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Sunday, December 10, 2006
More EPS MVPs

Many of the 2007 Microsoft MVPs have been announced recently, and for EPS, it was a good round of announcements again. I myself received the MVP award again, as did several other "EPSers" (either direct employees or close partners). Here's the quick list:

Congratulations, everyone!

This continues our proud tradition of supporting the MVP program. To my knowledge, EPS has received more MVP awards than any other company. I haven't counted the total number of MVP awards we got, but it gotta be somewhere between 40 and 50, or perhaps more (just for employees... not counting contractors). (Actually, if someone feels I am wrong and there is a company that received more awards, post a reply. I'd be curious and happy to know who outdoes us).

And that doesn't even count the number of CoDe Magazine authors who are MVPs. It would be interesting to count those too. Since we are so involved in the community, we have a ton of MVPs writing for us...



Posted @ 12:20 PM by Egger, Markus (markus@code-magazine.com) - Comments (5)


Monday, December 04, 2006
Microsoft Blend

Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer is now "Microsoft Blend". A much better name if you ask me.

A new beta is available as of today at http://www.microsoft.com/expression. And not just the name changed, but this app has quite a few surprises in store ;-)

Check it out.



Posted @ 12:41 PM by Egger, Markus (markus@code-magazine.com) - Comments (2)


Sunday, December 03, 2006
Verizon Wireless and Windows Vista

I have a Verizon Wireless Broadband card that I use to connect my PC to the Internet, when I am traveling. I have had a true love/hate relationship with that card. Well, more often than not, the hate part took over, to be perfectly honest. It is great when it works, but the problem simply is the software Verizon provides. The only time I ever managed to blue-screen Windows XP over the last few years is with this card. With that however, I can do it regularly. Argh. And even when the system does not blue-screen, I often have problems where I just cannot connect because the modem isn't recognized, seemingly for hours at a time (I guess it must have to do with timeouts on the cell network).

Anyway: I have now switched over to Windows Vista, and I have avoided trying to install this card for fear it would not work. I took the plunge today, and guess what: The install does not even work. The setup claims my system is older than Windows 98 and thus not capable of running this card. Well, that just goes to prove my point-of-view that the people in charge of writing this software have their heads in very dark places.

But help is available! In Windows Vista, it is relatively easy to run the entire system completely without the Verizon software! Yeah!

Here are some detailed instructions on how to do that: http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2006/04/30/426857.aspx

BTW: The card I am using is the Verizon Wireless Broadband V620 card.



Posted @ 6:36 PM by Egger, Markus (markus@code-magazine.com) - Comments (4)


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