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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Sites Sun 28-Feb-2010 – Chile earthquake, Bing Maps vs Google Maps, Office Web Apps, Saturn’s moons in 3D, Women in programming, Social networks

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Sites Sat 27-Feb-2010 – Windows Live Wave 4 header themes, Visual Basic tutorial, Access 2010 tutorial, Shutting down the Waledac botnet, Photos of New England storms, 10 Things to do with Windows MultiPoint Server, Be a Martian

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Sites Fri 26-Feb-2010 – The why’s behind Live Messenger’s features, Save the Poles expedition, Windows Phone development focus, Paint.NET update to V3.5.4, Flashcards, Simulation robot programming, Closing down malware

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Sites Thu 25-Feb-2010 – Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 for schools, Small Basic Snake Bite game, Vancouver Olympics photos in Deep Zoom, Millennials, ASCII art

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Sites Wed 24-Feb-2010 – More Windows Live Wave 4 screenshots, Bing Australia & the Olympics, Reduce energy costs, Software development, Windows Phone development, Mother language day, The Wow factor is you

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Sites Tue 23-Feb-2010 – Live Photo Gallery Wave 4 news, Windows Phone & Bing Maps, Digital literacy, Windows MultiPoint Server 2010, Computer history (humour), Be protected with Internet Explorer 8, More

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Sites Mon 22-Feb-2010 – More screenshots of Windows Live Wave 4, Windows Phone & Bing Maps, Writing or just practicing, Digital storytelling, Pictures of Earth from the ISS

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Sites Sun 21-Feb-2010 – Photos of Blackpool & Winter Olympics, Carbon Counter, EcoLight, Live Messenger Wave 4 screenshots, 1995 article about the Internet, Privacy

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webDotWiz Online column – Feb 18 2010 – Get your free 25Gb out of Live Skydrive

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When you sign up for a free Windows Live ID, apart from getting a free Live Hotmail account for your email, a free web site with Live Spaces and other benefits, you also receive a free quota of 25,000 megabytes online storage available for your documents and photos.

Now’s the time to start familiarising yourself with this free online storage because it’s not long to the arrival of the Office 2010 free Web Applications (Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Word). Yes, your Windows Live ID will also enable you to use the Office 2010 Web Apps for no charge. The Office Web Apps won’t have all the features of the Office 2010 applications on the desktop but you’ll still find more than enough functionality to enable you to create, edit and share spreadsheets and documents. As well, Office documents created in the desktop version will be faithfully rendered when viewed in Office Web Apps.

You can get to your Live Skydrive web page in different ways. Firstly, you can go directly to skydrive.live.com and then sign in with your Windows Live ID. Alternatively – and this may be the most convenient way – is that, having signed into Live Messenger, you’re already in Live Hotmail checking your email. Or, the Messenger icon shows you don’t have any email, so click on What’s new to go to your Live Home page (home.live.com).

wdw_col_180210_01 Once you have your Live Hotmail or Live Home page on the screen, you’ll find the link to your Live Skydrive under the More item at the top of the web page. Click More for the full list then click Skydrive.

When your Live Skydrive page loads, you’ll see that there are already some folders created for you. As well, if you’ve uploaded photos using Live Photo Gallery or Live Photos, you’ll see your photo albums since your photos are stored on your Live Skydrive. Underneath any recent folders shown, click View all. Now you’ll see your Skydrive has been broken into three main areas: Documents, Favorites and Photos.

wdw_col_180210_02 The Documents folder is further divided into folders that you’re familiar with from your Windows computer, principally My Documents and Public. Notice My Documents has a lock icon to signify it’s a private folder to which only you have access. If you want to share documents, then use the Public folder. Under each of these main folders you can create sub-folders in which to store your documents. A good way to do this is to mirror the folders you have on your own computer.

With 25,000 megabytes of free online space, you can use your Live Skydrive to enable you to work on your documents at both home and work, for example, or you can use Skydrive as a backup for your important documents. In a word or two, no more lost – oops, sorry, misplaced – USB memory sticks!

Upload your photos in original size using Live Photos

Yes, we all know you can use Live Photo Gallery to upload photos to an album in your online Live Photos. However, it seems because we have such slow upload speeds through our ISPs that uploading photos in their original size, that is megabyte photos especially panoramas, the upload can fail.

So to ensure you get your photos uploaded in their original size, go to your Live Photos page (photos.live.com), create an album and upload your photos from there. You have the option of using drag’n’drop or uploading from the pictures folder on your computer.

As a hint, upload no more than ten photos at a time, perhaps less than ten if they’re particularly large (say more than 10 megabytes). Be patient since our upload speeds are much, much slower than our download speeds and remember that your ISP may charge for uploads so don’t go overboard in the one month.

webDotWiz is recommending the webDotWizards upload their panoramas using this method and thus far all has gone well.

QuickLinks

Bing Maps news

  • New Bing Maps Application – Streetside Photos: www.bing.com/community/blogs/maps/
  • New Bing Maps Application – Winter Games: www.bing.com/community/blogs/maps/
  • Spatial Search – The Next Frontier: www.bing.com/community/blogs/search/
  • Streetside Photos – Explorer Vancouver, San Francisco and Seattle: www.bing.com/maps/explore/

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  • Sites Sat 20-Feb-2010 – Customise Windows 7, Windows Phone 7 series preview, Live Spaces is your mansion in the sky, Live Messenger Wave 4, Ancient galaxies seen, Flash player & privacy

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