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The fall of Windows Live Spaces from the point of view of an expatriate

I joined MSN Spaces, later Windows Live Spaces, in 2005. My Windows Live Space was my little slice of the web. I had it all set up the way I wanted.

For a couple of years it was very nice. I learned a lot about customizing my space and enjoyed helping others do the same. I spent so much time telling others how to do it that eventually I earned the honor of Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

Then the garbage started showing up. Many Spaces set as mail order stores for Viagra and drugs started showing up everywhere. Then, my beloved Windows Live Spaces was overrun by spam comments. It was an epidemic of garbage in Windows Live Spaces Town

I organized a one-woman crusade called “Windows Live Spaces Spam Central Reporting Service” I reported each user, and kept track of whether their accounts were closed.  It did not take long to realize that spam in our spaces was not a priority with the powers that be.

Eventually, we got the announcement that Spaces was closing and our spaces would be transferred to WordPress.com.

I am now happily a resident of a community that keeps the garbage out. When my Space was transferred over to WordPress.com, the automatic spam-catcher called Akismet caught thousands of spam comments.

Keeping  WordPress.com Town clean is a priority to the powers that be, while sadly it was not a priority for the powers that be to keep Windows Live Spaces Town Clean.

Bye bye Windows Live Spaces. It was nice while it lasted.

Edited to add: I came across a post from two years ago this month. I was ranting about how the link to Spaces was missing from the new Windows Live menu. Spaces was being treated like “The Professor and Mary Ann” on “Gilligan’s Island”. Check it out: 

 … and the rest, here on Gilligan’s Island.

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My new “Windows Live Space“:

https://xevolutionistspace.wordpress.com/

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Oh boy, no spam on my new “Windows Live Space”!

Now that my Windows Live Space has been exported over to WordPress.com, I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. WordPress is SO much more versatile than Spaces was. Plus, it catches spam.

When my Space was first exported to WordPress, the spam catcher caught over 3000 spam comments and filtered them out of my comments. Wow, that is so great!

I messed with Spaces spam for way too long. I fought long and hard to try to cut down the spam by reporting it faithfully. Now, now I am in a neighborhood that catches the spam for me. Oh man, I love this feature!

Another great thing, I was just able to choose three different categories for this post. Oh man I love it here in WordPress.com!

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Bye bye Windows Live Spaces – It was nice while it lasted.

Over the years since 2006 I have accumulated four Windows Live Accounts. I’m currently in the process of migrating my Spaces’ Blog content here to WordPress.com. My main WordPress.com blog is linked to my Windows Live profile:

http://cid-25a0033dd834dd1d.profile.live.com/

I’m going to  have a hodgepodge of test posts, and other various various blog entries, from my old Spaces.

I’m also trying to save the content from all my lists on my space. Dang. I wish they could have sent the lists over somehow.

Ironically, there will be a lot of blog entries about how to do things in Windows Live Spaces. I was a frequent contributer to the Windows Live Clubhouse. I loved telling people how to do things in my Windows Live Spaces neighborhood.

The only thing I did in  Windows Live was blog and manage my space. Now that there is no more Windows Live Spaces I have no reason to hang out on Windows Live. It was a nice time since 2006.

Bye bye Windows Live Spaces. I loved you while you lasted

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There are two Windows Live Essentials programs that I cannot live without: Windows Live Writer and Windows Live Photo Gallery…

Download Windows Live Writer Windows Live Writer is one of the Windows Live Essentials programs. Writer makes writing blog entries so easy! It is a wonderful “What you see is what you get” editing program. I have several blogs, and it is a breeze to post to my various blogs with Windows Live Writer.

As Writer’s download page says, Windows Live Writer can be set up to work with “WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, and many more” in addition to the blog in Windows Live Spaces.

Please see a previous post of mine for how to set up Windows Live Writer to work with your blog:

Download Windows Photo Gallery The other Windows Live Essentials program I cannot live without is Windows Live Photo Gallery. Photo gallery makes organizing my photos so easy!

Among other things, Photo Gallery program actually recognizes faces in your photos, and asks you their names! See this post for more information about using People Tags:

All of the Windows Live Essentials programs are very useful, but Windows Live Writer and Windows Live Photo Gallery are the ones that I cannot live without!

