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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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • My New Coffee Table

    Wondering where I have been and what I have been up to?  Well, a LOT of my free time has been poured into this project.  (And I do mean a LOT.)  I know I usually keep this blog on point with tech talk, but I figure a glimpse here and there...
  • What a Day! An Essay by Dan Woodman

    This is going to be different from my usual blog post.  I'm going back to my roots as an English major to craft something I don't get to write very often (anymore): an essay.  This isn't a post about how a product or technology can help you...
  • 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...
  • Virtual Clusters: A Tamagotchi for Your Network!

    First of all, if you missed out on the whole digital pet revolution, a Tamagotchi is a virtual pet.  It comes in a small computer (usually attached to a keychain) and requires attention to keep it from dying.  It needs to be fed, played with...
  • It is with Great Sadness....

    If you haven't heard by now, then I will tell you -- last week, Microsoft laid off 1,400 employees . I was one of those 1,400. I'm not telling you this because I am looking for sympathy, but rather because I want to extend my sincere appreciation. While...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • You Might Have Heard the News Somewhere Else....

    but here, you get links!  :) Microsoft announced recently that the next version of the popular Windows Client OS (CodeNamed Windows 7) will be called.....  wait for it.....  Windows 7!  The OS itself is still a ways off, but news of...
  • 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...
  • My Portland Event

    At the event I just did in Portland, OR (which ROCKED by the way!), I raffled off some copies of OneNote 2007 at the end of the event.  I asked a question as I was drawing names -- "Who is using OneNote?"  The discussion which followed...
  • 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...
  • 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 1 -- UAC)

    Today begins the first in a series of posts about the value in upgrading to Windows Vista.  I've decided to start out with a tough one, too.  I'm going to write about one of the most oft-maligned features in Windows Vista -- User Account Control...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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! ...
  • So You've Gone Virtual.... Now What?

    One of the main things that separates Microsoft's efforts in virtualization from those of our competitors comes down to what happens after you get your virtual machines created.  It becomes all about the management of those machines.  The question...
  • If I were President, what Cell Phone Would I Use?

    Have you ever wondered?  Truth is, I never have.  And, as hard as I think about it, I don't ever remember seeing a president furiously punching keys as he types a text or an e-mail.  Turns out, there's a reason for that:  Bill Clinton...
  • Mesh: It's the Latest Thing Going

    Fortunately, I am talking about Live Mesh, the program, not wearable mesh, which made an appearance in the 80s (and hopefully doesn't come back).  Live Mesh is a program that is becoming more robust all the time.  It started as a way to synchronize...