Our guardian angel of all things Webby

Poster of TBL overlooking our office

Our office is a very functional, boys’ office just now, with very little in terms of personalization or decoration. So I set about starting to change that this afternoon. But what kind of wall coverings should a couple of Information Architects / Web Managers have?

Steve started things off with a cycling calendar. We also managed to recover the white board which was removed from that room before it was carted off to the great landfill in the sky. But that’s back to functionality again, isn’t it. What to do? What to do?

And then it came to me. Like a eureka moment, during epiphany. Or something.

What we needed was a huge photograph of TBL overlooking our goings on, making sure that we were doing everything by the (online) book.

TBL: inventor of the World Wide Web; big cheese at the World Wide Web Consortium, aka W3C, and general all-round guardian angel of all things Webby and Standards-y. And he will be present at the www2006 conference I’m attending tomorrow in Edinburgh.

(In case you were wondering: I used the stand-alone, and free, Rasterbator application to convert the photograph to the 3 x 3 poster.)

Microsoft Office 2007 in Beta 2

Microsoft Office 2007 logo

For those of you who might care — and I have to say until the release of Microsoft Office 2003 I really didn’t — the Microsoft Office 2007 applications are now in Beta 2 and available for public download and testing. I truly detested every version of Microsoft Word until 2003. Somehow they managed to get it (mostly) right. And with the introduction of a completely redesigned GUI for Office 12, aka Office 2007, Microsoft will have either got it bang on, or so off the mark that it will spell the end of Microsoft Office’s market dominance. Maybe.

There is an official way to get to the downloads, that involves logging in with your Passport account, but then where is the fun in that? Some kind fella has, instead, listed all the download URLs and product keys on Digg. A lot of people have confirmed that the product keys are ‘static’, meaning that everyone who registers gets the same key.

My top downloads

Here are the products that I’m most interested in:

Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007 (451 MB)
MTP6Q-D868F-448FG-B6MG7-3DBKT

Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007 (287 MB)
QB6MH-Q82HX-BFWPK-8TXTY-HHJT6

Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007 (200 MB)
GP24P-FC3DP-HXY7Q-YG3JR-J4G3G

Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 (226 MB)
TFKGD-9VXBG-T22DK-FQB9P-MBPG6

Warning

Check them out before they expire. Broadband most definitely required … Oh! and before you do, back up your important data. I installed the public beta of Microsoft Expression Web Designer the other night and it completely wiped out my Junk Mail Filter in Outlook 2003!!

Remember: Beta software isn’t for the faint-hearted. It may contain nuts. Cash equivalent not available. The Registry’s decision will be final.

I am writing … just not here!

A pen lying on a pad of paper.

The general absence from blogging isn’t because I don’t believe in blogging any more, or because now that I’m working as an IT professional, working with websites all day I have no interest in blogging in the evening. It’s nothing like that.

The simple reason is that I’m working to a deadline on revising and updating the Teach Yourself Mahjong book for Hodder Education.

Last night I went through the book again and counted that I have nearly 45 updates to make, including writing two new chapters: one of the Chinese Official International Rules and one on Mahjong on the internet and computers.

More writing tonight … and then tomorrow I’m off to Edinburgh for the www2006 conference.

Looks like rain

Dark rain clouds over green and yellow fields.

I pulled the car over on my way home to take this photograph; I was using our old Kodak digital camera. The drama of the scene wasn’t quite captured, unfortunately, but you get an idea of how enormous and foreboding that rain cloud looked.

What doesn’t come out on the picture was the contrast of colours. The fields were a vibrant green and yellow, then on the horizon sat white and fluffy clouds, above which there was a streak of brilliant blue, and above that these dark and ugly clouds.

The forecast for the weekend appears to be rain, rain and more rain. Which is a shame as Jane and I have been invited to the Royal Garden Party at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.

CLUNK!

Which is nice. I’d better dust down my copy of Debrett’s and gen up on how I address Her Majesty, when she comes over to comment on how nice my new suit looks.