Self-proclaimed ADHDtech, life, whining, microsoft and windows live, 09 nov 2006 09:10:16 GMTgio, 09 nov 2006 09:10:16 GMTMicrosoft Spaces v1.1 ADHD Maggiore!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1313.entry<div><p>On my vacation to <a href=";_c=BlogPart&amp;partqs=cat%3dEurope%2b2006">Europe</a>, my sister and I spent a couple of days in <a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1218.entry">Cinque Terre</a> were I got some of my most beautiful shots. I love this shot in particular due to the stark contrast between the buildings and rocky mountain side. I would have loved to have had a wider lens but this turned out nice nevertheless.  One of my favs from the trip.</p> <p><a href=""><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;border-left:0px;border-bottom:0px" height=417 alt=revin src="" width=593 border=0></a></p></div><a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1313.entry&site_id=86379176"><img src="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1313.entry&site_id=86379176"></a><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">Photos!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1313.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1313.entrymer, 08 nov 2006 06:07:57 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-11-09T05.13.19ZGimme some Xbox 360, Live and HDTV lovin'!!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1310.entry<div><p>Today <a href="">Engadget</a> reports that Microsoft will be announcing the Xbox Live Video service:</p> <blockquote> <p><em>&quot;Microsoft is announcing something fairly momentus, not for the gaming community, but for the CE industry. The Xbox 360, along with </em><a href=""><em>Akimbo</em></a><em>, will be among the first mass-market devices able to download high def television programs -- and the first we know of in the states able to download HD movies. The service is called Xbox Live Video, and the fall update enables customers to spend their Microsoft points on standard and HD television from CBS, MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Turner, and UFC, as well as HD movies from Warner Bros., Paramount, and so on&quot;</em></p></blockquote> <p>Previous announcements from our competitors in the video download space:</p> <ul> <li>Netflix: <a title="" href=""></a></li> <li>TiVo: <a title=";u=/ap/20050812/ap_on_hi_te/tivo_internet_deal" href=";u=/ap/20050812/ap_on_hi_te/tivo_internet_deal">;u=/ap/20050812/ap_on_hi_te/tivo_internet_deal</a></li> <li>Apple: <a title="" href=""></a></li></ul> <p>It's freakin' cool that we're taking a swipe at Apple, Netflix and TiVo in one fell swoop.  This really is a industry changing move.  The Xbox team continues to pleasantly surprise me over and over again.  I'm really, really hoping that there will be an external drive available that is larger than the existing 20GB since an average HD movie will be ~5GB.  Com'on Xbox team, I know you can do it.... please?</p> <p>This announcement, combined with my Amazon pre-order of the<a href=";tag=selfproclaime-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=B000JHO4L0"> Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive</a> and <a href=";tag=selfproclaime-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=B000FRS9II">Gears of War</a> will really have me glued to my TV for the near future :)</p> <p><em>(FYI -- if you pre-order the </em><a href=";tag=selfproclaime-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=B000JHO4L0"><em>Xbox 360 HD-DVD player</em></a><em>, it will include an HD-DVD version of King Kong and the DVD Remote control for free!)</em></p></div><img src="'!&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">microsoft!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1310.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1310.entrymar, 07 nov 2006 08:44:32 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-11-09T05.13.27ZWelcome Virtual Earth 3D!!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1309.entry<div><p></p> <p>Today the Virtual Earth team announced the availability of <em>Virtual Earth 3D </em>in the press release titled <a href="">Microsoft Adds 3-D City Models to Live Search</a>.  In particular: <blockquote> <p>&quot;<em>When people visit Live Search (</em><a href=""><u><em></em></u></a><em>), type a query into the search box and click the “Maps” tab, they get their search results in a map context that offers the option to explore the area using two-dimensional views (aerial and bird’s-eye) or three dimensional models with Virtual Earth 3D. This new technology compiles photographic images of cities and terrain to generate textured, photorealistic 3-D models with engineering level accuracy.