Google Answers closes, only 800 participants

Straight from the Google blog is the new that Google Answers is closing down, with the acceptance of new questions stop later this week. The surprising admission that they only had about 800 users replying to questions in 4 years of operation does not make this any less of a blow to the …

By Chris in News
November 29th, 2006 at 3:30 am

Gadget Gallery: Please support unified gadgets

Today I submitted another gadget to Microsoft’s gadget gallery that works on both Sidebar AND Its a sample digital clock gadget to accompany an upcoming article that I’m writing titled “Gadgets: Write Once, Run Everywhere“; an article that shows you how to develop a web gadget that will run …

By Donavon in Developer
November 27th, 2006 at 10:04 pm

Office Live beta begins in UK – Free domain names

officeliveuk_thumb[3] News As promised, Office Live is beginning to move into markets other than the US, with betas in France, Japan, Germany, and the UK.  In the UK, the first 10,000 beta testers to sign up will get a free domain name.

To learn more about Office Live, …

By Kip Kniskern in News
November 27th, 2006 at 12:42 pm

Gadgets: Write Once, Run Everywhere

In this article, I will show you how to develop a web gadget (i.e. a gadget designed to run on or Windows Live Spaces) that will run on Windows Vista Sidebar without modification to the JavaScipt or CSS! This is something that Microsoft has hinted at ever since Sidebar …

By Donavon in Developer
November 27th, 2006 at 7:40 am

OurView – The new LiveSide opinion blog

We’ve just started up an opinion blog to run alongside the blogs we have running already. Why? Because we feel that there are subjects we’d like to discuss in more detail and depth than we can do in our usual posts. We won’t be posting here as regularly, …

By Chris in Opinion
November 25th, 2006 at 4:43 am

Who Is Windows Live?

When Microsoft introduced Windows Live a little more than a year ago, a couple of questions immediately popped up; what is Windows Live, exactly? and why is it different than MSN?  A year later, those questions haven’t been answered.  Yes, there has been progress. A steady stream of new services has emerged, …

By Kip Kniskern in Opinion
November 25th, 2006 at 4:26 am

Add the Windows Vista Countdown gadget to your own Website

As Nick has shown over on Windows Vista Blog, not only can you add the Windows Vista Countdown gadget (talked about here on to your web page and Windows Vista Sidebar, you can also add it to any website. Here is what Nick writes:

Why …

By Donavon in Developer
November 23rd, 2006 at 1:34 pm

What’s the name of that Map thing?

Virtual Earth?  It’s all so confusing.  We’ve suggested just changing the name to Maps and be done with it, and recently there have been signs that the change has occured.

First, works, and doesn’t resolve to as it used to.

Then on the Live …

By Kip Kniskern in News
November 23rd, 2006 at 4:41 am

Windows Vista Countdown gadget

screenGadgetOnly Developer This is a re-print of a post that I did on my blog. I thought I’d post it here in case you missed it. Look for my companion article in the next few days about how to write one gadget that runs on Sidebar and – Donavon…

By Donavon in Developer
November 22nd, 2006 at 9:52 am

Windows Live – The *Real* Future?

dev5 Developer One of the common things that seems to be happening with the major Windows Live services and products is for a development SDK to be released for the product to allow 3rd party developers to build upon the application and add extra functionality to the service. We’ve seen it …

By ScottIsAFool in Developer
November 22nd, 2006 at 7:07 am