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Thoughts on technology, politics, non-profits, and their intersections; and food

Crowdsourcing a computer for students

I’m obviously biased, but I think this program for students to crowdsource the funds to buy a computer for school is really great: https://www.WindowsChipIn.com/

Like many other crowdsourcing platforms, users can define a project or goal and ask family, friends, and strangers to donate a small portion of the cost.  What makes this program stand-out is:

  • Microsoft is funding the first 10% – You’ll notice prices at https://www.windowschipin.com/BrowsePC end in some odd numbers (ex: a Surface RT is $314) this is because it’s down 10% ($35) from the retail price of $349.
  • The PC will come with Office 365 University pre-loaded – As good as some web-based office suites are, having the gold standard in document, spreadsheet/list, and presentation creation is super-useful; and I’m a big fan of Outlook for email and calendar management and OneNote for both personal note organization and group project collaboration. 

I know that not everyone wants one of these PC’s.  (I didn’t see the Dell XPS 12 convertible ultrabook as one of the options.)  So I’m also curious: Do Apple, Google, Samsung, RIM, Ubuntu, or others offer a similar program for Macs, iPads, Chromebooks, Android, or BlackBerry?  I hope they do. 

Filed under: Education, Microsoft, Technology

Capturing a Double Rainbow with Windows Live Photo Gallery

Someone from Windows Live product management worked with Bear (aka the Double Rainbow guy) to do a brief spot for Windows Live Photo Gallery.  Trying to take a picture like this is a great use case for Windows Live Photo Gallery’s photo stitch feature.

Here’s the video:

And if you’re not familiar with the original “Double Rainbow” video, check it out:

Filed under: Humor, Microsoft, Technology, Windows Live

Favorite Past Posts (2009 and 2010)

Below are some of my favorite posts from 2009 and 2010:

Filed under: Blogging, Microsoft, News and Politics, Online Communities, Social Networking, Step-by-step, Technology, Windows Live

Archived Posts from Rob Dolin’s space

If you’re interested reading some of my blog posts from 2006-2010, you can find them on http://RobDolinsSpace.wordpress.com/.  Specific categories that might be of interest include:

Filed under: Blogging, Food and Drink, Humor, Microsoft, News and Politics, Online Communities, Personal, Social Networking, Step-by-step, Technology, Travel, Windows Live

How to add a “Share” link to your WordPress blog for Windows Live Messenger

I just migrated my Windows Live Space to WordPress, but I want to have my new blog’s visitors easily be able to share my blog posts out to their favorite online communities like Facebook, Twitter, and Windows Live.  I noticed that WordPress has built-in buttons for Facebook and Twitter but not Windows Live.  So I did a bit of digging and figured-out how to add a button to share on Windows Live Messenger.  Here’s what I did:

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Filed under: Blogging, Microsoft, Online Communities, Social Networking, Step-by-step, Technology, Windows Live

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