&quot;</em> <p>... <p>&quot;<em>Three-dimensional models are available initially for 15 U.S. cities: <strong>San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Detroit, Phoenix, Houston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Denver, Dallas and Fort Worth</strong>. Terrain imagery in 3-D is available globally, and Microsoft expects to offer 3-D imagery in an ever expanding set of cities. Other features provided by Live Search include access to real-time traffic information in select major U.S. cities, and access to business listings “yellow pages” and people listings “white pages” that allows consumers to easily find local information and act on it. </em>&quot;</p></blockquote> <p>You'll first need to install the <a href="">Virtual Earth 3D imaging component</a>, which seems to be a combination of a browser-helper object and Active-X control.  Once you install this component, you'll be able to see the slick Virtual Earth 3D like in <a href=";;cp=47.618489~-122.344266&amp;style=h&amp;lvl=18&amp;tilt=-19.2813838505309&amp;dir=145.532065011574&amp;alt=476.797515708022&amp;scene=3702442">this query</a> which results in this: (I cropped the screenshot to the most interesting piece): <p> </p><a href=""><img style="border-top-width:0px;border-left-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;border-right-width:0px" height=211 src="" width=326 border=0></a> <p>Admittedly the performance isn't the snappiest, but I had it set at the &quot;best&quot; quality setting.  I give the VE team kudos for simply shipping this in production to the real world. A lesser team would have held back playing the death waiting game for performance to be &quot;perfect&quot;.  As <a href="">Borat</a> says, Sexy time!</p></div><img src="!&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">microsoft!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1309.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1309.entrymar, 07 nov 2006 07:39:37 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-11-09T05.13.38ZThe best job posting. Ever.!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1308.entry<div><p>If only I had the right skills for this job.. dang it!</p> <p>(click to enlarge)</p> <p><a href=""><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;border-left:0px;border-bottom:0px" height=240 src="" width=235 border=0></a></p></div><a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1308.entry&site_id=86379176"><img src="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1308.entry&site_id=86379176"></a><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">misc!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1308.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1308.entrydom, 05 nov 2006 21:15:45 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-11-09T05.13.52Z2 Peas in a pod!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1307.entry<div><p>I've always believed that wonderful things happen when you least expect them.  My sister got a <a href="">Holga</a> for her 25th birthday this past summer. The person who loaded the film had it on the wrong setting so all the images taken were overlapped with subsequent ones.   With this &quot;mistake&quot; we end up with this great photo of my sister and I. One can only wonder what I said to her to elicit that reaction in the left frame :)</p> <p><a href=""><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;border-left:0px;border-bottom:0px" height=271 src="" width=463 border=0></a></p></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">Photos!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1307.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1307.entrydom, 05 nov 2006 01:36:20 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-11-05T23.27.47ZNew eye candy for the Canucks!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1302.entry<div><p></p> <p>Looks like the<a href=""> boys back home </a>got a new &quot;Jumbo-tron&quot; at <a href="">General Motors (GM) Place</a>.  Unfortunately I haven't seen it in person yet since I'm trapped in the <a href="">land of no-hockey</a>, but the stats I read tonight are enough to make any sports fan drool:<br><br> <ul> <li>1.2 million pixels in total <li>8 screens -- 4 main ones and 4 'smaller' ones  <li>There are 4 large main displays which are 2.5 times larger than the old ones they are replacing <li>Equivalent in size to 80 big screen televisions (who knows what &quot;big screen&quot; means here) <li>It draws as much power as your &quot;average house&quot; :)</li></ul> <p>Reporters are saying that it's the best screen they've seen of any sports arena bar none.  <p>The sheer screen real estate will should allow them to display some really cool real time stats like face-off percentages, shots on net and, my favorite, hit totals :) <p>Here are some shots I snagged from an email that <a href="">my bro</a> sent me: <p align=center><a href=""><img height=189 src="" width=251></a> <a href=""><img height=186 src="" width=249></a></p> <p align=left>Anyone up for a visit to Vancouver for a Canucks game? :) </p></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1302.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1302.entryven, 03 nov 2006 10:52:48 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-11-03T11.00.25ZBeating TechCrunch to the punch!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1297.entry<div><div>Looks like I beat <a href="">TechCrunch </a>to the punch by <a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1290.entry">covering InstaCalc first </a>;)  I'm going to take this as a positive sign that I can foretell the future so I'm going to quit Microsoft and move to Vegas to bet everything on Roulette.</div> <div> </div> <div>But seriously, if you haven't checked <a href="">InstaCalc </a>out yet, you should. Proof that even the simplest idea can be very useful if executed correctly.  Conversely, there are countless other sites that prove a good idea can end up being useless :)</div></div><a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1297.entry&site_id=86379176"><img src="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1297.entry&site_id=86379176"></a><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">misc tech!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1297.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1297.entrygio, 02 nov 2006 03:56:27 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-11-02T04.19.59ZTwo IE7 useful shortcuts!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1296.entry<div><div>I'm a keyboard fiend, so when I find new keyboard shortcuts I get excited.  IE7 has a 2 useful shortcuts that are worth sharing:</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>CTRL + E</strong> -- give focus to the search bar.</div> <div><strong>Middle-click on the mouse </strong>-- open up link in new background tab</div> <div> </div> <div>I find both of these incredibly useful.   The middle-mouse click is cool because it saves you the usual Right-click and left-click on &quot;Open in New Tab&quot;.</div> <div> </div> <div>An alternative to <strong>CTRL+E </strong>shortcut above is to just give focus to the address bar with the old trusty <strong>ALT+D</strong> keyboard shortcut and just type your search query and hit &lt;enter&gt;.  One gotcha with this latter method is that if your search term is only a single word, IE will assume you are trying to go to an intranet URL and prepend &quot;<strong>http://</strong>&quot; to it.</div></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">microsoft!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1296.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1296.entrymer, 01 nov 2006 22:44:41 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-11-01T22.44.41ZStop calling me!!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1295.entry<div><div>This is what I want to yell each time I answer the phone and there is a telemarketer on the line.  It's even worse these days since it's local election time with all the offices of the local politicians calling to garner my vote.  I guess they overlooked the fact that I am not an American citizen and <strong>I cannot vote</strong>??  If you can't even spend the time finding out who is able to cast a vote in your district, should anyone believe </div> <div>that you'll spend the necessary time on other, more important tasks?</div> <div> </div> <div>Coincidentally, <a href="">Seth Godin </a>even takes a swipe at these types of phone calls but is annoyed for a different reason.  Seth is annoyed from the marketer's perspective which isn't a surprise given his career :)  The kicker is his last sentence (bolded below) which aligns with my previous rant about due diligence:</div> <blockquote dir=ltr> <div><em>&quot;The point, folks, is that with all these strangers calling me, interrupting my day, giving me unanticipated, impersonal, irrelevant come-ons, not one person I know personally has called me. And not one of the callers has tried to enlist me to call my friends. <p>One call from a friend is worth 100 calls from an Academy-Award winner on tape.