How to make Adobe Reader 7.0 load faster

Like most other techies, whenever I install Adobe’s Acrobat Reader I also uninstall most of the pointless plugins, to speed up its dog-slow startup process. If you want to learn more about speeding up Adobe Reader 6.0, just ask Tim or Chris or Greg or Omar or Kevin (“site:blogs.msdn.com adobe reader” is a wonderful search…

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New MSN Search wiki on Channel 9

Check out the new wiki pages that the MSN Search team have created on Channel 9! This is a one-stop community information resource for everything and anything to do with MSN Search – the web search engine, the desktop search tool, bug reports, feature requests, random questions, cool hacks, you name it. Anyone can browse, but you’ll…

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Welcome James Morey to the SMS & MOM blogging scene!

Ok, first I said that you really only needed to subscribe to Eileen Brown and Rod Trent for all of your SMS and MOM needs. Then my bosses’ boss started blogging, and it would be foolhardy of me to tell you to ignore him! Now James Morey has arrived with “Jimbo’s MOM 2005 WebLog”. Just…

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Do you prefer single-click or double-click behavior for system tray icons?

Many Windows client applications can iconify themselves to the system tray instead of taking up an entry on your taskbar. I love this feature for apps that I keep around all day, because it means that I always know where to find them — they’re in the system tray, stupid! The problem is that there…

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Blogging up the management hierarchy

My “grand-manager” Brad Anderson has started a blog on myITforum. Although it’s really half a blog, since he’s sharing it with Bill Anderson. And of course he hasn’t actually posted anything yet . But these are minor quibbles — if you want to hear from Mr SMS himself, watch that space! (via Rod Trent) What’s…

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Why is MSN Desktop Search so slow at indexing my disk? And other tips…

A quick follow-up to four points, since “Dogfooding MSN Desktop Search” seems to be getting a lot of attention. First, Joe Wilcox of Jupiter Research is disappointed with the initial indexing speed of desktop search, because it took 2.5 hours to index 7GB of data and 800MB of email on his laptop. I’m not sure…

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Dogfooding MSN Desktop Search – tips and tricks

The new MSN Desktop Search tool represents the combined efforts of several different search teams within Microsoft, some of which have shown their tools externally (e.g. MSR’s Stuff I’ve Seen), and all of which have had their own internal beta programs. I’ve played with a couple of them over the past year, but to be…

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More problems with Offline Files

Answering your individual emails about offline files is a thankless task, since (a) I’m not tech support, so you’re not going to get any kind of “official” response, (b) I don’t scale out, so other readers of this blog won’t benefit from any pearls of wisdom that I do happen to generate, and (c) I’m…

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Tuesday at CMG 2004 – "A Performance Process Maturity Model"

My favorite talk at CMG yesterday was “A Performance Process Maturity Model”, given by Michael Maddox of MCI. You’ve probably already heard of the Capability Maturity Model (CMM), which is used extensively in the software industry to measure the “quality” of an organization in terms of their development processes. Michael was inspired by a talk…

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Why we need process, not just tools

In case you missed this story when it hit the headlines last month, one of the UK’s major government departments lost the use of most of its desktop PCs for nearly a week. Now we’re seeing more details on the causes of the outage: EDS has admitted that an error by one of its computer…

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