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E.J. Dyksen
Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Armed with a handful of witty friends from his college improv troupe and some Windows-based technology, 19-year old E.J. Dyksen created a comedy show called "Laughterhouse Five," aiming to entertain fellow students on his college TV station. A technology enthusiast at heart, E.J. was thrilled to find a way to combine his interest in comedy, filmmaking, and computers, using Microsoft Office OneNote to script show ideas on his Windows XP-based Tablet PC, Windows Server 2003 to run his message boards, and Windows XP Media Center Edition to edit footage.

After completing an 8-minute pilot sketch last spring, E.J. and his pals now plan to distribute their comedy show using Windows Media technologies—all from his dorm room in central Michigan.

"We’re using Windows technologies to pursue our passions of comedy and filmmaking and to share them with others around us, and we couldn’t do it without them."

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Gary Palgon
Atlanta, GA
For more than 20 years, Gary Palgon has used Windows-based programs to trace his family tree, document his findings, and publish more than ten books about genealogy and his family’s history. Now he helps others research their family histories through his Web site, FamilyTreeExpert.com.

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Mario Magana
Oxnard, CA
Mario Magana uses Windows Movie Maker, Photo Story 3 for Windows, and Microsoft Picture It! to create memorable video and photo presentations for his friends and family. He is passionate about these presentations because they help him preserve and cherish memories from school, and serve as an outlet for his creativity.

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Lee Hutchinson
League City, TX
Lee Hutchinson’s brother, US Army SPC Ray Joseph Hutchinson, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. While deployed, SPC Hutchinson took beautiful and captivating pictures of the people and environs of Iraq. When he was killed by a roadside bomb in Mosul, Iraq, his family received his personal effects, including his digital camera. The family plugged the camera’s USB interface into their Windows XP-based computer and viewed his photos and short videos. After Ray’s death, his family and school set up a scholarship in his name.

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