</p> <p>The mistake politicians, like most marketers, make is that they think that what they are doing is way too important. Too important to leave to citizens. Too important to leave to ordinary people who happen to be big fans with organic, authentic networks of trusted friends. Too important to respect social boundaries.</p> <p><strong>If you're in too much of a hurry to build a real network, you're probably in too much of a hurry to get elected.</strong>&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote></div><img src="!&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">misc!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1295.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1295.entrymer, 01 nov 2006 04:53:15 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-11-05T23.27.33ZAll your passport belong to us!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1294.entry<div><p></p> <p><strong>2 words: </strong>RFID Passports. <p><strong>1 more word:</strong> Nightmare. <p>My fears about RFID Passports are being exacerbated by a story over at Cnet -- <a href=";tag=6130396&amp;subj=news">Flaw exploited in RFID-enabled passports</a>: <blockquote> <p><em>&quot;Security researchers have released proof-of-contact code that they say enables an attacker to read the passport number, date of birth, and passport expiration date from passports with RFID tags enabled.</em>&quot;</p></blockquote> <p>This just adds more fuel to the privacy and security fire over these new passports.  Previous fuel: <ul> <li> <p><a href=",71521-2.html?tw=wn_story_page_next2">Passport cloning </a>by the Germans</p> <li> <p><a href="">Cracking </a>by the Dutch</p> <li> <p>Irish passports don't even have <a href=",,2091-2415780.html">protective sheeths </a>to prevent access by unauthorized readers.</p></li></ul> <p>Yikes.  The last oversight is the most scary because you can imagine attacks where you scan for Passports of citizens from specific countries to set off bombs or other nefarious things.  I feel like I'm in <a href="">Minority Report</a> except 48 years early.</p></div><a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1294.entry&site_id=86379176"><img src="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1294.entry&site_id=86379176"></a><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">misc tech!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1294.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1294.entrylun, 30 ott 2006 20:39:59 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-10-30T20.40.57ZVegemite banned in US?!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1291.entry<div>In a strange move, the US has <a href=",23739,20620744-953,00.html">banned</a> the beloved Aussie favorite, <a href="">Vegemite</a>.  Apparently Vegemite contains <a href="">Folate</a> (aka Folic acid), which under USDA regulations, can only be added to bread, cereals and rice.  Has me thinking what is stranger.. that the US actually banned it, or that I like the stuff!<br></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">misc!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1291.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1291.entrygio, 26 ott 2006 21:23:35 GMT1blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-10-26T21.23.35ZInstaCalc -- cool!!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1290.entry<div>Do yourself a favor and check out <a href="">InstaCalc</a>.  It's a very clever idea on the age old calculator.  Not only does it do computations on the fly, but the page loads freaking fast and you can share your calculations with others. It even support charting, like bar and pie charts<span style="text-decoration:underline"></span>.  Best part is that it supports variables, making 'complex' calculations easy to follow.<br><br>For example, check out the <a href=";c=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&amp;s=sshshhhshhshhhshhshhhhshh&amp;v=0.6">YouTube acquisition analysis</a> or a comparison of the <a href=";c=bmFub18yR0IgPSAxNDl8bmFub180R0IgPSAxOTl8bmFub184R0IgPSAyNDl8enVuZV8zMEdCID0gMjQ5fGlwb2RfMzBHQiA9IDI0OXxpcG9kXzgwR0IgPSAzNDl8YmFyY2hhcnQocjE6cjYpfHx8fA&amp;s=sssssssssss&amp;v=0.6">Zune vs the iPod</a>.<br><br>Check the <a href="">feature tour </a>out here to see the power that's available (you will be surprised at the richness of functionality).<br><br>Go go InstaCalc!<br></div><img src="!&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">misc tech!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1290.