Windows Vista Tipfest

Ah, I love the smell of a tip in the morning! I’m in New York for Digital Life and to meet up with some of my colleagues from around the world. It’s Friday 13th, I’m jetlagged and I’ve just run out of coffee. But all is well because I’ve just discovered a useful tips &…

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Add some hyperlink action to your emails

Bloggers know how important it is to include relevant hyperlinks in their posts 😉 They can come in pretty handy in emails too. Instead of pasting a lengthy and ugly URL into an email you can add a hyperlink to any part of your email text. So, instead of this: The UsefulTechnology blog (http://blogs.technet.com/UsefulTechnology/) is really…

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Screen capture the easy way

I’m often asked what tools I use to make screengrabs to include in my blog. I used to use the Snipping Tool which is part of the Tablet PC Experience Pack for Windows XP. So you can imagine my disappointment when, after upgrading to Windows Vista, I discovered that the Experience Pack would not install….


Windows Live OneCare beta – free to 18 countries

Hurrah! At last, Windows Live OneCare 1.5 is now available for free download in 18 countries around the globe. Despite having a dangerous name for anyone with lazy pronunciation, OneCare is finally out of the blocks on its journey towards global availability. What is it? “All-in-one PC care for people who have other things to think…


The brainless way to win a £4,000 digital makeover

What is a Personal Computer? (a) A microcomputer whose price, size and capabilities make it suitable for personal usage (b) An elongated yellow fruit that grows on trees (c) The Queen of England At least the questions aren’t quite as simple as that but your brain still won’t get out of first gear to answer the…


Get Safe Online (and Secure that Wireless Network)

So here I am blogging from inside Windows Vista RC1. And I’ve never felt safer. Which is handy because I’ve been working closely with the team at Get Safe Online over recent months and next week is officially Get Safe Online Week in the UK. I’ll be in Nottingham on Tuesday helping out on the…


Get Safe Online – UK Roadshow next week

If you’re a paid-up member of the geek gang, you probably end up fixing friends’ computers every time you see them. And often the problems you have to fix are caused by their not taking simple steps to protect themselves while online. Thankfully there’s a solution. Microsoft is a big time sponsor of Get Safe Online,…