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Microsoft Student Experience beta site launched

January 15th, 2008 by Patrick S

Microsoft has just launched Microsoft Student Experience beta.
This site has a lot of features and useful information which is predominantly targeted at students.  
The site contains information from Microsoft internships, getting discounted software ( e.g. obtaining Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate for just $600) to a set of How-To’s.

So if you are a student or just interested in the site-Check it out… 


… its a silverlight enabled site-although is still able to be browsed without it

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Halo Warthog

July 25th, 2007 by Patrick S

Currently I am studying down in Wellington in New Zealand… Its quite a nice place really…but it also happens to be the same place where WETA workshops is (Peter Jacksons SFX workshop). Yesterday I saw this:

WETA Worthog
(Click for Bigger View)

Ohhhh YEAH!! Its a fully working Worthog from Bungies(Microsofts) Halo game. This fully functioning four-wheel steering, powerful, off-road vehicle with a machine gun on the back must be (from wht I can tell) for the upcoming Halo movie. Heres hoping Now they can build a working Banshee or ghost too 😛 …

Posted in Humour, Uncategorized, Xbox and Gaming | 1 Comment »

The Google controversy

December 29th, 2006 by André Nogueira

As you may or may not be aware, there has been some controversy regarding Google’s tips on some search phrases.

Some see this as a good thing (it’s helping users), some as a bad thing (they’re using their position as a monopoly), and some really just don’t care (it’s their webpage, people see it’s not a search result, what’s the big deal?).

Personally, I think this is a bad thing – but one which I’ve seen coming for a long time. It’s not the tip per se. After all, most companies would do this anyway. It’s the fact that Google says they’re not like most companies.

Remember the lawsuit against Microsoft regarding IE7? They said Microsoft was using their monopolist position to increase usage of Windows Live Search – the default search engine in Internet Explorer 7. They said they “don’t think it’s right for Microsoft to just set the default to MSN on install”, that “users should choose” and that “companies should compete for users based on the quality of their search services” – this despite the fact that it’s very easy to change the default IE search engine. (link)

Fast forward to this week, and we see that Google has done something as “bad” as what they said Microsoft did – if not worse. They are using the trust people have in them to advertise their own products. Unlike IE7, where competitors could easily add a link for users to change their default browser, here there is no way for Google’s competitors to create an ad like Google’s. A “tip” with a picture is very different from a link which is clearly marked as being “sponsored”.

As I said, I’d expect this from most companies. But not from a company whose PR department doesn’t get tired of saying “We’re not like most companies”. I see this not as a “meaningless tip”, but as a sign of what’s to come – Google betraying the trust people have in them.

And what do you think of this? Feel free to comment!

Posted in Computing, Daily Life, Rants, Reviews, Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

iPods shipping with Virus’s!

October 19th, 2006 by Patrick S

First McDonald’s and now Apple…

Apple Support has a very interesting notice available today. It seems that some of the iPod (video) units available for purchase from September 12th contain the RavMonE.exe virus. More details are available from:

Also of interest is Apple’s framing of this support issue. Note that the notice is located in a sub-folder named “WindowsVirus” rather than “virus”. In fact, the words “Windows Virus” appear eight times while the name of the virus – RavMonE.exe – is mentioned only twice. Let’s be clear, some Apple iPods have shipped with a virus that affects mass storage devices. So it might not be a Mac OS or an iPod issue. But this is an Apple issue, not just Windows.

“Small number”, “less than 1%”, “less than 25”, and “easily restore” are also mentioned frequently in the notice. With more than eight million iPods shipped in Apple’s third quarter we would be interested in a raw number for that 1% effected by this. What’s one percent of a few million?

From the notice: “As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not catching it.” Whom do you think the people that bought those iPods will be more upset with? Its just another little ploy to sell Apple computers. 

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Get All you want for Messenger-For Free

October 4th, 2006 by Patrick S

Lets face it who dosen’t like a freebee…Especially if its something as cool as A Dynamic Display Picture, A new set of Emoticons, Winks or a Dynamic Background for Windows Live Messenger.
Volkan (on his blog) just announced that content (which looks exactly Like Blue Mountain Content) is now free.

So without further hesitation get your free Messenger content HERE

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Flight Simulator X Demo Download

August 10th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft has posted a demo download for Microsoft Flight Simulator X!  You can check it out at this URL:


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Bill Gates-A little more richer

August 3rd, 2006 by Patrick S

Bill Gates has just become a little bit more wealthy due to the sale of 3Million of his shares.

You do the math: 3Million shares @ $24.20 each leaves him with a tidy little sum of roughly $72,609,000.

Dont worry though he still has a few more left:- OWNERSHIP: 972,499,336 (Direct)  425,066 (Indirect)

Stock info

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New Microsoft Homepage Preview

July 25th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft have a public preview of their new and upcoming home page (aka ) 

The new page dosn’t take up a whole page width (not on my monitor anyway) and is a whole lot more streamlined and a whole lot more JavaScript.

You can test it out right now-check it out here

Edit: Hey, Zack ‘ere. Just wanted to add, Microsoft are jumping on the “Web 2.0” bandwagon, yeh Patrick’s right in saying there’s a lot of JScript, but it’s actually ‘Atlas’, Microsoft’s version of AJAX on the page. It’ll run as if it’s a Windows desktop in the end… but just as a web page… strange I know 😛

Posted in MS News, Products, Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

Microsoft Zune is introduced

July 13th, 2006 by Patrick S

If you have checked out latey you will see countless posts about the new “Microsoft iPod Killer”,  unfortunatly MSBLOG is no exception, however we/I hope to give you more info to enlighten you about this new and amazing upcoming product from Microsoft.

