Using the Windows 7 USB Download Tool with ANY .iso file

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory Update: Dec 15, 2014.  The Microsoft published tool mentioned below has been updated so it works with more file types. It has also been renamed to just the “Windows USB Download Tool”.  As notebooks, netbooks and slates get thinner, smaller, and more power-conscious, optical drives that can…

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Mounting .ISO files Directly is Awesome Feature in Windows 8 for DreamSpark and MSDN Subscribers

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technical Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory One of the small but sometimes annoying challenges of software offerings in DreamSpark and MSDN is that the software downloads are largely in .ISO format. This requires going through some extra steps to burn the software to a DVD or USB storage keys. One of the little known…

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How to Get a Job At Microsoft Part II: Writing an Awesome Resume

by Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory Over the past few months I visited nine college campuses, attended three conferences and conducted a hand-full of job interviews, and in the process I’ve seen scores of resumes.  One thing I’ve been impressed with is how awful most of them are.  I realize that I…

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Windows 8.1 Boot to Desktop: Maybe the Designers were Right

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technology Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory One of the new features in Windows 8.1 Preview is the much requested option to boot directly to the traditional Windows 7-ish desktop instead of to the Windows 8 Start Screen that features the tiles. In other words, when your computer starts up; after logging in the first…

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Microsoft Office Ultimate for $59.95: The Ultimate Steal is Back!

Starting today, August 20, 2008 college students in the United States enrolled in at least .5 credit hours can purchase Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate Edition for only $59.95.  This is the version that sells at Office Depot and other office supply stores for over $600.  Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate includes: Access 2007 Accounting Express 2008…

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Best University Internet–Can Your Campus Top Arizona State?

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory As Microsoft’s academic rep for Arizona State University, I visit their campus several times each semester.  In between speaking engagements and faculty visits, I hold “office hours” for students in an empty office, conference room or grad student cubical.  ASU’s network is relatively open; they have Guest…

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Using Expression Encoder 4 Screen Capture for Imagine Cup Video Demos

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory One of the most important, yet under-rated, deliverables in the Imagine Cup competition is the video requirement in the Software Design and Game Design competitions.  While the video only counts for 10 percent of the “official” score in the judging rubric, the reality is that the video…

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Free Windows 8 Metro App Book: Today Only!

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory Today until Midnight tonight, May 1st, Apress Publishers is offering a free download of “Metro Revealed: building Windows 8 apps with HTML 5 and JavaScript”. This book normally costs $10.49US, but today only you can download it free with the MET12 comp code.  Perfect for your summer…

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My School App: A First (Real) Windows Phone 7 App Project for Beginners

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory Some of the big challenges that students face getting apps into the Windows Phone 7 marketplace are psychological. They wonder if their ideas are market-worthy, and they worry that they don’t have the technical expertise required to translate their ideas into a real app. Sadly this keeps…

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How to Not Drive Students Away from CIS

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technology Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mis_laboratory I recently had a conversation with a student at a large public university about the introductory CIS class she was taking.  This student had attended a mobile app workshop and had a good enough experience that she wanted to explore the CIS major, and so took a leap…

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