Marcus Hass' [MS] Blog

Interesting tidbits about Microsoft Office 365 and other products. Occasional rants about travel, gaming and gadgets.

Marcus Hass' [MS] Blog

  • Great Advertising, detonate a Ferrrari Enzo

    I am a car lover, in fact we went to the Denver International Auto Show on Friday night with my son. I was there to see the Audi R8, hopefully sit in a couple cool cars, as well as check out updated cars like the Acura MDX and Infiniti M45. But, the...
  • Motorola Q ends my phone nirvana!

    I came very close to calling this post "The Motorola Q Turd", but I thought that was a little brash. After all, I have had it for about 8 months and at times it was a good phone and I even talked about it being close to Nirvana at one point . My troubles...
  • Buh Bye Comcast, Hello Dish Network

    I finally got so frustrated with Comcast's shortcomings , that I had to reexamine my options. I knew some guys at Echostar and asked a bunch of questions about things that urk me about the Comcast DVR's. Here are a few of them: Is there 300x FFWD/RWD...
  • Exchange 2007 – Snags during my upgrade

    This week I had some time to spend in my lab at home, so I thought I would catch up on some overdue projects, My biggest project was to get my lab up to Exchange 2007 from 2003. The complication here is that although I have a rack of “real” servers, I...
  • A High Tech visit to the dentist

    This week I had the chance to catch up on some much needed personal maintenance, including a visit to the dentist. Like most people, I have usually gone to the dentist that my wife or parents have gone too, without much research into the doctor, office...
  • Five things you don’t know about mhass

    I know, I know, it’s been all the rage lately, and I kinda find it entertaining and cool to find out things about your favorite bloggers that you didn’t know. Not that I am anyone’s favorite blogger. Here are a five things you didn’t know about me...
  • Are you in the TIVO Generation?

    You may be asking yourself, what is the TIVO generation? Details below. (In your best Jeff Foxworthy voice) You might be in the TIVO generation if: · You sit in meetings wanting to fast forward the presenter · You look for the rewind button...
  • Vista RTM + 1 week

    If you have read some of my previous posts around Vista, you know that it was one of few Microsoft products during this “wave” of products that I wasn’t getting excited about. In fact, I had so many issues with B2->RC1 builds that I stopped using it...
  • Moving within Microsoft

    What I have been doing, instead of keeping up on my blog entries? Well,lots. One of the biggest things for me is that we rearranged a few accounts in Denver, where I live. With the help of my manager, and encouragement from local managers, I was asked...
  • Scary day in Philadelphia

    I am here in Philadelphia this week working with Comcast in their towers right across from City Hall. I was walking back from lunch at about 1:15 and there was a massive BOOM in the alley in front of me. Everyone either hunched or screamed, I instinctively...
  • John Mayer needs RSS/ATOM

    My wife and I went to the John Mayer and Sheryl Crow concert Monday night at Red Rocks near Denver . Red Rocks is one of the ultimate places to see concerts and John Mayer is one of our favorites. I like him for his blues and guitar skills, my wife likes...
  • My Xbox is blabbing about me

    I made a change to my blog site that now shows my Xbox Live Gamer Card instead of that goofy picture that I had, check it out: Yes that is Johnny Drama from Entourage I also see now that my Xbox is blogging about me , feel free to see what my smart...
  • NikePlus, Zune better be a platform!

    There are two reasons why you will have to pry my iPod Nano out of my warm clutching hands (I am not that big of a geek to be buried with an Apple product). The first, is that it is so easy to control while I am running. The second is the new NikePlus...
  • Thank you: Steve Irwin

    I have been on vacation for the past few days, but have been inundated with information about Steve Irwin’s death. For my family, this was very sad news as we have watched many of his shows and appearances since the late 90’s. Many of the comments...
  • Seriously scary Blackberry

    For years, competitors to Blackberry have been pointing out the inherent security flaws with RIM’s services such as, um, all your corporate data flows through their network (along with all your competitor’s data). Microsoft's play around this is the fact...
  • Exchange 12 Stuff that I liked

    I got a sneak preview of the Exchange 12 at TechReady and got excited about a few things. Since most of the features are included in beta’s I can share them with you. 1) New server roles. Gone is the idea of a “Front End Server”, instead there will...
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 cool things

    I have been doing weird, wacky things with SharePoint for the last two years to help customers use it as their Internet facing portal. Through these experiences and tribulations, I have developed my own list of “things to hate about SharePoint Internet...
  • Cool things coming to an Infrastructure near you

    So, I have been at Microsoft Techready3 this week in downtown Seattle. This is an internal Microsoft event that happens in July and January. All technical field people (Consultants, TAM’s, Architects, and TS’s) are required to attend at least one each...
  • iPod vs the alleged Argo

    First off, I have no inside knowledge of the alleged Argo device. But from what people are saying , it might be a lot of things like and iPod with wireless, a small game console, a small browser device, maybe even a mobile phone. I haven’t go a clue....
  • Why I need Office 2007

    I am back to running XP because Vista 5456 just didn’t like my wireless device in my laptop and kept toggling to connection on and off. But, I can’t seem to live without Office 2007. I like the ribbon, and quickly adjusted to it. I really like the...
  • Zidane: Anger Management

    What a bummer that someone like Zinedine Zidane went out on a bad note. I prefer not to think of him as a bad guy, as much as having a bad day. He has had a career worthy of Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo, Beckham or Ronadinho and deserves his head up on the...
  • So close to Mobile Phone Nirvana

    Last week I finally switched to Verizon wireless. I had been meaning to do this for a long time but I had bought a Siemens SX66 from Cingular almost 2 years ago, and needed to fullfil my contract or pay some big bucks. My commitment was over, and I really...
  • Worldly (Cup) Views

    I was just catching up on some of my reading and saw several people mentioning that they read Al Gore’s “ An Inconvenient Truth ” book. Scoble even went so far as to describe editorials he wrote in college about raising gas taxes by several dollars to...
  • Take a vacation!

    Take a vacation, a long one. Don’t mess around with the 4 day weekend vacations, or even a week. If you are an IT person, you need to take a vacation long enough to make you forget passwords. I just got back from my first real vacation in 3 years...
  • Outgoing Caller ID not supported on Vonage!!

    So, I finally got rid of Qwest at my house, not even the line is hooked up to anything. I switched to Vonage for my primary home phone because it will save me about $10 a month, and my wife can use it to call long distance for free instead of having to...