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Save the Myrtle Beach Pavillion – Sign the Petition

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STORY: The Myrtle Beach Pavilion will close Sept. 24 taking with it a symbol of the beach for generations of vacationers. Developers plan to replace the landmark with high-end condos, hotel towers, etc.

Microsoft: The Good, The Bad, and The Funny

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20 (Mostly) Funny Videos By or About Microsoft

I should point out that I am not a Microsoft employee, but I work for a Microsoft partner. That means that I work for a company that sells and supports Microsoft products. My opinions, and the opinions of the videos displayed and/or linked to from this blog do not necessarily (and in most cases almost certainly don’t) represents Microsoft’s official views, or even my own (except what I wrote in the comments). Some of these videos are legitimate Microsoft ads, some are spoofs, some are ads or jokes that I have no idea how they got approved by the corporate bureaucracy ("It’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission" mentality?), and some are jokes and parodies that others have made. I hope you enjoy some or all of these. Please post comments about what you like. Just don’t turn this into a religious discussion about how evil or wonderful Microsoft and Bill Gates are, how much better or worse Mac or Linux are (or OS/2 or any other system), etc. As I tell my clients, "I have no religious convictions when it comes to computers. I just recommend that you use whatever works the best for your particular needs given your particular budget." Now, enjoy the lighter side of Microsoft. 🙂

Punish Your Microsoft Developer

About 6 months ago, I saw the following video at a Microsoft partner event. I’m still waiting for the WSYP to be offered to the partners. Gotta love it!

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Top 10 List: Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Windows PC

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A frustrated happy face using a computerMost people want to keep their computers running problem-free, but many do not know how to do so. I thought it might be handy to create this Top 10 list to help you out a bit. This isn’t a complete list, but if you follow these 10 pieces of advice, you will be a lot better off than most people. For more detailed information and a handy checklist for keeping your computer in top-notch condition, download the free Maintenance Schedule from

Only about half of the list is actually stuff you need to do to the computer. The other half is a combination of attitudes and practices you should adopt to keep your computer and your personal information personal.

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Windows Media Center 2005 Can’t Join Domains

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I spent a long time looking for information on joining a domain with Windows XP MCE recently. I personally cannot/will not guarantee it will work—it could even kill your Media Center Edition installation. And there might even be other, easier ways to do this. But I’m going to post this here and eventually try it for the fun of it in a lab environment. I certainly wouldn’t recommend trying it in a productions environment without lots of testing.
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The Art and Science of Sitemapping

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Sitemapping is both an art and a science (isn’t most of good website design?). It’s a bit quirky, because it’s designing not for a human, but for a piece of software to easily comprehend instead.

Google has an XML-based sitemap specification that has been picked up by most of the other search engines. If you generate the site map in this format, Google can more quickly and accurately traverse our site and return more relevant results. It also gives the googlebot an idea of how frequently to re-index pages (do specific pages change often or rarely?).

To encourage Google and other engines to fully index your website, the “sitemap.php” (or “sitemap.html”, etc.) file, and especially the “sitemap.xml” file need to be at the root level of the site, and a link to the human-readable one needs to be included near the top of every page (above the top 20% of the page in code view, not just in display view) to be sure the sitemap is easily located and indexed. All 404 error pages and other error documents should include a link to the sitemap to help both people and bots find an alternate choice if they followed a stale link.
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