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1290.entrygio, 26 ott 2006 09:35:36 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-10-26T09.35.36ZFarewell LiveID, Trevin is signing out.!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1285.entry<div><div>After 5 years, I'm leaving the <a href="">Windows Live ID</a> team to pursue a Lead PM position in the <a href="">Windows Marketplace </a>team.  While I'm sad to leave my coworkers and friends in an area that I know like the back of my hand, I'm equally excited to embark on a new adventure working in a completely different space.  The icing on the cake is that I'll be working again for a guy, who I worked for a number of years ago.  Definitely one of the people I respect most at Microsoft.</div> <div> </div> <div>My transition from Live ID to Marketplace will be happening over the next few weeks, with my 'official' last day on Live ID being October 27th.  </div> <div> </div> <div>For those on the MS campus, I'll be moving from 119 to 25, which spells great news since I'll finally be able to get parking without valet! :)</div> <div> </div></div><a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1285.entry&site_id=86379176"><img src="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1285.entry&site_id=86379176"></a><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">Windows Live ID!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1285.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1285.entryven, 20 ott 2006 23:19:58 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-10-20T23.19.58ZInternet Explore 7 released!!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1286.entry<div><div>Internet Explorer 7 was just <a href="">released for Windows XP</a>!  Go <a href="">get it</a>!</div> <div> </div> <div>For add-ons, check out the <a href=";scid=70">IE7 add-on site</a>.  Essential add-ons for me:</div> <div> </div> <ul> <li><a href=";scid=65&amp;aid=c301deeb-1da2-49e8-ab5b-18356f8f6064">Bloglines browser add-on</a> - allows one-click bloglines suscription of an RSS feed</li> <li><a href=";scid=70&amp;aid=2647ee16-5e47-4d6e-834a-45a506c99e5b">Fiddler </a>- acts as a local proxy to allow inspection of HTTP traffic</li> <li><a href=";scid=70&amp;aid=a9bcc859-8419-4b67-aac3-e1b3e9749414">Developer toolbar </a>- while not as good as the dev toolbars for Firefox, it still gets the job done</li></ul></div><img src="!&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">microsoft!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1286.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1286.entrygio, 19 ott 2006 07:14:24 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-10-19T23.59.32ZBluetooth watch = Bust!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1282.entry<div><div><a href="">Engadget </a>is one of my favorite blogs to get my tech gadget fix.  I recently started listening to <a href=";engadget+podcast&quot;">their podcasts </a>in my car when I'm on my long drives to and from Vancouver to visit my folks.    </div> <div> </div> <div>Usually they are spot on when it comes to critique and prediction of a gadget's success.  I was listening to one of the most recent Engadget podcasts last weekend, and my adoration hit a speed bump when they covered the recent news that Sony-Ericsson has teamed up with Fossil to <a href="">release a bluetooth watch</a>.  This watch communicates with your cell phone to show you caller ID information as well as letting you control phone functions like accepting and rejecting calls.</div> <div> </div> <div>In the podcast, Engadget effectively predicted a homerun and questioned why it took so long for someone to bring this to market.  They also predicted enhanced future communication between the watch and phone to communicate other information like email notifications, stock tickers, etc.</div> <div> </div> <div>There are so many problems with this where do I begin?</div> <div> </div> <div>First: Let's talk about the sheer usability problems.  When my phone rings, I don't look at my watch and I doubt anyone does.  Call me skeptical, but I doubt that a bluetooth watch will change user's instinctual reaction to a ringing phone.</div> <div> </div> <div>Second: Why the heck would I want to accept a phone call by pressing a button my watch?  Did Sony-Ericsson (and Engadget) forget that the phone has to still somehow make its way to my ear?  Since I have to bring out the phone anyways, why wouldn't I just accept the call on the phone itself?!