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About blakehandler

BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.

Microsoft Releases Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Microsoft has released their Windows 8 Consumer Preview – It’s Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It’s an all-new touch interface. It’s a new Windows for new devices. Available in: Chinese (Simplified) … Continue reading

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Microsoft Releases Calendar Checking Tool for Outlook

Calendar Checking Tool for Outlook is a command-line program that checks Outlook Calendars for problems. To use this tool, the Outlook calendar must reside on a Microsoft Exchange Server. The tool does not work with IMAP, with POP3, or with … Continue reading

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Microsoft Research Releases Excel 2010 Cloud Data Analytics Add-on

Excel Cloud Data Analytics is a Microsoft Excel add-in that enables users to execute a variety of data-centric tasks on Windows Azure through a custom Ribbon in Excel. This add-in can be used to connect to data stored in the Windows … Continue reading

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BestBuy’s Shameful Sales Pressure on Seniors

While I wish my 80 year old Father-in-Law would ask me for technical assistance, he’s proudly independent and still prefers doing things himself. He was tired of his old (analog) TV, and wanted to purchase a 40″ HDTV – should … Continue reading

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Microsoft Updates Kinect SDK for Windows 7 & Windows 8

Kinect for Windows SDK v1.0 Beta 2 includes APIs, sample code, and drivers. Developers can create rich experiences by using Kinect sensor technology on computers running Windows 7 or Windows 8 Developer Preview. Additional Resources: Kinect for Windows Coding4Fun’s Kinect Projects … Continue reading

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Rose Parade Float from Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect

Microsoft had a float representing their Xbox Kinect on this morning’s 2012 New Year’s Rose Parade!

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Facebook Releases Messenger for Windows 7

Facebook has released their Messenger for Windows 7 – a new, trial application that lets you use Facebook without being on http://www.facebook.com. While you surf the web or use other applications on your computer, you can: Chat and message with … Continue reading

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Microsoft CodePlex Releases a Windows 7 Metro Application "Instant Beautiful Browsing"

Instant Beautiful Browsing “is a work-space that includes applications like notepad, multi-view browser, links to other applications, using the incredibly beautiful metro interface.”

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Microsoft Releases Lambda-Omega Equations Simulator Tool

Microsoft’s Research Labs has released their “Lambda-Omega Equations Simulator Tool” tool to assist readers of in understanding the numerical dynamics illustrated in the paper “Explaining spatiotemporal dynamics in lambda-omega reaction-diffusion equations using absolute stability spectra of wavetrains” and to encourage readers … Continue reading

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Microsoft Releases Excel Web App on SkyDrive

Microsoft Excel Web App on SkyDrive allows developers to quickly create rich and interactive data mashups. Step 1: Sign up  Before you can embed your Excel workbook on a host web page, you will need to upload it a folder … Continue reading

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