Who knew but Windows Phone 7 has speech recognition capability built in! It can be enabled/configured from the settings screen under Speech (duh!), and can be enabled and enabled even when locked.
To activate hold the start button (Windows button) then speak items such as:
Call Roger Wilkinson Mobile
Open Calendar (start works as well)
I have tried with a few contacts and downloaded applications as well as preinstalled ones and games with good results. While it is not 100% accurate I have probably experienced around 90-95% success rate (admittedly trying to pronounce clearly, it is not as good if you don’t make the effort).
I would recommend giving it a try if you have a WP7 mobile, and I really can’t understand why this fantastic feature is not better advertised.
I have just downloaded and trialled this app for Windows Phone 7 from marketplace, in short it allows very quick and simple editing of photos directly on the phone. The adjustments available are in 3 categories Image, Adjustment and Effects.
The Image section allows cropping, done by dragging your finger across the photo on screen to select the area to crop to. Also available are the basic filp, mirror and rotate unctions.
Adjustments gives options for Exposure, Hue and Saturation, Multiply, Normalize, Remove Noise, White Balance most options are applied by sliding your finger across or up and down the screen to increase intensity of the adjustment.
Effects cover the common functions available in most good photo editing applications such as blur, grayscale and sepia as well as a host of others.
Thumba works exactly as i should photos can be quickly located adjusted and saved. The trial version of the app gives the ability to test all the facilities and displays the result as a watermarked non saveable image, the only thing missing from the app is the ability to pinch zoom. It is not often than an app just works the way it should and does exactly what it says and for AUD$3 it is amazing vaue, this should be an essential for anyone who is a regular camera user and wants to post the best looking shots to their social network.
I am about to embark on my first SharePoint 2010 exam and 70-667 and in preparation I will be producing a set of study notes to cover the major points of the exam. I will publish these notes by section as I complete them in case anyone else finds them useful. Note these posts will only contain information aggregated from SDK’s and official MS documentation as well as my own experiences I will not be using or publishing any actual questions or brain dumps. The sections I am intending on covering are listed below:
Installing and Configuring a SharePoint Environment
Deploy new installations and upgrade
Configure SharePoint farms
Configure service applications
Configure indexing and search
Managing a SharePoint Environment
Manage operational settings
Manage accounts and user roles
Manage authentication providers
Deploying and Managing Applications
Manage Web Applications
Manage site collections
Deploy and manage SharePoint solutions
Maintaining a SharePoint Environment
Back up and restore a SharePoint environment
Monitor and analyze a SharePoint environment
Optimize the performance of a SharePoint environment
Stay tuned for the first installment!
Below are the steps involved in setting up a machine (in this case my laptop) to boot from VHD when installing a new HDD. At some point I may come back and update with screen grabs but for the minute the steps should be enough for most proficient users.
- Install new HDD
- Boot from DVD. This must be either Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2
- When the Install GUI loads Shift+F10 to open command prompt
- Type: DISKPART
- At the DISKPART Prompt type: list disk
- If you only have the newly installed HDD there should only be one entry here, in the case of multiple drives note the number of the new drive
- Type: select disk 0 (or the number noted previous if multiple drives)
- Type: list partition (should return none available if you have the new disk selected)
- Type: clean
- Type: create partition primary
- Type: format quick fs=ntfs
- Type: assign letter=c (or another suitable if multiple drives)
- Type: list partition (should now show the newly created partition)
- Type: select partition 1
- Type: active
- Type: create vdisk file=”C:filename.vhd” type=expandable maximum=100000 (maximum 100000 = 100Gb set as appropriate)
- Type: select vdisk file=”C:filename.vhd”
- Type: attach vdisk
- Use ALT+Tab to return to the install screen GUI
- Run the Windows installer as usual but select the vdisk as the installation drive. The installer will show a warning that windows cannot be installed to this disk, ignore it 😉
- Happily use your newly installed vhd boot machine!
This process cannot be carried out on a USB drive it has to be a permanent drive, it may work on eSATA but I don’t have a drive or connector to try it out with.
Creating a backup of the VHD for later recovery, this was one of the main reasons for using boot from VHD as I install a lot of beta software which can have a negative impact on the machines day to day running. I would advise taking a backup before installing any trial/beta software and then revert back to the backed up image if any issues occur:
- Boot from DVD, Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2
- Shift+F10 to open command prompt
- Type: C: (or whatever drive the image is on)
- Type: copy filename.vhd clone.vhd (this will take forever on a large drive)
- Type: exit
- Cancel the installation
With any luck this will be of use to someone out there!