</div> <div> </div> <div>Third: my guess is that the proliferation of cell phones has actually reduced the number of people that actually wear watches since you can glance at your phone to easily get the time.  I doubt a bluetooth watch will bring watches running back to those wrists any time soon.</div> <div> </div> <div>Lastly: why would I want to get stock ticker and news headlines on my watch? Did we not learn anything from the slow SPOT watch (aka <a href="">MSN Direct</a>) uptake?  Even if I wanted to, the screen would too small making reading anything pretty much useless. Next thing you know it, someone is going to suggest that it is RSS compatible. Yikes.</div> <div> </div> <div>Com'on Engaget, I know you can do better than this.</div> <div> </div></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">misc tech!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1282.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1282.entrymar, 17 ott 2006 07:33:01 GMT2blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-10-17T07.33.01ZVista RC2 installed at home!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1280.entry<div><div>I previously tried installing Vista RC1 on my work laptop, a Sony VGN-SZ240P, and everything went well except that I realized at the end of the installation that Sony doesn't have any Vista compatible drivers. This means that all of my hotkeys (monitor swap, brightness, volume, etc) weren't going to work!  I had to revert back to XP that same day.</div> <div> </div> <div>Fast forward a few weeks and I got around to installing Windows Vista RC2 on my home pc. This is a big jump because I'm never a fan of beta OS's on my home machines.  I decided to take the plunge and was pleasantly surprised that after install I only had 2 issues I immediately identified:</div> <div> </div> <div>1. My <a href="">Nvidia </a>6600 video card drivers weren't sketchy as heck and kept crashing.  I got some beta drivers and everything is running smoothly.</div> <div>2. My CD/DVD authoring software, <a href="">Nero</a>, wasn't compatible with Vista and my only solution was to uninstall.</div> <div> </div> <div>After a week of using Vista at home I'm still impressed. Very stable, surprisingly quick and some neat features. I particularly like the built-in photo editing tools including the Windows Gallery.  Love the built-in tagging features and ratings!</div> <div> </div> <div>Turns out that 2 more issues cropped up that I don't have a fix for yet:</div> <div> </div> <div>1. I keep getting an error about &quot;COM Surrogate&quot; failing and some cryptic error dialog. No idea why it happens as it's not induced by any particular app I'm running. I just happens while I'm even using Windows explorer.</div> <div> </div> <div>2.  I have a <a href="">Phatnoise phatbox </a>in my car which uses a hard-drive cartridge for MP3 storage.  This is one cool device because it has voice prompts for all menus and even can announce playlist names and song information.  You load songs onto it via a cradle connected via USB and desktop software.  Their desktop software seemed to work fine, but when it goes to generate the voice prompts for songs, it gives a cryptic error message about not being able to &quot;write to the stream&quot;.  The playlists then get corrupted on my cartridge rendering that particular playlist useless.  So right now I&quot;m stuck with the music I have on my cartridge.. I emailed Phatnoise support and really hope they can find a solution for me, but I'm doubtful.</div> <div> </div> <div>If anyone has any idea about fixing my 2 latest problems, drop me a line.</div></div><a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1280.entry&site_id=86379176"><img src="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1280.entry&site_id=86379176"></a><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">microsoft!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1280.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1280.entrylun, 16 ott 2006 07:19:52 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-10-16T07.19.52ZBalmer interview with Business Week!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1279.entry<div><div><a href="">Business Week</a> has an interesting <a href="">interview with Steve Balmer </a>where he comments on the recent <a href="">YouTube acquisition by Google</a>, Bill Gates' upcoming departure from Microsoft and even the pricing on the Xbox360 vs. PS3.  Thanks to <a href="!FB414355CC45FFEB!489.entry">Brian </a>for the pointer.</div></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">microsoft!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1279.