Leave me alone!!! (using Lync to NOT communicate)

Ubiquitous connectivity and communication sources are a blessing and a curse.  It is amazing that I can speak with my co-worker in Germany and get an answer as if he were sitting right next to me.  On the flip side of the coin, my co-workers (and family, and friends) all over the world (or in…

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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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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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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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Windows 7 About Face

The story from June 2008: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/25/et-tu-intel/ Intel, the giant chip maker and longtime partner of Microsoft, has decided against upgrading the computers of its own 80,000 employees to Microsoft’s Vista operating system, a person with direct knowledge of the company’s plans said. The person, who has been briefed on the situation but requested anonymity because…

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Windows 7 – Customize your notification area

Windows 7 does an excellent job of hiding the various notification icons that vendors (yes, even us) seem heck-bent on using to grab your attention in XP/Vista. However, there may be some icons (perhaps Communicator or Windows Live Messenger) that you’d like to see all the time.  You can change what shows up in this…

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Keep your desktop private

If you do demonstrations or webcasts from your computer, used the desktop screen sharing feature on Office Communicator 2007 R2, or asked for remote assistance you may have inadvertently shown your desktop to your co-workers, a client, or the world. If you keep a spotless computer desktop (or are using a clean Hyper-V/Virtual PC image…

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Unnecessary Complexity

If you are a long term Windows user, you right-click everything.  That right-click menu offers a lot of options, and it is comforting to see everything that you can do at any given time.  Heck… you can often Shift-right-click and get even MORE options. There is an interesting place within Windows where the right-click adds…

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Add Bing to your site

Just saw this over on The Road to Know Where, and is really quite nice… You can run through a quick wizard over on the Bing Site Owner site, and it will generate some HTML that you can past on your site to add a Bing Search Box that will search both the Internet and…

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