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Someone else is doing the Tablet EMR game...
And they're also using Office. I saw the post over on TabletPCBuzz. Here's their site. They're using OneNote for their project. So far it looks to be very, very early in the development cycle. Theirs will probably be a less expensive final product (they use OneNote and Access; I use InfoPath, SharePoint, and SQL Server). It's certainly nice to see that I'm not the only one investing in the Tablet PC platform. ......

Posted On Thursday, December 30, 2004 2:29 PM

An awesome new use for the deskbar!
I’m about to go add this to my resources page. And I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner: @ra,=runas /user:administrator $w Bam! Instant runas on my desktop. You could also use “su” if you want to be cute J I also have a shortcut for running “cmd” as my administrator account (which actually is renamed to something sneaky for security purposes ;) ......

Posted On Monday, December 20, 2004 7:24 PM

What I REALLY want.
Vince has the right idea. What I REALLY want, is this: http://www.sprint.com/busin... but with a hard drive (5GB would be good. 20-40GB would be better). And WiFi would be cool too. Some hardware buttons for controlling the media player would be nice. But I’m sure a good “media mode” system could be delivered (with a low-power music-only mode). You build that… and a smaller i600 size version (no keyboard, flip phone, smaller screen)… ......

Posted On Monday, December 20, 2004 3:15 AM

More commotion.
Some guy named “Bias Alert” said: There's supreme irony in the fact that he admits to owning two lame-ass iPod wannabes, and then in the same breath he counsels that product innovation would help such lame-ass devices better compete against the market-dominating iPod. This is the typical, massive doublethink one needs to sustain to prefer known inferior products over demonstrably superior ones, and when the market decides (understandably) to go with the superior product, resort to FUD ......

Posted On Monday, December 20, 2004 3:09 AM

Response to my earlier post.
I received a lot of angry comments to my last post. Perhaps because of a certain site I've been linked by. Here are some of the responses I got: Talk about desperate. If you want to compete with Apple, create superior products. Nothing out there now compares. Only this week I listened to Adam Curry complain about how lame the interface was on the new Rio he bought. Engaget has side-by-side pictures of the iPod mini and the new Rio look alike. One look at the iPod scrowl wheel and the Rio's lame slide ......

Posted On Sunday, December 19, 2004 11:03 PM

Speaking of MP3 Players...
I think one of these could be incredibly useful. It’s a mini USB to USB adapter. One end goes into my Rio Carbon, the other into a computer or USB hub. No wires. As I said in my last post, I think it would be stellar if some new MP3 player had an actual USB plug cleverly built in to the design. Then I wouldn’t have to bring a USB cable with me when I want to plug my player in to a friend’s computer, or use it as a portable harddrive. But for now, this adapter might do the trick. ......

Posted On Sunday, December 19, 2004 4:12 AM

Scoble says "Can't we think creatively?" in competing with the iPod
UPDATE: You can read my responses to some of your comments, or continue commenting here. Scoble has posted some comments about both iPods/MP3 players and MSN Music vs. iTunes. His point seems to be that Microsoft and their partners have failed miserably when it comes to marketing the iPod’s competition. I agree with a lot of what Scoble has said. Microsoft has made a great platform and several manufacturers have made superior products to Apple's (heck, I own an iRiver and a Rio Carbon). Unfortunately, ......

Posted On Sunday, December 19, 2004 3:52 AM

Dear Microsoft,
Dear Microsoft, With your recent purchase of Giant Software, you’ve indicated a desire to enter the market of spyware removal tools. According to this article, Microsoft is considering the idea of charging customers for this product. Please don’t. Here’s what you should do: Develop this technology into a “Windows Cleaner” product. Make it integrate with Windows XP SP2 and the Security Center, and distribute it as part of a “security pack” over Windows Update. ......

Posted On Saturday, December 18, 2004 4:18 PM

More thoughts on MSN Search
This post got me thinking. In short, I agree. In fact, what I love most about the MSN Toolbar Suite is the Deskbar. I don’t get to use the MSN Toolbar (since I use Maxthon), and the Outlook bar seems superfluous. I do, however, get to use the MSN Toolbar in regular explorer windows… where it has the least “integrated” feel. If I want to find something in a specific Outlook folder, the built-in search works with virtually no delay for me. If I’m search in a more generic ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 14, 2004 5:30 AM

MSN Desktop Search Resources
I’ve decided to compile the information I’ve found useful when reading about the MSN Toolbar Suite beta. NEW 7/13/2005 - If you're just stumbling upon my blog, a lot has happened since this post: 1) I've been hired by MS.2) We have released the MSN Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search3) We've released an SDK! Tips and Tricks: · Installing on Windows Server 2003 THIS IS NOW SUPPORTED IN THE CURRENT RELEASE. PLEASE UPGRADE BY VISITING HTTP://desktop.msn.com o Run “MSNToolbarSuiteSetup... ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 14, 2004 12:58 AM

Things I want in the MSN Desktop Search
So it’s here at last, Microsoft’s entrance into the desktop search market. I’ll start this off by saying that these guys have done some excellent work. Already it has replaced Copernic and Lookout for me completely. Of course, as a user, I always want more. So here’s my Christmas list: Context-sensitive searching in more places. Context-sensitive searching in the Open File dialog (as I describe here) The ability to search down the current folder structure in Explorer. Custom ......

Posted On Monday, December 13, 2004 11:30 PM

Seattle's BUZZ 100.7 attacks Child's Play
For those of you who don’t know, Child’s Play is the charity organization started by the famous web comic duo of Penny Arcade. Penny Arcade is one of, if not the single, most well known web comics of all time. Their topic of choice is video games, but their appeal extends beyond that realm into that of general Geekdom. Child’s Play is a charity aimed at Penny Arcade’s primary audience… gamers. Basically, you’re asked to donate by purchasing toys and video games ......

Posted On Sunday, December 12, 2004 9:06 PM

Expose' on Windows?
When Apple first demonstrated Expose’ in Panther, I thought it was just another cute special effect. I mean, we have had Show Desktop, Tile Windows, and Cascade in the Windows world forever. We also have Alt-Tab. And when you use Tile Windows, you can actually interact with the windows. And the “Undo Tile” option lets you go back to the way things were. However, Expose’ does have one nice feature. And that is the excellent job it does as an Alt-Tab replacement. There are ......

Posted On Sunday, December 12, 2004 8:18 PM

Windows Server 2003 as a Workstation OS
This topic comes up so often in so many places that I thought I’d compile a list of reasons why someone might run Windows Server 2003 on a workstation. If you have anything to add, please comment. Reason 1) The Developer. I’ll use this example first since it’s the one that applies to me. Developing applications that require Windows Server functions in many cases will require you to run Windows Server. Yes, there are alternatives… You can have a development workstation and ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2004 4:59 PM

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