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1279.entrysab, 14 ott 2006 21:56:39 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-10-14T21.56.39ZYahoo time capsule!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1278.entry<div><div>Yahoo started a cool <a href=";logo=normal&amp;intl=us">time capsule project </a>where they are accepting user contribution in the form of words, pictures, videos, sound or drawings.    In their words:</div> <div> </div> <div>&quot;<em>For 30 days, from October 10 until November 8, Yahoo! users worldwide can contribute photos, writings, videos, audio – even drawings – to this electronic anthropology project. This is the first time that digital data will be gathered and preserved for historical purposes</em>&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div>So far, I submitted 2 of my favorite photos I took this past year -- one taken last 4th of July of the <a href=";t=beauty&amp;l=en">Lake Chelan fireworks</a>, and another of the <a href=";t=beauty&amp;l=en.">Yaletown waterfront </a>in Vancouver, Canada.  I plan on submitting a few more photos, including some photos on my <a href=";_c=BlogPart&amp;partqs=cat%3dEurope%2b2006">recent trip to Europe</a>.  </div> <div> </div> <div>I think this is a really cool project and worth contributing too.  I always remember seeing movies and reading books as a kid where people would bury time capsules in their backyards.  Yahoo is making this a bit more practical and accessible :)</div></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">misc tech!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1278.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1278.entrysab, 14 ott 2006 06:50:01 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-10-14T06.50.01ZDare meets Bill Gates!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1274.entry<div><div>Dare is a fellow Windows Live guy working on our Contacts platform and coincidentally we also were interns at the same time back in 2001 when I was a senior in college.   Dare recently had a one-on-one meeting with Bill Gates and his blog post about it is quite interesting.  <a href="">Check it out</a>!</div></div><a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1274.entry&site_id=86379176"><img src="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1274.entry&site_id=86379176"></a><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">microsoft!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1274.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1274.entrymer, 11 ott 2006 16:27:23 GMT0blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-10-11T16.27.23ZThe Last Kiss!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1272.entry<div><p>4 words: Go see <a href="">this movie</a>.</p></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src=";NA=1149&amp;PI=81871&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;;GT1=trevin%3b1033">misc!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1272.entry#comment!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1272.entrylun, 09 ott 2006 07:18:23 GMT2blogentryblogentryIntervento del blog2006-10-14T03.08.23ZElenco personalizzato: Subscriptions!C97E92F3E4DAD144!758<div><p>Subscriptions</p></div><div><ul><li><a href="">Feedburner</a>: Feedburner feed</li><li><a href="">Bloglines</a>: Subscribe in Bloglines</li><li><a href=";returnURL=">MSN Alerts</a>: Subscribe via email, SMS, and IM</li><li><a href="feed://">Desktop Reader</a>: Subscribe in RSS Bandit, FeedDemon, etc</li><li><a href="">RSS Feed</a>: Direct link to my RSS feed</li></ul></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt="">cns!C97E92F3E4DAD144!758ven, 03 nov 2006 10:56:25 GMTlistlistElenco!C97E92F3E4DAD144!758/feed.rss2006-11-03T10.56.25ZElenco personalizzato: Me...!C97E92F3E4DAD144!238<div><p>Me...</p></div><div><ul><li><a href="">at Technorati</a></li><li><a href="">on 43Things</a></li><li><a href="">on 43Places</a></li><li><a href="">DJ'ing on my Pandora station</a></li><li><a href="">Photoblog</a></li><li><a href=" mommy">My Xbox360's blog</a></li><li><a href=" Mommy">Xbox gamer profile</a></li><li><a href="">LinkedIn profile</a></li></ul></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt="">cns!C97E92F3E4DAD144!238sab, 28 ott 2006 01:10:18 GMTlistlistElenco!C97E92F3E4DAD144!238/feed.rss2006-10-28T01.10.18ZElenco libri!C97E92F3E4DAD144!674<div></div><div><ul><li><a href="">ben mezrich: busting vegas</a></li><li><a href="">ben long: Complete Digital Photography, Third Edition</a></li><li><a href="">Anthony Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential</a></li><li><a href="">Jay Dickman: Perfect Digital Photography</a></li><li><a href="">Thomas L. Friedman: The World Is Flat</a></li><li><a href="">Ben Mezrich: Ugly American$</a></li></ul></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt="">cns!C97E92F3E4DAD144!674ven, 20 ott 2006 07:37:25 GMTbooklistbooklistElenco libri!C97E92F3E4DAD144!674/feed.rss2006-10-20T07.37.25ZElenco personalizzato: Popular blog posts!