Marcus Hass' [MS] Blog

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  • Blog Post: The marathon is upon me

    I sit here in the third floor of Macy's in dowtown San Francisco while my wife Deanna searches for clothes that can only add to the heft of our suitcases. I am about to write to the president of Macy's, thanking them for the generous and strategic placement of comfortable chairs for guys like me (thanks...
  • Blog Post: 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 grab my office phone (ATT Callvantage phone). ...
  • Blog Post: 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 they are released. Certainly, this parent didn...
  • Blog Post: Zotob, a hard and unfortunate lesson (again) for Enterprises

    Unless you have been on vacation on the moon for the last few days, you know that there is new exploit in the wild that mainly affect Windows 2000 and pre SP2 Windows XP OS’s called Zotob (and variants). This worm is hitting some of the same big name companies that were crippled by CodeRed, Sasser and...
  • Blog Post: Comment changes, what happened to Intertubbers this week?

    So, i had to start approving comments today. I had always allowed annonymous, open comments, but something has gone wrong this week. I got some profane, angry comments that were completely mis directed. Is it a new type of SPAM? I don't think so, it seems to actually include text or thoughts from the...
  • Blog Post: 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 virtual servers Previous releases of Windows...
  • Blog Post: 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 consider about rolling up security events: ...
  • Blog Post: 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 thousand email boxes and about 40,000 SMTP domains...
  • Blog Post: Why don't people use RMS (even at Microsoft)?

    So, Microsoft has had RMS (Rights Management Server) implemented for at least 2 years. This allows us to do things like deny people the ability to forward, copy to clipboard, or print any Office document. This is most frequently used for confidential email. My question is, why doesn’t anyone at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 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 year. Since I much prefer sunny Seattle in July rather...
  • Blog Post: 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. 1) My parents are both immigrants from Brasil...
  • Blog Post: 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 or two. I wish I could say more, but all I...
  • Blog Post: 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 recommend the Walleye sandwhich.
  • Blog Post: 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 phone stuff. Here are a couple deal breaker...
  • Blog Post: Automated install of Outlook Conferencing Addins

    My customer (Mike Vrabel) and I got completely frustrated today in trying to find a way to deploy the Outlook Conferencing Addin for Live Meeting 2007 via SMS. The Office web site gives you a ConfAddins_Setup.exe which is neither an MSI or provides you switches for automated install or answer file. ...
  • Blog Post: Staying in shape to work on computers

    Earlier today I exchanged some email with a very popular blogger, and he gave me the advice: "A good blog is passionate and authoritative. Write about what you love (or, love what you write about)." Seems like excellent advice. In that spirit, I want to try and step up the quality and passion around...
  • Blog Post: LCS and UPN's

    I was messing around with LCS last night here in my lab. I had installed LCS a couple times and helped customers get up and running, but I am not an LCS expert. I was trying to duplicate a customer issue where I wanted to limit how certain users could talk to and add to their various chat client. Instead...
  • Blog Post: 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, or technology. In fact, out of all medical related...
  • Blog Post: RSS for SharePoint

    Dan Larson just published his RSS plugin for SharePoint . Dan has done some awesome work on his own, as well as contract for us at Microsoft Consulting Services. He has a great web site at portalbuilder.org that has some cool tools and framework that leverages the SPS object model. He is currently...
  • Blog Post: 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 screen rather than a slide out keyboard though. ...
  • Blog Post: 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. Whatever it is, I imagine J. Allard and company...
  • Blog Post: 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 encourage Americans to buy smaller cars and get car...
  • Blog Post: 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 co-worker schedules on their Exchange server....
  • Blog Post: 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 device that plugs into the bottom of my Nano and...
  • Blog Post: 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 SharePoint to write WebParts for their applications...