November 02, 2012by Chris Pirilloin Microsoft3 commentstags: Microsoft, surface
I had no idea those cars had poor performance and a flip-flop UX? Perhaps Oprah is making a slight against Mercedes-Benz, given that it could be a watered-down experience when compared to, say, a Tesla?
June 03, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Apple, Hardware, Microsoft64 commentstags: Apple, Mac, Microsoft, pc
“Better” is a relative term. So is “best.” It’s rare that I jump into the middle of a PC vs. Mac debate (hasn’t it been settled already?). However, this morning I watched a tweet from @Windows float by. On the other end of that link sits Microsoft’s own “PC vs. Mac” page, and it’s so full of mistruths, I (honestly) thought I was reading a piece from The Onion. Now, I’m an odd duck – I live in both worlds. I’m a Mac AND a PC – it’s fully possible. Hell, when you buy a Mac, you become a de-facto PC (given that it can run Windows natively just like every Windows PC in the marketplace). I’m also a Microsoft MVP for Windows. I was also banned from promoting Apple products by way of their affiliate program. Just had to get all of that out of the way first. I’m going to take the time to address each and every point that Microsoft is conveying, if only to deliver the truth to people who are really trying to figure out which is better for them. You’re free to draw your own conclusions, but (IMHO) Microsoft really did their userbase a […]
April 11, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Apple, Business, Community, Microsoft, News, Technology4 commentstags: Apple, bing, bing-app, bing-ipad, ipad, ipad-app, Microsoft
Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed The new Bing app for the iPad is actually better than Bing in the browser. No, I’m not joking. It is absolutely beautiful, and one of THE best overall iPad apps I’ve ever used. The first time I opened it up, I was drawn in for about fifteen minutes, just exploring everything it has to offer. If I were Apple, I’d be selling the device with this as a default app. It’s honestly THAT good. The entire touch experience is right there. You can play around with everything on the screen. Anything you could possibly want – or need – is literally at your fingertips: Find what’s important near you: tell Bing what you’re looking for using voice-activated search – even addresses. Find a restaurant or reserve a table. Use the Plans feature to explore nightlife options, Likes and comments on Facebook. Grab onto the social feature to see updates from Facebook and Twitter in your search results. Find stores, photos, movie times and reviews, iPhone apps, travel deals, airline promotions, local weather forecasts and directions. Use the real-time transit features to figure out if your […]
March 21, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Community, Education, Entertainment, Fun, Games, Giveaway, Life, Microsoft, News, Technology5 commentstags: game-design, game-develop, kodu, kodu-cup, kodu-kup, Microsoft
The Kodu Kup contest is here! This is a game design competition for kids aged nine through seventeen residing in the United States. The contest began on March 11, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time and ends on May 10, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. ET. There are two categories to enter: the 9-12 age group and the 13-17 age group. You can win any one of some seriously cool prizes – including a copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010 just for registering – even if you decide not to enter the contest! Microsoft has provided a Kodu tutorial to help kids get started. Every child who has ever played a game has dreamed of creating one that’s even better. This is their chance! Encouraging their creativity in this contest can help bolster their skills and confidence. Heck, you never know – your kid may be the one to create the next best-selling computer game! At the end of the contest, qualified judges will select the top six games (3 from each Category) and each finalist will be judged on the following judging criteria: Innovation – How creative and technically unique is the Game? (25%) Fun Factor – How intense, exciting, […]
March 04, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Microsoft, Software, Technology1 commentstags: anytime-upgrade, Microsoft, windows-7, windows-upgrade
Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed If you take a look at the official Windows Twitter account, you’ll see that all types of general computer use questions are answered on a daily basis. If you are reading this post and happen to be a power user – great for you! Please try to remember, though, that you yourself was once a complete n00b. We all have to learn sometime, and I’ve decided to help answer some of the basics for those seeking answers at the beginning of their computing career. With so many different flavors of each Windows operating system available, it’s no wonder people become confused when trying to figure out which one they need. Heck, even the upgrade terms themselves can be a little puzzling. A Windows 7 upgrade is an upgrade from an older version of Windows, like Vista or XP. An Anytime upgrade is one in which you upgrade your current version of Windows 7… such as from Home to Ultimate. Microsoft MVP Ed Bott put together a fantastic comparison chart which shows you the core differences between the versions of Windows 7 that is available. Knowing what […]
