Archives / 2006 / May
  • Blogging from Office 2007 (Beta 2)

    Well, I finally got Office Beta 2 downloaded and all of my machines upgraded from Beta 1 Technical Refresh. So far, so good. Performance is still not ideal, but it's much improved from previous builds (especially in Outlook).

    I was going to write this in Word, but I can't seem to get it working. When I try to configure an account, I get a popup that asks me for a password, but clicking either Ok or Cancel doesn't close it.

    I guess that's why it's still a beta, right?

    Like most of the new Office, I absolutely love the interface in Word 2007. I've been using it since the alpha last September, and I've used it for 5 papers over the past two semesters. It's wonderful.

    That being said, it's sort of weird to say that Word supports blogging. Is it sad that this might be what people use Word for most? (Well, and writing e-mail in Outlook, since Outlook 2007 now forces you to use Word as the editor).

    Personally, if I wanted to blog from one Office product, I think it would be OneNote. It looks like OneNote has added "Blog This" and Send To Blog options, but nothing happens. (Literally nothing... no dialog, no error, nothing). I don't know if this is something related to the above problem though.

    A close second would be Outlook (which of course uses Word, so I'm sure it's easily accomplished even though it's not exposed now). After all, I use Newsgator to aggregate everything in Outlook. It would be great to "send" blog posts from Outlook as well.

    Blogging from Office... interesting the direction this software is taking, huh?

  • Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2 is out

    Microsoft released the first public beta (Beta 2) of Office 2007 today. I've been using this since the first alpha and I can tell you it's a marked improvement.

    If you haven't had the opportunity to test previous builds, grab this today. The calendar in Outlook 2007 alone is worth the upgrade, and if you use OneNote this is a must-have upgrade.

  • Who will watch the watchers?

    As I've said in the past, we should all be concerned about privacy even if you're not doing anything wrong

    Bruce Schneier made this point last week in discussing the value of privacy: "Widespread police surveillance is the very definition of a police state. And that's why we should champion privacy even when we have nothing to hide." Jack Balkin also discusses the dangers of a national surveillance state (via).

    Wired Magazine published documents (pdf) from the EFF's suit against AT&T . These documents are currently sealed because AT&T claims the documents contain proprietary information, but Wired believes the public's right to know the full facts in this case outweighs AT&T's claims to secrecy.  A chilling read.

    It's ironic that in order to protect our society, we are relinquishing the very liberties that supposedly define it.