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Windows Live Spaces Power Toys

Windows Live Spaces has a few Power Toys that are not in any way advertised, and seem to only be known to those ‘in the know’.  These Power Toys are:
Tweak UI PowerToy: "&powertoy=tweakomatic"
The Tweak UI Power Toy is designed to allow you to customize the look of your Space. Once you add the Tweak UI Power Toy to your Space you can use it to control colors, module borders and transparency, and the background image’s placement and presence. Granular control combined with existing Spaces layout and module configuration allows for almost endless customizability and personalization.
Custom HTML PowerToy: "&powertoy=sandbox"
The Custom HTML Power Toy is designed to allow you to add a sandbox module to your Space in which you can enter text, link to images, and use other HTML features. The Custom HTML Power Toy supports all of the same HTML that you can enter into a Blog entry and can be moved around your Space as a separate module, just like a list or any other Spaces module. Additionally you can control the Title of this module and whether the borders for this module are displayed or not.
Windows Media Player PowerToy: "&powertoy=musicvideo"
The Media Player Power Toy is designed to allow you to play audio and video files within your Space. While editing your Space specify the URL of a Media file located on the web in the Media Power Toy and hit Save. This will allow the people viewing your Space to watch or listen to the media file you have linked. You can customize the experience even more by altering the player settings (like auto start, times to play, and player mode) while editing your Space.
Follow these steps to add a Power Toy to your Space:
1. Log into Passport and Edit your Space.
2. In the Address bar of your web browser add the text “&powertoy=[nameofpowertoy]” to the end of the displayed URL.
3. Click the Go button next to your web browser address bar.
4. Once the page has finished reloading, click on the Customize tab in your Space.
5. In the Modules drop down menu in the Customize tab there should be a listing for PowerToy: Tweak UI. Click the word Add next to it and then click the Save button.

Customizing Windows

Ever since I found out about, I’ve loved their free programs that customize Windows, or more specifically, personalize it. They have a few programs that I really like, such as BootSkin, LogonStudio, and ObjectDock. I haven’t used the latter as of late, but it’s still an excellent program. You can go to and download thousands of user-made Boot skins and Logon screens. Below are two images of what I currently have set as my Boot screen and Logon screen.
 My Boot Skin


My Logon Screen




Extreme Home Makeover

      Melissa and I watched an episode of ‘Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition’ tonight. It was a wonderful episode, and it pulled at our heartstrings quite a bit. We try to watch the show as often as we can, although it is on every Sunday evening on ABC. It is truly a reality tv show that is based on reality, and one that we certainly don’t mind watching. No matter the kind of week a person has had, or the kind of people you’ve met lately, or anything, when you watch a show like that, it really gives you renewed hope in the human race! The fact that there are people left in this world that still go out of their way to drastically change a family’s life for the better, and all you’re left to say is "…Damn, that’s very cool!" is indeed just that! There isn’t a lot in this world that can make me emotional, as I’m just not the type, but nearly every time we watch ‘Extreme Home Makeover’, both Melissa and I get somewhat emotional, and the occasional tear does flow.
      "Extreme Home Makeover" is an extraordinary show that truly does change the average family’s life for the better in the truest sense of meaning. We strongly encourage each and every one of you to watch this amazing tv series, as the more people that watch it, the longer it will be on, and the more people ‘s lives will be changed, which I know is somewhat we all want to support.
     To help those in need on a more direct basis, I encourage you to donate to your local community organizations that are dedicated to helping those in need. Some examples are located in the "Charities" list in this blog.

My Frappr Map

      We’ve all heard and likely used website guestbooks. They allows users to leave comments and suggestions about websites, and provide a way for those who run the site to communicate with those who visit it. There is now a relatively new spin on this concept, in which you can not only add a comment or suggestion, but place a pin to show where in the world you are from. You can leave out specifics, noone expects you to put your phone number or street address down, but rather the city in which you live. The first place I saw this kind of a concept was at, at which I have a map. A new service called came about recently. According to the website "Create a map for your group. Share Group Photos. Get others to add themselves. Its easy and fun!"
The image below demonstrates my Frappr Map. See my map and add yourself here!


Halloween Fun

      Here is a website I found by way of Someone with way too much time on their hands and far too much technical know-how put this website together where you can control the actions (on/off) of Halloween decorations on his house and yard. It’s fun to play with for about a minute, but it’s cool nonetheless!


Police Scanner Codes

     As you may know, I got a "police" scanner for my birthday back in July ’05. It’s nothing extraordinary fancy, but it definitely works. It’s only real downfall is that it apparently doesn’t have the necessary range to get Edmonton authorities. I’ve been looking all over the net since then to find out what they’re saying with all of their "10" codes talk, as it makes no sense unless you make the effort to try and decipher it. However, I have found a website that details the generic "10" codes of the RCMP. Granted, some regions have their own codes for their own purposes, but this general list covers a good chunk of them. This will prove extremely helpful in understanding what is being said!


Kevin’s Calendar

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