A Little Bit of Everything

May 27, 2006


The school term is now long gone and I'm right back into the co-op job. Working for the Arts Computing Office at the University of Waterloo again gave me the option to take a class if I wanted. So I decided this would be a good idea to catch up on things and take MATH 138 (calculus 2). Calculus and me just don't get along but we will fight for yet another term.

It's finally stopped raining so I've enjoyed the nice weather we've had for the last couple of days. I've gone out and played basketball in the park and Terrill got me out on the tennis courts this morning. I have also tried to make a habbit of going to the gym every day. It has been going pretty good thus far in the term. I'm starting to get excited for summer.


No need for long distance plans anymore. Now with Skype you can make free long distance calls from your computer to landline/cell phones to anywhere in North America. This service will continue to be free for the rest of the year and hopefully even longer.

With it being the summer term this release couldn't have had better timing. We actually had increased our long distance plan and we were making many more long distance calls. Now I don't even have to wait to use the phone since I can call from my computer and it is never tied up.

Microsoft's New Software

Microsoft is now working on a big line of software releases. This includes a new OS (Windows Vista), messenger client (Windows Live Messenger), media player (Windows Media Player 11), and another version of the Office suite. I have now got my hands on a beta version of all of these new products except for Windows Vista. If anyone knows where I can find a download for this please let me know.

The new version of Office has a completely new redesigned UI. It is supposed to make things easier to access and so far I have no complaints. The biggest new feature is what they call "the ribbon". This is similar to a toolbar but much more effective. For people who are accustomed to the previous versions of Office this is going to take some getting used to.


Here are the links to the latest software downloads:

You will need a product key for Office 2007. Here it is: MTP6Q-D868F-448FG-B6MG7-3DBKT. Don't worry this is the same one given to everyone when downloading it so I'm just saving you some time.

Jason Smith

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