Random thoughts of wisdom - the personal blog of Michael Holm Andersen

Windows Home Server beta2

The Windows Home Server (beta2) is now available for download - If you need a quick and easy to install/setup server to share your files etc., this might be exactly what you're looking for - check it out at the Windows Home Server homepage.

Remove banner from Windows Live Messenger

If you want to remove the (irritating) banner in the bottom of Live Messenger, and/or do other really nice customization, you should check out this article and download A-patch.

Windows Defender problem with Microsoft Update

There seems to be a problem with updating Windows Defender when using Microsoft Update instead of Windows Update in Windows Vista. The problem becomes apparent when Windows Defender puts up a warning in the system tray that its signatures are not up to date.

The problem got my attention yesterday, when KimJ told me he could'nt update his Defender definition file, and I realised that I actually had the same problem - Did a bit of research and found an article which shows how to solve the problem.

Work that GOOGLE !!

Many of my student, well - I guess - almost all of us, use Google a number of times each day. Eventhough we use Google at a regular basis, many people actually are quite unfamiliar with the tips'n'tricks of this great search engine.

I used, well .. Google, to find a couple of articles about optimized searching - and without furher ado - here's the top 3 articles I found:,4149,1306756,00.asp

How Not to Talk to Your Kids

The New York Magazine has a fantastic article about the inverse power of praise, and how not to talk to your kids (or students!) - This is a must read - just to give you a hint..

  • Don't tell them they are smart... tell them they worked hard.
  • Don't praise them for being good at something... tell them they are getting better through practice.
  • Don't tell them they are bad at something... tell them how to do it right.

The article also deals with the public proof that you can’t cut it on your natural gifts!

Ipod - think different!

Kim^lwx send me this really funny link, and since I'm a big "fan" of Apple, I simply just have to share this one with you .. don't try this at home!

My favorite Firefox AddOn's

As I promised my students today, here's a list of my favorite Firefox AddOn in more or less random order:

Add Links to Windows Vista Explorer Favorite Links

If you’ve used Windows Vista for 5 minutes, you’ll have seen the Favorite Links when browsing around your filesystem. What is annoying is that by default the favorite links doesn’t include enough useful links. This article describes in detail how to add links to the Favorite Links list - really handy!


So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

As many of you may already know, on the 1st of April I'm leaving the Digital Media department at Aats and begins a new career at Sonofon as a .NET developer. After exactly 9 years, it just seemed like the time was right.

I've really enjoyed getting to know literally hundreds of students through the years and - I like to think - have put my footprint on both the "Digital Media" and "Web Integrator" educations.

I have about 13 GB of student work lying around (Yup, you know me - I seldom delete anything!), so I've decided to re-publish the showreel from 2005 that Kim Kaurin and I put together, as tribute to all the skilled students (1mbps / 512kbit) - Enjoy their work!

A big Thanks to all you, both current and former, students out there - It's been really fun answering all your questions, and I wish you all the best of luck in the future .. I'm sure we'll meet online - until then - So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish!

Where's that bookmark ?!

If you're using multiple computers, e.g. one at work and another at home, chances are, that you more than once have been searching for a bookmark - only to realize, that you bookmarked the site on "the other computer".

If you can say "Yup, tried that!" - then what you're looking for is Foxmarks. It's a tiny (158kb) Firefox AddOn which you install on each computer, and it will work silently in the background to keep your bookmarks synchronized. As a bonus, log in to from any computer anywhere to access your bookmarks.

Having used this AddOn for a weeks or so, I simply can't imagine life without it .. as I saw on the download page: THE reason to use Firefox - well, I have to agree.