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1171<div><p>Popular blog posts</p></div><div><ul><li><a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!738.entry">Federation explained</a></li><li><a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!289.entry">Meaning of Canadian Thanksgiving</a></li><li><a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!880.entry">Web spoofing (phishing) attacks</a></li><li><a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!713.entry">Alarm clocks reviewed</a></li><li><a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!580.entry">Top search queries leading to my blog</a></li><li><a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!567.entry">Questions never to ask about Canada</a></li><li><a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!926.entry">Live ID Whitepaper</a></li><li><a href="!C97E92F3E4DAD144!954.entry">Live ID launches</a></li><li><a href=";_c=BlogPart&amp;partqs=cat%3dEurope%2b2006">My Europe 2006 trip</a></li></ul></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt="">cns!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1171lun, 14 ago 2006 07:14:02 GMTlistlistElenco!C97E92F3E4DAD144!1171/feed.rss2006-08-14T07.14.02ZElenco blog: Blog roll!C97E92F3E4DAD144!199<div><p>Blog roll</p></div><div><ul><li><a href="">Engadget</a>: one of my fav tech blogs</li><li><a href="">Tony</a>: the tangmaster. nuff said.</li><li><a href="">Windows Live ID</a>: Our team blog</li><li><a href="">Brandon</a>: ski guru and smartass</li><li><a href="">Matt</a>: chef jonesy</li><li><a href="">Dare</a>: we intern'd together in 2001!</li><li><a href="">Colene</a>: my sis</li><li><a href="">Cem</a>: gator land native</li><li><a href="">Sanaz</a>: lead pm</li><li><a href="">Craig</a>: best friend, former microsoftie</li><li><a href="">Greg</a>: my secret santa</li></ul></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt="">cns!C97E92F3E4DAD144!199gio, 13 lug 2006 05:36:04 GMTbloglistbloglistElenco blog!C97E92F3E4DAD144!199/feed.rss2006-07-13T05.36.04ZElenco personalizzato: Disclaimer!C97E92F3E4DAD144!219<div><p>Disclaimer</p></div><div><ul><li>The views expressed on this site are my own personal opinions. They do not represent the views of my employer.</li></ul></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt="">cns!C97E92F3E4DAD144!219lun, 24 apr 2006 06:30:00 GMTlistlistElenco!C97E92F3E4DAD144!219/feed.rss2006-04-24T06.30.00ZElenco personalizzato: Buy me something!!C97E92F3E4DAD144!638<div><p>Buy me something!</p></div><div><ul><li><a href="">My Amazon wishlist</a></li></ul></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt="">cns!C97E92F3E4DAD144!638gio, 02 mar 2006 06:09:27 GMTlistlistElenco!C97E92F3E4DAD144!638/feed.rss2006-03-02T06.09.27ZElenco personalizzato: Playlist (2/20)!C97E92F3E4DAD144!206<div><p>Playlist (2/20)</p></div><div><ul><li>Death Cab For Cutie: What Sarah Said</li><li>Frou Frou: Let Go</li><li>Fray: Over My Head Cable</li><li>Jem: They</li><li>A Tribe Called Quest: Like It Like That</li><li>Crystal Method: Bad Stone</li><li>Crystal Method: Busy Child</li><li>DJ Tiesto: Silence</li><li>Evanescence: Missing</li><li>Fiona Apple: Across the Universe</li><li>Fugees: Ready or Not</li><li>Kriss Kross: Young, Rich and Dangerous</li><li>Lucy Pearl: You</li></ul></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt="">cns!C97E92F3E4DAD144!206mar, 21 feb 2006 06:30:08 GMTlistlistElenco!C97E92F3E4DAD144!206/feed.rss2006-02-21T06.30.08ZElenco personalizzato: Wishlist!C97E92F3E4DAD144!382<div><p>Wishlist</p></div><div><ul><li><a href=",,113,00.html">Motorola Q</a></li><li><a href=";fcategoryid=148&amp;modelid=10510">Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM</a></li><li><a href=";fcategoryid=149&amp;modelid=10511">Canon 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM</a></li><li>A new laptop.. not sure which one yet but it has to have 12&quot;+ screen, &lt;4lbs and more than 3 hrs battery life.</li><li><a href="">Ultimate Ears 5 Pro</a>: Got em the other day!</li></ul></div><img src="" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt="">cns!C97E92F3E4DAD144!382ven, 27 gen 2006 09:27:26 GMTlistlistElenco!C97E92F3E4DAD144!382/feed.rss2006-01-27T09.27.26Z