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Office Web Viewer

While Skydrive’s been able to display Office documents in your web browser for what seems like ages now, check this out: Do you have Office documents on your website or blog that you want your readers to view even if they don’t have Office installed?  Would you rather view a document before downloading it?  To… Read more

Come to the Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Premier Roadshow

Australian Premier Support customers: Join us for an overview of the new stuff in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8! This series of events will run for the entire day in each city and showcase 4 sessions of about 90 minutes, on a range of Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 client topics. All topics will… Read more

Is it time for you to reset your online identity?

Lots of account hacking activity in the news recently. The Blizzard hack (via RPS) caught my eye because of some of the wording used to describe it: “Some data was illegally accessed, including a list of email addresses for global Battle.net users, outside of China. For players on North American servers (which generally includes players… Read more

A weekend’s worth of tips in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Just some notes recording what I’ve picked up from a couple of days using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my main desktops:   The hit target for the Start button is the very bottom left corner – like, the four pixels in that region. Just slam the mouse there and click – when you… Read more

RemoteFX (with Hyper-V) is a serious business tool. For games.

The Setup My downstairs PC (on the dining room table) is an HP Touchsmart all-in-one Core 2 Duo Intel Integrated Graphics 965-based box, which makes it absolutely abominable for games. Upstairs, my internet connection plugs into my Hyper-V host (actually, a TMG instance on it), and I’ve a sort-of-gaming PC set up next to that,… Read more

ATI Video Blurring on Media Center

I upgraded the drivers for my ATI/AMD Radeon in the Media Centre after 1 year of old version-ness, and suddenly video smearing and odd fleshtones are back for standard def TV. (Why oh why oh why won’t ATI just leave my video (and historically, HDMI overscan/underscan) settings alone!?) The usual TRDenoise and DXVA_thingy hacks didn’t… Read more

Hotmail Aliases

The Hotmail team blogged about email aliases earlier this year – I didn’t know either technique was available, so thought I’d republish the ADHD version here. Ultra-short version: You can add a tag (essentially) to your hotmail email address and use Sweep (mail rules) to manage emails to that address, or you can create a… Read more

IRacing vs TMG 2010

Pre-blurb About a week ago, I signed up for iRacing again, after letting my subscription lapse back in, oh, looks like 2008. Time flies! Since then, I’ve been trying to get updates to install, but I’ve been having no luck with it – the update web page would just vanish when I ticked the updates… Read more