Who uses WordPress for their Blog… Microsoft!

Who uses WordPress for their Blog… Microsoft!

Bouncing around the place today putting some updates to the Microsoft News App for iPhone and iPad.

One of the big sites for information and news around Microsoft for Mac products is naturally their own website.

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What we did find interesting was the blog site on this Microsoft web page:

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Is actually running on WordPress.

http://blog.officeformac.com/

Which makes perfect sense to us, as we run the http://www.interactivewebs.com website blog on WordPress too. It really is so good for blogs, that at this time there is nothing better around.

We like it so much that we are recommending it to all our clients as a supportive SEO / SEM tool to bring hits to their site. We have setup our on server environment specifically for blog sites (and can offer hosted WordPress sites).

Just like the fact that good old Microsoft has dumped using their “junk blogs” in favour of a WP site.

How to stop – Only secure content is displayed in IE9 message

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If you use IE9, you must be familiar with this message: “Only secure content is displayed.”

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This kind of messages are implemented by Microsoft because they want to inform you that you are about to access some unsecured content on a website. This is actually a security purpose message. Unfortunately, this kind of messages are more often annoying or unnecessary than useful. Internet explorer show this message when the same website page contain both secured and unsecured content: in this way, some unsecured scripts may have access to secured data on that page. Same thing happens when you play a game (unsecured scripts) on Facebook and want to publish that game information on your wall (secured action).

1. Launch Internet Explorer.
2. Go to Tools -> Internet Options.

Then, navigate to Security tab.

3. Click on “Custom level” button.

4. Search for “Display mixed content” under Miscellaneous section. Change it to enable.

Select Yes and that’s all.

Should I Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

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They Say

They say the best technology is the technology you don’t notice. This is most definitely true for a lot of truly revolutionary technologies. Take the fuel management system on the Airbus A380. Constantly moving and controlling distribution of fuels around multiple systems, taking into account best distribution for weight and balance, safety, economy, possible errors and general automation of management.

A truly great example of technology that is unnoticed, and just goes about doing what it was designed to do well.

Then there is Windows 7 SP1

Before installing the update, you have to realise that Windows 7 is actually the in house patched (fixed up) version of the off shore experiment that went so terribly wrong for Microsoft. Windows Vista. With almost no new features in Windows 7, you could really call it the true SP1 to that junk they called Vista.

That in effect makes this SP1 release for Windows 7, a SP2 for Vista. In other words, they are really just fixing stuff they have either since found or did not have time to fix from the initial release.

Microsoft Themselves Recognise no Value in this Update

Take a look at their Windows 7 Service Pack 1 “What’s included in Windows 7 Service Pack 1(sp1)” website, and you begin to get the idea.

See the feature list?

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Me either… They list exactly nothing. Nothing is included in SP1 for Windows 7. They have no features, no additions and no reason to update.

One general reference only to “Reliability” and “HDMI Audio Services”. We already know that “reliability” is a word that has been banned from being used in conjunction with Microsoft products. But HDMI Audio…

Features

So you already can see where I am going with this. There are no features, there is nothing to draw you into this release. So if you are finding that your Windows 7 install has yet to fall apart and is otherwise working like a well service patched version of Vista. Then leave it alone!

If you are installing from scratch, then best practice would probably have you install SP1. I could not argue otherwise.

Be Warned.

Like all things Microsoft, there are plenty who wish they have not installed SP1. Some of the problems include:

Colour problems

Failure to install – "Installation was not successful" DS_S_SUCCESS(0x0)

Windows 7 SP1 Fails to Install ‘0x800f0826′

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 fails to install with 0x800f0a13

Fatal Error C000009A applying update operation [number] of [number]

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 – Installation Failure ERROR_ACCESS_DENIED(0×80070005)

Just to name a few issues.

Microsoft are so aware of these problems, that they have released an official tool to help you prevent your system from bugging you to install SP1. They call it the Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit. Along with the Windows Live Writer, it is probably the best tool released by Microsoft since Steve became the boss there (Developers Developers Developers).

