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July 18

Windows Home Server RTMs

I'm really excited about this product.  I've been needing to update my home backup solution for a while now and have been holding out for the release of this product.  I just have to make sure none of my PCs crash and burn between now and the fall release. :) 

Windows Home Server Blog : Ship it!

May 31

Not who I pegged to be selling cosmetics

Saw this at the bottom of a chat window today:

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Derek Jeter skin care?  Is there really a market for this?

March 15

Turning on AutoComplete to make IE's history useful

For ages I've been annoyed by the IE history drop down which appears when you start typing an address.  Here's the thing, most of the work we do is stored on our SharePoint server at work.  This means that if I start to type the URL of the server I'll get a massive autocomplete list pop down in IE.  This makes the recent history that drops down completely useless for me.

Now, however, thanks to Sean (via Omar) I have been shown the light.  I followed the simple steps and my life is now better.

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My Favorite (hidden) IE feature

Whenever I install Windows on a new PC (which in my daily work happens far more frequently than I care to admit), there's one* setting that I always tweak before doing anything else:

Internet Options, Advanced tab, "Use inline AutoComplete"

What this does is enables autocomplete of URLs (and other commands) in the address bar, instead of just as a drop-down.

Here is an example. Let's say I visit both the IEblog (http://blogs.msdn.com/ie) and the RSS team blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/rssteam) regularly.

The next time I go to the address bar, I type "blo".  IE shows me this:

 Then I hit the right arrow (essentially to accept the text it's given me), and I type "r":

Press enter, and I'm at my favorite blog! 

Bonus feature: this works in every address bar: explorer, the run dialog, and system-supplied open/save dialogs, and any app that uses the system edit control (and enables URL autocomplete).
Double bonus: this works in IE6 as well (but upgrade to IE7 now!).

Downside, you probably should be a touch typist before turning this on. If you're not paying attention to the screen while you type, you may inadvertently navigate to something you didn't want to. Windows developer guru and part-time Windows historian has blogged about this, so I dont have to (note: you should read the comments to see the correction to how he describes the feature -- it doesn't change the basic point, however).

* Truth in advertising: there were two settings I always changed. The second was to turn off "reuse windows for launching shortcuts" -- a highly annoying feature of IE6 that picked one of my open windows and changed the page being viewed whenever I clicked on a link in Outlook or elsewhere. It was designed to help users keep the number of windows being opened under control. But IE7's tabs make that unncessary, because now the default is to open a new tab in the same window. Both problems solved!

October 30

Ah, spaces

So, now that I'm digging on Windows Live Writer it is really easy for me to bounce around several different blogs for posting.  I would, however, need a good mechanism for monitoring comments (which is always the issue for me).  For a while I've been considering slowly teasing apart the content on my uber blog to allow me to have a little more coherent theme. 

Does this mean my space is now going to spring back to life?  Only time will tell.

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