You Can Try The Project Spark Beta Now

Posted by Bob Muir on Dec 4, 2013 in Videogames

Project Spark

Microsoft’s creativity game/software Project Spark has entered beta, and you can test it out right now, with some conditions. First, you had to have signed up on the game’s website; don’t worry if you haven’t done it yet, because you can still sign-up now. Beta invites are going out, so you may have already received yours. The biggest barrier to entry, however, is the fact that the beta is only available on Windows 8.1. That’s right, there’s no Xbox One beta support, and the beta won’t run on Windows 7. So if you’re one of the people suffering through Windows 8.1, feel free to sign-up and away. All those who thought buying an Xbox One might let them into the beta, you’ll be disappointed. I know I would be, but Microsoft still hasn’t replaced my broken Xbox One Kinect and controller because they cancelled the replacement orders without telling me, so I’m not even using my launch unit yet. Huh. Read more…

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7 Ways That Windows Mobile 7 Could Win

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 29, 2010 in Tech

HTC Windows 7 Phone

We tend to forget just how quickly things can change in the tech world. For example once upon a time Palm was a dominant player in the space, and by all rights they should still be there. What happened? Well you can blame it on any number of things (poor engineering, marketing, cash flow, etc.) but the reality is that it comes down to good old fashioned hubris. Read more…

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Small Form Factor PCs Have a Smaller Lifespan for Geeky Users

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 28, 2009 in Tech

Space Saving PCs: It's a Trap!

First a disclaimer: My opinions do not represent 99% of computer users. Because of my career I’m part of that geeky 1% of computer users who by the nature of their job needs to download and try out new software on a regular basis. Most users really do live in the browser and MS Office, but I’m the guy who’s installed Tweetdeck, has all three major browers up and running and Xobni running inside of Outlook. Read more…



Introducing the the New Windows 7 Anime Spokesmodel

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 26, 2009 in Animation, Fandom, Tech

The Windows 7 Anime Mascot

Windows 7 Anime SpokesmodelWhile looking at the coverage of the launch of Windows 7 in the Akihabara district of of Tokyo when I came across the coolest feature of the new operating system: The unofficial Windows 7 anime spokesmodel! This moe character design features a girl with dark blue hair who sports a clover symbol which is made up of the official Windows colors: Read more…

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