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  • iSCSI: Latest Apple Peripheral or Easy SAN? (Continued Discussion of Server Clusters)

    While iSCSI might have the little "i" so common in Apple's naming schemes, it has nothing to do with Mr. Jobs.  In this case, the "i" stands for "Internet."  SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) is an interface...
  • Wireless Internet Access Going Green?

    I'm guessing this will make some other wireless providers green with envy, too.  What I am referring to is the very latest in wireless technology, solar powered hot spots!  I just read this article about Meraki bringing solar-powered wifi units...
  • Zune vs. iPod

    What does the iPod have going for it?  It is ubiquitous.  It was out before the Zune and, frankly, more people own an iPod than own a Zune.  What does the Zune have going for it?  EVERYTHING else.  :)   This is a post that...
  • I'm Certifiable

    I had set a goal with my manager earlier in the year to achieve at least one more certification before the end of the year.  I'm happy to say I accomplished my goal with (in his words) hours to spare.  I headed down to Springfield on New Year...
  • Windows 7 Beta Now Available!

    The much anticipated beta version of Windows 7 is now available for download.  You can find the link here.   It's a limited-release beta, so get it before it's gone.  (Actually, I just found out that the Windows Team has decided to allow...
  • Physical Access Trumps All

    This is a phrase I have heard more than once when discussing security.  It shouldn't come as a surprise -- it's why banks have vaults and secure facilities have fences.  Technology security is no different -- physical access to a PC trumps all...
  • I LOVE this company!

    I've always loved this company.  I've only worked here two years, but the love affair began long, long ago (although it was in this galaxy).  I remember, back in the 80s, thinking how Microsoft had changed the world of software forever. ...
  • Which Virtualization is Right for Me?

    There's no question that virtualization is a hot topic right now.  At its simplest level, virtualization is nothing more than removing the link between physical and logical.  The easiest-to-understand example is also the most common form of...
  • Photosynth on CSI

    I was watching a re-run of CSI: Miami last night and finally saw what I'd heard about awhile ago...  They used Photosynth to help solve the crime.  Essentially, the scenario was a crime committed during a speech at a high school gymnasium. ...
  • Microsoft's New Hyper-V Server -- A Blog Post 5 Days in the Making!

    I got home from San Francisco on Friday afternoon.  I had one thing in mind (this is going to be very telling about me, by the way) -- get Hyper-V Server installed.  (See?  VERY telling.  I was on the road for a week (a couple days...
  • Happy Halloween!!!

    This is my favorite holiday of the year.  I love the spookiness, the creepy, and the fact that I get to dress up and be someone else all day!  :)  Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile know my love of pirates .  This...
  • My Portland Event (again)

    One of the other discussions which occurred at my Portland event was around Vista.  As always, there were some lovers and some haters.  I started the discussion and then let the audience go at it.  And, as usual, I was impressed by the...
  • Why Vista? (Volume 2 -- Windows Meeting Space)

    Chances are, you've never heard of Windows Meeting Space.  It doesn't get a lot of attention.  In fact, in the best traditions of keeping cool new features quiet, we've been so quiet about this one that most people don't even know it is there...
  • Why Vista? (Volume 3 -- Volume Mixer)

    I am the first to admit -- all of the items in this series are not stand-alone reasons to upgrade to Vista.  It is, for instance, hard for me to imagine some business setting where the volume mixer would be the be-all and end-all solution that has...
  • Friday Fun!

    You may (or may not) have noticed something new on the Internet yesterday.  In an effort to stand out and be a bit more appealing than our search competitor, Live.com got a facelift.  Well, it actually got a background picture.  I have...
  • Monday Fun (Friday Fun Revisited)

    On Friday, I wrote a quick post about a new look for Microsoft's search engine, Live.com.  The background was no longer the blah, humdrum background that every other search engine uses.  Instead, it was a picture of a man in a boat out on a...
  • Why Vista? (Volume 4 -- Snipping Tool)

    Last week, I started a series of posts outlining the great new features in Vista as a list of reasons you might want to upgrade.  Today brings us another great new feature included with Windows Vista -- one I use all the time in the creation of these...
  • Why Vista? (Volume 5 -- Preview Pane)

      This feature is so ingrained into my daily behavior now that I almost forgot about it.  I've been running Vista almost exclusively since fall of 2006 (beta).  Because of that, I'm having to rethink what is new (since it isn't really new...
  • Why Vista? (Volume 6 -- CompletePC Backup)

    In past versions of Windows, backing up your computer could be a chore.  Deciding which files to backup, then finding a good way to back them up often meant third party applications.  In Windows Vista, however, backing up your PC is a snap! ...
  • Why Vista? (Volume 7 -- Shadow Copies)

    Did you know there's a time machine included with every copy of Windows Vista Enterprise, Business, and Ultimate?  It is not, unfortunately, the DeLorean from Back to the Future .  Of course, you don't need to be going 88 miles per hour to use...
  • Why Vista? (Volume 8 -- Windows Media Center)

    I spent the weekend trying to think up some great business value scenarios for using Windows Media Center.  The truth is, I couldn't come up with many, though I did manage a couple: News -- you can watch headline news stories from NBC Nightly News...
  • Why Vista? (Volume 9 -- ReadyBoost)

    It's tough to talk about ReadyBoost without some working knowledge of how the operating system deals with memory. That's why I am going to talk about it a bit. Basically, the amount of RAM (Random Access Memory -- usually referred to as simply, "memory...
  • Why Vista? (Volume 10 -- Instant Search) AND "Where've you been, Dan?"

    You may have noticed I haven't made a posting here for a couple days. You, like many others, were probably sitting on the edge of your seat salivating for the next "Why Vista?" post only to be denied not once, but twice! What in the world was I thinking...
  • Are You Fluent in Office 2007?

    We're back to live events, which is why I have fallen a little behind with my posting again. Tom from Chicago asked me about the Office 2007 interface at my event this week. Here you go, Tom! (And this is helpful for all the rest of you who are using...
  • Why Vista? (Volume 11 -- The Last and Final Chapter)

    "The Last and Final Chapter" -- that sounds ominous, doesn't it?  Maybe "Windows Vista and the Deathly Hallows" would've been better, but I think a cease and desist letter would be in the mail tomorrow.  ;)  At any rate...