Windows 7 Loses Outlook Express, Windows Mail

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  • Written on: September 26th, 2009

windows7With excitement building for the upcoming release of Microsoft’s latest operating System, Windows 7, a couple of familiar guests might be missing from the launch parties.

Microsoft has removed Outlook Express (Windows Mail in Vista) and Windows Movie Maker from Windows 7 deciding instead to promote their Windows Live products.

Windows Live Mail

The basic concept behind Windows Live Mail is that you can run it from your mobile device, your computer in offline mode, or live on the internet.

Rather than clicking on the “Send/Receive” button you instead click a “Sync” button. The idea here is that you can use your phone or computer in offline mode, and as soon as they go online they will “sync” with the online system to keep everything in one place that is shared with all of your devices.

Here’s a video that shows you how the process works from start to finish:

Windows Live Moviemaker

Windows Movie Maker has been included free of charge with Windows since Windows XP was released.

On the Windows Live blog, the lead designer on the Movie Maker project explained that the company’s research showed that most PC users employed Movie Maker to create small videos, video slide shows, or combinations of both with some titles and transitions.

Knowing that users were not using Movie Maker to create feature length films, Microsoft focused on making an application that can do what its user want quickly and easily.

For example, the “Auto Movie” feature allows you to select a group of pictures and an audio sound track and then let the computer do the hard work of organizing the images so they start and stop with the sound track.

Here’s a video that explains the most hyped features of Movie Maker:

Why Do I Have to Download It?

Windows 7 will not come with Movie Maker of Windows Live Mail (or even Windows Messenger) installed by default. Users have to make the decision to download the components from the Windows Live website or through the Microsoft Update (Windows Update) feature.

This solves a lot of anti-competitive issues not only in the US, but in Europe as well, while still allowing Microsoft to give its own products a slight advantage over their competitors in the marketplace.

The ACLU is Against Obama Health Care

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  • Written on: July 21st, 2009

I never imagined that I would be writing this, but I actually agree with the ACLU on something.

I am used to the ACLU defending the indefensible and taking ridiculous positions on issues that inflame public opinion.

But this video is as scary as it gets and if Obama digitizes health care records as part of his overall socialization of the US health care system, this could be a reality more quickly than you might think. Way to go ACLU for getting one right this time.

12seconds.tv a 2008 Failure

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  • Written on: December 24th, 2008

12seconds was a great idea with future promise it just isn’t doing it for me and I don’t think its going to catch on. For every Twitter there are a lot of failures, and 12seconds is unfortunately one of the failures of 2008.

Who Needs a Grapic Designer Anyway?

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  • Written on: June 20th, 2008

For all of you graphics guys in the house, check out the video here. It pretty much sums up any situation a graphics guy has been confronted by and the idiot business owners who employ them (like me).

Revver.com Schedules Outage to Move to New DataCenter

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  • Written on: May 23rd, 2008

I received an email from Revver.com yesterday announcing they will have a scheduled outage while they move to a new datacenter. After I FREAKED for a second (all Top Affiliate Challenge video auditions are served through Revver.com) I realized we would be done with auditions when they make their move. *WHEW*

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