May, 2007

  • Mark Russinovich WinHEC Keynote

    My wife is watching a report on the latest Linsey Lohan escapades, and I am watching the Mark Russinovich keynote from WinHEC 2007. To be honest, I think I am getting the better end of that deal! Check it out for yourself! Mark's WinHEC Keynote (Windows...
  • When do you read feeds?

    My trends from a particular online RSS Reader . From my 161 subscriptions , over the last 30 days I have read 4,190 items. Take it for what it's worth :)
  • The Windows Live team has been busy!

    3 new betas (and polished ones at that!) released today. I will cover them in the order that I use them. Windows Live Writer Using it right now! This is actually one of the slickest Windows Live apps. Works great for posting to your blog, whether it is...
  • Fixing the mouse in Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn under Virtual PC 2007

    The show-stopping " mouse no-workie " issue when loading Ubuntu 7.04 under Virtual PC 2007 now has a workaround! Courtesy of the comments at Arcanecode : Use the RIGHT ALT + V to paste the below lines into Ubuntu. Much easier than typing it out. 1. Reboot...
  • Microsoft Office Interactive Developer Map

    This is actually pretty cool! The Microsoft Office Interactive Developer Map is a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application that helps developers visualize the different programs, servers, services, and tools that will help them build solutions...
  • Can't read .chm (Compiled Help) on Vista/XP/2003?

    In my previous post , I mentioned that TechNet Magazine has their past issues available in HTML Help format (.chm) here .  If you navigate to that page (with a fully patched Vista or Windows XP box) and open one of the referenced files from directly...
  • Experience Index... Going Up!

    Approximately 6 months ago, my computer started spontaneously rebooting, and I decided to replace the motherboard and Processor. After researching processors online, I decided that the best bang-for-the-buck would be to pick up an Intel Core2 Duo 1.86GHz...
  • Security in TechNet Magazine

    TechNet Magazine is one of my favorite magazines (and the subscription is free if you are an IT pro). This month's issue focuses on Security (my favorite), and has some of my favorite authors, inclusing Mark Russinovich , Jesper Johansson , and Steve...
  • The Color of the day is Lobster

    1 pasty white Washingtonian Microsoftie + A new outdoor couch + An uncharactaristically sunny day in Washington = A sunburn so bad I can hardly move. Ouch.
  • Make Windows XP show up on your Vista Network Map

    Just saw the following over on the Computerworld article: Teach XP and Vista to play nice on networks And the Windows Vista Network Map -- which may be the best networking feature Microsoft has ever introduced into Windows -- won't work properly with...
  • Business Intelligence Virtual Labs

    Ever wanted to get your feet wet with Business Intelligence, but didn't want to go through the steps of installing SQL Server, finding some sample data, figuring out how everything works...? The TechNet team has put together a series of Virtual Labs that...
  • Learn more about System Center Essentials

    System Center Essentials is one of the coolest products coming out of Microsoft this year (IMHO). If you are running the IT Shop for a small or midsize business, you really need to pick up a copy. Supporting up to 30 Servers and 500 Clients, SCE handles...
  • I'm going to Partner Conference!

    Just booked my hotel... I will post more information on my schedule (once I have one), but I would LOVE to meet up with any of you that will be at WPC. July 10-12 in Denver, CO http://www.microsoft.com/partner/events/wwpartnerconference/ What’s waiting...
  • Vista and SMS Management Packs Released

    Two new management packs for System Center Essentials 2007 (SCE) and System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Opsmgr): Windows Vista Client Monitoring Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 The Windows Vista Client Monitoring Management Pack is built...
  • OpenSolaris (build 63) on Virtual PC 2007 - part deux

    I have to imagine that when the OpenSolaris release team decided on a launch strategy, that they sat around a table and discussed: How can we go out of our way to make the download of the install ISO the must painful, frustrating, experience possible...
  • The Mythical Man-Month

    There have been no shortages of announcements regarding software shipping slippages,including: http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2007/04/12/Viridian-and-Virtual-Server-Timing-Updates.aspx and http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive...
  • Shipping is a feature too

    I'll keep telling myself that... An update on the Viridian (Windows Server Virtualization) features and ETA can be found here: http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2007/05/10/viridian-features-update-beta-planned-for-longhorn-rtm.aspx The News...
  • One-upping the iPhone

    Although pricing hasn't yet been disclosed, Microsoft has announced a new phone that will go toe-to-toe with the iPhone. On an unrelated note, I wonder how much we have allocated to the "funny video" budget... ;) Video: Microsoft's oPhone
  • Upcoming Certification LiveMeetings

    Courtesy of Trika on the Certification team: With the myriad of new Microsoft products that were recently released and the follow-on certifications that come with these changes, I wanted to make sure that you were aware of the corresponding certification...
  • Something to think about

    My daughter has been learning some songs from " The Sound of Music " (the classic 1965 film starring Julie Andrews), and my wife and I thought it would be a good idea to rent the movie from Blockbuster so that my daughter could gain some context on the...
  • Are you a Packet Chaser?

    If so, then you are probably familiar with Ethereal (now WireShark ) for packet monitoring. If you haven't played with Microsoft Network Monitor (Netmon.exe) since you tried it briefly in your MCSE 2000 course five years ago, I would strongly recommend...
  • Suspicious Male... (now where's my shotgun?)

    The Hotmail team has released some pretty funny videos to celebrate their official release. As a dad, I identify strongly with the Suspicious Male ;) You can catch the rest of the series up on MSN Soapbox thanks to Robert . Video: Live Hotmail - Date
  • Windows Vista iPod Fix

    Consider the following scenario. You have an Apple iPod that is connected to a Windows Vista-based computer through a USB connection. Then, you disconnect the iPod from the computer. In this scenario, the data on the iPod may become corrupted. This problem...
  • When all Hell Breaks Loose

    The SR 520 bridge crosses Lake Washington (a large lake separating Seattle to the West, and the Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond to the East). The 520 Bridge has been around a while, and the State is looking to rebuild/replace the bridge , add light...
  • I Wish Telemarketers Would Call More Often!

    Seriously. When I saw the phone number 123-4567 on the Caller ID this evening, I knew that I was going to be in for some fun. Me: "Hello?" <silence> Me: "Hello-o, is anybody there?" <click><pop><throat clear> Telemarketer: "Good...