Play Halo 3, Win $1,000,000

The Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) is throwing a Halo 3 showdown with the grand prize of one million dollars muaha muahahaha.  This sacred event is taking place in none other than my home town of Dallas, TX at  the Hyatt Regency hotel.  Gaming Bits has an article detailing the event.  Here is an an excerpt…

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Ina Fried of ZDNet Interviews Ballmer on Windows Mobile Strategy

My favorite excerpt from this fun interview was the following: “What about full Web browsing? I mean, that seems to be the one feature of the iPhone that would also benefit business users. Ballmer: It sure would.” Simple and blunt answering is Ballmer’s style.  Like him or hate him *most at Microsoft love him*, he…

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HOW TO: Removing Hidden Data From Office Documents

  Metadata is information within a document that provides indexing intelligence to other applications and subsystems.  Metadata is what makes search engines and filters effective and almost every modern media file from a photo to an excel sheet has some.  Metadata could be as simple as the “date created” information to as advanced as a…

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Win a Vista Media Center RF remote

Do you have something nice to say about Windows Media Center?  Then click on over to James Senior’s blog and click on the email link.  It is that easy.  The remote is RF so it works through walls and stuff.  James will tell you why that’s cool, as I’m more of a "hey let’s not…

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Exchange Hosted Services for Dummies

I was doing some research for the organization I volunteer at.  I was trying to make a case for a cost-effective email system based around Exchange.  With all the talk around Software + Services I thought that this might be a perfect opportunity to propose a hosted Exchange environment.  The more I looked at it,…

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Running PHP on IIS

Just about one year ago, Bill Hilf announced Zend and Microsoft’s partnership to enhance PHP performance on Windows Server’s IIS web server. This technical collaboration has focused on enhancing the reliability and performance of PHP on Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008. As part of this collaboration, the IIS product group has been working…

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Accessibility Kit for SharePoint

Microsoft has partnered with world-renowned accessibility partner, HiSoftware, to give SharePoint developers the tools they need to comply with various accessibility and disability laws.  The Internet is exploding and with the growing socioeconomic importance of the various services offered by websites, organizations, especially commercial, must understand their obligations to comply with various state, federal, and…

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The New Face of Maps.Live.com

Finally!  Today is the day I officially switch from Google Maps to Live Maps.  The new Live Maps has a host of new features, but more importantly it finally brings a better user interface to the world of online mapping *i.e. kicks Google’s ass* The first improvement legacy users will notice is the elimination of…

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Using Microsoft HealthVault in the World of Scrubs

Scrubs is quite possibly the greatest TV show, NAY, entertainment program, in the history of the world!  But any critical fan of this serious medical drama can appreciate the lengths that doctors and nurses go through to manipulate the system for the greater good.  A common analogy I make when talking about the state of…

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Near Realtime Video and Image Sharing with Jing

I was downloading Camtasia so that I could begin recording some screencasts when I discovered one of Techsmith’s *makers of Camtasia* pet project called Jing.  With a name like Jing, who could resist clicking on it.  Even as I contemplated on what it could possibly be, my mind wandered to interesting verbs and adjectives like…

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