March 04, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Community, Computer, Hardware, Health, Life, Microsoft, Technology0 commentstags: accessibility, Microsoft, monitor-setting, pixels, screen-resolution, windows
Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed Screen resolution refers to the size of the whole image that is displayed on your monitor. It specifically refers to the number of individual pixels that are shown at once. The more pixels on your screen the more detailed your images will be. With less pixels, the elements will look larger… but there will be a lot less space on the desktop for programs to run. Your monitor has a native resolution – unless it’s an older model. Most LCD monitors these days can display a lot of different resolutions, but the native one always looks the best. This is because that is the resolution that matches the number of pixels inside of your display. Any other resolution might look a bit distorted since the number of pixels used won’t match the actual number in the display. However, there are times when you may need to change your resolution to make it easier for you to see properly. Our monitors have an optimal resolution setting that works best for the monitor – but it may not work best for our eyes. Changing up the resolution is […]
February 11, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Business, News, Technology2 commentstags: ballmer, elop, Microsoft, Newsworthy, nokia, nokia-microsoft, windows-phone
In a move only few predicted, Nokia and Microsoft just announced that they are teaming up to bring the Windows Phone 7 operating system to Nokia devices. The two companies feel that each brings incredible assets to the proverbial table, hopefully allowing them to deliver “significant benefits for consumers, developers, mobile operators and businesses around the world.” While specific details have not all been fleshed out, many of them are highlighted in this morning’s press release. Nokia will adopt Windows Phone as their primary smartphone operating system and bring their own flair in areas such as imaging into the mix. They will help define the future of Windows Phone by contributing expertise on everything from language support to hardware design. This will allow the two companies to bring you devices with a larger range of pricing points, along with more of the features you want to see. Both teams will work together on future development and joint marketing. In the statement – released by Stephen Elop and Steve Ballmer – they two powerhouses make some very broad predictions: Today, the battle is moving from one of mobile devices to one of mobile ecosystems, and our strengths here are complementary. There […]
January 10, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Microsoft, Software, Technology1 commentstags: Microsoft, operating-system, Software, windows
Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed Someone wondered recently why there are so many versions of Windows. I wanted to answer with “Because Microsoft hates you!” Have you ever walked into a store and been confronted with seventy different types of gum? You have no idea what you want. The same thing happens with Windows… there are so many flavors, you aren’t sure what it is you want and need. Microsoft does this because they want to give you what you need. The problem arises when you don’t know what you need. I say they should make one version and let people choose which parts of that piece of software they want. That has caveats of its own, of course. It’s a never-ending cycle. Theoretically, Microsoft is giving you a choice of features with a variety of pricing structures. I don’t agree with this. I just want gum. I’m also the kind of guy who walks into a store and buys plain vanilla ice cream. I just want ONE thing. It would be easier to have one copy of Windows and allow you to buy (and use) the portions you want to […]
December 27, 2010by Chris Pirilloin Media Blog, Microsoft, Security, Technology3 commentstags: Microsoft, Security, windows
Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed Someone recently asked if I felt the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is actually necessary. It’s a good tool for what it’s designed to do and I don’t see why you would NOT have it on your Windows machines. It’s free, and it’s designed to help keep your computer – and information – safe. My assistant Kat is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Security, and I’m pretty sure she’d agree with my assessment, as well. This tool checks computers for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software—including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom—and helps remove any infection found. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed. You can grab the tool via your Windows Updates, or simply download it directly. The version of the tool delivered by Windows Update runs in the background and then reports if an infection is found. To run this tool more than once a month, use the direct download version linked to above. What security measures do you employ on your various machines?