Thank you, Windows Live Essentials!

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How to start a Windows Live Group

Windows Live Groups is a wonderful part of the Windows Live community. In Windows Live Groups you can have as few or as many members as you wish. You can make a group to talk about your favorite things and find others who have your same interests.

(Please note: This post assumes you already have a Windows Live account)

To start your new Windows Live Group click here and you will see this page:

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Click “Create a group” and this screen comes up. Note the numbers in red and follow the instructions below the image:

Create a group

  1. Type in the name you want for your group, such as: Dog Lovers
  2. Type in the address you want for your group. You can not change this, so plan carefully. It is best to have no spaces in the address. Suggestions for the group name above would be dog-lovers, dog_lovers or doglovers.
  3. Do you want anybody to join or do you just want to choose people you want to join.
  4. Chose the design you want for your group’s page.
  5. If you have less than 20 people in your group, you can choose whether to talk to each other using Windows Live Messenger. If you have more than 20, this will no longer be an option.
  6. When you have filled in all the options for your group, click "Create".

You will see this page:

Your group Now you have a new group with yourself as the only member. Click on “Options” to set up your group. You will see this pull-down menu:Group options Select “Group Options” and you will see a page with the same options you saw above, but now there are more options:

More group options Describe your group in the blank provided. By now, you will have gotten an email with instructions for how you can further personalize your group!

Thanks for creating new groupYou can invite people to your new group, you can pick a picture that will serve as your new group’s logo, and then you can start the first discussion in your new group!

Have fun with your new Windows Live Group!

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With Windows Media Center, my Windows 7 computer is an integral part of my home entertainment!

We have our Windows 7 computer hooked up as part of our entertainment network. This setup has many advantages for us.

ATT00035 The most obvious advantage is that my computer monitor is a 32” big screen TV.  I have a desktop computer, not a laptop.

But, thanks to my Microsoft wireless mouse and keyboard, my desk chair is my Lazy Boy recliner, my mouse pad is my Lazy Boy chair arm, and my computer desk is my lap, (or sometimes my dog).

At the left is a visual aid of Belty being my computer desk. In addition, you can see the high tech way I remember what I have programmed my functions keys to do. (ball point pen on masking tape does not show up well on a cell phone camera)

This has been a great setup for several reasons. First off, it is more comfortable for me. But, also, it enables my husband and me to both comfortably see the computer screen at the same time.

The best part of my hubby and I both being able to see the computer screen is being able to surf Windows Media Center together. We have had this computer for a couple of months, and we still have not run out of things to watch with Windows Media Center!

We can watch our Netflix movies, watch movie previews, watch TV show clips, and even watch entire TV shows.

I recommend that you make Windows Media Center a part of your home entertainment network!

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How to use my favorite Windows 7 feature: Sticky Notes!

I love Sticky Notes! In Windows 7, you can write Sticky Notes and stick them right on your desk top.

To find Sticky Notes, go to Start/All Programs/Accessories/Sticky Notes.

The shortcut is actually in this location:

Sticky Notes Shortcut location

Once you find the shortcut, right click to pin it to your taskbar. This tool is so handy that you will want to use it often.

Click “New Note” and a new Sticky Note with the default color of yellow will appear. You can instantly write anything you want on the note and it will automatically be saved.

Your Sticky Note will stay on your desktop until you delete it. (you can also close your Sticky Notes program, but when you open it, your notes will still be there.)

Sticky Note

How to add and delete Sticky Notes on your desktop:

  • “+” adds a new note.
  • “x” deletes the note.

Once your Sticky Note is on your desktop, right clicking inside the note gives you the option to change the color of your Sticky Note:

Sticky Note Right Click Menu

Now, here is the secret: It does not tell you in the right click menu, but you can also format text:

Here is a list of the keyboard shortcuts for editing the text format:

Bold Ctrl+B
Italic Ctrl+I
Underlined Ctrl+U
Strikethrough Ctrl+T
Larger text Ctrl+Shift+>
Smaller text Ctrl+Shift+<
Bullet or Numbers Ctrl+Shift+L (toggle)
 

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