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  • Blog Post: The Glass is 10% Full

    Do you ever look to the past to see what the future holds? You should. I cut my computer teeth long before most people. My computer heritage goes back to my diapers. Dear Dad was a career IBMer and I was playing with IBM Selectric typewriters and dictaphones long before most people had ever seen Lotus...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Azure webcast - now available for viewing

    In Q1 we did a number of events in the Central Region of the US on the topic of Azure.  Budgets being what they are these days, we can’t go everywhere but fear not, we recorded the sessions from the Nashville, TN event.  Here are the links to those recordings.  You can watch the streaming...
  • Blog Post: Drive By Downloads - How Bing Helps Prevent Them

    As you are probably already aware, I recently shot a number of video interviews with various people involved in Microsoft’s security efforts.  One of the interviews I thought was pretty interesting is the chat I had with Christian Seifert.  Christian works on the Bing team as a Research Software...
  • Blog Post: Anyone notice who wrote the April TechNet Magazine cover story?

    For those of you that get TechNet Magazine , you may have noticed the April cover story was written by none other than Matt “ Mongo ” Hester.  The article is of course about Internet Explorer 8 , and as usual Matt did a great job of describing many of the improvements that have been made to our...
  • Blog Post: Halo 4 Team Uses Agile, Cloud-Based Big Data Solution

    The Halo franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. To date, more than 50 million copies of Halo video games have been sold worldwide. As developers prepared to launch Halo 4, they were tasked with analyzing data to gain insights into...
  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 3.0 – now available for download

    IIS Media Services 3.0 is a set of media-related extensions for Internet Information Services (IIS) 7. IIS Media Services provides an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform, and includes: Smooth Streaming, adaptive streaming of media over HTTP Live Smooth Streaming, for live adaptive streaming...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 – now available for download

    Peace of Mind Stay more secure and browse with confidence Privacy With industry-leading security features like InPrivate, you can browse and shop confidently using Internet Explorer 8, wherever you go on the web, knowing you have control over the protection of your personal information. ...
  • Blog Post: Guess how many Windows Vista downloads in 24 hours

    If it wasn’t for the size, I would imagine Windows Vista would eclipse all download records. A more interesting number might be the number of gig we served up in the month of June. Or maybe the number of hard drives that fried in the data centers around the world. (Pictures a dude in the data center...
  • Blog Post: Wireless on openSUSE 10.1

    I’ve been evaluating the Lenovo ThinkPad T60. It looks like we’re going with the T60p so you can come to my shows soon and see it in action. During the course of my eval, I always install the core Microsoft operating systems I use for my job. Today that means Windows XP, Windows Server 2003...
  • Blog Post: VPN Is Dead - here's your new killer app

    One of my favorite features of all time is RPC Over HTTP. Most of you are familiar with it because it allows Outlook to encapsulate RPC calls inside a HTTP packet or frame. That frame must of course travel across the internet to your “Front-End” server or proxy. All of that voodoo just makes...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Events Presents: Real World Azure with Microsoft IT

    TechNet & MSDN Events Present: Real World Azure with Microsoft IT Come spend a day with us to explore Windows Azure, Microsoft’s platform for building and deploying cloud based applications from a real world point of view!  During this event, we’ll review critical lessons Microsoft IT has learned...
  • Blog Post: Seattle wind storm - webcasts canceled

    FYI, there was a rather serious storm last night in the Pacific Northwest area of the US. As a result, many people are without power and that is having an impact on a variety of services. As I understand it, we won't be delivering the 10 webcasts that were scheduled for today. A lack of power has impacted...
  • Blog Post: microsoft.com availability - 99.83% YTD

    I was checking out a blog post by the IIS team. Apparently the microsoft.com web farm was upgraded to Windows Server 2008 and IIS7. Some of the statistics caught my eye. Check it out at http://blogs.iis.net/bills/archive/2007/06/15/www-microsoft-com-is-live-on-iis7-beta-3-are-you.aspx .
  • Blog Post: Are you a Blue Monster?

    The monster is getting around. So far we've kept it somewhat caged on a big island across the Atlantic from where I sit, but that won't last long, and it shouldn't. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, see the back story on gapingvoid.com . Or checkout Chief Monster Steve Clayton where in his...
  • Blog Post: Plains Milky Way by Randy Halverson

    Be sure to click Plains Milky Way or the picture above for Randy Halverson’s amazing video work.  You won’t be sorry.  When you start playing the video at his site, be sure to go full screen with the HD video.  Very kewl.
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 PHP Training Kit – now available

    The PHP on Windows Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including demos and hands-on labs to help you understand how to build PHP applications using Windows, IIS 7 and SQL Server 2008 . The March RC1 release includes the following: PHP & SQL Server Demos Integrating...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 downloads

    Internet Explorer 8 is the latest version of the familiar web browser you are most comfortable using, helping you get everything you want from the web faster, easier, more privately and securely than ever before. Vista and Windows Server 2008 x86 download - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...
  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 4.0 – now available for download

    IIS Media Services 4.0 is a set of media-related extensions for Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7 and higher.  IIS Media Services provides an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform, and includes: Smooth Streaming . Enables adaptive streaming of on-demand media files for Smooth...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Compare Series kicks off next week

    When you get a moment, checkout the webcasts I'll be doing starting next Wednesday. This is all part of the Windows Server Compare series of screencasts and webcasts coming out. TechNet Webcast: Windows Compare (Part 1 of 6): Reliability in Windows and Linux (Level 200) Wednesday, January 23, 2008...
  • Blog Post: Twitter is twittering out

    Twitter has gone down in flames the past few days. Capacity issues. I thought it was interesting that they are using a whale in the picture of the issue. Is that symbolic? Does it represent theirs views on “power users” like Robert Scoble that have 20,000 followers and are following 20,000 other people...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 screencasts – Faster, More Secure, More Reliable

    Matt Hester has done it again.  He has produced some nice screencasts that discuss and demonstrate the improvements being made to the Internet Explorer 8 Beta.  Like many of you, I am particularly interested in the new privacy technologies (InPrivate™) going into the product.  Here are...
  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 4.0 Released to the Web !!!

    IIS Media Services 4.0 was released yesterday, just in time for Streaming Media West . Coming just one year after the previous major release, IIS Media Services 4.0 allows you to encode once and deliver adaptive streaming content to three screens across multiple file formats and protocols. Keep reading...
  • Blog Post: And you thought I was kidding about a 100Mbs fibre connection to my house

    NEW YORK - Verizon technicians are upgrading FiOS with next-generation electronics to dramatically enhance the speeds, and thus the capabilities, of Verizon's all-fiber-optic FiOS broadband, video and voice network. Known as gigabit passive optical network (G-PON) equipment, the new electronics can increase...
  • Blog Post: XBOX 360 brings new generation of TV entertainment to the den

    REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 5, 2011 — A new era in television begins this holiday where your entertainment becomes instantly searchable, easily discoverable and enjoyable in extraordinary new ways from a single device — Xbox 360. Today, Microsoft Corp. announced plans to roll out the next generation of TV...
  • Blog Post: Expression Encoder 4 SP2 - now available for download

    Expression Encoder is an advanced audio/video-encoding and live-broadcasting application especially suited for generating content that takes full advantage of the rich graphic and interactive capability of Microsoft Silverlight playback scenarios. You can also generate Windows Media video and audio files...