…back at it–fall preview

It’s been over a year, but this fall seems a fitting time to return to regular blogging.  I’ve still been involved with the Chicago Windows User Group (CWUG) and now work at the Chicago MTC (Microsoft Technology Center), but with the job change came some time to get familiar with a new team, new processes…

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8 things about windows 8: living in metro

I’ve been running Windows 8 for well over 6 months as my production operating system, but the funny thing is you wouldn’t normally notice unless you asked “where’s the Windows logo in the lower left hand corner?” and that is because I spend a lot of time in desktop applications today.  My primary personal and…

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10 years ago…

i was running windows xp (and had been since before it was released) and when i read ed bott’s post about browser usage, i couldn’t help but think about what i was running 10 years earlier in early 1992… i started at the company my wife now works for and was supporting software at a…

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25 apps for christmas–office, itunes and zune

no list of applications would be complete without microsoft office.  i have always used this on windows and had a chance to check out office 2004, 2008 and 2011 on the mac.  the latest versions of office (2010 for the pc and windows phone, 2011 for the mac and the web versions of office from…

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25 apps for christmas–kinect games

games on the xbox have always been “apps” that i use, but this christmas kinect games like joyride, dance central and even the included kinect adventures have provided hours of entertainment for family and friends.  the controller free play was really cool and even how it works with zune video amazed me.  i’ve had it…

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25 apps for christmas–rockband 3

i caught the bug a little late (stood in line at midnight for the guitar hero 3 for xbox release) but was waiting for wireless guitars since it’s one of the main reasons i love xbox 360.  when rockband released it was another pre order for me and i’ve played most of the guitar hero…

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25 apps of christmas–netflix

no list of the most important applications of the year would be complete without this – the netflix silverlight player (for computers).  i can access netflix on my windows phone 7, windows devices, macbook as well as the xbox in the family room.  in my opinion, the list of what you can’t access netflix from…

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25 apps for christmas–apps to create apps

for the last 30 years i have been using a computer and the one common thread among all those computers?  applications that made it useful.  many of these applications were “off the shelf” meaning i or someone i lived with paid for the application.  but an important part – especially of those early computers i…

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25 apps for christmas – browsers

it’s december 1st and having recently gotten a windows phone 7 and starting to play around with applications, i’ve decided blog posts of my 25 favorite apps would be a good series for my blog.  i’ve been using microsoft applications since ms dos 2.0 and microsoft flight simulator 2.0 (i had steve ballmer sign the…

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my youtube channel – whoops!

i haven’t posted a lot of videos to youtube and a couple that i did post were apparently marked because of the musical soundtrack (since i “created” the photo and video portion and own the music, i didn’t think about using it to impress my grandma and other family members with my computer skills).  i…

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