Marcus Hass' [MS] Blog

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

June, 2005

  • Another SharePoint Project begins

    I am off to St. Louis next week to start another SharePoint project. I have become known in our group here at Microsoft for these types of projects because we “bend” SharePoint in a way that it was not designed out of the box. A lot of customers are using...
  • Gadget: Two New HTC Mobile Phones, PPC form factor

    Very cool new phone from HTC called the Universal . It's kinda like a tablet PC with a swivel display. Looks like the keyboard is bigger than a Qwerty, and the phone will be 3G based on Windows Mobile 5. I am questioning the durrability of the swivel...
  • Configure your server wizard, never build a server without it!

    I don't think I have ever used the "Configure your server wizard" in Windows 2000 or Server 2003. But, I just spent the day with our lovely support people at Microsoft trying to determine why a white screen mysteriously named "res://ws03res.dll/SecOOBE...
  • Windows to include RSS, and something funny

    Microsoft announced today, "future versions of Windows will inlcude native RSS support". The funny thing is that Money Central, where I linked the news story from does not support RSS feeds.
  • Xbox 360, the world has no idea

    The Xbox team this morning presented a first look into the Xbox 360 for Microsoft employees. Sitting here in the Denver office, watching it over web cast, I think I annoyed the people around me by saying out loud, "Wow", "Oh my god", and maybe a profanity...
  • What's in your pocket/holster?

    As I was traveling back from Washington DC yesterday, I was asked twice what kind of phone I was using that had a nice slide out keyboard. Both of the people that asked me had Treo's strapped to themsleves. I showed them my Siemens SX66 from Cingular...
  • Virtual PC/Server Differencing Disks

    Thank to my buddy Raul Camacho, I played with differencing disks on Virtual PC. It is a pretty cool little feature, but it causes havoc when you want to apply security patches on your base OS. Still, in Development environments where security patches...
  • The best products Microsoft ever made, errr, I mean bought

    There are a few times in a techy's life that you come across a product that you use every single day. I have two that I would like to nominate into this Hall of Fame, both happen to be from Microsoft (well they are now). LiveMeeting - this product...
  • Tabbed Browsing in IE 6 Available!

    If you are an Opera or Firefox fan, check out the addin for IE: http://toolbar.msn.com/default_suite.aspx?patch=yes
  • SharePoint SP2 (WSS)

    I can't wait for it, I need it now. Service Pack 2 for SharePoint is available in the Beta of Windows Server 2003 R2 (the interim release of Windows between 2003 and longhorn). The two enhancments everyone has gotta have are: Support for IP-bound...
  • PC Gaming Ideas into Xbox Live?

    I used to be a big PC Gamer when I didn't have kids or when I only had kid. These days, I occasionally fire up Counter Strike or better yet Team Fortress Classic (if anyone wants to play), and hang out with my buddies from Team Pfeffer ( www.teampfeffer...
  • Security Event Collection for Windows

    I have lately had a couple projects where we wanted to collect Security events into a central repository. This is a good idea in production environments, especially those that are exposed to the Internet or a partner network. Some beneficial things to...
  • Rant: Airline travel

    <originally posted on MSN Spaces blog on May 10, 2005> After having flown a couple different ailrlines in the past couple months, I have reaffirmed my commitment to fly Frontier wherever I can. Even if I have a bad experience waitng for a slight...
  • MOM 2005, ahem, features

    <originally posted on MSN Spaces blog on April 30, 2005> Since I have been doing some work with MOM 2005, I thought I would share a couple things that I have noticed that might bite you in the butt. MOM 2005 requires Windows authentication...
  • Windows Server 2003 SP1, to do or not to do?

    <originally posted on MSN Spaces blog on April 29, 2005> It seems that Microsoft may have tightened the screws a little too far with with SP1 for Windows Server 2003. At least one solutuon from Microsoft (High Volume Messaging and Collaboration...
  • Microsoft Instant Messenger, which client to use?

    <originally posted on MSN Spaces blog on April 27, 2005> I have been playing with Office Communicator, which is really cool with the integration to other office products. I especially like the way it shows Out of Office messages, and the integrated...
  • Is this thing on?

    Wow, my own blog! Man I am really "2005 savvy" now! I haven’t done any blogging and only occasionally read anyone’s blog, so this will be a good learning experience, so don’t flame me until I get the hang of it. I guess a little about me:...