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Microsoft blocking GMail accounts from Live ID?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Nov-2007 19:42

You might not know that you don't need to have a or similar account type to enable access to Live Messenger or other Live services.

You can go to Passport, click the link under "Use an e-mail address you already have" and enter other e-mail address. This is very convenient because it allows you to keep using your current e-mail address in all Windows Live services, including Windows Live Messenger - except of course Windows Live Mail.

But if you have a GMail account you are out of luck. A friend has just asked me if I knew why Microsoft doesn't allow e-mail addresses to be used as a Windows Live ID.

I have no explanation for this message:

The portion of your e-mail address that follow the @ symbol is part of a "reserved domain" such as,, or Please type a different e-mail address.

No mention of "" as being reserved anywhere...

UPDATE 1: as noted in the comments below, you can use instead of and it works.

UPDATE 2: I have contacted Microsoft who confirmed this is not their intention and it was something related to other configurations. Registering with accounts is now possible again.

Looking forward to attending Barcamp Auckland 2007, Kiwi Foo Camp 2008

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Nov-2007 10:39

I have just finished booking tickets to attend the BarCamp Auckland 2007 and the Kiwi Foo Camp 2008 (a.k.a. Baa Camp).

Last night I got an e-mail from the BarCamp organisers with an status update - quite long, with lots of details. First there's Microsoft New Zealand joining the event as a sponsor - well done guys! Then there's a second sponsor (which I can not disclose yet) that is commited to providing food during the event.

They also provide a tentative agenda and a Twitter feed for the BarCamp Auckland 2007. Even though they are six weeks away there are plenty of space - so get on their website and register now.

About the Kiwi Foo Camp 2008, the organisers (Nat Torkington and Russell Brown) are already sending out invites (Kiwi Foo Camp is by invitation only) and if you have received an invite make sure you reply now, otherwise the seat might go to someone else.

Last year's Kiwi Foo Camp was 100% full, and it was a great event with a mix of Kiwi and overseas visitors.

Make sure you book the flights and acommodation now (unless you are thinking of camping again).

TechNet EDGE launching

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Nov-2007 09:13

Microsoft's TechNet EDGE will be launching this Monday (Pacific timezone) but the site is live already and you can go there now and create a login linked to your Live ID

TechNet EDGE will bring content for IT Professionals, plus a forum called The Perimeter.

The initiative is clearly something to complement the developer focused Channel 9 and the more consumer-orientated On 10 initiatives.

If you are an IT Pro check it out: TechNet EDGE.

The new Stella Artois viral

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Nov-2007 15:38

A couple of weeks ago I found that Stella Artois had a new website up with a very interesting viral element.

You probably remember the Stella Artois ads (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) where someone will go through anything to keep his bottle of this favourite beer - always with a twist at the end. Those were very clever ads and they have now moved the same kind of content into their new website.

If you visit the website now you will see a story and a series of puzzles you can solve on-line. All with a very noir style. Worth seeing it.

I am writing about this because of the technology behind it, and because I was surprised with an invitation to an on-line event (or something like this) that Stella Artois is promoting here in New Zealand.

Now, I am not sure how the PR folks for the beer maker found out this is the beer I order (and the one I have in my fridge right now) - but I am curious nonetheless.

Just one thing to complain (because we have to have our voice heard!)... Stella Artois is brewed in New Zealand, under supervision. But cafes and restaurants still list it under "Imported Beers", which I think is cheeky of them.

m-net reporting on TV3 and Geekzone links

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Nov-2007 14:50

Here's something cool: m-net is reporting on our link exchange with TV3:

Top Kiwi technology website Geekzone is partnering with TV3 with links to each other's sites in a move both organisations hope will broaden their reader content and boost online traffic.

"There is no money in it - it's not a financial deal for either party. It's more of an experiment to see if we can each boost traffic by giving readers on both sites a greater choice of content."

Exactly right: it's about relevant content to our readers. We do not have the resources to produce videos commentaries and TV3 provides a great complement in the technology segment. You can find those links in our news stories and all forums pages.

