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Day 1 – The Trip to Amsterdam
The morning after watching a really exciting, albeit frustrating nil-nil result, Sounders FC MLS playoff match at Qwest Field, I boarded a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport . This is the first of many stages of travel I’ll embark on over the next two weeks. ...
31 Oct 2009
Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Switch On Your Internet…
What a long post title to basically share a link to a recent video I recorded with Microsoft U.K.’s very own Eileen Brown (leading IT Pro evangelist, and social media expert) about our recent unveiling of Exchange 2010 : This video was shot just minutes after spending nearly seven hours presenting and...
21 Apr 2009
Now Available on Twitter...Watch Out Web 2.0!
Well...in keeping with the spirit of my long blogosphere absences, I'm back (once again) to let you know that I'm now rightsizing my blogging to micro-blog levels. That's right, I've gone off and started Twitting. Or, is it Tweeting. Ugh. Nevertheless, I welcome you to follow not just my...
13 Apr 2009
Come and Get Your EWS On....Mac
My friends and colleagues over at the MacBU have shipped a beta of Entourage that features new support for EWS (a/k/a Exchange Web Services) . This replaces the previous WebDAV approach used in both previously releases of Entourage and Exchange Server . More details here for IT Pros: Entourage...
21 Jan 2009
More UC Than You Can Shake an E-mail At...
Hey, our Microsoft Unified Communications blog is on fire as of late. After a longer hiatus than I took with this blog, the UC team (of which I'm a member of) is blogging like gangbusters. Check it out: Unified Communications Group Team Blog -- hama
20 Jan 2009
Okay, Time for Our Take
Not that I want to turn a TechNet blog into a battleground Lotus vs. Exchange tit-for-tat, but in furtherance to my posting on Friday (re: Notes momentum meets Gartner reality ) here's a link to a good Q&A with David Scult on the very subject of Exchange Mo': Making Sense of the Messaging and Collaboration...
19 Jan 2009
Setting the Record Straight(er)
Lot's of great buzz around the messaging space with the run up to IBM's Lotusphere . Lotusphere is kicking off on Sunday. Here's a neat Computerworld article about where the PR "rubber" meets the Gartner analyst "road": "Au contraire: Exchange's lead over Notes...
16 Jan 2009
The Audacity of Mobile E-mail
As both an ol' security guy, and now a nearly seasoned e-mail server guy (okay, it's been one calendar year since I moved over to the Exchange team ), I really dig this whole discussion around the future of President-elect Obama's BlackBerry. He is, much like many CrackMobileE-mailers (like myself with...
15 Jan 2009
Can you believe that I have not tended to my blog for nearly 8 months? Wait. Don't answer that! Why? Well, it is pretty easy to tell that by noticing that my last post was in March. Moving on. As I mentioned back in...er..January , I've been over in the Exchange Product Management team for the...
20 Nov 2008
Happy New Job...er...Year!
What? Yes, the rumors* you heard are true. I've decided to usher in the year 2008, by leaving the group working on a major product named after this new year (i.e. Windows Server 2008 ) and join the Unified Communications team! Specifically, I am now a Senior (non-AARP member) Technical Product Manager...
5 Jan 2008
Help Free Your Buddy This Thanksgiving! (Cool Game)
Some US leaders may choose to pardon a turkey as their way of "giving thanks" ahead of the once yearly food feast known as Thanksgiving . Well, as mere citizens we may not be able to flex such presidential powers ourselves, but you can have some fun helping to Free Your Buddy before the turkey and stuffing...
21 Nov 2007
Now You Can Receive Me In Stereo!
As an FYI, I'm now also blogging on the recently launched Forefront Team Blog on another part of the TechNet blog-o-sphere-o-rama. I posted one that's very relevant to the networking and network security themes of this blog, and thought it would be worth a quasi-cost post plug here: Happy Birthday Windows...
