Windows Phone 7 App of Awesomess

I am loving my new Samsung Focus, and have been adding in some applications, including the excellent Weatherbug, Netflix, Facebook, and Flixter apps.  However… today I found my favorite app of all.  The app is the appropriately named PODCASTS!, an app that searches the Zune Marketplace for podcasts, shows you a nice write-up and image,…

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Free Code Sample Request Service from the Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework team

Just saw the following announced… we have a team of folks that will write code samples for free in order to save you time as a developer.  How cool is that? Today, the Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework team announces an innovative “FREE” code sample request service for customers. This service is a proactive way for…

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Outlook Rules for RSS

For staying on top of my external blog feeds, I use a web-based RSS reader that works quite well.  Inside the corporate firewall, I subscribe to a number of internal/authenticated feeds from SharePoint, which are deposited into the “RSS Feeds” folder of Outlook. Unfortunately, I use many folders in Outlook, and most are used to…

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How Do I Use OneNote?

In older versions of OneNote, you were greeted on startup with a built-in OneNote Guide that walked you through the basics of using OneNote.  With OneNote 2010, the Personal notebook is the only notebook that shows up by default. Fortunately, it is pretty easy to restore the OneNote Guide for OneNote 2010.  Courtesy of Daniel…

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SharePoint 2010– Storman on Steroids

AKA… how to visualize the files you are storing in SharePoint. *Update on the below after having spoken with the team that runs the internal Microsoft SharePoint farm (thanks Sam for information on the impact!).  While everything mentioned does work, the approach has two downsides: It will not be entirely accurate… while it will display…

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A Steady State Without SteadyState

Windows SteadyState was a great technology designed for administrators that were responsible for computers used by many people (think labs, kiosks, internet cafes, libraries, community centers, etc).  The kind of place where people like to screw around with settings, download viruses, delete files, add stuff that shouldn’t be there… SteadyState addressed these issues by allowing…

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Online Safety Resources

With school back in session soon (if not already), The Trustworthy Computing team has released a number of useful family safety resources and brochures that would be useful to hand out at a PTA Meeting. You can also use them as supplemental materials to run your own online safety event for your school, Cub Scouts,…

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Dynamic Desktop Wallpapers from RSS Feeds

I was listening to Windows Weekly on my Zune this morning, and Paul’s Pick of the Week was the Bing Dynamic Theme, which dynamically displays new photos from Bing as your desktop background.   Awesome… this is just like Webshots back in the day! (Errr… I guess they are still around at http://www.webshots.com/.  We’ll use that…

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Internet Explorer 8–Show Stop and Refresh Buttons Before Address Bar

By default, Internet Explorer 8 has the Refresh and Stop buttons on the right side of the address bar.  I’m used to having them there. However, if you use alternative browsers, you may prefer to have those buttons on the OTHER side of your address bar It turns out that you can move them in…

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Creating an Image Map in SharePoint Designer 2010

I’m not sure why this isn’t documented, but thought I’d share the solution in case someone is looking to create an image map with SharePoint Designer 2010.  To set the stage, I’ll borrow shamelessly from the article showing how to do this with FrontPage 2003- Create an image map: A picture with one or more…

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