Darren Straight's Blog

ICT Enthusiast and photographer.

By - Darren Straight

Kent shortlisted for Times Higher Institution of the Year 2006

The University of Kent which is the university I go to at the Medway Campus is one of five universities shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) ‘Institution of the Year’ 2006.The others are the universities of Leicester, Nottingham, Aberdeen and Leeds Metropolitan. The THES awards, now in their second year, are open to all higher education institutions in the

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Windows Live Expo UK Beta Launches!

After the US release of Windows Live Expo a while back, Windows Live Expo has finally been launched in the UK as an invite only exclusive beta at http://expo.live.co.uk/. What is Expo? This new product is a unique offering from Microsoft to answer the need of the social networking marketplaces phenomenon. We are taking the traditional classifieds service to the next

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Windows Live Writer 1.0 Beta Update

Just got word from Scott Lovegrove that as a result of all the feedback the Windows Live Writer Team receieved after their initial Windows Live Writer release, the Team have created an update to the Windows Live Writer 1.0 (Beta) that includes changes that address issues that were reported frequently or severely impacted your ability to use Writer. The following is a summary of the changes in the

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Wallop the Microsoft Social Networking Spinoff Launches!

Great news Wallop, the social networking website that began life as a Microsoft Research project before being spun off as an independent business, launched officially yesterday. However the bad news is, that you still need an invite! 😛 Check it out at http://www.wallop.com/

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MSN India gets a new facelift for its Sixth anniversary

With the Sixth anniversary celebrations of MSN India under way, MSN India has announced the launch of five new portals, MSN Hindi, MSN Tamil, MSN Telugu, MSN Kannada and MSN Malayalam. And along with these five new portals, MSN India also unveiled that they have now given a face lift to its MSN India home page which now contains four new channels

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Download Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2

Microsoft have now released for download Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2. Changes in ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2 help resolve issues related to setup, partnerships, and connectivity with the PC and Microsoft Exchange. In addition, it includes a troubleshooter utility that scans your computer and device to identify problems and offers information and corrective actions to solve them. ActiveSync 4.5 Beta

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Hooray I’ve finally finished my Pre-term University Module!

Wow my last three weeks of pre-term university (CO542 Fundamentals of Information Technology and Computing) are finally over and wow was it chaotic or what! I’ve had to do two java assignments, one xml assignment and one java/xml in-class closed book assessment (exam) which I took today and was 2 hours long, and as rules like you can’t leave in

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MSN Launches Beta of Soapbox on MSN Video

MSN today announced the U.S. beta release of Soapbox on MSN Video, a user-uploaded video service that makes it easy for people to express themselves by uploading, discovering and sharing personal videos with the Soapbox community and others around the world. Soapbox will be available on MSN Video and will be deeply integrated throughout Microsofts portfolio of online services, including

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Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta Build 8.0.1034

Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta Build 8.0.1034 is now available for download, but as always make sure you have signed up for the Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta on ideas.live.com or have asked me for an invite to it or you wont be able to access it. Here is just a small list of the latest and greatest updates to this version