Search Command Ribbon for Office 2007

Don’t know about you, but personally I love Office 2007. Despite what I hear and read about it, it is much easier than its predecessor (which ultimately means it is more efficient).

Having said that, the number one problem users new to Office 2007 face is the ‘ribbon’. To them, everything’s NOT where they used to have it and that actually reduces efficiency.

Therefore, the guys at OfficeLabs (online at http://www.officelabs.com, BTW powered by SharePoint) have come up with what they think would be the solution to some of their troubles; the search command ribbon.

What this does, is allow you to search for whatever command you’re looking for and the search result will actually be displayed in the ribbon itself.

A picture is worth a thousand words:

Search Command Ribbon

Search Command Ribbon with Results

Remember, if you decide to download and install this, you should bear in mind that Microsoft will be gathering information with regards to your usage, and you can NOT disable this.

IMHO we ‘developers’ should be doing more with regards to integrating solutions into Office using the new ‘VSTO’ (Visual Studio Tools for Office). Right?

Microsoft Live Mesh

Ok. I just read about this on some blog. Microsoft’s “Live Mesh is an ambitious initiative — a combination of a platform and a service” or “a Software + Services platform for synchronization and collaboration” or simply “I think it’s being able to interact with your data anywhere you go across a number of devices”

‘Nuff said. Click on the links to find more!

Unfortunately, there’s a waiting list to try it out. I’ll try and see if I can pull some MVP muscle to get it.

Awesome!

Links:

Rumor: Microsoft Will Launch Own Retail Stores

It may not seem like something the general public has been crying out for, but Microsoft has apparently decided to begin opening its own retail stores.

Citing “our sources close to Microsoft”, Fudzilla claims the Yahoo chaser desperately wants to establish a retail market presence to build interest and desirability around its products, much in the same way Apple has done so successfully.

A full catalogue of Microsoft only products will allegedly be stocked in these stores ranging from PC peripherals such as mice and webcams to its Zune MP3 player line, Xbox 360 games console, Windows Mobile based handsets and core software offerings.

I’ve been infected, with the Porsche Virus!

My brother-in-law, God bless him, was able to get me an invitation to the annual ‘Porsche World RoadShow’, where a number of people get the opportunity to test drive a number of Porsche’s.

By test drive, I don’t just mean, take-it-around-the-block test drive, I mean, a real pedal-to-the-metal test drive. I always heard about 3.6 second 0-to-100 acceleration and 220+ kilometer-per-hours speeds, but this is the first time EVER that I actually experience this.

Among the cars we tested were: 3 Cayennes (a Turbo, an S and naturally aspirated one), 3 Carreras (a 4GS, a Cabriolet and a normal one) and a Boxster S.

I mean, we were on fire! Naturally we had police escort. I took pictures (and a coupla videos) of the speed-o-meters while driving (yes, I’m mad!) just to prove to myself that this wasn’t a dream; and to show everybody that I really did this!

I wish they’d invite me next year, and the year after that…  and the one after that…

My favorite one was the Cayenne S.

Cayenne Turbo

Cayenne

Cayeene S

3 Cayennes

The Carreras

Check out the video!

Links:
http://www.youtube.com/v/lCyOE0dPlgI

Microsoft’s Zune: Round 2

Ok for all of you out there who take their music seriously; Zune 2 is out. Yes, and it comes in new sizes, colors, capacities and of course, prices.

Here are a few of the update details for Zune 2 (source: ZuneScene):

  1. Glass: The plastic screen has been replaced with actual glass. On a hardness scale of 1-10 where 10 is a diamond and 1 is an iPod, glass is 5.5. This is a major improvement over the Zune 30.
  2. Video Out: The new Zune 80 will have a video out resolution of 720×576 maximum. This is for TV output and easily beats the original Zune’s 320×240 output. The LCD itself is the same 320×240 however. Warning to Zune 4/8 shoppers, there is not video output to TV on those flash memory units.
  3. Smaller: Yes the Zune 2 is much smaller in size this generation. It actually weighs less than the latest 80gb iPod. This weight difference could be and advantage for Tour de France competitors and people who don’t like to weigh down the school backpack with hefty devices.
  4. WiFi: Would you like to be the first on the block to sync your player from the car in the driveway? Very 007-ish, Q would be proud.
  5. FM: Most players require an expensive ($49) add on accessory that sticks out the bottom of the player. Built in FM is just smart.
  6. Squircle: The Zune Pad offers both tactile d-pad type control and also touch sensitivity. Have your cake and eat it too.

I’m actually considering one!

Links:
http://www.zune.net/en-US/meetzune/
http://www.zunescene.com/
http://www.news.com/2300-1041_3-6211316.html?tag=ne.gall.rbcs

Visual Basic Power Packs 2.0

Line and Shape controls, PrintForm component, and Printer Compatibility LibraryMicrosoft Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs 2.0 includes a new set of Line and Shape controls and updated versions of the two previously released Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs, the PrintForm Component and the Printer Compatibility Library. All three are now included in a single assembly making them even easier to use and redistribute with your application.

Links:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vbasic/bb735936.aspx