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Musings about Marketing and the Microsoft IT Academy program....

August, 2008

  • Interesting Downloads - Alternate Format....

    I received some feedback from my peers that it might be better to just paste all of the information for the interesting downloads into the post itself. This of course means the info will get indexed and that makes it more discoverable. It also makes for...
  • The Facebook walk of shame....

    Can I take yesterdays post back? I logged in this morning thinking I would spend a few minutes poking around, adding/removing/configuring apps, adding friends, etc. Now here is it 20 minutes later and I know I could spend another couple hours here. That...
  • Christmas in August......sort of....

    Back in January I posted about a friend of mine, Robbie Sparks, who was doing some writing, acting and filming. He recently emailed me about a film contest sponsored by the Florida Times newspaper that he has submitted an entry for. His piece is called...
  • Interesting Downloads for Week Ending - 08-15-08

    Infrastructure Development & Operations · Troubleshooting Windows Home Server Connector Installation · Microsoft Office Live Meeting Service Administrator's Guide - English · Update for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (KB954366) - English...
  • Interesting Downloads for the Week Ending - 08-22-2008

    Infrastructure Development & Operations · Microsoft SQL Server Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 · System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Hotfix Rollup Package (KB954641) (x86 Systems) · System Center Data Protection...
  • Interesting Downloads for Week Ending - 08-08-2008

    As a heads up, I am posting the interesting DL info in the long format one more time. Partly because of a time crunch to get the info posted and partly because the alternative means of posting I wanted to do has caused me to raise some questions that...
  • Under the Hood: Windows Vista Performance...Need Answers?

    I imagine most any ITPro that has worked with Windows in the past decade knows about some of the cool tools brought to us by Sysinternals over the years. What you might not know is that Sysinternals is now a part of the Microsoft family . That means we...
  • Would you steal passwords?

    According to this article over at IT World , the vast majority of IT staff would consider collecting passwords to network resources and other sensitive areas of the network if they feel they were about to get fired. Has this ever happened to you?  ...
  • Native Blu-Ray support in Windows?

    While posting my previous article, my eye caught a link on the PCPro.uk site stating "Microsoft bulks up Windows with Blue-ray support" . The article says we are developing a feature pack that will add native support for burning to Blu-Ray media...
  • Twitterfone....

    I managed to get a beta invite (I don't think it is that hard...) to TwitterFone and I just sent my first voice tweet. The service lets me dial a number on my mobile phone and basically leave a voice mail that gets converted to text and tweeted through...
  • 2, 4, 8, 16, 32.....

    64! I have been telling IT Pros in my audience for about 2.5 years now that I gave 32 bit CPU's about a 5 yr life span. I predicted that by 2010, all consumer PC's would be 64 bit and consumers would have multi-terabyte storage capabilities and 8 gigs...
  • A good case for BitLocker....

    I just read this article and it gave me a bit of a chill. I do a fair amount of traveling and my laptop goes with me almost always. Sometimes two laptops which cause enough trouble getting through airport security. Fortunately I don't much international...
  • Find out if pictures are copyrighted....

    I suppose I have walked a fine line with the pictures I have used in my blog. As I write I may think to myself, "Hey!  A picture of 'X' would be good for this post!". I then open up my search engine type a few words in and then I have all...
  • Desktops v1.0 from Sysinternals....

    This little tidbit came across Twitter via @Carnage4Life ( Dare Obasanjo ).... Mark Russinovich, known for his work on Sysinternals and now a Technical Fellow at Microsoft, along with Bryce Cogswell, also from Sysinternals and also now with Microsoft...
  • Texas is flippin' hot! and Letterboxing....

    Wow!    I can't believe I lived in the Dallas area for 20+ years and that I missed it when I moved. Let me rephrase - I do miss Dallas...I just don't miss triple digit heat indexes and 95% humidity. I arrived yesterday at about 6am when...
  • Facebook......you have 30 more days.....

    Wait a sec....did I ever really use it anyway? Here are the reasons.... 1) I never really started with Facebook anyway.... I have never been able to get into Facebook. I know some people think it is the best thing since sliced bread but I have never found...
  • TechNet Radio: Performance Improvements in SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services

    The latest edition of TechNet Radio is now online. In this session we speak to Roni Karassik (Product Mgr SQL Marketing - Microsoft), Paul Mestemaker (Program Mg SQL CAT - Microsoft), and Richard Tkachuk (Sr. Program Mgr SQL - Microsoft) about SQL Analysis...
  • Interesting Uploads.....

    I have received quite a bit of feedback on the Interesting Uploads info that I have posted. Overwhelmingly the looooooooong post version is not very well liked within a blog post itself. I am working on another method of getting it linked to the blog...
  • My Twitter Badge....

    If you scroll down my blog, on the left side you will see what I have added a Twitter Badge that displays tweets that I  send/receive. Problem is, no matter what kind of tweaks I make to the code on my end or through Twitters Badge Builder, it never...
  • The Worlds Smallest PC?

    It runs Red Hat but I am ignoring that. The Space Cube is an interesting little device ( Link to Manufacturer ). Check out the pictures of the Space Cube next to a cell phone to get an idea of how small it really is. The article linked above makes it...
  • Peaks and Valleys....

    From a work productivity perspective, this has been a nightmarish week for me. As I am sure most of you reading this who are in the tech industry know, when technology goes bad it can ruin an otherwise good day. As my previous blog posts have noted, I...
  • Some nice thunderstorms tonight.....

    I am filming the lightning show with my HD camera tonight. I don't know how well it will turn out but I know it won't do the real show justice. One of the things I miss about Texas is the lighting storms that would come through. It is a regular site throughout...
  • Tech News and stuff.....

    I didn't receive nearly as much feedback to my question about where you get your news from as I wish I had so I had to go looking on my own. One thing I realized is that I do not spend enough time at the on10 and TechNet EDGE sites . Sure...these sites...
  • My awesome laptop....times 2...

    I have had a Lenovo T61p laptop for almost a year now. This is absolutely the best laptop I have ever used (no...it is not the laptop that has given me so much grief for the past few weeks). The T61p is used as my demo platform when I am in front of audiences...
  • Convert Voice Mail to Text Msg/Email....

    I really enjoy my next door neighbors. But we have a communication barrier. Rebecca is deaf due to complications of Nerofribromatosis . Rebecca has spent time with my wife and I teaching us to sign. I have managed to get the letters down and a few words...