recharge my own batteries

I’m off on holiday for 2 weeks so blog silence will ensue for that time.  What should you read into that?  well probably that I am sure enough that we are on track for launch and that everything is going smoothly.  So have confidence in our timeline.  In the meantime, let me leave you with…

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Open XML reaches final draft

To quote Brian Jones: As I already mentioned, in the last face to face meeting in Trondheim, Norway we unanimously voted to approve the final draft of the Office Open XML spec as ready to submit to the Ecma General Assembly. The GA will then review the draft and in December there will be a…

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Microsoft Works joins the fight

The Microsoft Works suite, if you are not familiar with it, is a productivity suite aimed at the low cost consumer market from Microsoft.  This year it became part of the the Information Worker business alongside Microsoft Office and as such is now another of the 40 products I look after. The basic Works 8 package…

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Perpetual motion machine from HP

the rest of our free kit arrived from HP this week including the extended battery.  It’s a wedge shaped block that sits under the machine, is very light and you can charge it independantly.  Having charged it up, I tried it out today:   sorry..?? 39 hours????? blimey.  then half an hour later..   what…

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What is the Business Data Catalogue?

Martin Kearn who is one of the guru Microsoft Consulting Services in the UK team has written a really great blog post on the business data catalogue which he reckons is the best feature of SharePoint 2007.  He also presented it to our special interest chapter today. The BDC makes it straightforward to link SharePoint…

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My deskphone is stupid

Actually my deskphone is probably very clever and I, like most people, just can’t be bothered to learn half of what it can do.  The thing that is stupid though, is that it sits on my desk right next to a much more powerful computer – a computer with a screen.  My deskphone has a rubbish…

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Live writer upgrade and cool flickr add ins

In case you missed it, there is a new build of live writer. The update has some new stuff: Tagging support Support for Blogger Beta Categories are sorted by name and support scrolling, plus improved support for reading categories from your blog Improved startup performance Paste is enabled for Title region and TAB/SHIFT+TAB navigation between title…

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the launch is not cancelled

My days now seem to consist of queues of wild people, frothing at the mouth running at me like some sort of marketing shaun of the dead scene screaming “cancel the launch!”.  People, hear me, take a chill pill, we are launching and we are on track. 🙂  Things will go wrong when you run…

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The best marketing freebie ever

I never fail to be amazed at how motivating new kit is to a techie.  I’m also slightly pleased to observe this is still the case for me even though I have clearly lost it and sold out to the crayon-weilding lovies at the in-touch-with-our-feelings end of the Microsoft campus.  So I must pay homage…

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