Mariland Gets Free MS Training

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Mariland is a lucky state. They can get free vouchers from the employment office for free training on Microsoft products. That’s really nice and all, but I’m not in Mariland! 🙂 I wish this was a country wide promotion. I could use some training in some MS products that I rarely use to get up to speed and be a knowledgeable user! And free certifications?! At least this says one thing: Microsoft is one of the very few US companies that are actually investing in the US economy and recovery. Thanks Microsoft! You’re one in a million!

Marylanders will be able to use the vouchers to take advantage of Microsoft eLearning courses delivered over the www, and to cover the cost of certain Microsoft certification exams. Maryland state employees are not eligible for this program.

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XBox 360 Social Networking App Preview

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For those that are interested, CNET has a preview of what to expect when Microsoft finally releases their Social Networking features on the XBox 360. While some of you love Twitter, I’m not so much a fan. I use it very rarely. I use Facebook, but won’t be updating by my XBox. But, the last.fm feature will get a bit of usage. I love music, so that’s a bonus. I’d like to see XM and/or Sirius satellite radio streaming included. That’d be cool.

Microsoft was expected to release Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm apps for the Xbox 360 as part of a system software update that went out back in August. It was decided that the apps should be delayed for a fall release, but CNET got a sneak peek of the apps on Wednesday from Ron Pessner, Microsoft’s general manager of games for Windows Live.

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Micheal Dell Talks Up Windows 7, Trashes Notebooks

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Micheal Dell says that you’ll love your PC again, with Windows 7, Office 2010 and the new range of Intel processors. I’ve loved my PC for quite a while. Don’t know why he hasn’t liked his. Maybe because he got a Dell, dude! I’ve never really liked the guy, myself. But, Dell computers used to be good quality, until the past couple years. I’ve worked on more Dell problems than any other. And most of my clients are switching to HP or Acer. Sorry, Dell…

Stolen OS Idea’s

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With Windows 7 just around the corner, the Mac folks are touting what Microsoft stole from the Apple camp and vice versa. Well, it seems that both are guilty of “stealing” idea’s for their ideas and have been for a while now. Is this a consiracy, or the usual evolution of the way things work? Hmmmm…. How many TV’s out there have similar features? Personally, I could care less either way. Just make sure the damn thing works, and works well!

Although Mac fanboys and Windows zealots don’t like to admit it, the fact is that both Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard contain features that originated in the other OS. Some features were stolen so long ago that they’ve become part of the computing landscape, and it’s difficult to remember who invented what.

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Should MS Push MSE Through Windows Update?

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Windows 7 News has a nice little piece on whether or not to push Microsoft’s new Security Essentials through Windows Updates. While I agree with him that it should be pushed (as an optional download, of course), I don’t agree that it won’t happen. I think that Microsoft will put it on Windows Update. There are too many users out there without any protection, and this would allow them to install something. Although, if they don’t have any virus protection, I’m not so sure they’d do the optional updates, either. I did find out something new, though. As I always put anti-virus software on my new installs first thing, and definitely before I go online, I’ve never seen the screen that he shows when you aren’t running any AV software. Nice addition, I do say myself. Of course, if they do include it in MS updates, I wonder how many companies would cry foul?

First of all we should look at the differences between XP and Vista on the one side and Windows 7 on the other.

Windows 7 Performance Tests

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Computer World has done some tests comparing Windows 7 to it’s predecessor, Windows Vista, and the results are what I expected, although some are surprising.

Given that, it’s no wonder that improving performance was one of Microsoft’s design goals with Windows 7. Many reviewers have said that the new operating system feels faster than Vista. In our extensive PC World Test Center evaluations comparing the two, we found an increase in speed, though the overall improvement wasn’t dramatic.

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10 Office Tips You Might Have Missed

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Some of these are pretty common knowledge, some are not, but if you use Microsoft Office, you might find some tips in this article with a cool name from Seferm Post: Microsoft Office Top 10 Secret Ninja Moves.


Office is a treasure trove of hidden features that make everyday life easier. Although each version of Office has made improvements in helping users discover the available features, I find that some of my favorite features are still not well-known amongst friends and family. Here are my top 10 most useful secret ninja moves to increase your productivity and win friends and lovers.

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MS Lawyers Score Victory

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Score one for the Microsoft lawyers (do they ever lose?!) in a lawsuit against Uniloc for a product activation scheme built into Windows. At least they got an appeal. I’m sure they will make it out of this one successfully. Of course, I never did like the product activation in Windows. Too many hiccups and false denials and just a general pain in the butt.

The victory in the Uniloc case comes as Microsoft is awaiting the result of an appeal in another patent case in which the custom XML feature in recent versions of Word was found to infringe on patents held by Canada’s I4i. If it fails in its appeal bid, Microsoft faces damages of more than $200 million in that case as well as an injunction that would halt sales of word with the infringing feature.

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MS Security Essentials Is Released

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For those that didn’t know, Microsoft has released their new free security suite: Microsoft Security Essentials. Load it up and give it a try. Nothing to lose. I’m going to throw it on one of my machines and take it for a test spin and let you know how it goes.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It

Windows 7 Launch Parties

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Well, those of you that were selected for a Windows 7 launch party have been notified. If you weren’t selected, but have Windows 7, take the time to show a friend or relative how it is. I wasn’t selected, but will still be throwing a party of sorts. I’m having a few friends and family over to showcase Windows 7 and make believers out of them. Some of them are Vista bashers and I’ve been trying to convert them to a “modern” OS, and this is my chance! Of course, I’m the family “free tech support”, so I’m sure some are coming for that reason. But, it’s a good chance to show them Windows 7 and help them with their PC’s to make sure they can even run it. 🙂

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