The End: this blog leaps over to Windows Live Spaces

I’ve decided to move my blog to a new home on Windows Live Spaces. I hope you’ll move with me. My new blog URL is http://usefultechnologyblog.spaces.live.com/. To subscribe to the new RSS feed, simply click this link: http://usefultechnologyblog.spaces.live.com/feed.rss. Thanks for being with me on TechNet. See you on the other side.

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That Windows Vista Packaging

Here’s the clever bit about the new packaging. It opens like this: Very neat!

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Office 2007 - new look icons

While I sit waiting for the 2007 Office system Beta 2 Technical Refresh to finish installing, I thought I’d share this blog posting of some of the new icon sets included in Build 4228 of the Beta. Of course, there’s no guarantee that these icons will make it into the final build 😉 but it’s…

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Dubious words emerging from Microsoft

What’s going on? We seem to have a swathe of dubious sounding product names emerging from Microsoft just recently. There’s the legendarily bad “OneCare” (careful how you say that), we’ve “SmartArt” in the 2007 Office system, and IE7 is now “RC1” which is a harsh description at the best of times. I know the IT…

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Smile! You're on a Speed Camera!

I’m fascinated by the human relationship with technology and how one helps shape the other. A recent example that got me thinking came after the Thames Valley Park Security team installed a speed camera on one of the roads approaching the UK Microsoft Campus. But this wasn’t one of those widely despised ‘Greed Cameras’ that…

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Save the Blog: Vote Now

Contrary to one correspondent’s theory, the lack of recent postings here is not evidence of my having been seized by British Anti-Terrorist Police. I agree that the liquids I carry onto aircraft may have a dangerously high alcoholic content that could blow your mind but I doubt they’d do much damage to a plane. No,…

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From Zero to Hero with Outlook

I have my annual performance review in half an hour. This reminds me of a great little non-technical tip that may help you get even more value out of Microsoft Outlook. Every time you receive an email thanking or praising you for some work that you have done, save it in a special folder called (something like) “Hero”….

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Presentation Zen from Canada

As if by magic, my RSS feed in Outlook 2007 brings me another interesting perspective on how to give great presentations. Garr Reynolds’ blog Presentation Zen is a must-read site for anyone interested in finding new ways to make their presentations punch harder. And this post makes an interesting comparison between the “conventional” Bill Gates…

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Deciphering the Gobbledegook

I enjoy following Matthew Stibbe’s blog at badlanguage.net. Matthew used to run a computer gaming company and now flies planes. He’s also a writer. His freelance writing company handles assignments from several big companies including Microsoft. It’s great to see a writer of Matthew’s calibre taking time out to maintain a blog. With most writers…

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