Monday, June 27, 2005

Fresh Geek Perspective

You are NOT inadequate.: "You rock"

Why is a dog asking me questions?

Secret Geek: "Award for the Silliest User Interface: Windows Search"

This MIGHT be good

Computerworld - Microsoft to ship Longhorn with RSS: "Microsoft on Friday announced its intention to fully support the RSS web publishing standard in its next generation version of Windows, codenamed Longhorn, along with plans to help application developers more easily create RSS-enabled applications for Windows."

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Chris Auld, MSDN Regional Director.....

Syringe.Net.Nz - MSDN Regional Director.....: "Someone, well Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom (or generosity) has decided to let me wear a Regional Director hat for a period. Which is all really rather cool."

Painting with Acrylic

Microsoft offers beta of Adobe rival
"Microsoft has released a test version of a new professional graphics tool code-named Acrylic.

Microsoft describes the software--currently available as a 77MB free download--as bringing together pixel-based painting and vector graphics features. These capabilities will put the product squarely in the market currently dominated by software maker Adobe Systems with its pixel-focused Photoshop and vector-driven Illustrator products. "

Microsoft Acrylic Technology Preview - Home: "About Acrylic
'Acrylic' is the codename for an innovative illustration, painting and graphics tool that provides exciting creative capabilities for designers working in print, web, video, and interactive media."

Monday, June 20, 2005

Interesting articles on consequences of Bad Data

The Rising Threat from Bad Data: "Steven Calderon had a clean record, a clean conscience and no reason to think that his new employer's routine background check would cause any problem at all. Then the sheriff showed up at the office and took him to jail on warrants for child molestation and rape.
A nightmare? Sure, but Calderon figured it was a mistake that could be cleared up pretty quickly. He'd reported the theft of his Social Security number and birth certificate in 1993, so it was obvious that the bad guy was whoever had stolen Calderon's identity."

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The only time Bill Gates will appear between Britney Spears & Jennifer Lopez

Computerworld - Britney Spears ranked top virus celebrity:
"Panda's top ten celebrity virus rankings are as follows:

1 Britney Spears
2 Bill Gates
3 Jennifer Lopez
4 Shakira
5 Osama Bin Laden
6 Michael Jackson
7 Bill Clinton
8 Anna Kournikova
9 Paris Hilton
10 Pamela Anderson

all known for sex appeal or criminal activity... so again, what is Bill doing there?

Friday, June 10, 2005

MS Office 12 - XML & ZIP

Microsoft Makes XML the File Format for the Next Version of Microsoft Office: :
Q&A: Senior Vice President Steven Sinofsky explains how making XML the default file format is likely to help customers

"A key benefit of the new format is substantially smaller file sizes -- up to 75-percent smaller than comparable Office 2003 files. This is one of the advantages we get out of using the combination of XML and ZIP technologies for storing our files. Since XML is a text based format which compresses very well, and the ZIP container supports compressing the contents, we are able to achieve these significant reductions in file size."

Thursday, June 09, 2005

More than one monitor? GET THIS

Oscar's Multi-Monitor taskBar: "MultiMon Task bar
The real multi-monitor support in Windows puts task-bar only in the primary monitor. The extended monitors are plain 'takbarless'. There is no other way to add another taskbar to the extended monitor.
So I created my MultiMon taskbar. A secondary taskbar which will be put on extended monitor."