Goodbye Internet Explorer

My first job at Microsoft was working on Internet Explorer 4. Prior to that I had done technical support at Spry for their "Internet In A Box" product (before CompuServe bought them). Back then I used a flavor of the Mosaic browser (as did most everyone) and was pretty happy. IE4 was a dramatic change – and I say that as someone who was an expert at the time. It was faster, had more features and was an amazing piece of software. Since 1996 I have tried all …

Job matching business idea…

Before the mid-1990s people use to search for jobs by opening a newspaper, going to an unemployment office, talking with friends and associates or just walking into a company and asking if they were hiring. That process was still considered normal until the early 2000s, even though Monster.com, HotJobs.com, CareerBuilder.com and dozens of other job search engines came into existence. For a few short years newspapers moved their classified jobs sections to their websites, but it became so cumbersome that even they turned over that work to the …

Microsoft OneNote – here to stay?

We all know about (and have probably used) Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Outlook. What about Microsoft OneNote? OneNote has been around since about 2003 – and it seems like a good idea; one file (notebook) that has several “tabs” where you can paste pictures, charts, other document, freehand draw (if you have a tablet PC), link to other content and generally just keep track of any bit of information for a specific subject. Especially useful is the ability to move chunks of information around …

Facebook crashing on your Android phone after updating the Facebook app? Try this…

Facebook crashing on your Android phone after updating the Facebook app? Try this: On your PC, go to www.Facebook.com From the top-right menu, click "Account". Click "Privacy Settings". At the bottom-left corner under "Apps and Websites", click "Edit your settings". In the "Apps you use" section, click the "Edit Settings" button (on the right). Find the "HTC Sense" (or other Facebook) application(s) and click the little "x" to the right to remove the application. Launch (or reinstall) the Facebook application/updates and re-login via the Facebook App on your …

Streaming media and home entertainment…

I’ve recently helped a few friends get setup with "media centers" as their home entertainment systems. They’ve all been centered around using a small form-factor computer to ‘power’ things, and central to that is Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Windows Media Center. I was lucky enough to be a software tester at Microsoft around 2001 testing the first version of Window Media Center Edition (MCE) and it was exciting back then. It’s now been 10 years – and it still hasn’t caught on. But, I’m confident that’s about to …

Zune on Facebook

In January 2010, I spent far too much time trying to find the "Official" Zune Facebook fan page. There were three Fan pages, two of which had almost 30,000 fans. However, I wanted to be join the official Microsoft owned/run/sponsored Fan page. Sadly, there was no way to tell which of the three was created by Microsoft. I had been a fan of the two larger fan pages, but they had pretty much stagnated at 25-30k fans for many months. So, while I was working at Microsoft, I …