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Posted On Sunday, November 27, 2005 12:51 PM

How do you move a blog?
So how does one go about moving a blog? I've come up with the following list of issues: What to do about posts. Should they be moved? Just left alone? How do I get my readers to the new site... leave a note? How long will it take for the search engines to notice my new site? Will I lose readers? Why do I ask? Yes it's true... I'm moving! First, I want to give a big thanks to Jeff Julian and anyone else that has helped maintain GeeksWithBlogs for as long as it's been home to my blog :) But lately ......

Posted On Saturday, November 26, 2005 11:03 PM

Live from the Xbox 360 launch at Best Buy in Bellevue
Tonight marks the official launch of the Xbox 360 video game system from Microsoft. If you were planning to come stand in line at the Bellevue, Wa Best Buy store, I hope you're already here. The current count seems to be over 250+ people waiting in line, a few of which have been here since Saturday or earlier. I was planning to arrive late this afternoon, but when a friend tipped me off to an 80+ person line at 8AM this morning, I decided to change my plans. I have to say that the Best Buy management ......

Posted On Monday, November 21, 2005 2:56 PM

What makes special?
I've been using as my homepage since it was released. But truthfully, I don't see my homepage that much since I pretty much always have Maxthon running and I have it set to resume a session if I close an re-open it. But today I was pointed to an insanely cool Gadget for over at and I was just astounded at what kinds of awesome plugins people are making for the site! And what's even better? I installed the “Xbox Live Gamercard” gadget (and ......

Posted On Monday, November 21, 2005 12:16 AM

New version of Windows Desktop Search!
Well, sort of :) Tonight we've officially launched the Enterprise editions of Windows Desktop Search and the MSN Search Toolbar. Unlike the current consumer release, there are 2 seperate installs (one for WDS, one for MSN Toolbar). Unfortunately, the consumer version won't be updated right away. But we're working hard to deliver a new version for consumers that will upgrade the current “MSN Search Toolbar with WDS” package. That way everyone can enjoy the latest and greatest we have to ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 15, 2005 12:53 AM

FolderShare is free!
Following Microsoft's recent acquisition of FolderShare, the product is now completely free! Check it out at What is FolderShare? It's a great app that you install on all of your computers and it lets you access all your files via the web! You can even sync between multiple PCs. Better yet, if you install Windows Desktop Search on your PC with it, FolderShare will let you search your computers remotely! Definitely a kick-ass feature, I think :) ......

Posted On Monday, November 14, 2005 9:01 PM

Microsoft to remove Sony's DRM rootkit
I was very happy to see this post by the Microsoft Anti-Malware Engineering team. If you don't know what this is about, here's a quick summary. Sony BMG recently began selling about 20 different music albums in the US with what basically amounts to a computer virus on them. The software comes in 3 parts: 1) A “rootkit” that affects your Windows installation at the kernel level. It rewrites the System Service Table and replaces certain kernel function calls with calls to a device driver ......

Posted On Sunday, November 13, 2005 5:19 PM

Scratch that, 200+ original Xbox games playable in HD on the Xbox 360!!!
Now this is how you wow gamers: Will there be any benefits to playing original Xbox games on my Xbox 360 console? Todd: Absolutely. One of the great things about gaming on Xbox 360 is the satisfaction of knowing that every game will be playable in high definition. We are now proud to reveal that this extends to the original Xbox games as well. Every original Xbox game will be upscaled to 720p and 1080i, and will take advantage of Xbox 360's anti-aliasing capabilities, delivering a picture ......

Posted On Saturday, November 12, 2005 11:09 AM

Holy Crap! Halo and Halo 2 in 720p on the Xbox 360!

I knew they had some tricks up their sleeves!!!

Both Halo and Halo 2 (the original Xbox discs) will run on the Xbox 360, with full multiplayer support,

in 720p with full-screen Anti-Aliasing.


My lust for the Xbox 360 has reached new heights.

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 9:28 PM

Visual Studio Express - FREE DOWNLOAD!
Looks like someone was listening to me :) The Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition products are now available for free download, and will be for 1 year. If you download it now your copy will not expire. They've promised 1 year of free downloads, but I'm hoping that after 1 year they'll decide just to keep them free (heck, I think they should be on the Windows disc to begin with!). Get them here! Oh, and SQL Server Express Edition is FREE and will always be free ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 8, 2005 11:50 AM

I survived Mind Camp
But barely! You see, I woke up Saturday morning with no voice to speak of (or with!). Perfect timing, don't ya think? I get the chance to spend a day with some of the most interesting people in the Seattle area, and I can hardly talk! Mind Camp itself was an absolute success. Here are just a few of the discussions I took part in: Corporate blogging. Challenges, concerns, fears, goals, and accountability. OPML, Tagging, Podcasting. How-to, equipment, software, strategies. MSN Search, Windows ......

Posted On Sunday, November 6, 2005 10:56 PM

Off to Mind Camp.

About to head off to the Mind Camp, or what my girlfriend Brittany calls “GeekFest” (which, oddly enough, sounds less geeky to me than “Mind Camp”).

I hope they have WiFi.

Posted On Saturday, November 5, 2005 9:49 AM

Internet Explorer learns an important lesson.
Found this via Dare. In this post, Sean from the IE RSS team writes: Our years of experience in with HTML in Internet Explorer have taught us the long-term pain that results from being too liberal with what you accept from others. Hence, we’ve adopted the following overriding principle for IE 7 and RSS platform in Windows Vista: We will only support feeds that are well-formed XML. This principle allows us to build a more predictable feed parser. As a platform, it's important that applications ......

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 10:44 AM

We're hiring!
We're hiring! We're building out a new test team based in Redmond, and we need your help! We have a pretty small, close-knit, fast-moving product team - and our developers love to do what others have deemed impossible. As a Software Development Engineer in Test, you'll help us make sure we deliver the highest quality product possible to our users. You'll define test strategy for your features. You'll interact with a team of remote testers. You'll build automation systems and tools to help testers ......

Posted On Thursday, November 3, 2005 9:52 PM

Seattle MindCamp
This weekend is the first Seattle Mind Camp. They have a nice overview of the event here. Or you can read all about it in the news here (Seattle Times) and here (Seattle PI). The latter refers to it as a kind of “Geek slumber party.” The Mind Camp website has a list of the names of attendees, and mine is among them. Just a few of the familiar names are Dare Obasanjo, Chris Pirillo, Robert Scoble, Mike Torres, Liz Lawley, Brady Forrest, and of course Ponzi. A reader noticed via Scoble's ......

Posted On Thursday, November 3, 2005 11:44 AM

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