Archive for December 2006

Novell Adds Support For OpenXML To OpenOffice

December 4, 2006

Novell is adding the ability to open and save documents in Microsoft’s new Open XML format in their version of OpenOffice.  Today, they released a release candidate version of their OpenOffice 2.0.2 and the final version is to come out in January.  Microsoft’s OpenXML is the default document feature of their Office 2007 System.  Novell’s version of OpenOffice has more features and might be worth considering.  You do need to be a registered Novell user.  OpenOffice is a FREE alternative to Microsoft Office and has many great programs such as Writer, Calc, Impress, Base, Draw, and Math.

In addition to all the usual features, this version includes support for the Open XML document format, plus the ability to e-mail any document as a Microsoft Office file from the system’s default e-mail application. It also enables users to migrate Excel VBA (Visual Basic Application) macros to OpenOffice’s Calc. This version also includes AGFA fonts that mimic Microsoft’s default TrueType fonts.  (Source: EWeek)


Simply Headlines Delivers

December 4, 2006

I discovered an article on Cybernetnews about a new way to get daily news from a variety of sources in your inbox on a daily basis.  It is called SimplyHeadlines.  I signed up with it and got a copy of the news for today from my customization and it makes it easier to get news and to have it look like a simple newspaper design.  There motto is “All the news that’s fit for you.”smile_regular 

SimplyHeadlines is a free, customized newspaper that you create and we deliver to your email every day.
You can read it on your computer email, web mail, Blackberry, Treo or other mobile device. Or print it out and read it on the go.  It’s all up to you! No web page to visit, no software to install. We promise. 

Microsoft Expression Web & Expression Studio

December 4, 2006

 Microsoft has released version 1.0 of their new web design program called Expression Web.  Microsoft will no longer be creating FrontPage and Expression Web is the replacement product for FrontPage.  Expression Web is a more full feature replacement for FrontPage that is on the scale of Dreamweaver and others.  I reported on this program earlier in the year when it was in early testing and then when Expression Web entered beta.  I have been working with Expression Web since May and I like it much better than any other web design program.  Click the link for more information on Expression Web.  This is the first of a series of programs coming out from Microsoft under the Expression Studio series.  There will be three other products in this suite as well.  Expression Blend is the professional design tool to create engaging web-connected experiences for Windows.  Expression Design is a professional illustration and graphic design tool that lets you build compelling elements for both Web and desktop application user interfaces.  Expression Media is a professional asset management tool to visually catalog and organize all your digital assets for effortless retrieval and presentation.

C|Net Editor Missing

December 2, 2006

C|Net editor James Kim and his family are missing.  They were last seen at a Denny’s restaurant in a Roseburg, Ore. on Nov. 25th. 

The 35-year-old Kim, his 30-year-old wife Kati and daughters Penelope (4 years) and Sabine (7 months) left their home in San Francisco last week on a Thanksgiving road trip to the Pacific Northwest. They were last seen on Saturday, November 25, in Portland, Ore., according to the SFPD’s missing persons’ report.

Seen James Kim?
Contact the SFPD at 415-558-5508 during normal business hours and at 415-553-1071 after-hours. The Pacific Northwest call center for the case can be reached at 1-800-452-7888.

At CNET, James Kim is a senior editor covering digital audio who also co-hosts a weekly video podcast for the Crave gadgets blog.   Kim was driving a 2005 silver Saab station wagon with California personalized plates of “DOESF.”

Update:  Authorities have found Kati Kim and her two daughters alive and they have been flown to a nearby hospital.  Authorities are still searching for James Kim.  Click here for info on the C|Net Report.

Microsoft Office System 2007 Trial

December 1, 2006

You can now go to Microsoft’s web site and download a 60-day trial version of any of the new Microsoft 2007 Office System.  For the 60-days they are fully functional and the final versions.  At the end of the trial period you will have two options, the first is to purchase the pull product license and the second is to uninstall it.  If you do download and install the trial version, you do need to activate it.  Click on the Microsoft Office 2007 FAQ link for more details.  Click on the 2007 Microsoft Office System link for more details on the software.  Why wait until January 30, 2007 to use the new Office Suite?  You can start now with the trial and convert it to the full product at the end.

With the 2007 Microsoft Office system, you can save valuable time, organize your workload, manage your information, stay connected, and collaborate better with colleagues, family, and friends.

Windows Vista Officially Launched For Businesses

December 1, 2006

Today, Microsoft launched Windows Vista, 2007 Office System, and Exchange Server 2007 for businesses.  Vista  and 2007 Office System will not be available to the general pubic until January 30, 2007.  For more information on this launch check out the Vista/Office Vista Launch site.  Click the link for more information on Windows Vista.  Click the link for more information on the 2007 Office System.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said was the “biggest launch we’ve ever done.”