August 5, 2009

Make your PC reflect your personality

Filed under: Uncategorized — Simon May @ 6:14 pm

United States Microsoft have made loads of freebies available on their Windows 7 download site that can really help you make you Windows 7 PC your own.  Here you’ll find:

  • themes that let you customize your desktop wallpaper and your color scheme
  • wallpapers so you can choose just to change the picture on your desktop
  • gadgets that sit on your desktop and give you fast access to tons of information from your PC and the internet
  • and finally sideshow gadgets which you can use if you have a side show device, like a special screen on the outside of your laptop or on your Windows phone.
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August 2, 2009

How to Save $200 and get your whole family on Windows 7

Filed under: Uncategorized — Simon May @ 5:19 pm

Family Pack of Windows 7 Home PremiumMicrosoft have announced that they are going to be producing a “Family Pack” of Windows 7 Home Premium (which is the version most people are going to want, and has all the media features you’ll need) and the pricing has been confirmed at $149 US.  Unfortunately it’s only going to be available in “select markets” but it’s a great start.  For your $149 you’ll get 3 licenses for Windows 7 so it can be installed on 3 PCs, (wow that’s just $50 per PC!!!)

Windows Anytime Upgrade (WAU) pricing has also been confirmed, WAU is a built in way to move up the tree in terms of Windows versions.  For example a user of Windows 7 Starter Edition (the version that will ship with netbooks) can upgrade to Home Premium and all it’s features for $79.99 or if the same person needed to be able to join that netbook to a business network (a “Domain) they could get Windows 7 Professional for $114.99. 

Here’s the full pricing (would have been nice to see equal pricing but I guess it’s due to tax rates):

  • Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium:£69.99 / $79.99
  • Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Professional: £119.99 / $114.99
  • Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Ultimate: £139.99 / $164.99
  • Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional: £119.99 / $89.99
  • Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate: £124.99  / $139.99
  • Windows 7 Professional to Windows 7 Ultimate: £84.99 / $129.99

The sweet spot for almost everyone is going to be Windows 7 Home Premium so that Family Pack looks like a bargin!

[via The Windows Blog and MyDigitalLife]

July 24, 2009

What I’m reading right now

Filed under: Uncategorized — Simon May @ 1:18 pm

If all goes well, and I don’t see why it won’t, this post should come out whilst I’m off on vacation having just been to an old friends wedding.  Obviously I’ve taken some holiday reading, an iPhone on the beach just doesn’t cut it for me.  Reviews when I get back.

The 4-hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New RichFirst up is the 4 hour work week, by @timferris (a.k.a) Tim Ferris.  If you’ve not heard of it then you’ve missed something, it’s about how to better manage your life, have more fun, automate your income and other interesting stuff.  I’m hoping it’s going to give me some ideas.

Brilliant NLP: What the Most Successful People Know, Say and DoBrilliant NLP is next up, it’ll be my second attempt at reading this having not managed it last time I went away.  NLP is a system for “programming” yourself to get more out of your interactions with others, it’s a system that’s always interested me and lots of what’s involved I do naturally.

The Gum ThiefThe Gum Thief, by Douglas Coupland is the first of the fiction I’ll be digging into.  I really enjoyed JPod , and I’m currently watching the TV series.  Coupland has razor sharp wit and I hope this lives up to his previous works.

The BombmakerThe HijackThe last two novels are, The Bombmaker by Stephen Leather, and The Hijack by Duncan Falconer, which should be satisfying my need for reading about explosions and manly stuff.  I actually seriously doubt I’m going to get this far, I don’t read fast enough.

July 8, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — Simon May @ 4:02 pm

One of my favourite artists is cartoonist Hugh MacLeod (@gapingvoid), he’s got a great sense of humour and I reckon he’d be good value at a dinner party.  I discovered him through @stevecla and he’s the genius behind Microsoft’s Blue Monster.  I thought I’d post my current iPhone wallpaper, taken from his blog where he’s been churning out some classics, such as the one on the left rescently, for some reason this resonated with me.

October 22, 2008

Something else nice from Glasses Direct – a Discount!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Simon May @ 9:22 am

Cheap prescription Mambo Carnival glasses

Following my post yesterday about the fantastic Glasses Direct I’ve been contacted by them with a note of thanks, and they’ve given me a discount code that you can use for the rest of this month to get 5% off of any order.

The code is: geekout and is valid for the rest of the month.

Just enter this when you go through the checkout and get 5% off.  So that means you could get my glasses, the Mambo Carnival for just  £33.25 this week.  Now that is value, and you’ll get an edible eyeball too!

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June 4, 2008

Back from holidays

Filed under: Uncategorized — Simon May @ 8:37 pm

Well I’m back from a holiday in the Seattle, Vancouver and Whistler.  CIMG1356 It was amazing and some tech shopping was done.  Over the next few days and weeks you’ll see some posts on Squeezebox Duet, and integrating it with Media Center.  The new Jawbone (2) and just how super cool it is!  Also a handy little thing we bought for our camera.

So one quick useful thing in this post…

The site above is a great tool that converts any picture into ascii art.  It’s fantastic, give it a go.


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May 20, 2008

TV on you watch? That’s so 80’s, get it on your phone!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Simon May @ 8:17 am

I’m a real WinMo”phile”, and a massive fan of TV, I’ve been watching what’s being written about the Gigabyte t600 for a while and this article over at msmobiles about the device caught my eye.  image The t600 is a WinMo pro, so that’s one with a touch screen, device that incorporates a whole host of TV recievers for different places around the globe…the UK included with DVB-T support.  msmobiles have managed to test the device in the infamous T5 at Heathrow.  The results look good too.


March 21, 2008

links for 2008-03-21

Filed under: Uncategorized — Simon May @ 8:05 pm

Scott Kingery  just blogged this link, I love it!

If Homer Simpson was real. 

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March 18, 2008

Windows Vista SP1 available now

Filed under: Media Center,Uncategorized — Simon May @ 10:11 pm

Well, it’s official. I’ve heard about it from Download Squad , LifeHacker, and Jason’s blog. And it’s really well written about in the Vista Blog.

You can get it here, I am right now.

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March 10, 2008

Windows Vista & XP Media Center Support Community

Filed under: Media Center,Technology,Uncategorized — Simon May @ 10:13 pm

One of the best communities, and by that I mean most active, most knowlageable and friendly is the Australian Windows Vista & XP Media Center Support Community. I’ve been watching them for a while. It’s how I found out about one of my favourite plugins, myTV and it’s where I’ve just found the list of Vista Tips linked above. A great sticky on their forums.

Also it’s where I found this little app for customising your Media Center start menu.

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