Windows Live Writer Beta– Post Draft to Blog

After hearing all the buzz this afternoon on the new Beta of Windows Live Essentials release, I decided to upgrade. The main thing that has changed you will notice straight away is the new ribbon interface in it. I really like the ribbon interface, it’s actually difficult to go backwards when I’m forced to use old versions of Office when on client sites.


The one thing that I couldn’t find in this interface was the two features I use the most, “Post Draft to Blog” and “Post Draft and Edit Online”. I use these a lot as I blog from multiple PC’s so it’s fairly normal for me to start on one PC and continue on another. Although missing from the ribbons, when you look a bit deeper these features are still there. You can find these options by selecting the “Quick Access Toolbar” in the top left corner (where file used to live), then selecting “Save”.


Since I use these options all the time, by right clicking on the item you can add them to the Quick Access Toolbar so they displayed across the top.





Disabling the Office Live Persistent Pop Up

Ever since I decided to install the Office Live add on, each time I’ve opened Word, Excel etc I’m constantly prompted by this window.

Get Started With Office Live

Today I found a solution to this here. The solution is to add the following registry key, “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\OfficeLive” then Office Live will be able to create the necessary DWORD to make sure it isn’t displayed again.

A more detailed description of the problem can be found here.

Missing in Action

It’s been quite a while since I last posted an entry here. The last few months have been chaotic to say the least, most of my time has been tied up in the “doing” phase of running my own business and delivering project, so hopefully fairly soon it will be the “talking about it” phase. I’ve been involved in quite a few MOSS project of late and can see a pretty healthy pipeline of work through to Christmas, which given the worlds current financial problems, I’m pretty thankful about this. I’ve also been involved in a few Hyper-V roll-outs, which I’ve started writing posts about again once things settle down I’ll post these.

Keep watching this space new posts will be appearing soon.

Farewell Brandy

croppedrolls2 It’s been a long time since I’ve put an entry up here. I usually don’t put up personal posts but this one really needs go up here. Yesterday I had to farewell my best friend after she was put to sleep after what we thought was a short illness but was probably a lot longer than what we thought. Our beloved Shar-pei, Brandy, Peiard Queenof Hearts, passed away yesterday (22 Jan) after going into full organ shutdown on Tuesday night (21 Jan). We are not completely certain on what the cause of her organ failure was but we suspect that it was caused initially by Familial Shar-Pei Fever (FSF) , which appears to have led to full organ failure caused by Amyloidosis. This is an awful disease, that appears to only occur in Shar-Pei. Very little is known about this disease so this I’m writing this post to raise awareness of it to both current Shar-Pei and prospective Shar-Pei owners. I don’t claim to be an expert so I’ve put some links in this article to Dr Jeff Vidt’s site who has provided me invaluable advise over the last 10 years that I have been lucky enough to have the companionship of these lovely dogs.

One question that a lot of people have already asked is whether we’d get another Shar-Pei, the short answer is a very definite “NO”. Over the last 10 years we’ve had 4 Shar-Pei, and I’ve got to say that these have been the loyalist dogs we’ve ever had, but this can also be there downfall. Although the majority have had exceptional temperaments (except 1, Kilin), they all remained extremely weary of strangers which made them difficult to take and about. Having bred them, what is most worrying is that there is no real effort to breed out the genetic problems in the breed . Brandy has been our longest living Shar-pei who had made her 8th birthday a few days before she passed, but we’ve also had to make some tough decisions where we have put our previous 2 girls to sleep less 2 years old; Coco, who had a brain tumour and Kilin, who had severe skin and temperament issues. The facts are that the Shar-Pei are very problematic breed.

The most heartbreaking part of all this was that when Brandy showed the first signs of the Amyloidosis, it was all too late. She had severe oedema of the left leg, consistent with a swollen hock which is a symptom of the Amyloidosis, 3 days prior to organ failure occurring. At this point I’d like to stress that the diagnosis of Amyloidosis is only suspected. Given that all Brandy’s offspring we’re never bred we have chosen not to go ahead with a Congo Red Stain for the definitive diagnosis. In the interest being open and honest Brady’s pedigree is below. I just hope that all breeders will please take a close look at this and please use this to exclude individuals in your breeding program who have similar genetics, as you are all aware, whether you’d like to admit it or not, we all know that this is a genetic disease. This disease is very real and caused Brandy great suffering and pain in her final few days that we knew of, most probably considerably longer. Please also remember that what you are breeding will become part of someone’s family. If anyone would like any further information on any of this please leave a comment and I’ll be happy to pass on anything that I have. The comments are moderated and I’m happy to keep it confidential.

