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Trying out a new aggregation system
Not a new product, really… just a new way of using it. First off, I’m still using Newsgator with Outlook. And for now I’ve kept my normal Newsgator subscriptions and folders on my desktop… but I’ll likely get rid of most of them soon. I already have on my laptop, except for some of the super high traffic ones like blogs.msdn.com. So how am I getting the rest of my feeds? By using Newsgator E-mail Edition. How does it work? Newsgator makes all of my RSS subscriptions ......

Posted On Monday, January 31, 2005 11:21 PM

What I want: MSN Spaces
Mike Torres gave his list of 5 problems with MSN Spaces. I think all of those things could use fixing… but I have a list of my own. 1) An API. I want to be able to post entries from Outlook/Newsgator and without having to use the browser (although I do think MSN’s browser editing control is the best I’ve used). 2) Ink support. Maybe this is a bad idea for those of us with awful handwriting J But I would really like to see a posting option for Tablet PC users that uses a simple Ink-enabled ......

Posted On Monday, January 31, 2005 11:39 AM

My tablet doesn't need a stand.
Yesterday I wrote about the fact that slates should have built in stands. I recently discovered that my M200 Convertible has no need for one. What’s amazing is how long it took me to figure this out. For ages I have used my tablet in “laptop mode” and “tablet mode,” but never noticing the convenience that lies in between. If I simply rotate the screen 180° without collapsing it down over the keyboard, I have an instant picture-frame stand setup. I can hear tablet ......

Posted On Monday, January 31, 2005 11:06 AM

What I want: A better Slate tablet
I love my M200. It’s very much the closest thing to the “holy grail” of laptops that I’ve ever used. For me, the future of the “convertible” Tablet PC is obvious. In a couple years, I want every laptop to be a Tablet. But really… it’s still a laptop… albeit a better one. But what about the slate design? That’s the real new kid on the block. A laptop without a keyboard. Or is it? Who says a slate laptop can’t have one of these built ......

Posted On Sunday, January 30, 2005 6:13 PM

What I want (Mobility Edition) PART 1
This almost became a Dear Microsoft letter, but I decided at the last minute that most of these goals could be accomplished by just about anybody. So instead I’m going to start a new recurring column, “What I want.” This was originally supposed to be about the Tablet PC, but since I accidentally posted this before I wanted to, I've relabeled it with the more general topic of “mobility,“ since that's really the focus of this post. I'll post “part 2“ tomorrow ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 25, 2005 4:15 PM

Help me explain the Tablet PC
Okay… here’s the thing. My roommate and I, as usual, disagree. I sent him the article claiming that Apple is working on a kind of Tablet-like product. Regardless of the accuracy of that claim, it sparked an interesting conversation. He said, “I’d probably buy one of those… even though there’s no point to it.” He then went on to say that there is “no market” for a Tablet device. Being the owner of a Tablet PC, I felt obliged to disagree. Let’s ......

Posted On Monday, January 24, 2005 1:01 AM

How does he do it?
How does Scoble get comments like this: "Studying your sleep patterns"? Is that like asking how you can sleep at night, when your job is pushing mediocrity all day, every day? J. Random Poster • 1/22/05; 5:10:36 PM And just turn the other cheek? I don't know how he does it. I think of it as a sign that he has no insecurities about what he does, his intentions, or those of his employer. Whether we agree or disagree about any topic I at least feel confident that he and his cohorts are truly trying ......

Posted On Sunday, January 23, 2005 4:58 PM

The iPod problem - Or how to level the playing field.
After re-reading my previous posts on the subject (mainly this one with its 75 replies), I think some people got the wrong idea. I mentioned Microsoft and how they “semi-promote any player that supports [their technology].” But I wasn’t rooting for anybody, or suggesting that there’s anything wrong with Apple being popular. And I definitely wasn’t talking about ways for Microsoft to take this market away from them. What I want is a better product and a better market. ......

Posted On Sunday, January 23, 2005 3:19 AM

New Toys, part 1
Last week I finally received my new phone, which I shall give the as-of-yet unclaimed designation: Brandonphone. Or not. Anyway, my Treo 600 is gone, handed down to my sister who recently joined the Sprint family J Replacing it is the new Sprint/Audiovox PPC-6601, pictured here: It’s gorgeous. It’s fast. It’s phenomenal. So far I’ve purchased MS Voice Command 1.5 and Spb Pocket Plus for it, both of which I recommend to any Pocket PC user. The Windows Mobile 2003SE Phone Edition ......

Posted On Friday, January 14, 2005 3:48 PM

Samsung Smartphone concepts
http://www.davespda.com/ind... Finally, someone listened to me! (and put a hard drive in a phone/PDA). I was hoping 4 or 5GB, but 3GB is a good start J ......

Posted On Monday, January 3, 2005 11:20 AM

Dear Microsoft,
In today’s “Dear Microsoft,” I’m going to make a request about IE. You see, I find Internet Explorer to be a perfectly secure and safe browser when used properly. For instance, I don’t run as Administrator unless I’m doing something that requires those privileges (and I usually just use Run As). But more important, I think, is the way in which I’ve employed IE’s “Security Zones” feature. I have my Internet Zone set up so that “Active ......

Posted On Monday, January 3, 2005 9:12 AM

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