May, 2007

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Fedora 7 (Test 4) on Virtual PC 2007

    Two months after my Fedora Core 6 install , I am giving the last test version of Fedora 7 a go. "Don't you mean Fedora Core 7?" Nope. The Fedora folks have finally removed the distiction between Fedora Core and Fedora Extras (which I never entirely understood...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r0 (etch) on Virtual PC 2007

    The Debian site is not particularly easy to navigate, and I went in circles a few times before finding the download page that I was looking for: http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/debian-installer/ . The full DVD install is comprised of THREE 4.4GB DVDs...
  • 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...
  • OpenSolaris (build 63) on Virtual PC 2007

    Sun has several things going for them: A candid, pony-tailed, blogging CEO A KICKASS filesystem Some REALLY unique out-of-the-box initiatives (that ironically enough come in... er... big black boxes) I haven't played with their servers or their processors...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...