Thursday, April 28, 2005

Scoble uploads Jim Allchin interview with Channel9

Want to know about Jim and what's going on in Longhorn land? Watch this video! Thanks Robert.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Bill Gates WinHEC keynote available

You can also check out all the other keynotes and transcripts from Bill on his home page.

Monday, April 25, 2005

NeoWin updating from WinHEC 2005

Some Longhorn screen shots coming through already.

UPDATE: looks to be first off the blocks with this 6 page look at Longhorn build 5048. Note: At the moment the site is understandably slow.

Refactoring for VB 2005

This looks really interesting. Scoble linked (via Rockford Lhotka) to the Visual Basic Refactoring tool. Can't wait for the demo to be upload to Channel 9.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Get your hands dirty with VB 2005 beta 2

Pauly on the Visual Basic team has a great number of links for people wanting to get started using Visual Basic. First go download Visual Studio .NET beta or if your not an MSDN subscriber and don't want to order it in the mail go download VB Express Edition beta 2.

An update of IE7 progress

The guys over on the Internet Explorer (IE) Team have been working like made to get the IE7 beta 1 out the door. This beta which is scheduled to be released this summer (in the US) will be made available to the public like previous versions. More details are available over on the IE Blog.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Windows Server 2003 Access-based Enumeration

Great news to see that this long-awaited feature is now available. I can see this being a really neat feature for non-technical users understanding the shared file system better.
"Windows Server 2003 Access-based Enumeration makes visible only those files or folders that the user has the rights to access. When Access-based Enumeration is enabled, Windows will not display files or folders that the user does not have the rights to access. This download provides a GUI and a CLI that enables this feature."

More about Lenn Pryor

The Red Couch - Scoble's blogging book has some interesting stories about Lenn and how Channel9 started. Lenn is the main guy behind Channel9.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Halo 2 update

Thanks Major Nelson for the update. Looks like multiplayer weapons are going to become a whole lot more balanced then previously. Note: This is a free/mandatory update for Xbox Live customers.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Lenn Pryor is leaving Microsoft for Skype

It's sad news that Lenn will be leaving Microsoft. Lenn who held the title of Director, Platform Evangelism at Microsoft was instrumental in setting up Channel 9 a fantastic window into the Microsoft world. I wish Lenn all the very best in moving to the UK and working with the Skype Team.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Visual Studio Beta 2 released

Visual Studio Beta 2 released, it is available on MSDN subscriber Downloads.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

IEBlog Tip

I'm changing the way I type in my URLs from now on. Go check out the IEBlog for this handy tip to add '/' at the end of your requests.

Another web-performance tip: When generating hyperlinks, always include a trailing slash if possible. For instance, navigating to takes one more roundtrip than
When the browser navigates to the /ie url, the server merely sends down a 301 to the /ie/ url. Both links work, but the second version is faster.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Overclocking... and error reporting.

I love reading about the work Microsoft are doing with the anonymous error reports we keep sending them. Here is an interesting blog entry by Raymond Chen about how they were able to track down overclocking as the reason for some errors coming through on the system. Scoble can you do a Channel9 video with this team.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Xbox Theme for Microsoft Outlook Web Access

This is just crazy! More info here.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Encarta meets Wikipedia - great news for consumers!

Great to see Microsoft taking a positive position in regards to competing with such a great offering like Wikipedia.

IT News Link

Microsoft Encarta Adopting Wikiesque Process
"The MSN Encarta program manager announced that readers of Microsoft's encyclopedia articles can now edit articles in a Wikipedia-like fashion. Once submitted, edits are reviewed by Encarta staff members for accuracy, readability, and proofreading before being incorporated into the article." From the post: "To support this program, we’ve hired some new research editors. Their job will be to help you out with things like fact-checking, syntax, and editorial style. Every writer can use a good editor, and we see no reason that community contributors deserve any less."

Remote Desktop Assistant 1.0

The other day, I needed to connect to my new web server, and noticed that my Remote Desktop Connection list was cluttered up with old servers that I didn't deal with anymore. I tried deleting them by hovering over the server I wanted to delete from the list and hitting the delete key (works in IE), but that didn't
work. So I looked it up in the MS Knowledge Base, and came up with this article.
I figured I wasn't the only one who would want to clean up their list, and so I wrote a little tool to help me (and others) out. It's called the Remote Desktop Assistant, and it's super easy.

Robert McLaws Blog

Sunday, April 10, 2005

More news on MSN Spaces

Best part being the use of the nofollow tag (which relates to Google PageRank and comment spam) for comments. Also tripple the space for photos ! It's now 30MB. Check out Mike's blog from the MSN Spaces team for more info.

Friday, April 08, 2005

MSN Messenger 7.0 is now out

Thanks Scoble :

Looks like MSN Spaces have gone over 4.5 millions users - amazing! hmm Looks like blogging is a fad after all ;-)

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Messenger Help

Ever ask what's the difference between Windows Messenger and MSN Messenger? Or How to manage your Messenger contacts? Ever want to know how to transfer files? Do you want to get the message out about how IM can connect you with partners, customers, and colleagues?

New USB Key Manager

Great tool for users of USB memory keys. Great for backing up and restoring images.
Use this application to backup and restore presentation, pictures, songs and applications from and to USB Flash Drive devices and take them with you. Use USB Flash Drives to store personal data, to keep your network configuration and to share information with your friends. Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager is available for Windows XP only

Microsoft Download

Monday, April 04, 2005

A great day for Tablet PC Users

Thanks Scoble for letting us know about the Experience Pack for Tablet PC's - a fantastic free package from the Mobile platform team. Robert uploaded the Channel9 video here.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Microsoft blog update

Scoble just posted about some pretty major changes on the Microsoft blog front. News to me about the Tech Net list. Now I'm going to have to spend twice as long in RSS Bandit. Not that there's anything wrong with that :-)

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