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  • Blog Post: Upcoming Microsoft Events: Do you want to stay informed?

    Whether or not you choose to believe me, here are a two things that I know to be true: Microsoft takes your privacy and preferences very seriously, and Microsoft wants you to stay “in-the-loop” about what’s coming. Often our marketing and operations people send out notices about up-coming events, such...
  • Blog Post: Join Early Experts: Enhance Your Skills And Career For Free!!

    In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform , adding Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Breaking into Vegas! The Code Room Episode 3

    Have you ever wanted watch the White Hats and Black Hats battle for the security of Las Vegas? Well guess what you can! The 3rd episode of The Code Room is going to show just that, and answer the question what happens when a Hacker gets in and how to defend against it! The Code Room: Breaking Into Vegas...
  • Blog Post: 'Last lecture' professor dies of cancer - Randy Pausch

    I was sad to find out today that Randy Pausch had passed forward into a better life. I was deeply moved by his speech and the way he lived. You can read the full article here: 'Last lecture' professor dies of cancer For those of you that have not scene the last lecture it is worth your time. ...
  • Blog Post: Simply Amazing, Randy Pausch reprising his "Last Lecture"

    If you have never scene this talk, I highly recommend it, it is about 10 minutes long and worth every second.  I guarantee it will touch you.  It is an shorter version of a full lecture that he gave, and you can click on his name to learn more and see the full lecture.  Thank you Randy...
  • Blog Post: No Fooling: Use the New TechNet Subscription code TNITQ406 to save 25% for your Favorite IT Pro

    Happy April, we had a change of the program and the code, the new code to get a discount ! I hope everyone is starting off with a great spring. What a better way to celebrate Spring than giving your favorite IT Pro a new TechNet subscription and you can save 25% with TNITQ406!!!!! Just Use TNITQ406...
  • Blog Post: Attention Ohio Area IT Pros, Register Now for Dayton IT Pro Camp Wed., Jan., 18, 2012

    The Dayton IT Pro Camp is a FREE , daylong Camp for IT Pros featuring Microsoft Cloud Technologies. During the day, we will have presentations on Hyper-V, SharePoint, Office365 and Azure. In addition, we will have a cloud security presentation and presentations from the Vendors who have agreed to support...
  • Blog Post: Students are you in Round 2 of the Imagine Cup IT Challenge Yet, Quiz #2 is right around the corner!

    Quiz #2 is on: October 19, 2010 ( October 18, 8:01 p.m. EST  (7:01 p.m. CST, 6:01 p.m MST, 5:01 p.m. PST) ) Click here to register: http://imaginecup.com/register If you are not familiar with the challenge, the Imagine Cup IT Challenge is designed to highlight the art and science of developing,...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates Talks About Imagine Cup Solve

    You may have seen several of my blog posts around Imagine Cup , well it seems Bill Gates is getting to see a lot of this first hand.  He wrote a great blog article here talking about students and imagine cup: Real-World Solutions from World's Youth Imagine Cup Solve This is a new program to provide...
  • Blog Post: Mark Russinovich demystifies Steve Gibson's claims of an intentional WMF backdoor.

    Good afternoon Everyone. I have been receiving a lot of email's on this one. While I was looking at some great utilities at www.sysinternals.com , I discovered that Mark Russinovich commented in fantastic technical detail of the recent WMF vulnerability. The bottom line of Mark Russinovich’s...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance Students: Tonight Take Quiz #8 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge

    This is the Last Call, Quiz number 8 Opens tonight at 8:01p.m. est! Quiz 8:  January 31, 2011 January 30, 8:01 p.m. EST  (7:01 p.m. CST, 6:01 p.m MST, 5:01 p.m. PST)  Click here to register: http://imaginecup.com/register If you are not familiar with the challenge, the Imagine Cup IT Challenge...
  • Blog Post: Got nothing to do between now and the Superbowl?

