# Sunday, 12 September 2010

Playing around with Windows Live Sync 2011 beta

I have been an avid user of Mesh and was so pleased with the beta that I was hesitant to switch to Windows Live Sync 2011 beta. But since the Mesh page started saying that the service is to be replaced I figured I ‘d better get my machines switched over.

For those who don’t know: Live Sync allows you to synchronize folders between devices. Aside from syncing between devices you can also sync with Skydrive. I personally use it so I can have all my files at home as well as at the office at the same time.

Below is a picture of me syncing my Dwinal Pond 4 Seasons Club files with Skydrive. (to make sure I always have a backup).

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Another cool feature which I use a lot is the remote desktop. By having Live Sync installed on my machine at the office I can access that machine using an HTTP remote desktop connection. It’s all via the Live Sync service, so the machine just needs to be turned on and it’s ready to go, no complicated mappings in the firewall at the office. You may want to check with you IT guy to see how he feels about the security risks, but for me this works really well (I do make sure that my Windows Live, Facebook and Google passwords are all different!).

The picture below show just my local machine, because the machine at the office hasn’t been upgraded yet).

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# Wednesday, 02 December 2009

Just took a walk around Fenway – using Bing Maps

Bing Maps just released a new (beta) way of exploring maps. It allows you to walk and look around ‘inside’ the map. With Sophie sitting next to me on the couch we took a walk around Fenway Park.

Use this link to jump to the ticket office: http://www.bing.com/maps/explore/default.aspx#5872/lat=42.34667&lon=-71.098862&alt=-48.11&z=30&h=137.8&p=2.9&pid=5082/5003/0.6002=q:Fenway+Park,+Boston,+MA+USA:lat:42.3586715525037:long:-71.0566996783018

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# Tuesday, 01 December 2009

Have to learn Japanese

Today I wanted to provide some feedback on a cool product (Live Mesh) I’ve been beta testing. I clicked the feedback link and saw this:

 

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I guess I’ll have to learn Japanese :-)

 

Update: Feedback for Live Mesh can go here: https://connect.microsoft.com/LiveMesh

Update: Vote for my suggestion: https://connect.microsoft.com/LiveMesh/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=516914
My suggestion is:

I'd like to be able to temporarily take a folder offline. I imagine being able to right click on a Mesh Folder and choose from being offline for X amount of minutes or X hours.

Scenario:
As a developer I share my sources folder across multiple machines. Every recompile in Visual Studio leads to files getting synced. I don't need them to be synced until I'm done for the day/morning/afternoon.

I imagine this feature appeals to anyone who shares a folder with high frequent changes.

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# Thursday, 20 August 2009

Paste from Visual Studio

I just came across a nice add-on for Windows Live Writer which allows you to paste colorized source from Visual Studio.

Download it here: http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=d8835a5e-28da-4242-82eb-e1a006b083b9&bt=9&pl=8

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# Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Windows Live Groups and Time Zones

We (the Maine Microsoft Certification Study Group) has been using Windows Live Groups as our virtual place to hang out. Out weekly meeting is posted on the group calendar, but the times kept showing up wrong on the overview page. As it turns out (thanks to Winston Natoli) there are three places where you can set the timezone:

Group Time Zone
- <Select Group or Access via Group Url>/ Options / Group Options/ General
Calendar Time Zone
<calendar.live.com>/ Options/ More Options / Time Zone
Live ID
<account.live.com>/ Registered Information/ Home Location/ Time Zone

 

After setting all of them to EST I’m now getting the right information.

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