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  • An Open Letter to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

    Dear Mr. Ballmer, Let me start by saying that I’ve admired your company since I was 10 years old. I think what Microsoft does for the industry, and the world, is amazing. I think Windows is, and has always been, the best operating system on the market. However, I have to take issue with your recent...
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  • Changes Needed for Media Center in Windows 7 SP1

    I *love* Windows Media Center. It’s my favorite part of Windows, and in Windows 7, it’s fantastic. There are a lot of improvements, and hopefully soon I’ll be able to post some of my favorite parts. But I just spent the last 2 hours trying to fix my Windows Media Center installation at home (tried a...
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  • Office 2010 Technical Preview Leak Shows Windows 7 Integration

    Microsoft passed out the Technical Preview bits to TAP partners, and like clockwork, the bits leaked out on the Internet . And like the Build Whore that I am, I went and downloaded it. There are scores of screenshots all over the net already, so there is no point in posting them here. I do, however,...
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  • The Great UAC Debate of 2009 Is Over

    I have been appalled at what has taken place over the last week. And now that it is over, I want to talk about it… because something needs to be done. The utter fiasco that spilled out into the blogosphere should never have happened. In case you’ve been in Timbuktu, Long “Quixote” Zheng and Rafael Rivera...
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  • Windows 7: Next Stop, Release Candidate

    Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky has taken some time to outline what happens from here to GA with Windows 7. As MJ, Paul Thurrott, and others have notes, the release did not say Windows 7 Beta 1, it was just a beta. It’s a good post, but I’ve pulled the key takeaways below: The next milestone for the development...
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  • Microsoft Is Pimping Windows 7 Beta Downloads on Facebook

    I logged into my Facebook yesterday, and was greeted with this ad: Judging by the overwhelmingly positive reviews, this is a smart move on Microsoft’s part. You would have never seen this with the Vista beta, or any other beta, for that matter. Microsoft is usually only this generous with Windows Release...
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  • Who Benefitted the Most from the Vista Capable Program?

    Ars Technica has a wonderfully insightful piece about the Vista Capable lawsuit , and the ramifications of the $1.5B number that the plaintiffs have been floating around in the case. if you haven’t read it yet, please do so, as I agree with their points, and it is the jumping-off point for what I am...
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  • WARNING: Windows 7 Beta Eats MP3s, Fix Coming

    Tom Warren from Neowin warns us that Windows 7 Beta (Build 7000) has an issue where Windows Media Player 12 corrupts the first few seconds of MP3 files when it tries to download additional metadata about the file (which is the default setting). "The problem only happens when you edit metadata on...
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  • Chris Holmes Thinks Windows 7 Will Save Microsoft

    It’s a new year, and in a few short days, Microsoft will introduce the world to a piece of software they are hoping will change the tide of public opinion. Windows expert and former Windows-Now blogger Chris Holmes (AKA Chris123NT ) just posted an editorial that is definitely worth your reading. It sums...
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  • My Samsung Q1 Gets an Overhaul

    Nearly a year ago, I received a Samsung Q1 Ultra-Mobile PC for review . I still have it laying around, although it hasn’t gotten much use lately. I tried using it for a while as a mobile TV device when my wife and I go on trips with the kids, but the 1GB RAM and the 4200 RPM hard drive were not enough...
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