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 To subscribe to the new RSS feed, simply click this link: Thanks for being with me on TechNet. See you on the other side.

UsefulGuides: Finding that well-loved feature in Microsoft Office 2007

There’s no question about it, there’s a bit of a learning curve before you get familiar with the new ribbon menu layout in the 2007 Microsoft Office system. And the learning curve will be steeper the more familiar you are with previous versions. If you count yourself as an advanced user, expect to find yourself…

Windows Media Player 11 – final release at last

Way back in May we released the Beta of Windows Media Player 11. Finally, after exhaustive testing and refinement, we released the final build earlier this week. You can download it now, for free, from here. If you’re running Windows XP and have ears, this is a must-have application.

My Blogcasts on Soapbox

I’ve been playing with the new Soapbox on MSN Video service. It’s pretty cool. I never really got into YouTube but I can see how useful it will be to be able to restrict access to my videos on Soapbox based on my existing Windows Live Messenger contact lists. I’ve uploaded 5 of my Outlook…

Securing that wireless network

I stumbled across this helpful article from Connected Home that explains how to secure a wireless network: The most important thing here is to enable WPA (or WPA2 if you have new hardware). Without this sort of encryption your network will remain as wide open as a crocodile at the dentist.

The Joy of Finding Big Things (in Outlook 2007)

My former boss, Bruce Lynn, asked me this weekend how he could locate all the large (>200kb) entries in his Outlook calendar so he could delete them to free up some space in his mailstore. He couldn’t figure out how to do this but knew it must be easy. If you find your mailstore is running…

Windows Live Insider Club

Confused by all this new Windows Live stuff? Yeah, me too. There’s a lot of new gadgetry to get our heads around. I discovered an interesting new site at that aims to shed some light on the matter. Those talking bodies are a bit freaky – anyone who says ‘”click me” is just plain…


Internet Explorer 7 is launched

The world’s most popular browser just got better. Internet Explorer 7 was released just hours ago. You can get it from  

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 &…


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 ( is really…