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Palm Treo Pro – First Impression

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I got a new phone today, the Palm Treo Pro (unlocked edition).  I am switching from the HTC Touch Diamond.  This is my first non-HTC device in quite some time.  My first impressions of the Palm Treo Pro as good.  It is nice to have a full QWERTY keyboard back.  Even with the full keyboard the screen size does not suffer.  The phone handles nicely, speedy transitions and programs load quickly.  So far so good 🙂

This afternoon I loaded a series of programs to give the phone a run.  This includes: Office, Live Services, Office Communicator, One Note, and Live Mesh.   


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March 9, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Fridge Obama

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I went to Paper Source in Bellevue, WA last week and found this AWESOME magnet kit featuring President Obama.  I have decided to dub him “Fridge Obama” and plan to update my blog periodically with the dress of the day.

In honor of Lina and Terry, who are currently enjoying Hawaii with out Lacey and I, Fridge Obama is rocking very stylish local couture today:


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February 19, 2009 at 10:17 am

Windows 7 Toolbar

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I have been using Windows 7 for about 2 weeks now and so far the experience has been fabulous.  I am running build 7000, it is fast and stable. 

One of the most noticeable and sleep new features is the new toolbar.







The toolbar automatically groups common windows together, which can then be expanded by hovering over the icon in the toolbar.  In the snapshot above you can see that I have two instances of PowerPoint opened, as well as three instances of Internet Explorer 8.  Also, and this is one of the sleekest features, you can see that I have placed both Tweetdeck, Zune, Word, Excel, and OneNote in the toolbar at a fixed location.  So, whether the program is currently running or not, it will always be in the same location on my toolbar.  In order to open the program you can simply click on the icon, or hold down SHIFT to open multiple new instances of the application.

Finally, if you look closely at the IE8 icon you can see that I currently downloading something, the progress being reflected by the green status bar in the icon.

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January 21, 2009 at 10:59 am

Superb Africa Pictures – Must See

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My “cube mate” (Matt Woodget) just uploaded several images from his Africa trip.  I have not seen such great photographs in a long time.  Please check them out at:


They are truly amazing.  Promise you will not be disappointed!

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November 10, 2008 at 11:52 pm

Microsoft Brand Strategy

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November 9, 2008 at 5:23 am


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Another fantastic feature of Live@edu available to students.  Skydrive is 5GB of virtual storage in the cloud.  Essentially a 5GB flash drive with anytime, anywhere access for any and all file types.  GENIUS!! Oh yeah, and of course it is completely free.

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November 3, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Invincible Mailbox – Microsoft’s Live@edu

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I want to take this chance to write a little bit about Microsoft’s Live@edu email offering.  Central to the Live@edu offer is Exchange Labs, which offers an unprecedented 10 GB of email storage as well as 20 MB attachments.  This is a fully exchange enabled mailbox that gives students all the advantages of an enterprise solution – for free.

Students can share calendars and contacts with friends and also schedule meetings utilizing the free/busy function of Exchange. In terms of hosted email solutions for students at Higher Education and K12 institutions this is the most advanced and feature rich option out there.