Brandy you will be missed by us all …


Breed: Shar Pei
Sex: Female
Date of Birth: 8 January 2001
Colour: Chocolate
Bred by: Mrs J Bakranich – Peiard Kennels


  S. Wayworns Fingertail Gigilo (USA) (Imp UK)

S. Zebedee Jazaway

  D.Rinkle Silkskin (Imp UK)
[Red Fawn]
Sire: Aust CH Wrinklestar Mr Spock
  S.Coopersands Chocolate Chip (CSPCA) (Imp US)
  D. Zebedee Our Cutey
  D. Zebadee Cause To Paws (Imp UK)
[Red Sable]
  S. Coopersands Chocolate Chip (CSPCA) (Imp US)
  S. Zebedee Midniteming
  D. Zebadee Cause To Paws (Imp UK)
[Red Sable]
Dam: Eriskefurst Lui Cloe
  S. Zebedee Celstil Sunshine
  D. Ikaareena Liu Kung Chu
  D. Zebedee Cherri Blossom

A March 2008 cumulative daylight saving time (DST) update is available for Windows Mobile-based devices

With Australia again changing the start of daylight saving again this year there’s yet another series of patches to run. Windows Update seems to have delivered all the patches without a hitch so that come Sunday October 5 all my servers and desktop Operating Systems seemed to change without a hitch but my phone didn’t. I had to run the patch KB950885 – A March 2008 cumulative daylight saving time (DST) update is available for Windows Mobile-based devices here manually to correct the time on it. This should make tomorrow easier as due to the phone running an hour early, it meant that I got up at 4.30 this morning instead of 5.30, Ouch.

I’m going to investigate why no updates have ever been delivered through Windows Update on my phone. My guess is it’s related to 3’s custom Windows Mobile build.

Send to OneNote Printer Missing in Vista x64 … WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

About a week ago I was trying to demo OneNote to a colleague the killer feature of inserting Documents into OneNote where with my tablet I can scribble on them. Well to my utter disbelief I’ve just found out that this is not Available for any 64 Bit Operating Systems and according to this post, it’s not coming until the release of Office 14 either late next year or early 2010. Over here is the technical reason as to why it’s not available. While I can understand that the 64 bit lower layer does require some major rewrite work, I’ve taken a really quick look at the changes between 2003 and 2007 here. Seriously I think that given the big push for 64 bit OS’s from Microsoft, the priorities seem to have been miscalculated. I do hope that they can have a bit of re-think about their priorities and try to get something available before the Office 14 window.

Given I’ve got 4 Gig of RAM on my PC and the amount of VPC images I need to run, I don’t have any choice except 64 bit to get the maximum speed out of what I need to do, as well as being able to use every last bit of RAM. Luckily I’m carrying around 2 machines, these days and the tablet is 32 bit Vista Business where it works fine. There’s also a work around here, but I haven’t tried myself, either way, I’d probably compare it building a car without a gearbox.

Finally Time to Blog again

How time flies, finally got a chance to get back to my blog this evening and realised it’s been nearly 3 months since my last post.Well I’ve been working in a startup so it’s been a really interesting experience being employee number 1. I can’t say too much about what we’ve been doing so far except to say where in the Information worker space. It’s also a big change where I now have an interest in the company rather than just an employee on a salary.

I’ve just been on a bit of a spending spree with some new work tools. I got a new laptop, was going to go the old faithful Dell D830 but decided to take a step up and got a Precision M4300. I’ve had it for around 3 weeks now and I’m really impressed with it. I’m running Vista 64 bit on it and it’s running like a dream. I’m happy to report that there’s been no issues at all with it.

I also decided to get a new toy, a Fujitsu U-1010 UMPC tablet. I was lucky that mln had them as a clearance item so I got it for less than AU $1000. So far I’m real impressed with it. Its tiny with only a 5.6″ screen. I’ve basically been using ink on it 90% of the time and I must say I’m stunned that it can actually decifer my handwriting (trust me it’s really bad). In fact I’m bogging this on it right now and the user experience is great. Although it does have a keyboard and a joystick mouse on it they aren’t great. They are workable but the ink is the way to go with it. My theory in getting it was to see how much I use it and in 2 weeks, it’s been getting a real workout. It was a relatively inexpensive way to evaluate whether a tablet was for me, so far yes it is. I did investigate getting a single tablet PC work horse but really found that I was always going to need a proper development laptop, so I decided that a small unit would be the answer.

Anyway back to doing some move work off the never ending task list stay tuned for interesting news here once I can start revealing some of the juicy stuff.