Great MSFT blogs not on blogs.msdn.com

Like many people, I subscribe to the agregate MSDN RSS feed to get all feeds from Microsoft. Except, there are at least a few (and probably more) amazing blogs from other softies that are not on MSDN. If you are not reading these guys, you should be. Chris Anderson – simplegeek.com I’ve recently moved to…

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Coolest Channel 9 video I’ve ever seen…

…but I really like the command prompt. There have been a lot of posts about Monad on MSDN Blogs. Take a look at the demo on Channel 9. https://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=25915 Very cool.

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Get great deals on Rolex watches!

Kidding… Adobe makes some amazing Windows applications, but am I the only one who would like web-hosted PDFs to open outside the browser? After a quick search, I found the simple solution (for v6.0 at least) Open Adobe (Acrobat) Reader from the start menu Edit > Preferences Select “Internet” Un-check “Display PDF in browser” While…

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File sharing on XP

I found a great walk-through on how to enable file sharing on Windows XP. http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharing/xp_filesharing/index.htm Besides this article, there are a number of other great resources for Internet Connection Sharing, among others. Take a look: http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharing/ I’ve found file sharing on Windows to be feast or famine: either it works great right off the bat…

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“I lost my girlfriend’s phone number.”

Never underestimate the value of a catchy title. This entry is about Longhorn, though—specifically the work we are doing in People and Groups to bridge contact lists–not only between application, but between devices.   My good friend Jeremy, a PM on the IE team, came into my office on Thursday asking if I’ve seen his…

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Tired of Spam? Get sneaky…

Microsoft is serious about spam, but one can always use more help. I’ve been using Sneakemail since my senior year of college. It works great. Create an account on sneakemail. When a web site asks for your email address instead of giving them your actual ISP account, go to sneakemail and create a forwarding address….

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Running Server 2003 on your desktop? Disable Shutdown Event Tracking

I love running the highest performance, most stable OS Microsoft has ever produced on my desktop. The problem: a lot of the features that make a sense for a server OS, make little sense for a desktop.   An example is the Display Shutdown Event Tracker. This feature is pretty self explanatory–a great way to…

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April 19-25 is TV-Turnoff Week

April 19-25 is TV-Turnoff Week. (CNN has an article.) When I first moved out to Seattle in the summer of 2002, I spent a month in Microsoft-provided temp housing. I’d come home from work and spend 2 hours vegging in front of the TV. When I got my apartment downtown I spent a lot of…

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Play your favorite music when you launch Windows Media Player

Our friends in Media Player have done a fine job with Media Player 9. One slight problem: I think they got their first use experience a little wrong. Usually when I launch Media Player, I want to listen to my music, not watch a trailer for Scooby Doo 2. You can go to Tools >…

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Must have Windows Utility — Process Explorer

Since I work in the OS division, I image my work machines quite often. (Not as often as a lot of our test team, but more than most people.) Besides putting my task bar at the top of the Window and switching my keyboard to Dvorak, there are also a set of utilities I download…

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