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January 2007

Windows Home Server announced

The most exciting product announced during Bill Gates’s keynote presentation today at CES was Microsoft’s new server product for home users called Windows Home Server. This is not just a server product rebranded for home users, Microsoft have really created an innovated product which aims to solve all of the storage problems that home users have.

December 2006

Google toolbar for Firefox integrates Docs with desktop

A new beta version of Google’s toolbar for the Firefox browser has brought integration of Google’s Docs & Spreadsheets service to your desktop. What this means is that you can double-click on an Excel or Word document and have it open directly in your Google Docs site.

November 2006

Skype 3.0 Beta

Skype recently released their latest beta version to interested testers. This release brings a few exciting features as well as interface improvements that makes the Skype window a lot cleaner and easier to use.

Microsoft: Turn off Vista's UAC to fix problems

Be prepared to turn off Vista's new UAC to fix problems when Vista is released. Touted as one of the best security features's of Vista, it will leave a lot of users thinking that it causes more problems than it solves.

October 2006

Vista's Hidden Gems #1 - The Snipping Tool

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This is the first in a series of posts about some of the hidden features that you probably haven’t heard mentioned anywhere else. First up, the snipping tool, which is used to grab screenshots and save them to common image formats.

Updated Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta review

Updated review on the Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta email/feeds/news/contacts/calendar client with updated screenshots. This is an overhaul of the antiquated Outlook Express client and is targeted towards MSN/Live/Spaces users mainly.

Virtual PC 2007 Beta debuts, disappoints

Microsoft today released Virtual PC 2007 to beta testers via the Connect website and I must say I am quite underwhelmed. We were expecting some form of multiple snapshots and a better management console, but neither are to be seen in this release.

Firefox 2.0 also on the way

The news that IE7 will be released this month is big in the blogosphere at the moment, but serious web browsers will be looking towards Mozilla for news about Firefox 2.0 which is also due to be released soon. Release Candidate 2 is now available and brings several new features which will be welcomed by new and existing users alike.

Internet Explorer 7 almost here - are you ready?

Internet Explorer 7 is just about at RTM and will be delivered to all Windows users as a high-priority, automatic update this month. What does this mean to you? Well, whether you like it or not, shortly you too will be running IE7 if you aren’t already.

Vista Feature Focus: Date & Time

Part 2 in a series of featurettes focusing on some of the nice, small changes you can expect to see in Windows Vista. In this part we take an in-depth look at the date & time applet.

September 2006

Vista's UAC Falls Short of Promises

"The main goal of User Account Control is to reduce the exposure and attack surface of the operating system by requiring that all users run in standard user mode..." It all sounds good, but there are two fundamental flaws with the way it has been implemented in Vista.

June 2006

beta @ amanzi � More Google-love - Google Browser Sync

Google have just released a Firefox only extension that automatically synchronises your bookmarks, cookies and passwords between browsers on different machines. Sorry for the continued Google love, but this is awesome! I just recently rebuilt a couple of computers I work on and I had to go through the process of setting up Firefox on each one. This tool would have made that task a lot easier.