Xbox and Massive Used to Rock the Vote

It was big news a few weeks ago when Microsoft announced that US citizens could use their XBox 360s to register for the 2008 United States Elections.  The eligible youth vote has always been a segment with one of the lowest voting turnouts on election day.  Some blame a generation gap, other sees a lack…

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30 Million Windows Mobile Phones Get No Love

Microsoft will sell roughly 30 million Windows Mobile phones this year.  We are the #2 manufacturer of smart phones trailing behind Nokia and beating both RIM and Apple.  I state this because it’s amazing that we get less press as the no. 2 guy than no.3, Apple, and now no. 4 RIM.  You read correctly. …

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Finally A Reasonable Software Agreement for Home Users of MS Office

I shouldn’t say “finally” because it has always been the case, but it amazes me that so many people do not know that Office Home & Student 2007 can legally be installed and used on up to 3 PCs.  You get Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote all for roughly a £100.   Plus, for a…

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PWC Says UK Executives Don’t Get Security

Price Waterhouse Coopers has released their 2008 Global State of Information Security Study titled “safeguarding the new currency of business.”  The report called out the UK and the neighbour across the channel, France, for failing to make meaningful progress in the areas of compliance testing, secure technology disposal, privacy, and identity.  The report states that…

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Track Your FedEx Package from Outlook 2007

I came across this little add-on from FedEx that allow businesses to manage their FedEx accounts directly from Outlook.  To quote their website, “FedEx has developed a fast and convenient way for you to easily access some of the most popular features found on fedex.com using Microsoft technology. With FedEx QuickShip, you can create and…

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Inspiring the Top 2000 ITC Graduates to Work in IT

I’ve been asked by the academic team to speaking at the Graduates in I.T. event in Canary Wharf on Oct 30th.  I can’t wait to tell them all about the exciting world of IT, off shoring, Software + Services, and the role they play in it all!  Hopefully I won’t smash too many dreams, but…

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Microsoft Helps You Use PHP and Drupal

The Web Platform Installer Beta (Web PI) provides a single, free package for installing and configuring Microsoft’s entire Web Platform, including IIS7, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, SQL Server 2008 Express Edition and the .NET Framework. Using the Web Platform Installer’s simple user interface, you can select specific components or install the entire Microsoft…

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Tip of the Day – Excel 2007: How to Add a Watermark to a Spreadsheet

Watermarks are very useful when documents need to be printed out in a secure manner.  Watermarks can describe confidentiality, intended recipients, and even the quality of the document, like a draft, so that the reader is fully aware of how the document should be interpreted. Here’s a little bit of I little bit of trivia. …

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Get Ready for Windows “Cloud”

There has been a lot of buzz in the blogosphere around some of Ballmer’s statements while on his ‘good will’ tour of the UK.  Ballmer’s mentioning of Microsoft’s “cloud” services soon to be announced at PDC has put all web companies on alert.  Amazon decided execute a pre-emptive strike with the announcement of Windows on…

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