    Well I have an idea for you.  My buddy Kai Axford did a great 8 part webcast series on Security.  As Kai puts it these are not your mom's webcasts.  These webcast are great!  Kai is a Senior Security Strategist with the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Group and the series focuses...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces Beta Availability of ISA Server 2006 and Acquisition of a Web-Filtering Product from FutureSoft

    This is great announcement. Take a look at the whole press release here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2006/feb06/02-09ISAServer.mspx This is an announcement from Ted Keummert. Ted Kummert, corporate vice president for Security, Access and Solutions, discusses the acquisition and new milestones...
  • Blog Post: Attention Students: Tonight Take Quiz #7 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge

    Quiz number 7 Opens tonight at 8:01p.m. est! Quiz 7:  January 14, 2011 January 13, 8:01 p.m. EST  (7:01 p.m. CST, 6:01 p.m MST, 5:01 p.m. PST) Click here to register: http://imaginecup.com/register If you are not familiar with the challenge, the Imagine Cup IT Challenge is designed to highlight...
  • Blog Post: Evalu’08 and you could WIN a Windows Home Server!

    Do you want a chance to win the Home server to the right? Well then all you have to do is: Evalu’08 and you could win !  This is a great program and most of you probably already are doing the things necessary to get a chance to win. All you need to is download a free trial or take a Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Evaluation Downloads for Virtualization, Management and Training Resources

    One of the fun things I get to do everyday is point people to products and resources.  With IT there seems to be an ever changing world and transformation on the tools and resources we use almost happens daily. have a had a few folks ask where can I get the tools and resources to test some the new...
  • Blog Post: Honolulu, Hawaii: Launch (03/01/2007)

    Aloha and Mahalo! Thank you to everyone for coming to the event! We had 510 IT Professionals showing the Aloha Spirit! I hope everyone had fun and more importantly learned something new about all the exciting products that we have coming out! I look forward to the next time I get to visit the beautiful...
  • Blog Post: Having Trouble Finding Information on Microsoft Event ID's?

    Having my typical fun day of troubleshooting, I found a great web site. the web site is eventid.net. It can be found here: http://eventid.net/ . You can search for all the Microsoft event ID’s. It also gives some great information on how to troubleshoot those Event ID’s. I have not tried the subscription...
  • Blog Post: Looking to gain Momentum for a Pilot of Microsoft Technologies?

    Do the following questions apply to you: Interested in learning more about the newest Microsoft technologies? Need help to evaluate different Microsoft products and features? Willing to test and pilot in production Microsoft beta products? Would like to have access to exclusive forums and Microsoft product...
  • Blog Post: OFFICE 2010, SharePoint 2010 Launch events REGISTER NOW, seating is limited!!!!

    We are coming to a city near you and we want to see you at the events!  We are going to talk about Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.  Come out and spend some time hearing how these products can rock your world!  Here are just a small sampling of the cities we are heading to, we are going...
  • Blog Post: Get full service for your PC for FREE

    Have you ever been on someone's PC and they had no security precaution. No Firewall, no virus scanners, no spy-ware tools, no pop up blockers, and they have been plugged into the Internet since the launch of Windows 95? I do not about you, but I personally do not even go near those PC's with even a CD...
  • Blog Post: Students Are You Up for a Challenge? Enter the Imagine Cup 2012 IT Challenge NOW!

    Well we the Imagine Cup 2011 IT Challenge is back again and I have just one question for you?  Are you up for the Challenge ? If you answered yes, and if you are you a student, do you know a student or are you going back to school and can you answer a question like this then your ready for Round...
  • Blog Post: Attention Students Quiz #4 of the IT Imagine Cup Challenge Ready NOW!

    Quiz number 4 just opened up a little but ago!  Get in an get registered! Quiz 4:  November 18, 2010 November 17, 8:01 p.m. EST  (7:01 p.m. CST, 6:01 p.m MST, 5:01 p.m. PST) Click here to register: http://imaginecup.com/register If you are not familiar with the challenge, the Imagine Cup...
  • Blog Post: It’s Not That Important

    We have all been there, your driving, you hear your cell phone ring, ding or beep, trust me it is not that important and here is why (please take a minute to read the article): Child killed in 3-car accident in Columbia Heights It is probably like hundreds of other similar stories you have seen. ...
  • Blog Post: MOSS 2007 Upgrade powered by Momentum

    A while back a made a post on how you can get some support in implementation of certain Microsoft technologies, through a program called momentum.  You can see the post here: Looking to gain Momentum for a Pilot of Microsoft Technologies?   I know the program will also be adopting new technologies...