December 22, 2010by Chris Pirilloin Business, Education, Media Blog, Microsoft, Technology1 commentstags: certification, developer, Microsoft, Software, technet
Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed Someone recently asked if it was worth spending money on a TechNet subscription from Microsoft. If you’re a developer, the answer is a definite yes. If you’re a student – you can get a pretty hefty discount. In any case, if you’re anyone who uses a lot of Microsoft software, then it’s definitely something you should look into. Yes, it’s going to cost you money. But do you want to know as much as you can about their software, tools and development? If so, then yes, you totally want a subscription. It’s absolutely worth it. You have to ask yourself how important the knowledge you can gain is to you. How much is it worth to you? Look at it this way. When you go to a job interview, you’re going to have to discuss what you know and how you know it. Being able to point to having an extreme amount of education when it comes to all of the various Microsoft platforms. If you’re out of a job, you will definitely hesitate at spending the money for the subscription. But having that knowledge of […]
December 21, 2010by Chris Pirilloin Business, Microsoft, News, Technology6 commentstags: android, Apple, iphone, Microsoft, windows-phone-7, wp-7, wp7
Microsoft is finally talking hard numbers. According to the company earlier today, they have sold about 1.5 million devices – but not to consumers. The announcement notes that there have been 1.5 million phone manufacturer sales: in other words, “phones being bought and stocked by mobile operators and retailers on their way to customers.” The number of units sold tell a story, to be sure. What we aren’t being told is how many of those devices are being activated. Apple and Google routinely talk about how many phones are being activated. Reportedly, there are around 300,000 Android activations every day and even more new iPhone customers. Those numbers boggle the mind, and leaves us to wonder – who the heck is activating Windows Phone 7 devices? The report shows us how many devices have been purchased by people – including those used to stock the shelves in the stores. In my opinion, that’s trying to put a positive spin on what should technically be a dismal report. If Microsoft truly wants to be a player, they need to stop beating around the bush. Tell us how many devices are being activated. If they aren’t happy with that number, then they […]
November 18, 2010by Chris Pirilloin Comic, Entertainment, Fun, Microsoft1 commentstags: kin, kin-1, kin-2, Microsoft, microsoft-kin, microsoft-phone
At the end of June, Microsoft killed off their line of Kin phones. There were reports that only about five hundred of the devices ever sold. Speculation pointed to the high cost of the device and its plan, as well as the fact that they seemed to be geared towards teenagers. Apparently, the Kin is back with an updated pricing plan. Do you think resurrecting this device was a good idea?
November 08, 2010by Chris Pirilloin Communication, Community, Microsoft, News, Technology0 commentstags: Microsoft, windows-phone-7, wp7, xbox, zune
Mobile enthusiast and a garage developer Richard Mungeer was the first person to purchase a Windows Phone 7 device today in New York City’s Times Square AT&T Store. From what I’ve seen already, Microsoft is definitely back in the mobile game with this launch. It’s worth noting that reports are circulating telling you that you can purchase one of these new devices on either Dell Mobility or Amazon Wireless for as low as $149.99 with a new two-year contract. That’s a dang good deal for phones which are going to be very big sellers. Many of the articles we’re seeing come across the wire thus far this morning are giving high praise to these devices, and the operating system for which they were built, such as over on GearLive: The home screen introduces you to the tiles that make up the main navigation, some of which are live tiles that update with information in realtime. The live tiles are great because they give glance-able information that let you take a quick gander at your device and get information without having to go into an app and back out. The tiles can be removed, or rearranged however you’d like them to […]
November 04, 2010by Chris Pirilloin Entertainment, Fun, Games, Microsoft, News, Technology0 commentstags: kinect, Microsoft, xbox, xbox-kinect
This is a guest post written by long-time community member and friend Mike Parks – otherwise known as simply @BigRedPimp. You can also find him helping to “pimp” out his wife’s Eco-friendly Homemaker site. Mike has had a Kinect in his hot little hands for nearly three months now, and was gracious enough to give us his thoughts on the device thus far. Video game controllers have come a long way since some of us were kids. We’ve gone from blocky, one-button joysticks that move a small, yellow circle around a maze to current iterations that have more buttons than we have fingers. Often times, we find ourselves wondering what’s next and hoping for a little more interaction with the games we play. Gamers want just a bit more immersion into worlds they choose to dedicate their spare time to. In recent years, some companies have experimented with video-based or motion controls. Games using these technologies would allow the player to get involved through motions that either the controller or the camera would pick up and translate into movement. These often offered minimal enjoyment and, after the newness wore off, felt gimmicky at best. Enter Kinect for Xbox 360. In […]
October 25, 2010by Chris Pirilloin Community, Entertainment, Fun, Technology0 commentstags: art, blaster, draw, fuggedabouditNL, hans-solo, Microsoft, paint, photoshop, stormtrooper
Can you believe FuggedabouditNL was able to do this in Microsoft Paint? I could barely draw a circle with the official circle-drawing tool. Guess it’s not about the tool, after all. He puts Photoshop artists to shame! As you probably know, MS Paint is free software! This video once again proves that one doesn’t need expensive programs like Photoshop to create some nice 3D images! This drawing was done in only five hours. Can you even believe he did this? Seriously? I’d like to see YOU try it! Music Credit – Epic Demo by Cesc Vilà.