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  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

    My friend Matt Hester is passionate about technology and the way it changes peoples lives for the better.  He has been working with the Internet Explorer 8 folks lately.  The browser is something we all interact with on a regular basis.  Matt has recorded a series of videos about Internet...
  • Blog Post: “Born to Run : A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” : May Book of the Month

    I was flying out of the Oakland Airport in April and I noticed a book on the shelf at one of the Kiosk Bookstores.  It had a title that was nearly half a page long.  I read it and I was hooked.  I didn’t buy the book right then because I have an Audible Premium membership that I rely on...
  • Blog Post: Try Windows Azure Free for 30 Days

    Tomorrow on my “How to Build a Private Cloud” webcast I will share with the attendees a  code that will allow them (and you) to try Windows Azure (SQL Azure too) free for 30 days.  The cool thing about this particular trial is that you will NOT need to supply a credit card in order to use it...
  • Blog Post: Trucks and Technology

      I have been a Ford Fan for as long as I can remember.  I sold my 1988 Ford F-150 Lariat to get the money for the down payment on my first house.  I have camped, hunted, fished, 4 wheeled, dated, eaten, slept in, and worked from a F-150.  I have some history with Fords.  This...
  • Blog Post: It's Official! Virtualization in Windows Server 2008 RC0

    Keith Combs Blog is showcasing what I think is the only screencast currently available demonstrating the latest Virtualization bits to be included with Windows Server 2008. Want to know what a hypervisor is? Ever heard of Veridian? What the difference between a parent VM and a child VM. If you would...
  • Blog Post: Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracey Kidder --- September Book of the Month

      I must admit that I started Mountains Beyond Mountains 6 months ago on a flight from San Diego to Phoenix to Salt Lake City when I was suffering from a horrible case of food poisoning.  The book became a respite between heaves in a puke ridden tour of multiple airport restrooms.  It...
  • Blog Post: “What is Virtualization?”

          It seems that over the course of the last 2 years that the number of questions I receive around virtualization has been consistently on the rise.  Many of the questions center around how to do things with virtualization.  How do I questions are great, and I love answering...
  • Blog Post: The Return of the XBOX

    At a few minutes after 5 PM the big brown UPS truck pulled up in front of our house.  We had been watching the tracking number and knew it was coming today.  I called to the kids and told them that there was a UPS truck out front.  They all ran to the front door and opened it.  They...
  • Blog Post: April Book of the Month "Super Crunchers"

    I'll admit that statistics were not my favorite courses in college.  In fact I purposefully found the teacher that everyone said was the "Easiest" and would get me through unscathed.  I am not proud of my behavior and have since learned to enjoy statistics.  When I saw Ian Ayres...
  • Blog Post: Ferrari FF! Stunning Performance With Room for 2 Car Seats!

      My wife and I have always agreed that a Ferrari was really not practical for our family on the basis that there just weren’t enough seats.  Hmmmm……..
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Launch Events

      It's official!  Microsoft has scheduled a series of launch events around the United States to showcase Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange 2010.  You can register for the event in your area at the following link. http://www.microsoft.com/business/thenewefficiency/default...
  • Blog Post: Netflix Watch Instantly and Windows 7RC1

    Let's begin with the fact that I am a huge fan of Netflix!  I love that this company has had the vision to see the future of movie distribution channels and the guts to stand in the face of the Blockbusters and Hollywood videos of the world and move ahead with technology.  I love that Netflix...
  • Blog Post: Fly Fishing in Winter

    One of my hobbies is fly fishing.  I do it year round.  Recently I have been asked what it is like to fish in the winter.  I took along my HD camera and shot some footage.  I used Expression  Encoder 2 SP1 to do the encoding and upload to silverlight streaming with one of the...
  • Blog Post: Free Virtualization Solutions E-book

    Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions from Microsoft Press is available as a FREE download.  This 15MB E-Book is over 400 pages long, so it is quite comprehensive. It covers all current Microsoft Virtualization technologies  even the newest, such as the Microsoft Enterprise Desktop...
  • Blog Post: PhotoStory3 Blogcast

    A few days ago I promised you I would release a blocast about how easy it is to install and use PhotoStory3 to produce professional digital imagery presentations. Well here it is! Whether you are using a Canon , Kodak , Nikon , or any other digital camera this product can seriously simplify the way you...
  • Blog Post: Nic Gets the Blue Screen of Death at the Arcade

    We took the family to the local Fat Cats arcade for some fun.  We bowled a couple of games, played Miniature golf, rode the bumper cars(which turned out to be the highlight of the afternoon) and each of us got 20 tokens to play with at the arcade.  My son Nic was having a great time, until...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup IT Challenge Goes Live This Week! If you are in school its time to step up and play! Win Big and learn Big!

      Are you up for the Challenge ? If you answered yes, and if you are you a student, and you can answer a question like this then you’re ready for Round 1 of the Imagine Cup 2012 IT Challenge: You are the administrator for the company network. You are bringing a new remote office online. The office...
  • Blog Post: Tafiti and Silverlight

    Tafiti sounds like a new kind of super sugary candy for kids but trust me it's not. Instead it is a search engine wrapped in Silverlight, and you really need to check it out. www.tafiti.com My good friend and mentor Matt Hestor has posted a recorded video segment to his blog working with some of the...
  • Blog Post: How to Burn Disks with Windows Server 2008 R2

    I believe that Windows Server 2008 R2 is the best Server operating system on the planet by a pretty wide margin over every other competitor in the marketplace.  Its just a rock solid amazing server platform!  Now that you know exactly where I stand on this topic let me also say that there are...
  • Blog Post: Chris Henley: A Published Author!

      I really can’t believe i am writing this post.  I never thought I would be a published author.  I have always been interested in writing but never really thought I would actually do it.  Well, I did!  The result is the really cool looking book you can see in the post. ...
  • Blog Post: Kill the cable box: Get free TV - MSN Money

    I read MSN money every day. When I saw the headline I had to read the article. I would highly recommend it. If for no other reason than the chance to see an outside take on all of the available sources of TV/Movies online. It's a great article. Clear concise and loaded with good links to good content...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Rocks Contest

    I really enjoy video when it is used to convey concepts in technology.   Matt Hester and Keith Combs are hosting a contest sponsored by Microsoft and the prizes are pretty incredible.  A New Laptop.  XBOX360 . Zune .  If you have any repressed creativity that is lurking inside...
  • Blog Post: The Next Windows (and how you can get them.)

    Last week Steve Ballmer announced the availability of Windows 7 beta 1 to the general public.  There seems to be a very large level of public interest in Windows 7, and I would imagine that we will see a significant level of public testing with Beta 1.  I was so excited to get going with Windows...
  • Blog Post: Dell Adamo

    I am very interested in what is happening with the hardware we would traditionally use to run the Windows client operating systems.  Acer , HP , Lenovo and Dell have all made entries into the Netbook workspace with mini-laptops that run the Atom processor. They have 8 to 10 inch screens, a mid sized...
  • Blog Post: Dell 1409X

    In the United States we have the privilege of paying taxes on our income to help fund the programs of the State and Federal government.  Every year there is a "True up" called a tax "Filing" to ensure that you are paying what you are suppose to be paying into the tax coffers...