When looking at the Zune (Concept Image)…Its not ‘that’ different to the iPod…Same general layout of the early generation ones. It has what looks to be a click wheel and 2 buttons (play/pause and return buttons). Aside from the slightly taller and bigger screen it pretty close.


This is the known facts about the up and coming Zune music player from Microsoft.

  • ZUNE is Microsoft’s Media Player. They hope to take some market share away from Apple’s iPod.
  • ZUNE should be available in several colors.
  • ZUNE will have Wi-Fi capability. Exact uses of the Wi-Fi are not known at this time. (rumored to be able to share music between other Zune users via WiFi)
  • ZUNE will play video and audio.
  • ZUNE will interact with an online music store.
  • Zune will feature an expansion port, much like the iPod’s dock connection.

Either way its more competition…and more competition in theory should equal lower prices for US-the consumer of the product…I say let the war begin

If you are hungry for more info please watch this NBC video about this new concept (very interesting)
Or check out this site where i got a lot of information from




Posted in MS News, Products, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Microsoft Network Diagnostic Tool.

June 28th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft’s new Network Diagnostics for Windows XP tool (xpnetdiag) analyzes information about your network connectivity to help troubleshoot some of the most common connection problems encountered in a home networking environment. (Support Document: KB914440)
The Network Diagnostics for Windows XP tool analyzes the following tests:
• IP Configuration Test
• Default Gateway Test
• Winsock Test
• DNS Test
• Firewall Test
• Internet Connectivity Validation Test

I tried it out-its pretty good…esp to diagnose pesky network errors.
Grab it here

Posted in MS News, Uncategorized, Windows XP | 1 Comment »

Remote Desktop Gadget

June 22nd, 2006 by Patrick S

I’m sorry if this is not really techy but I wanted to post about it anyway :).
Testers are for ever remoting into other computers to try “repo” bugs etc and often its hard enough to get the bugs let alone navigating to the remote desktop icon or typing “mstsc /v:(address) in run.

Introducing the new Remote Desktop Gadget for Vista by Frameworkx allowing you to quickly and easily connect to a remote machine in full screen or console mode. This is out-standing 😀




Get it from HERE (x64 & 86) 😀


Posted in Gadgets, Uncategorized, Windows Vista | 1 Comment »

Windows Live Product Reader

June 12th, 2006 by Patrick S

“Many people like to keep up with new product announcements and launches across Microsoft but wish they had an aggregated way to keep track of it all. Meet MSReadr!

MSReadr is an information aggregator for all of the product team blogs across Microsoft’s Windows Live division. Search, Messenger, Mail, they’re all in there. You can view the latest news right in your browser, subscribe to one feed for updates from all of the blogs, or add the site’s OPML file as a reading list.

The site is powered by Python and Sam Ruby’s branch of Planet Planet. The domain name is missing an “e” because that’s the Web 2.0 thing to do.

This project was created on a Sunday evening without the approval or blessing of Microsoft. It’s a work in progress.”

Source straight from Niall Kennedy’s blog

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Microsoft Certification Second Shot Exam Offer

May 31st, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft has just launched a cool deal allowing those who fail their Learning IT Professional, Developer, or Microsoft Dynamics Exams a 2nd chance to pass.

To participate, register for the second shot offer before you take any exam. You’ll receive a promotion code that is good for one free second shot at the same exam in case you don’t pass it on your first try. There’s no limit per customer, so after you’ve registered, you’ll be entitled to one free retake of any exam that you sign up for.

To view the FAQ’s check out the Microsoft Certification Site.
Sweet Deal-Get in while you can-Deal ends in June 🙂

Posted in Learning, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Microsoft Expression Web Designer CTP1

May 26th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft have just launched the first CTP for ‘Expression Web Designer’.

This new Application has many features-including:

  • Standards-based Web sites
  • Sophisticated CSS-based layouts
  • Extensive CSS formatting and management
  • Rich data presentation
  • Powerful ASP.NET 2.0-based technology

From what I have seen Expression looks like a simple, easy to use web designer for people of all skill levels & abilities.

Download Expression (224MB)
Expression Help Document (526KB)

To run Expression you need to have .NET Framework 2.0 installed.
Check out MSBLOG screen shots here


 Thanks to Brodie J for Screenshots,
Source Expression homepage


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Kiwi entrepreneur nets multi-million dollar Microsoft deal!

May 20th, 2006 by Patrick S

She worked colossal hours without pay. The office equipment didn’t work properly. She stayed in ratbag hotels. But now 31-year-old Wellingtonian Claudia Batten has sold her software company to Microsoft. For up to US$400 million (NZ$643 million).

Batten is now flying high among the ranks of the dotcom millionaires in a deal which dwarfs even the recent purchase of Trade Me. 

Four years ago, Batten founded Massive Inc with two expat Australians in New York, to develop software that downloads advertising into online video games – a world first. 

Tapping into the “Lost Boys” market – hard-to-target 18- to 34-year-old males – was the key to the company’s success, Batten said. 

“We told advertisers: ‘We’ve found the Lost Boys. They’re playing games and we can get you in front of them’.” 

Speaking to the Herald on Sunday from Seattle, Batten was coy about how much she got from the sale, reported at between US$200-400 million ($643m NZD)
Read full story: NZ Herald

Woo go New Zealand 😉

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