the tagging out, just didn’t look close enough to the bottom of the screen where you can select categories.  Whoa, this tool is pretty good.


How did Microsoft name Windows Server 2008?

May 31, 2007

I was just sent a link (by GrumpyWookie) to quite a corny video on how the Microsoft product team decided on the name “Windows Server 2008”. There are some other interesting videos on the Virtual TechEd 2007 web site.


Writing Complex Outlook Add-ins in .NET: Tell me your pain!

May 30, 2007

Paul Robinson a consultant with Microsoft Services in the UK has posted a request for information regarding your pain points, gotches, fixes and notes of interest around writing Outlook addins.

If you have anything you would like to mention then leave him a comment and I am sure that the information will makes it way to the product team in Redmond.


What is up with Vista?

May 27, 2007

Firstly I have to admit that I have been a little naughty and have been running Windows Vista RC1 for the past nine months or so. It had some minor issues but was otherwise stable, so I didn’t bother updating it when RC2 come out. This morning when I turned on the computer, it nicely reminded me that the evaluation licence for RC1 was going to expire in five days. Well I decided that it was about time I inconvenienced my wife and installed the full licenced version of Vista Business. Well it has been more than three hours and all I have seen so far is the dreaded blue screen of death with “MACHINE_CHECK_ERROR” on it. This is a little surprising considering the upgrade adviser said all would be fine and that I have been running RC1 for nine months. I even tried a clean install of XP SP2 then upgrade over that – still no luck. I am now reverting back to Windows XP SP2 and might have to see if I can convince the household purchasing committee (my wife) for a hardware purchase.


MOSSIG site updated

May 24, 2007

Today I finally got around to updating the content on the MOSSIG website. It is now a lot more functional and I think it looks a little better. The MOSSIG team are currently working on a more snazzy MOSS site and I will keep you all posted when that goes live. But in the meantime, enjoy the new site content.

I have to give a special thank you to Daniel Colarossi for giving some tutorial on embedding Virtual Earth in a Content Editor Web Part – pretty funky!

MOSSIG Website


MOSSIG door prize winners

May 24, 2007

Congratulations to Andy Barker and Bruce Dyason

Who were the lucky winners of the MOSSIG door prize last night. They have each won a full version of Windows Vista® Business and a 60-day trial version of Microsoft® Office Professional 2007. Well done for registering to attend the meeting.

The next MOSSIG meeting will be Wednesday the 27th of June 2007.

Windows Vista Business


Microsoft launches Live Earth website

May 23, 2007

[via Microsoft Newsletter]

Live Earth

This month Microsoft’s MSN teams launched http://liveearth.msn.com, the exclusive online destination for Live Earth: The Concert for a Climate in Crisis. Live Earth will culminate on 7/07/07 with a global concert on seven continents with venues that include the US, UK, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, China, Australia, and Turkey.
Live Earth is much more than a concert – it’s designed to be a catalyst event to coalesce a worldwide community of people who share a single environmental vision and mission: to convert concern to action.

Visit the new Live Earth site now