Conserve Energy and Save Money With Microsoft Hohm

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Conservation has been a buzzword for several years, now, as our world’s resources are in greater demand than ever. At almost every turn, you can hear how and why we should cut down or find different ways of doing things. I am not yelling global warming nor am I here to argue for or against it (it is all a hoax). Rather my point is saving money and who doesn’t like saving money. Microsoft has stepped up to the plate with Hohm which is a product the directly looks to compete with Google’s PowerMeter. To get started go here and signup or sign in if you have a current Windows Live ID. Once you have activated your account the following screen is presented. As you complete your profile Hohm tells you just how efficient your home or apartment is and makes suggestions. As I started entering my data it clearly became evident where I could start saving money and making less of an impact to the environment. Another interesting aspect is for those that have been considering upgrading their home this application provides a number of resources related to rebates and offers you may be entitled to either at the …

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Microsoft Desktop Player Provides A Method Of Learning

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If you live in the world of Information Technology I am sure that you have painfully came to the conclusion that learning is a never ending activity. In fact over the last decade technology has progressed so rapidly that I find it difficult to stay on top of learning activities. All one has to do is look at the history or Microsoft .NET and the progression of the framework. In a period of eight years .NET software engineers has seen a progression of the framework to that latest release of 4.0 which most likely will be discussed in detail at the Visual Studio 2010 Global Launch in Las Vegas, Nevada later this month. Now if Microsoft or any of it’s partners want to throw me any swag please feel free to do so since I am unable to attend the launch event. Version Version Number Release Date Visual Studio 1.0 1.0.3705.0 2002-02-13 Visual Studio .NET 1.1 1.1.4322.573 2003-04-24 Visual Studio .NET 2003 2.0 2.0.50727.42 2005-11-07 Visual Studio 2005 3.0 3.0.4506.30 2006-11-06 3.5 3.5.21022.8 2007-11-19 Visual Studio 2008 4 RC 4.0.30128.1 2010-02-10 Visual Studio 2010 Microsoft provides a high number of training opportunities both free and at cost recently I ran …

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Is Information Technology Salaries What It Once Was?

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Careers in information technology (IT) and the computer industry in general are typically among the fastest growing jobs and has been for a number of years. The field of information technology uses computers and computer software to manage and process data, and the technology is constantly evolving. IT careers span across many industries, including government, education, entertainment, and financial services. Although there is no single way to prepare for an IT career, a college degree, training, and possibly certifications can all help you land a job. Some may argue that IT related jobs just do not pay what they once did, however in the current state of the economy I am not sure that anyone can afford to be too picky. According to Information Week’s article title Pay Freeze 2010 was the first time in eleven years of their salary survey the median raise within IT was 0%. I do not question the survey results of those that were polled, but I tend to believe across the industry pay raises are better than the survey results or so I would hope. I recall hearing late in 2009 that the IT field had been one of the areas that had not …

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Eight Tips To Help Take Control Of Your Inbox

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No matter how you look at it email more often than not can be your nemesis. Don’t believe me? Take the time to track how much of your day is spent inside your inbox spending time that would best be served accomplishing real work. Now I am not saying that email is not important rather it is a wonderful communications tool but it is only as effective as one makes it. I would be willing to bet that in an eight hour day you will find that one hour or more is spent in email. Stop and ask yourself the following question. Is my inbox controlling me or is it the other way around? If you answer the former then I offer up tips that has worked well for me. Subject Lines The subject line is just as important as the body of the email if not more important. Be clear and to the point so the reader can derive what the email is about. In fact I suggest prefixing the subject line with subject actions such as: Project ABC: Release Scheduled this weekend Decision Required: Purchase Authorization Schedule: The Team Wishes to Meet Schedule Time To Read and Manage …

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Creating Compelling User Experiences, Powered by the Cloud

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To enable developers to build immersive, cross-platform Web and mobile applications that use data delivered from the cloud, Microsoft also released SDKs for OData, an HTTP and Atom-based approach to data portability, for a number of languages and platforms including .NET, Java, PHP, Objective-C (iPhone and Mac) and JavaScript. In addition, Microsoft announced the second Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Microsoft code-named “Dallas,” an information marketplace powered by the Windows Azure platform, which provides developers with access to third-party datasets that can be consumed by Web and mobile applications. By making content and data available with an OData feed via “Dallas,” developers can access and monetize their data under their terms and pricing, which can be can built into applications to deliver unique user experiences. Read more: Creating Compelling User Experiences, Powered by the Cloud