For My Money

Time is money, and my time is valuable. I’m leaving this one alone, as I simply don’t trust Microsoft any more. They are time bandits and service packs with no features and loads of problems, smell terribly like a time bandit about to suck up another day or two of my life in Microsoft Hell.

On Another Note

I am looking forward to Tomorrows WWDC 2011 Key Note Speech. It is ironic that I once was this excited about the Microsoft releases. I wonder what “magical” new things Apple have installed for me this year?

Microsoft Publisher .pub files on a Mac

I was asked the question today. How do I open some Microsoft Publisher files with the .pub extension on my shiny new Mac. The answer is that you cannot really do this unless you have a virtual windows machine running in your Mac.

This is something that a lot of people do after they convert over from Windows to Mac, because they feel lost without the BSD (Blue Screens of Death) and the constant security messages.

“Would you like to open the web page that you just asked to open”. “Would you like the web page that you just acknowledged that you want to open to open.” “Do you realise that content on the web is insecure and may harm your junk Windows machine?” “Would you like to remember these settings?” Well guess what, you can’t because you don’t have the permissions as the only user on the computer to change these settings!”

Anyway, most Mac users soon get used to the fact that you can do everything a Windows machine does, just a lot easier. So they soon blow away the virtual machine.

Unfortunately .pub files cannot be run natively on any Mac software. But there is a solution.

Instructions

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Point your Web browser to pdfonline.com/convert-pdf. This is an online resource that will convert many different file formats to PDFs.

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Click "Choose File" and select the PUB file you would like to convert and view. Your operating system’s file manager open so you can find your file.

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Type your output file name in the appropriate text box.

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Type your email address in the appropriate text box. Make sure you are using an email client that allows for attached files.

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Click "Convert to PDF" button located on the bottom of the screen. It should take only a few minutes for your file to arrive in your email inbox.

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Open your email client and locate the email from Doc2PDF Online.

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Download the file from your email client and open it with a PDF viewer. Your PUB file should be viewable as a PDF with all of the original file formatting.

Read more: How to Open a Pub File on a Mac | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4924781_open-pub-file-mac.html#ixzz1HaQFUZXY

Nomination form requesting access to participate in the Dynamics CRM 2011

This cracks me up.

Some time ago, someone at Microsoft decided to add our team to the “metro” early adopter program for CRM 4.0

We never did anything, asked for anything and frankly could care less what is going on with Microsoft. Like we would want to throw our lives away testing Microsoft Beta releases!

Anyway, from time to time I get messages from the metro team like this:

Hello,

We are writing from the Metro Early Adopter Program.

Thank you for your Nomination form requesting access to participate in the Dynamics CRM 2011.

The Dynamics CRM 2011 early adopter program has been shipped and is no longer accepting nominations. For this reason you, Interactivewebs.comhaven’t been approved to join this program.

The Metro Early Adopter Program continues to add new programs throughout the year. Please go to the Metro Connect site (http://connect.microsoft.com/metro) if you would like to join other programs.

Thank you for your interest in theDynamics CRM 2011 and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to send an email to metrohlp@microsoft.com

Kind regards,

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Now having never actually requested anything in relation to CRM 2011. Never having contacted them or requesting access to the early release, we find that we are indeed not been accepted. Well Ain’t that a surprise, being that we never filled in a “nomination form”!

Actually we have a message for the Metro team.

Dear Metro team,

Thank you for not filling in a user registration form at http://www.interactivewebs.com

Because you did not fill in a request for registration, we have not granted you status: Verified User”.

InteractiveWebs continues to add users to our site at InteractiveWebs.com and you are not one of them. If you would like to join the program. You are not invited!

Thank you for your interest in InteractiveWebs if you have any questions, then don’t ask as.

Love… the team that have had enough of your junk!

 

It’s funny… someone in the office just suggested to me it is like running down the road and knocking on the door. When the strangers answer… just say to them… “I just wanted to tell you that you are NOT invited to our house party tomorrow!” If some how you could deliver that in a very average looking email template, then you might be able to snag a job with Microsoft.

Gold!