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  • Blog Post: Kevin’s TechEd Diary – Day 4 (and beyond)

    Dear TechEd Diary, This entry is several days over-due, but I hope you’ll understand. Towards the end of the conference the schedule is tight, and the exhaustion is real. So I thought rather than taking time out of my day on Thursday or Friday I’d just take in and enjoy the rest of the week and finish...
  • Blog Post: Kevin’s TechEd Diary – Day 3

    Dear TechEd Diary, Well diary, if you ever had any doubts about “the cloud”, they should have been eased a bit if you attended or watched the live stream of Mark Russinovich and Mark Minasi’s “Mark and Mark” cloud discussion this morning. Besides being entertaining, it was very informative. It’s always...
  • Blog Post: Kevin’s TechEd Diary – Day 2

    Dear TechEd Diary, My day 2 started much as my day 1 did. “Too early?” Exactly. Sure, if there is such a thing as “too much fun”, I came close to it. But even though last night’s Exhibit Hall Reception and the later “MCP Celebration” party at Howl at the Moon was a lot of fun, I managed to get home before...
  • Blog Post: Kevin’s TechEd Diary – Day 0

    Dear TechEd Diary, It’s the day before TechEd, which leads to my 3rd favorite week of the year (just behind Christmas/New Year and Easter/Holy week). My flight appears to be on-time. The day here in Minneapolis will be a good one, weather-wise. It will be nice in Houston, too. I haven’t packed much yet...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Back!

    Happy Monday! “Monday? It’s Thursday, dummy.” Right. But it feels like Monday. Today is the dreaded first day back to work after a nice long Christmas and New Year vacation. For many (like me), it’s the most difficult-to-get-out-of-bed morning there is. So this note to...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010: The Movie

    This is fun.  Check out http://www.office2010themovie.com/ .
  • Blog Post: TechEd Diary Day 2 – June 8, 2010

    Dear TechEd Diary, After breakfast at the hotel with some teammates (it’s nice to know someone with access to the concierge room), the morning was spent editing videos from the previous two days.  Hopefully by the time you’re reading this you’ve already enjoyed the footage and embarrassments documented...
  • Blog Post: Who are we? I’m glad you asked…

    Hi. I’m Kevin. “Hi Kevin!’ …and I’m an IT Professional Technology Evangelist with Microsoft . I’m one of nine who represent Microsoft in these 48 contiguous United States. (Maybe someone gets to go to Hawaii and Alaska now and then, but they’re not sayin’.) Anyway, I thought I would take a moment to...
  • Blog Post: Full of I.T. Shark Week!: Chuck Norris and PowerShell Scripting

    I received this question at a TechNet Event IT Camp in Minneapolis a few months ago… Can Chuck Norris write PowerShell scripts? Naturally. And only he can run his PowerShell scripts under MS-DOS 6.1 . It’s a little know fact that, after codename “Monad”, rather than...
  • Blog Post: Just for fun…

    I just think this is so very clever.  So I had a little fun with it.   Try JibJab Sendables® eCards today! Featuring (in order of appearance): Laura, Kevin, Amy, Nancy, and Andy Remde
  • Blog Post: In the “Too Funny Not To Share” category…

    IT joke forwarded to me by a good friend … During a recent password audit, it was found that a user was using the following password: "MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofySacramento" When asked why she had such a long password, she said she was told that it had to be at least 8 characters...
  • Blog Post: My Favorite “Feature” (So many questions. So little time. Part 30)

    For my 30th posting in this series, I thought I’d tackle a couple of really tough questions posed by John at our Columbus, Ohio TechNet Event : Well, John… this of course would require me to enter an opinion here on my blog.  And I don’t think I’m allowed to give my opinion of Windows 8 or Windows...
  • Blog Post: I’m a PC. Another Fun Commercial.

    I think this is number 3 in the series.. I like this one the best so far. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/default.aspx
  • Blog Post: It’s Friday: Time for a little bragging…

    Today I took and passed the VMware VCP5 certification test. “Wait.. huh?!  You got certified on VMware ?” Yes, I did.  I am now a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5.0.  The powers-that-be realize, as I and my teammates do, that it’s important to be well-versed in what’s happening...
  • Blog Post: Are you “what’s next”?

    Dear blog, Yes, I know… it’s been a while since I’ve written anything.  True, I shared some of my personal videos from TechEd , plus some resources for attendees to series of presentations I did a little while ago.. but nothing really from the heart; from my personal thoughts or opinions. ...
  • Blog Post: Seasonal, Semi-Addictive, and Definitely Cloud-Worthy

    Just for fun… Check out the game that the Microsoft UK Partner Network folks created.  It’s a fun game (built with Silverlight and running in Windows Azure , of course), where you try and get Santa Claus bouncing higher and higher on the cloud. “Is that all?” Yep.  It’s simple, but addictive...
  • Blog Post: Okay.. I take back all the nasty things I said about Apple

    A few blog posts ago I had a little bit of a rant on who I thought was the best company to bring the world what I like to call “ Life 2.0: No barriers.  No walls.  No limits. ” But now I may have to eat my words… Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard You just can’t argue...
  • Blog Post: Which is it?

    Just saw this on my Windows Media Center… Good for a chuckle, I thought.
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: It’s here! RCs are RTW! (for some)

    RCs = Release Candidates RTW = Released to Web “for some” means “for TechNet and MSDN subscribers” You remember several days ago we announced that the RC for Windows 7 would be available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers on April 30th . “Hey, that’s today!” Yep. And of course the first thing...
  • Blog Post: Allure Bays Corp: These Guys Get It. Do you?

    Allure Bays Corp. ( ABC ) is an R&D company focused on next generation tools for presenting and communicating, collaborating through technology, and solving complex business intelligence problems.  ABC is the leader in their field and every day, the smartest minds from around the world walk...
  • Blog Post: Questions (and Answers) from our Kansas City TechNet Event

    When I deliver a presentation, or during the breaks, I’m invariably asked a question that I can’t answer. “A single question?  Really?” Okay.. SEVERAL questions.  (Who’s counting?!)  The point is that I consider it a valuable learning opportunity.  I write the question down and then...
  • Blog Post: Good Fun: Windows 7 Film Festival – The Results

    Just got an e-mail from Stephen Rose .  He writes: 17 film teams in the Seattle area competed.  Rules were to create a 30 second to 2 minute film, targeted to IT Pros.  Each team picked a different genre from a hat (e.g. Comedy, Music, Parkour, Blast from the Past, etc.).  And they...
  • Blog Post: So good. Must share.

    As a Microsoft employee and as a $MSFT stockholder, I have to confess that I was THRILLED last night when I saw this commercial for the first time on TV…     So, if you were thinking of buying that iPad..you should think again and get a real Windows 8 tablet!  (Here’s the one in the commercial...
  • Blog Post: Just For Fun: My Footage of the Grand Opening of the new Microsoft Store at the Mall of America

    Yeah… I had some fun attending this event, and shooting this video on Saturday morning.  A couple of fun things to notice: Ray Ozzie is in the house Not everyone knows how to spell MICROSOFT.
  • Blog Post: Part II: The Quest Continues…

    Some might remember that I blogged about this, or perhaps played this game over a year ago: Server Quest Well, the saga continues. Server Quest II is launched and ready for play. Those of us who spent too many hours playing cheesy pixilated adventure games ** about 15-20 years ago will appreciate...