The Lover Speaks

In 1988 I met my future wife, Eva.  That summer I left for DeKalb and made her a mix tape (that apparently was really meaningful beyond the hours I put into hand writing the track lists and getting the right tracks to fill up a 90 minute cassette.  One of the bands I picked was…

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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–media players

remember real player?  winamp?  codec’s like xvid and divx?  there are addins like adobe flash and quicktime to work with certain video formats on webpages.  occasionally i’ve had to go find a video codec or install one of these programs based upon content that i’ve got, but the most recent applications that i use to…

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25 apps for christmas–shazam

imagine you are in your car, at a restaurant or a store and a song comes on that you really like but you don’t know the artist or song title (you make an educated guess with what sounds like the chorus, but certain songs/artists might use this as the title/might be hard to understand what…

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25 apps for christmas – client virtualization

before joining microsoft i was a technical trainer and part of that job was dealing with the constant “what if” questions that would come up in a microsoft course (“what if you created or deleted an object from two windows 2000 active directory domain controllers at exactly the same time?” – a personal favorite).  sometimes…

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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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bing visual search

wow – how cool is this?  obviously anyone with a portable music player or using sync with the jukebox feature (why not for ipod or zune?) is familiar with album art, but what about online search? bing’s billboard’s past albums – recognize any of ‘em?

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tekken 6 – coming out later this month for xbox

it’s been an entire year, but later this month tekken 6 comes out for the xbox 360.  since then i’ve added a second xbox to our home, begun watching netflix movies instantly on them, created my own custom avatar and gone back to mainly wireless game play even in titles like rock band and guitar…

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the windows 7 install fest and zune 4.0 software upgrade

today we conducted a windows 7 install fest at work.  i ran through some tips and tricks and learned a couple myself.  this evening i’m installing the zune 4.0 software on my last system running windows vista and then going to my windows 7 system.

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