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Monthly Archives: August 2005

webDotWiz online 25-Aug-05

webDotWiz Online has been updated with latest column.
This week webDotWiz explains how to add the Spaces powertoys to your own space.
There’s also a description of how users are discovering ways of using Virtual Earth and their Space. In particular, webDotWiz is impressed with Sean Blagsvedt’s Location Blogger.

MSN Alerts Powertoy

I added the MSN Alerts powertoy today.
This is another Spaces powertoy and now there are four in total.
Before you can use the MSN Alerts powertoy, you need to add the Custom HTML powertoy to your Space:
  1. Sign in and load up your space.
  2. Add &powertoy=sandbox to the end of your site address in the Address Box (if your site address doesn’t end with a c=, click Home)
  3. Click Go to reload your site.
  4. Click Customize and from the Modules drop-down list, click Custom HTML… to add the tool. Click Save.
  5. You’ll now have a Custom HTML module on your page.

Now you need to sign up for MSN Alerts at http://signup.alerts.msn.com/brochure/index.html and you’ll receive an email to Accept, etc.

Once you’ve accepted, you’ll receive a second email that wll provide the HTML code that you need to post into the Custom HTML module.

This HTML code contains a link the MSN Alerts service and a button for your visitors to use to sign up to receive alerts when your Space is updated.

Click the Power Toys category at The Space Craft to read full instructions for all the Spaces toys, including the MSN Alerts.

Developers’ blogs list

To keep up with the latest ideas the various MSN teams (e.g., the MSN Spaces team at The Space Craft) are working on, there’s now a Developers list of links to the Spaces and Blogs of various Microsoft developer teams and product managers. They all make interesting reading!

A couple of more local spaces

I’ve added two more local spaces, Bill’s Lions and Waranga Hostel Relay for Life.
The Waranga Hostel Relay for Life team would appreciate your support as they raise funds for the upcoming relay in October. Visit their space and add your support.

Windows Media Player powertoy

I’ve added the WMP powertoy to put up a Photo Story movie I made a couple of Christmases ago.
If you haven’t downloaded Windows Photo Story to put together a Windows Media Video of a selection of your photos, you’re missing out on a lot of fun! Photo Story is a great stimulus to make the best use of all those photos (and scans of old photos, as I’ve done with the ones you can view now). You can use up to 300 photos in a single story, add narration, titles, transitions and background music.
You can download Photo Story from Microsoft’s Photo Story 3 site.

webDotWiz online 11-Aug-2005

The latest webDotWiz column is now online at www.webdotwiz.com
This week webDotWiz talks about how to use some of the features at MSN Virtual Earth. At this stage of the trial version of VE, Australia doesn’t have maps and aerial photos but you can start learning about all its features by exploring the U.S. The scratchpad is one of the handiest tools in VE so use it as you find interesting places in cities and the countryside.

Archive list of columns up to 28-Jul-05

July 2005
28-Jul    Style your space
14-Jul    Using tabbed browsing and MSN search Australia
June 2005
30-Jun    Search to find
16-Jun    Internet Explorer has tabs
02-Jun    Secrets of MSN search and MSN Messenger
May 2005
19-May    Paint.NET
05-May    Get the most from MSN Messenger
April 2005
21-Apr    Gizmos and gadgets
07-Apr    Phishing and pharming
March 2005
24-Mar    Online space for your photos
10-Mar    Blogging, MS antispyware, Media Player tips
February 2005
24-Feb    About Microsoft OneNote
10-Feb    Phone calls over the Net – VOIP
January 2005
27-Jan    MSN Toolbar suite and phishing