Archive for December, 2008

Windsor Castle

December 30, 2008 1 comment

We spent a cold morning/noon at Windsor Castle today, but it is a pretty impressive place so the cold was worth it. Other photos are here.

Uploading and Sharing Photos

December 29, 2008 1 comment


Some friends and family haven’t quite figured out how to easily post photos online yet, so here is a little tutorial.

Copy to your PC: The first step is to copy photos to your computer. There are all sorts of ways to do that, including importing via Windows Live Photo Gallery, but I always just pull the memory stick out of my camera and manually copy files from it to my PC. It is easiest if you copy them to your Pictures folder.

Start WL Photo Gallery: Once you have photos copied to your PC, go to your Start menu in Windows, click on All Programs, then Windows Live, then Windows Live Photo Gallery. This is what is pictured to the left.

image View photos in WL Photo Gallery: In WL Photo Gallery, navigate on the left-hand-side to “All photos and videos", then Pictures, and down to wherever you copied your pictures.

Edit: You can now double-click on any photo and “auto-correct”, change the file name, and do whatever else you want to the photo. Use the Fix and Info menu items to do all of this. Click on “Back to gallery” to get back to your list of photos.

imagePublish: Click on each picture you want to publish to When you hover over a photo, you will see a small check box that you can click, or you can hold the Ctrl key down when clicking on different pictures. Then on the menu bar, click Publish/Online Album.

This is when you will see the image to the left. Type in a name for your new online folder or select an existing one. Then click Publish. (tip: if you select the Upload size of “original”, then I can download your large file, which is nice for me)

sendaslink Share: Once the files get uploaded, you can click the “View Album” button. Then when viewing them online, there is an option to “Send a link” right above your list of photos (circled in red in the picture to the left).

Christmas Day Bike Ride

December 25, 2008 Leave a comment

At Green Park This year I wasn’t biking alone. It was a little cold, but since there was no rain, Char (Lorie’s mom) joined me for a ride around London on the only day of the year when no city buses run. During the day, the temperature dropped, but we never got rained on, so it ended up being a nice 3-hour ride. I made a rough map of our route, which included the following locations:

I’ve posted some photos too.

Milo chewing a water bottle – darn exciting!

December 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Carols by Candlelight at the Royal Albert Hall

December 21, 2008 1 comment


Tonight we went with a group of friends to the Royal Albert Hall for Carols by Candlelight with the Mozart Festival Orchestra and Chorus. To me, it was like a Christmas church service, but with just the music parts.


Royal Albert Hall - interiorI was most interested in going so I could see the Royal Albert Hall, so here are some interesting facts about it:

  1. Built in 1871, but the design is very similar to today’s modern stadiums.
  2. The pipe organ is 70 feet tall, one of the largest in the world
  3. In 1872, Morse code was first demonstrated there
  4. The Wine Society in in London exists today because of a large amount of Portuguese wine that was left there in 1874 after an exhibition
  5. In 1963, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were on a double bill there. I think this is the only time they played on the same stage on the same night.

Random Fulham Photos

December 20, 2008 Leave a comment

While out walking Milo today, I took a few random photos of what we normally see. I especially like the mini campervan that’s almost the same size as an old Honda Civic.

Random Borough Market Photos

December 18, 2008 Leave a comment

Time to upgrade

December 16, 2008 Leave a comment

WindowsLiveAppsTo all my friends and family that I’ve said “just wait, new versions are coming” … you can now get those new versions of Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, and more.

Please download everything from so you can easily upload photos to share with me (uploads to with Photo Gallery, have better video calls via Messenger, and manage your e-mail with Mail (even you gmail users).

Yes, these are the products I work on at Microsoft, so I am naturally biased, but I think they are great products. Also, if you haven’t already done it, then after downloading the new products, go to and setup your Windows Live Profile  

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