27 Oct 2007
Fun with Singapore Lift...er...Elevator Security
It is my last full day in South East Asia, and I'm working from the Microsoft Singapore office down on Marina Boulevard. There's a great view from the cube I'm squatting in during my two day stay. From the 19th floor, I can just about see the famous Singapore Merlion statue located down at Marina Bay...
18 Sep 2007
Tech·Ed 2007 - Day 2: Opening Day
So. I started my day out battling a non-late night out based headache ("yeah, right Hameroff" -- no, seriously, I hit the hay around 10:30p) and then confused by the TechEd 2007 shuttle buses. I'll explain the latter more. At 9:30a-ish, I stood in front of my hotel for the #2 shuttle bus to arrive...
4 Jun 2007
TechEd 2007 Security Track Goes On-line
Guess what? TechEd 2007 is next week! Yup. And, to help make your TechEd experience even better, my pals over in the Trustworthy Computing Group have launched a brand new " TechEd Security Track 2007 " site off of Microsoft.com. Check it out at: http://www.microsoft.com/security/teched/default.mspx What...
30 May 2007
Did the Easy/Easier Zombies Invade an Apple Store?
As I've mentioned in the past...my buds down the hall in the Forefront team have one killer (no pun intended) advertising campaign in effect that features a number of different comedic ways to deal with potential office attackers . If you've visited http://www.easyeasier.com, you've likely noticed that...
26 May 2007
That's Right...You're In Control!
This ain't no joke. It's the global launch of Forefront and System Center , and it's a little less than two weeks away. What? You don't already have your calendars marked for May 2nd? You haven't booked your flight to the land of 90210 ? Well, here's your chance to not only experience the shock and awe...
19 Apr 2007
Must See, Practical IT Pro Survival Advice Brought To You By Forefront
Yuppers, it's been a little while since we last met. I've been heads down on a number of work related and personal projects (like moving into a new house -- yikes!). Anyhow...here's a little Monday afternoon humor brought you by my colleagues on the Microsoft Forefront team. Today, we kicked off a new...
10 Apr 2007
An IPsec is an IPSec is an IPSEC (Redux)
It's back: my rant about the way people spell, type, case, et. al. the word IPsec. Yup, sounds petty, but everyone needs their own mountain to climb, and for me it's trying to change the way the world spells IPsec. My loyal readers will likely recall my previous rant/venting exercise ( An IPsec is an...
21 Feb 2007
RSA 2007 Day 4 (Part 2) - Where's Larry?
RSA Tip #1: Want to know how to clear a keynote hall? Book Larry Ellison from Oracle to speak and have him not show up. To be fair to Larry, he has the flu. I'm really disappointed because I've never seen him speak, and was hugely curious on what he was going to talk about and if he was going to lob...
8 Feb 2007
RSA 2007 Day 4 (Part 1) - Half-Time
Well, we've made it to the half. Last night was a ton of fun; especially since I had the opportunity to catch up with a bunch of industry and media friends. It all started with a short stop by the RSA "007" party in the XYZ bar at the W San Fran. From there it was off to the Cartoon Museum around the...
7 Feb 2007
RSA 2007 Day 2 - Opening Day
It was great to watch the Colts win the Super Bowl last night. A bunch of us 'softies headed over to Jillian's in in the Metreon , and had a great time taking in the big game. None of us won the raffle for cheesy Budweiser swag, which included a really cheap looking mountain bike. At least the donation...
6 Feb 2007
RSA 2007 Day 1 - The Pre-Game Show
It's that time of the year again. That one special Sunday. People will be traveling from all around the world to converge at one place. Plenty of swag is at the ready for the hungry hopeful. Corporate sponsorships have run amok and logos can be found in almost every possible location. Oh, yeah, security...
4 Feb 2007
The (Daylight Saving) Time(s) They Are A-Changin'
As a public service message on behalf of those that literally control time (the U.S. Congress) and their 2005 decision to change the start and end of Daylight Saving Time (DST for those who enjoy acronyms) in the United States (US), don't forget to install any applicable Microsoft product updates to...
28 Jan 2007
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