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Download The Entire Segoe Font Collection

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Long Zheng pointed out a download of the entire Segoe font pack, which is used in Windows Vista to a great extent, that Microsoft had accidentally posted on its website. The download is gone, but its mere existence ensured it would wind up on file transfer sites MediaFire and Rapidshare, complete with Windows and Mac versions, TrueType and PostScript versions. Check out Long’s comments for the links.

June 6th, 2007 Posted by | General | no comments



Halo 3 Expected To Sell 4.2 Million In Six Days

Analysts at Goldman-Sachs are predicting Halo 3 will be bought by almost one-third of all Xbox 360 owners in its first week of release, moving 4.2 million copies (out of a predicted 13.2 million owners), earning $170 million for the company. Halo 2 sold 2.38 million copies on its first day, amassing an all-time record $125 million (more than any movie/DVD/book/CD has earned in one day), a record Microsoft would love to break, but will have a hard time doing.

In its first quarter, about six weeks, Halo 2 sold 7.5 million copies. Halo 3′s first quarter is only six days long, from September 25-30, and for it to sell 7.5 million in six weeks would be amazing, requiring half of all 360 owners picking up a copy. Microsoft is banking on this blockbuster to give the Xbox division its first profitable quarter, with just six days of sales enough to accomplish that.

June 6th, 2007 Posted by | Halo, Halo 3, Xbox, Xbox 360 | no comments

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Microsoft Goes Back To The Future

At the main keynote of Microsoft’s Tech-Ed Conference, still going on right now in Orlando, they started off with a special appearance by Christopher Lloyd and the time machine from Back To The Future. It’s pretty funny, poking fun at failed Microsoft “visions” of the last six years, although Lloyd seems to have trouble in the live segment. Watch the first 10 minutes and enjoy!

I’ll see what I can do about getting this up on YouTube, but I’m worried about getting my account deleted. If you want to share it, for now use this code:

< object id="PTV Travis and CCS.wmv" height="450" width="450" classid="clsid:6bf52a52-394a-11d3-b153-00C04f79faa6" valign="top" >< param name="URL" value="http://www.microsoft.com/winme/0706/29992/teched_.asx" >< param name="rate" value="1" >< param name="balance" value="0" >< param name="currentPosition" value="0" >< param name="defaultFrame" value="" >< param name="playCount" value="1" >< param name="autoStart" value="0" >< param name="currentMarker" value="0" >< param name="invokeURLs" value="-1" >< param name="baseURL" value="" >< param name="volume" value="50" >< param name="mute" value="0" >< param name="uiMode" value="full" >< param name="stretchToFit" value="0" >< param name="windowlessVideo" value="0" >< param name="enabled" value="-1" >< param name="enableContextMenu" value="-1" >< param name="fullScreen" value="0" >< param name="SAMIStyle" value="" >< param name="SAMILang" value="" >< param name="SAMIFilename" value="" >< param name="captioningID" value="" >< param name="enableErrorDialogs" value="0" >< param name="_cx" value="9260" >< param name="_cy" value="9260" >< /object >

(via Steve Clayton)

June 6th, 2007 Posted by | Humor | no comments

Microsoft Starting Affiliate Network

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I talk about Microsoft products here daily, and occasionally I link to them on Amazon.com so that if a reader chooses to buy them, I can get a small commission on the sale. Now, Microsoft is offering its own affiliate program, the Microsoft Affiliate Network, for websites to use to get some extra cash when they mention Microsoft products. Signing up is easy, just head here, and it’s fast (I signed up half a day ago, and I’m already accepted).

Currently, the program only has referrals for Windows Live OneCare, but the account rep I spoke to assured me that more will be added shortly. You get $1.50 for every user who signs up for a free trial of OneCare, and can link to it with an image or text. Here are examples of the images (these are live affiliate ad images, so don’t click them unless you want to install OneCare now):

One thing I absolutly love: The ads are just GIF images with a standard HTML link. That means they’ll work anywhere, even forums and emails, and on mobile phones, and certainly they’ll work in my blog posts, something Google AdSense referral ads don’t. Google uses SCRIPT tags, very annoying, and Microsoft has gone a simpler, and thus more compatible route.

There are also six text links. These consist of blocks of regular text with the referral link included, as well as an invisible image acting as a tracking bug (for ad statistics). I’m not a big fan of the text, especially since at least one of them is gramattically incorrect, and I hope you are allowed to edit it, at least in small ways, without breaking program policies.

Observe:

  • Help get peace of mind knowing that everything is managed for you with Windows Live OneCare—virus and spyware scanning, firewalls, tune-ups, file backups, the whole nine yards. And it’s all delivered to you in a smooth, hassle-free package. Download the 90 day free trial
  • Help keep your PC trouble-free with Windows Live OneCare
  • Try Windows Live OneCare free for 90 days to see how easy caring for your computer can be. Download the free trial.
  • Get continuous protection for your PC with Windows Live OneCare Download the free trial.
  • Download Windows Live OneCare, the new comprehensive, automatic, and self-updating PC care service that helps protect and maintain your PC.
  • Windows Live OneCare works quietly in the background on your computer, so you don’t have to worry about nasty interruptions from viruses, spyware, hackers, and other unwanted intruders. It also goes beyond security, regularly backing up all your important files and cleaning up and tuning up your computer to help keep it running at top speed. Because you have better things to do with your PC. Download the free trial.

That last one is practically a full review! Maybe Microsoft wants to do my job for me!

Anyway, this program seems exciting and is definitely doing a few things smarter. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of the program as they add new products.

And if you are a regular reader of the blog, you already know how much I love OneCare, so don’t worry about bias here. If you haven’t tried it out yet, here’s your opportunity. There are only about twenty links to choose from :-)
(via Digg)

June 6th, 2007 Posted by | Advertising, General, Live, OneCare, Security, Windows | 5 comments