It's also interesting to note that m-net is one of the the few media sites that actually link to sites and blogs in their stories. I am still waiting to see this happening more often from the big names in the media industry in this country.

This week I had the opportunity to listen to Bernard Hickey (Head of Digital, Fairfax Media), just before my own user generated content session at TUANZ Business Internet and Conference Awards. He seemed worried about moving his leading news site Stuff into a web 2.0 context.

Bernard even mentioned "link love" during the Q&A part in my session - but Stuff is one of the media sites which lack the concept of "linking".

I think having a big name such as TV3 allowing us to link directly to their stories, and in exchange linking to a non-mainstream provider such as our own Geekzone is really a great move and will benefit readers in both sites.

Click to Activate be gone! Are we going to see an increase in advertising click rates?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Nov-2007 12:17

At last the very annoying "Click to activate this control" "security" feature will be removed from Internet Explorer!

I saw one person on the IE blog comment and ask why we're taking so long to just up and remove this.  The simple answer is many customers don't like it when we make big changes to IE.

That's about time. I wonder if we will see any increase in the advertising click rates? For some time many of flahs banners required two clicks: one to activate the object, and one to actually click through.

My inner conspiracy theorist makes me ask if this removal of "Click to activate" is really for the benefit of users like you and me, or a request from the powerful advertising forces on the Internet?

Events in the next couple of weeks: Microsoft Unified Communications launch, Intel Hapertown launch

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Nov-2007 11:18

Next week (15 November) I will be in Sydney (Australia) for Intel’s 45nm Harpertown (video) launch. People present there will participate on a round table to get a more technical insight into the whole 45nm process, line up, etc. Tom Kilroy, head of Intel’s Digital Enterprise will be over from the US to answer questions as well as Graham Tucker who is Intel’s senior technical manager for Australia.

The week after I will be in Auckland (21 November) attending the Microsoft Unified Communications launch event I posted about a couple of weeks ago.

I will have the opportunity to participate on a very early breakfast for the media where we will have a chance to meet and learn from Kim Akers (General Manager, Unified Communications, Microsoft Corporation) Kirsten Gilbertson (Microsoft ICA Leader, Nortel Asia) and Michael Przytula (Senior Solution Architect, Hewlett-Packard, Asia Pacific & Japan).

Thanks to Intel and Microsoft for the invitations.

Intel Ark launches

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Nov-2007 11:09

I just got this tip on my e-mail and I haven't heard of it before, so here it goes: Intel is launching a website with a load of information that may be very useful for system integrators, enthusiasts, and IT professionals in general. You can visit the new service on Intel ARK (Automated Relational Knowledgebase).

You just browse the information presented there or search via keywords including the brand name, processor number, MM#, order code, SPEC code, code name, CPU Frequency, CPU Cache, or CPU FSB. Some AJAX coding behind the scenes so you have some nice visual effects too.

Information retrieved includes shipping status, price and more. For chipsets for example you get information on valid processors, max memory, bandwidth, packaging, etc.

Interesting tool, constantly updated directly from Intel's own databases.

Geekzone and TV3 news listings

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 7-Nov-2007 09:26

This is some exciting news for us here: as of today our Geekzone news and reviews are being listed in the TV3 News Technology section.

Also great news for you reading the Geekzone news, reviews and forums sections since now you will find links to the most recent TV3 technology news videos in all our news and forums pages.

Slingshot employees on Geekzone

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 6-Nov-2007 14:31

It appears Slingshot employees (or people claiming to be) decided to show up on Geekzone for the first time... And they don't accept criticism:

I would have to agree with bites on this one.. that article did indeed contain VERY little evidence.. If anything it would appear you are bad mouthing most of WXC's major compition is some sort of half arse attempt to help them get ahead?

Also the two people have very close IP addresses, both belonging to Slingshot. I am pretty sure these guys don't represent the company's views. But if they do, I pity the poor users...

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