Off Campus

Michael Greene

May, 2007

  • VPN to your Vista machine

    This may not seem all that interesting at face value but there are a LOT of people in higher education who have workstations that use public IP's. There is a secure way to connect to your machine remotely. Here's how to setup your Windows Vista workstation to accept new incoming VPN connections. This was also available in Windows XP but you have to know where to look in Vista to enable it. Full how-to follows...
  • How to use the Snipping Tool to capture context menus

    I use this almost every day. If you read my blog you'll notice I love screenshots and I always have a green border around them. That comes from a setting I have applied to the Vista Snipping Tool. Initially I was capturing good stuff but was frustrated...
  • x64 drivers for the smartcard reader in HP laptops!

    Sweet, I just heard, tested, and confirmed that the drivers HP has posted for the TI smartcard reader work for 64-bit even though they are only listed in the category for 32-bit versions of Vista. I am only able to test this on my nc8430 and my nx6125...
  • Newzie, your feature-rich news aggregator

    WOW. Thanks Travis , for turning me on to this app. I've posted in the past about my frustration with news readers. I've never found one that I consider to be perfect. So far, I've found Newzie to be awesome. Literally every time I find something to complain...
  • How to create a bootable Vista DVD with your own custom WIM

    and securely embed your MAK! I've had several requests to document this since I posted the how-to on embedding your MAK in a custom WIM for departmental usage. The next logical step is to create your own DVD using this image. So if you haven't read my first article on this topic, now would be the time to go back and do so. (read more)
  • Moved my RSS feed to Feedburner

    So, if you subscribe and wouldn't mind taking a second, please swap out the URL in your reader. http://feeds.feedburner.com/OffCampus Why? It solves two problems for me.... (Read on)
  • Excellent PowerShell Training

    Each year my manager approves enough budget for our team to attend some sort of reasonably priced training. Being product specialists, each of us has different interests and most of us want to learn something that is peripheral to our focus so we might...
  • How to quickly discover Office 2007 keyboard shortcuts

    I use flagged items A LOT. I live and die by the Outlook To-Do bar. In fact, I always feel on top of Email because I can effectively triage it from my phone by moving it in to folders and then flagging those items when I get back to my laptop. I have...
  • Back to the blogstone

    So, you may have noticed I haven't blogged in about 2 weeks. I hit a point where I was just posting links and although that's fine it's not as much value as I would like to provide so I decided to play it cool until travel slowed down. Travel has slowed...
  • New Sony VAIO desktops

    Have you seen the new VAIOs? WOW. I was at Fry's in Chicago yesterday. Sony is obviously known for their stylistic form factor but this is impressive and actually pretty affordable. You can get in to one of these fully loaded at around 1600 bucks. Not...
  • Microsoft SharedView Beta

    I had a chance to play around with this quite a lot and I LOVE it. It fits the description "just works" as a desktop sharing app. It's very easy to get up and running which is important if you are working with a remote friend who doesn't know how to configure...
  • Unlimited Potential: Transforming Education

    Traveling today so I've got a link for you rather than something original. If you are interested in some of the investments Microsoft is making in Education, browse over this site. This is a nice consolidated list that might introduce you to something...
  • Check out the photos over on the Home Server blog

    Yeah, this beats the PowerEdge 2450 and PowerVault 200 I have running as my test gear in the basement... It's nearly time to get my server on EBay in anticipation of grabbing up whatever appliances for WHS ship first. Given my draw to HP gear, most likely...
  • Awesome Matrix scenes in HD

    I noticed this morning that if you look under Clips in Xbox Marketplace, you can download, for free, some key Matrix scenes in HD! The two I pulled down where Neo fighting Morpheous and the scene where Neo and Trinity fight their way in to the building...
  • Free web based training on development - at a level infrastructure gurus can pick up

    I'm an infrastructure guy. I focus on desktop deployment, server operations and management, security, directory services, messaging, etc. So my knowledge of developer languages doesn't go much beyond basic scripting and web development. This has always...
  • Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live

    This is really huge and I haven't seen a lot of RSS traffic about it yet. Live is now hosting Silverlight streams for developers. Here's a clip out of "What you get" from the description on the site: While the product is in pre-release, storage and delivery...
  • Live Search in Windows PowerShell

    Don, in case you spot this - I'm stealing your title and linking back to you! This is the type of thing I flag in my mind. I can think of many, many applications. Imagine having search built in to applications with more than just an iframe, real usable...
  • Cleaning HDDs before donating a machine

    I just returned a laptop as part of our refresh cycle and decided to 0 out the drive using Linux before shipping it. I tend to store a lot of customer data and I have no idea where the machine will go once it leaves my hands. I know my process was not...
  • Vista LiveMeeting scheduled today for Education

    If you have questions or need info about Vista and volume activation please join the call today. I'll be in the Q/A panel helping answer questions from over 800 registered attendees. One of the main points of focus will be flushing out Volume Activation...
  • Should I compliment my Zune with ZenStone?

    While I'm waiting to see what's next for Zune, Creative has gone ahead and launched a sweet little competitor to the Shuffle. Prior to my Zune I carried a Zen:M so I'm still a big fan of Creative. This would be a great device to have around when I'm on...
  • Microsoft Popfly

    I actually caught this on Scoble's blog yesterday went I went their to copy his URL. I haven't had a chance to play with this yet but it looks like fun. Microsoft Popfly "Popfly is the fun, easy way to build and share mashups, gadgets, Web pages, and...
  • Features I'd like to see in a Podcast subscription tool

    Or a podcatcher, if you like trendy, made-up words. Here's the basic features I am looking for: Support the Vista centralized feed list Automatically download RSS enclosures without me doing anything Support for any enclosure type - IOW, leave format...
  • Why I need the HP 2710c tablet

    I just keep getting more excited about the new line of tablets from HP. You all know my fascination with HP gear to begin with, but here are a few more reasons, the things I don't like about it so far (it's not out yet), and my asks. This machine looks...
  • My first real Popfly project!

    Ok, WOW. Popfly is incredible. Here's my first app, or if you want to see the end result just click the link in my column on the right for " Plot my visitors on Virtual Earth ". It will plot the visitors to my blog. Now granted, the data is hit or miss...
  • Do you remember your first mp3?

    My Saturday mornings often mean getting up early to play with the dog, kid, drinking coffee, and sitting down to search for new music. That's why I love subscription music services, it lets me download everything I can get my hands on and then delete...