Marcus Hass' [MS] Blog

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

July, 2005

  • Forza Sounds: The Answer

    I wrote about this a little while ago , that I was intrigued at how good the real car sounds were in Forza. Having driven a few of the cars, they were spot-on. I got a hold of someone at Xbox/MS Game Studios and they gave me this response: “Those are...
  • Origins of CTRL-ALT-DEL

    Thanks for the link Mark, check out the origins of CTRL-ATL-DEL . Click the picture of Bill Gates on the left for a QuickTime (of course) video. BTW, if anyone knows where this came from, please comment. It looks pretty old, but I would like to...
  • Turn off MAPI on Exchange, good news for hosters, but....

    I just saw this post from the Exchange team . This is great news for hosters that want to offer a choice of packages, but does it really save anything? OWA is as big of a pig as a full MAPI user, just without the hassle of client configuration. Support...
  • RANT: Exchange Calendar and Contact email problems

    I don't know exactly what or when this happened, but email has become a lot harder to use, especially around sending appointments or contacts. Most of my customers have Exchange 2003, Microsoft has Exchange 2003 and I have Exchange 2003 here at my lab...
  • Escape from yesterworld

    This is a pretty funny marketing site for SQL 2005 and VS 2005. http://www.escapeyesterworld.com/
  • Halo, the movie

    Looks like Halo the movie is getting closer to becoming reality. I saw this blurb on MSNBC about the script being delivered by guys wearing Halo outfits. Not quite sure how I feel about this, it might be pretty cool. Now, who to play Master Chief...
  • Second star to the left and straight on till morning

    I had a bunch of stuff to do this morning, so I decided to record our return to space this morning with the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery. I just sat down to have a sandwich and watch the recording. I was blown away by the beauty of the launch...
  • Welcome to Windows Vista

    New name for “longhorn” announced as Windows Vista .
  • Stick to computers, the stock market is wacky

    I admit it, I think I was playing solitaire on my laptop (resembled a desktop) back in college when we covered the stock market. It continues to baffle me. Microsoft announces (record) earnings , above forecasts, and the after hours stock goes down...
  • RSS in the browser and OS?

    I was just reading the link from Dave Winer’s post “ Microsoft will not swallow RSS any more than they swallowed hard …” In the linked article from PC Magazine , Lance Ulanoff compares support in Longhorn for RSS to Microsoft including utilities...
  • Woops, dad I didn't mean to post a picture of your Xbox 360 dev box on the Internet

    Great, now I am going to have to have a talk with my son Mason. Don't take pictures of the stuff daddy works with at Microsoft. I had to laugh, but you never think to tell your kids not to brag or show someone the cool things you get to work with before...
  • Microsoft to Acquire FrontBridge Technologies, a Leading Provider of Secure Messaging Services

    Cool news for Exchange! But, won't this be seen as competing with our partners that are ASP's? Hosted Exchange, bah, we will do it ourselves...
  • Detour: Paving in progress

    There comes a time in every person’s life that they need to make an important decision. For me, that day is today. I am going to backup my data and pave my Windows XP personal desktop. This box has served me well for 2 years, but it has gotten to...
  • Forza Motorsports: How did they do that?

    I have been playing Forza for the last couple weeks. I have to admit that this is the best racing game I have ever played. The modifying of cars, the classes is keeps you in, it is just a great all around game. I am not as a hardcore Xbox player as...
  • Your favorite alternative names for Longhorn

    Scoble is asking for the most entertaining alternative names for Longhorn . Please link over and input your name.
  • Summer, some good stuff on TV

    I love my Ultimate TV, I won't give it up until I find another interface that is as easy and quick. Sure, I can go buy a Tivo and Frankenstein it by putting in more cache, etc to make it speedy, but my thoughts on AV equipment is it should be optimal...
  • iSCSI, cheap disk for archiving?

    Back in 2002, I was involved in migrating some of Microsoft’s biggest ISP customers from a product we called MCIS (Microsoft Commercial Internet Server) to Exchange 2000. I was the project manager for Deutsche Telekom (DT) were we had several hundred...
  • Language Barriers

    I am a little more sensitive about language barriers than most, because both my parents are not native English speakers. My parents are both from Brazil , but spoke Portuguese and German as their primary languages up until they moved the United States...
  • Trustworthy Administrators

    Check out an this interesting article from Steve Riley about trusting administrators. Trustworthy Administrators -- by Steve Riley < http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=3563067 >
  • SAN, SAN and SAN

    I can't believe how important storage has become. I am working on some Hosted Exchange projects, and disk makes or breaks the environment. Dave Lalor from our internal IT group wrote an awesome paper with HP about their EVA storage. Unfortunately, it...
  • GAL lookup from MS Smartphone

    You can do this via OMA (Outlook Mobile Access), but this little app is much easier. Microsoft Global Contact Access is a free power to y for Windows Mobile devices which enables customers to look up contacts in the Global Address List (GAL) and check...
  • MS AntiSyware team responds to Claria mumblings

    The AntiSpyware team has posted a response to the articles that have arose recently concerning Claria. The response is posted at http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/claria_letter.mspx Not really what anyone is looking for in...
  • Security Words of Wisdom and a little Security Entertainment

    If you have never seen Microsoft's Steve Riley speak on security, I highly encourage you to take a look at his archived presentations . Steve and I worked together here in Denver when he was with the Communications Sector. I got the chance to travel...
  • PS3 will NOT have router capability

    Looks like the guys at Sony have given up their dream of dominating the router market (through proprietary means of course). The new PS3 will not have router functionality through its 3 gigabit ports. I can see some advantages in terms of not having...
  • Good places to eat, errr work, in St. Louis

    Jus returned from St. Louis on a fairly productive trip. I was with Scott Beatty from MS Mid America (or whatever we call it now), and he suggested a nice little place for lunch in Chesterfield, MO. The place is called the Yellowstone Cafe, and I highly...