John Weston Stories, Information, and random thoughts.

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August, 2008

  • I (finally) join the HD TV flat panel world

      Computer Technology I am bleeding edge. I have to have the latest and greatest. Always trying to try the latest thing.  Television I am not that way.  We have old Tube TV's Just basic cable.  We really don't watch that much television...
  • What is AITP? Who are they? Why should I care?

      AITP?  Have you heard of it before?  Well, AITP stands for Association of Information Technology Professionals.   From their website www.aitp.org   The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) offers opportunities...
  • Are you ready for the new MS test? Performance based

    Experience New Performance Based Testing Pilot Exam 70-113: TS: Windows® Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring – now in new locations New Performance-Based Testing is on its way. Pilot Exam 70-113 is now available worldwide, with high concentration...
  • What is John reading these days?

      I just finished this great book my parents sent me. The Last Lecture [ROUGHCUT] (Hardcover) by Randy Pausch (Author), Jeffrey Zaslow (Author) "A LOT OF professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture..." Randy found out he had cancer...
  • Sunfish Worlds Update

      Here are the results from Day one of sailing. Paul Forester (2004 Gold medalist also from Dallas) is in first place.  My son is in the mid 50's. Not bad considering the competition there.  it's a low point system, sail number, then name...
  • Words just can't explain this

    Do you know any of these people?
  • Retro 70's laser light show

      I have been at a team off-site this week.  At last nights dinner we went to a local museum here in Miami. The entertainment after dinner was a laser light show put to music in the planetarium. Led Zeplin was the music choice of the evening...
  • Sunfish Worlds update Texas perspective

      As of last night they are 1/2 the way completing this regatta.  6 races in 2 days. See complete results: http://www.sunfishclass.org/~worlds/ No pictures yet, but they keep promising. But I thought I would put a Texas perspective on it. ...
  • True Sportsmanship at the Olympics, Sailing of course

      Yep You know I love sailing.  And the Olympics is special.  Shame on NBC for NOT AIRING ONE race of Sailing on US TV. But I have loved watching all the racing on the nbcolympics.com website, just amazing silverlight can do.   Well...
  • Since when is $3.65 a gallon a good price?

      I just got back from Seattle. I was up there 10 days. In the Seattle area, gas was still going for around $4.15 to $4.20 a gallon.  The first gas station I saw in Dallas was $3.65  It has been more like $3.85 when I left.  My first...
  • Don't bet against Developers

    This week I have been at a DPE team off-site.  DPE is our Developer Platform Evangelist team.  So most people on this team are DE's or Developer Evangelist.  Coders that present.  Monday night we had a poker tournament after the dinner...
  • How do I create a custom Install of Vista? WinPE

      One of my co workers Chris Henley just did a great video/screencast on WinPE. What is WinPE?  Have you ever done custom setups of Windows? Have you ever needed a small version of the OS to boot a box and troubleshoot hardware issues? ...
  • Has anyone seen my Dog food?

    Dog Food?   That's the term we use here at Microsoft for using our own products before we get our customers to. The term "Eating your own Dog food" we use every day.   My Exchange mailbox has been on a Dog Food Server for...
  • Live TechNet events! Does anyone in Chicago read this?

      Below is a post from my buddy Kevin Remde. Come see him at one of these events, or go read his blog at http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde He has an event NEXT TUESDAY August 19th in Chicago. Here is a copy of his post!   “Hey Kevin...
  • Sunfish World Championships

      I don't usually write too much here about personal stuff. But being so proud of one of my kids, I have to. I am very proud of all 4 of my kids.  This week my 17(18 next month) year old son made the front page of the local news paper ...
  • Why is Microsoft Stock up 10% this week?

      We started Monday and the stock was about $25.25 or something, a few minutes ago it was $27.50, so why up $2.25 in 4 days?  This morning I read this article   that quotes an analyst that thinks MS is about to buy back a bunch of stock...
  • IE8 Beta 2 is here!!

    If you didn't hear, we released Beta 2 of IE8 yesterday. It's free, go download it. I did, wow what a change to the browser. One of our VP's said "the world's most popular browser just got better"  and that's very true.   One of my...
  • Are you into Packet Analysis?

    If you are, then you need to meet this guy Chris Sanders at www.chrissanders.org He wrote: Practical Packet Analysis Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems by Chris Sanders May 2007, 172 pp. $39.95 Paperback $23.95 PDF $47.95 PDF and Paperback...
  • Vista, it's time you thought about deploying it

      It's time.  Yep, time to deploy Vista in your company.   This week I am doing a presentation on Why Vista?  In prep I have run across some great resources for you to look at when thinking about deploying Vista.   ...