They finally merge

 Jun 26th, 2010 

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Online software is nice because it allows you to have your documents (of any form) available anywhere is Internet access. However, you end up being forced to use a lot of services and, the worst part, they never interact.

For example: I was using Microsoft Live Mesh in order to synchronize and backup my files with the cloud. But MS also offered the Office Workspaces where you could store documents. So, I was using 2 services but it was impossible to edit/view a document from Mesh in the SharePoint workspace.

Another example is SkyDrive, with the new feature for editing documents (Office Live Apps). A nice addition, but my documents were in Mesh, not in SkyDrive. So, again, I had everything except the interaction between applications.

I am really excited to say it: they finally (started to) merge all the services! Seems that SkyDrive will the place where everything goes merged:

  • SkyDrive offers 25 GB for storage
  • Live Mesh will be replaced by Live Sync, which will upload the files on SkyDrive (just 2 out of 25 GB storage limit – strange)
  • Office 2010 supports loading and saving from and to SkyDrive
  • Office Live Apps are on SkyDrive and documents uploaded through Sync can be edited there Seems that synced files cannot be edited :(
  • Live Workspace will be replaced (integrated?) by Office Live Apps

With the Outlook connector I can keep my calendar, contacts and e-mail synchronized with the same cloud. Hopefully a feature for synchronizing tasks will be added soon. Also, mobile synchronization is a must – for my WM phone.

Is really nice that MS is doing a homogeneous environment where everything can be accessed from everywhere. However, the integration is not complete and it would be nice if they could integrate everything from My Phone to Messenger and social networks. Just imagine a single place from where you can do everything without being forced to use many services… [I’m dreaming, right?]

Ads on blog

 Oct 21st, 2009 

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Dear visitor,

This blog is non profit and will remain so. The reason why you may see some Google Ads (if you didn’t block them) is that I want to cover the hosting expenses (~$100/year).

So from now on the following fair policy applies:

  • revenue of up to $100/year goes for hosting
  • revenue >$100/year goes for charity, prizes (please give suggestions)

There are four ad places on this domain:

  1. One the main page after the first post
  2. At the end of every single post
  3. On the Books page
  4. On the SkypeGadget page

Hope that this ads fit well in the design of the site and do not disturb your visit.

Best regards

Windows 7 RTM Date Announced

 Jul 22nd, 2009 

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Windows7LogoYesterday, Brandon LeBlanc, announced on the Windows 7 Team Blog, the official release dates for Windows 7 RTM (Release To Manufacturer).

Depending on who you are you will be able to get W7 RTM sooner or later:

  • Partners & OEMs
    • ISV (Independent Software Vendor) and IHV (Independent Hardware Vendor) Partners will be able to download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th.
    • Microsoft Partner Program Gold/Certified Members will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English through the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) Portal on August 16th.
    • Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers will be about to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 23rd.
    • OEMs will receive Windows 7 RTM software images beginning approximately 2 days after we officially RTM.
  • Business Customers
    • Volume License (VL) customer with an existing Software Assurance (SA) license you will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 7th via the Volume License Service Center (VLSC).
    • Volume License customers without a SA license will be able to purchase Windows 7 through Volume Licensing on September 1st.
  • IT Professionals with TechNet Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th.
  • Developers with MSDN Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th.
  • Beta Testers & Enthusiast will not receive a free copy of W7 and will be able to purchase it after the official release.
  • For Consumers: will be in retail stores and shipping on new PCs starting October 22nd.

Microsoft Bing (Bang?)

 May 28th, 2009 

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Because Live Search didn’t had the expected impact, Microsoft decided to create a new (revolutionary?) search engine. It is called Microsoft Bing and is said that “is more than a search engine, it is a decision engine”.

One thing is clear, though: a search engine that is only ‘good enough’ will not be enough to gain back any market share from Google, which now virtually controls the search engine market. Remains to be seen how can be used in practice. Until a demo will be available we can only watch a movie with Bing – seems pretty cool.

Watch the movie in high quality: click the “HQ” button in the right-bottom corner.

Bing is available through bing.com but for the moment it sends you to a site where you can discover what Bing is (you can watch the movie above and read some stories about the decision engine).

Software That You Should Install

 May 26th, 2009 

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Here is a list of what I recently installed or I plan to install. It is a list of software (updates) that you might consider useful:

Windows Vista/2008 Service Pack 2

It was released a few hours ago for general audience and it brings some important fixes. I think is a must-have. It is a must have and now can be downloaded through Windows Update.

I have just installed it through Windows Update. It took about 30 minutes to complete (download + install).

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Visual Studio 2010 Beta

The lastest version of the well known IDE brings a lot of new features: editor completely written in WPF, a more eye candy user interface, .NET Framework 4 (dynamic types for C#, named parameters, implicit values, etc.). It is available for free and you can download either Professional or the Team Suite edition (I recommend the last one).

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Office Mobile 6.1 Upgrade

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Download Day 2008

 Jun 6th, 2008 

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Download Day 2008

The quote below is from the official Download Day 2008 website. The guys from Mozilla want to set up a new World record for the most downloads in 1 day.

Set a Guinness World Record
Enjoy a Better Web

Sounds like a good deal, right? All you have to do is get Firefox 3 during Download Day to help set the record for most software downloads in 24 hours – it’s that easy. We’re not asking you to swallow a sword or to balance 30 spoons on your face, although that would be kind of awesome.

If you want to help just click the one of the links above. :)
The download date is not yet known but they will announce it soon. That day will be Firefox 3 launch date.

Google Android. iPhone killer?

 May 31st, 2008 

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Google revealed latest Android prototype. Will this be an iPhone killer?

In the following video, you can see an overview of the new interface and menu structure, including the clever pattern-based unlock screen. Much of the GUI can be interacted with – for instance pulling down the title bar reveals missed calls and new messages – using the familiar palette of swipes and taps. You can also see the straightforward way to create shortcuts on the home screen; a matter of holding down your finger and then following through the contextual menus.

Windows Xp Service Pack 3 is here

 May 9th, 2008 

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Microsoft released Service Pack 3 for Windows Xp.

It can be downloaded from the following address: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d811f258-c95f-479a-bdf1-0d1154d700a5&DisplayLang=en

No Windows Xp SP3, yet

 Apr 30th, 2008 

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Microsoft announced a few days ago that Windows Xp Service Pack 3 will be released on April 29, 2008. Yesterday, everybody was waiting for the final product to become available on Windows Update.

In a forum post, Chris Keroack told that they’ve found some problems in the final version and because of this they will delay the release. This post can be found here.

So, no Windows Xp SP3, yet.

Google Docs offline

 Apr 23rd, 2008 

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Today I found out that Google Docs is available offline.

For those who don’t know what this service is: Google Docs is a free, web-based word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation application offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users.

In order to use it offline you must install a small application from Google Docs that allows running web apps offline. After this you must go online and perform a first synchronization.

While offline, you can write “http://docs.google.com” in your browser and get the same interface as online. You can edit documents offline, move them from one folder to another, preview/hide/rename them but, as you can see in the image below, you cannot create any new ones.

Google Docs Offline

When you get online, any changes that you have made to the documents are synchronised. The synchronisation is bidirectional; this means that documents edited online are downloaded and documents edited offline are uploaded on the server.

This seems a nice addition to Docs but still needs improvements. For example I would like to be able to edit the documents in another editor, not in the webinterface, and then put them back offline.