Yahoo Fantasy Sports (Football) for Windows Phone 7? Yes!

Football season is upon us. Fantasy Football players are an “on the go” group, these days, and as such need their fantasy stats to go with them. One of the leading places Fantasy Football players meet up is with Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football. While the iOS and Android ecosystems have easy to use apps direct from Yahoo!, Windows Phone 7 has no such luck. However, the sports loving geek(s) that make up app developer Bushwood Studios has come to our rescue with Fantasy Ferret – a Yahoo! Fantasy sports app for Windows Phone 7. It covers more than just football, and seems as fully featured as Yahoo’s official apps!

When you open the app, you see your current week’s matchup (or matchups, if you’re in multiple league or playing multiple sports), and both teams’ scores. Swipe to the right to see the whole league. Press the Menu icon to the far left to open the “leagues” Window, select the league you want to make changes in, then tap your team name. From there you can make roster changes, add or drop players, and even read the latest news about your player, to decide whether or not you should start them next week!

Not that I want this app, anymore. After my sound 129.5-to-91 butt-kicking against the London SillyNannies I think I’m already about to throw in the towel on my fantasy season!

Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012 shortcuts

Knowing your way around Windows 8 is going to be critical. Microsoft has put together a list of Common Management Tasks for Server 2012, many of which apply to Windows 8. Be careful, there are some differences – for instance, according to the article, the Start Menu in Windows Server 2012 will be located in the upper right hand corner of the screen (defying all logic). But don’t worry, classic keyboard shortcuts like pressing the Windows Key, or Control + Escape will still bring it up.

Other standards still hold true, as well, like Windows Key + E to open My Computer, and Windows Key + R will open the Run dialogue box – even if you’re at the start menu, it will drop back to classic desktop mode and open the Run prompt.

Check out the TechNet article for even more great tips.

1967 – The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Music Monday isn’t always about discovering something new. It’s just something you should hear. And if you grew up like I did, you heard a lot of The Beatles. And if you’re father is like mine, track 11 on this album will be etched in your 8 AM memory like no other song in history.

I, like most teenaged computer geeks, stayed up too late and slept in whenever I could. But 8 AM when my dad (Red) wanted to wake me up, we would pop this disc in, skip to 11, and crank it… to 11. A rooster crows, the band kicks in, “Good morning, good morning, good morning, good morning, good morning-a!” Many people call this the album where The Beatles sold out – their style changed, it was too accessible.

I disagree, because prior to this, they were pop-gold! Songs like HELP!, and even on Revolver, just prior to Sgt. Pepper, Got to Get You in to My Life – the songs were love songs. It wasn’t until the follow up to Sgt. Pepper, fall ’67’s Magical Mystery Tour that the flop top good boys from across the pond really started to “off the deep end” and starting putting out more and more psychedelic songs.

You get a taste of that on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, in the song A Day in the Life, which really takes you on a journey and tells a story. But from beginning to end, I still love this album, and it holds a special place in my memory. Songs like Fixing a Hole, and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds might’ve been a precursor of things to come, while songs like When I’m Sixty Four are just simple sweet love songs. It was a great album when The Beatles were at a crossroads, and when the boys from Liverpool were growing up the only way 1960’s rock stars knew how.

I can't connect to Xbox Live: easy solution

When you’re having problems connecting to Xbox Live, you need to do some troubleshooting. First, find out whether or not Xbox Live is down. Once you’re sure Xbox Live is up and running, use Microsoft’s troubleshooting guide to figure out why you can’t connect to Xbox Live. It is an easy guide to walk through, asking a series of yes or no questions which will allow you to pinpoint the problem.