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Windows Live Writer lives again

Really glad to read that Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer has been open-sourced and is being maintained by a group of volunteers. I spent a huge amount of time inside WLW when I was writing on a Windows machine, and while I’ve moved over to MarsEdit on OSX in the last year, my secondary machines are running Windows 10 (mostly for my podcasting and radio software), and its great to have a solid offline blogging client for those machines as well. You can find Open Live Writer at openlivewriter.org and the code is at GitHub.

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Wen Chrome decides to take over the world, this is how it will do it

Kevin Tofel looks at Google’s latest Chrome strategy, and how it hopes to ride over the traditional OS using the Chrome browser on the Windows and OSX desktops: In fact, I’d go so far as to say, within a year, many of you will be using a Chromebook. Before you roll your eyes, let me add one caveat: That Chromebook won’t be Google-designed hardware; instead it will be on the Mac, Windows or Linux machine you have at that time. So it won’t be a Google-built device like my Chromebook Pixel is… For many Chrome is just a browser. For others

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An eye on software – Windows Phone’s super easy install method

I keep finding cute things to like in Windows Phone, and here’s another one. Let’s take a random app in the All About Windows Phone app directory that I want on my phone. Picking up the Lumia 800, I hit search, and the Bing Vision charm icon, hold the camera up to the screen over the QR code, and touch the link that appears on the screen. Boom, I’m into the Marketplace and there’s an install button. Job done, seamlessly, and in under seven seconds the app is installing. Congrats to the Windows Phone team, and congrats to Rafe as

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And over there, a teeny-tiny smartphone, selling coffee

If Microsoft are serious in increasing their retails stores in the US from 11 stores to 87, then can I suggest they look beyond retail space and make theme cool places to hang out. Free wi-fi, a little coffee bar, comfy seats, rooms available for free use by clubs, societies and websites to arrange get-togethers. Make them as attractive to people as possible, and those people will over time help the bottom line, even if you might struggle to see the return in the till of the bricks and mortar stores. But seriously, a coffee bar. In every store.

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Why Windows 7 Reminds Me of The Star Trek Movies

The joke has always been that Microsoft have been The Borg, but I’m wondering if they’re more like the Star Trek Movies. Specifically, the curse of the Star Trek movies where the odd numbered films are rubbish. No, bear with me. Here’s the Trek movies and the generally accepted view of them The Motion Picture: the first, so we didn’t know what to expect. A bit slow and bloated. The Wrath of Khan: KKKkkkkhhhhhaaaaaaaaannnnnnn!!!! Probably the best film ever. The Search For Spock: Acceptable sequel which misfired, but worked. The Voyage Home: The funny one, but a great buddy movie

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Writing About Considering Everything

I’ve started to do some writing over on the Blogger Advocacy section of Creative Choices, a website set up to “[help] individuals takie control of their own career decisions [by making sure] they are well informed and supported in their desire to succeed. My first post is about browser and computing compatibility online: In extreme circumstances, where a website doesn’t load correctly, you might have people skipping over your site purely because it doesn’t work 100% perfectly in their web browser, even if the information they’re looking for is in front of them.. Woe betide you if you pop up

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