Askar

Archive for January, 2007|Monthly archive page

Video of Bill Gates on The Daily Show with John Stewart (Comedy Central)

In Breaking News, General, Humor, Microsoft, Misc, News, Windows Vista on January 30, 2007 at 12:29 pm

It’s hot news everywhere on the internet, Bill Gates appearance on The Daily Show with John Stewart. Even though I didn’t get a chance to watch it live on TV yesterday I can still watch the video archive, thanks to ComedyCentral.com. They’ve put out the video for the public.

Here is the Part-1 of the video archive for those of us who missed the live show,

And here is the Part-2 of the video,

In case if you are not able to see the embedded videos here are the URL’s for both the parts,

Part-1

Part-2

(If you use Firefox and if you are not able to see the video on the page that comes up after you click on the above link please make sure to click a similar image on that page to get the video loaded. It seems like an issue with their plugins that forces you to click these extra steps. Sorry for any inconvenience.)

I really liked the moment when John asked about Bill’s pet name and there was a little lag time when the world’s richest man realized that it was a plot to get his password. Even though I’m sure he won’t have his pet name as the password but that was a nice play in context from John.

Microsoft Pumps $500 Million Into Vista Marketing Campaign

In Breaking News, IT, Microsoft, News, Windows Vista on January 29, 2007 at 10:09 pm

We all know that Microsoft is good at marketing it’s products even if they are a bit less than sublime. Now, how about $500 million budget for the grand mela? That sounds a stretch too far since the PC’s that will be shipping from now on till for some time is going to carry Vista by default. But…hey…it’s Microsoft, the hefty.

Read the full story from here.

Windows Live Messenger is out of beta

In Breaking News, Download, Microsoft, News on January 29, 2007 at 7:50 pm

The revamped Windows Messenger, Windows Live Messenger is out of it’s beta life. Here is an overview of the features of the new Windows Live Messenger,

  • Call their phones. Call their PCs.

    Call your friends’ mobile or landline phones.* It’s affordable, both within the US and internationally. And calling someone’s PC is always free.

  • See them on the screen

    Show and tell: Grab a webcam and start a video conversation within minutes.

  • Share stuff

    Set up a Sharing Folder with a friend. Drop in photos and other stuff, as many as your computer can handle. See your Sharing Folder even when one of you is offline.

  • Now: Talk to your Yahoo! friends, too

    The world’s largest IM network has just gotten bigger—and better. With Windows Live Messenger you can now connect with your Yahoo! IM contacts.  Forget about using multiple accounts to talk to your friends—IM them all with Windows Live Messenger. 

  • …and much more. Check it out from here.

    Get the Windows Live Messenger from here.

    A while back I’ve blogged about an awesome Windows Live Messenger extension pack Messenger Plus Live! that extends your Windows Live Messenger experience. Take a look at that blog post here. Download the Messenger Plus Live! extension from here.

    Windows Vista Updates are out already

    In Breaking News, IT, Microsoft, News, Windows Vista on January 29, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Microsoft just made available the updates for it’s to-be-released-tonight Windows Vista. As soon as you buy-it-and-install-it-tonight you can get the updates using Vista’s “Windows Update Client”. There are 22 updates altogether, if you don’t see all 22 of ’em you should use the “Check for updates” option.

    Here’s the breakdown of the 22 updates,

    • 5 Updates for both 32bit and 64bit flavors of Vista (KB930857), (KB928089), (KB929427), (KB931573) & (KB929735)
    • 15 Language Packs (Chinese Hong Kong, Chine Simplified, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish)
    • 2 Ultimate Extras (BitLocker and EFS enhancements & Hold Em Poker Game)

    New Windows Vista home page for Vista launch

    In Breaking News, IT, Microsoft, News, Windows Vista on January 29, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    Microsoft is prepping itself for the flagship Windows Vista launch by giving Windows Vista home page a redesign. It now has a bigger Vista Orb that animates along with it’s Vista launch slogan “The Wow starts now”. The menu bar got a Windows Media Player 11 skin. Overall it looks great, just in time for the launch event.

    Visit the new Windows Vista home page.