July, 2007

  • Going Back to Boot Camp

    Nearly 10 years ago, I went to Marine Corps Boot Camp at MCRD San Diego .  Those were good times... A few weeks ago, I went back to Boot Camp , this time loading up Windows Vista   on my new MacBook Pro.  The process by-and-large is quite...
  • Where did my Vista Parental Controls go?

    Parental Controls on Windows Vista are a great way to take charge of how your kiddoes use the computer.  You can restrict time limitations, the ratings of games they are allowed to play, block or allow specific programs, block or allow specific websites...
  • Taking Screenshots in Boot Camp

    In my next post, I'll cover my Boot Camp experience on my MacBook Pro.  But in order to do so, I wanted to take some screenshots.  Unfortunately, the MacBook Pro does not have  a Print Screen button on the keyboard, which makes it difficult...
  • MacBook Pro - Windows Experience Index

    If you are planning on running Windows Vista on a MacBook Pro... I just picked one of the new ones up, and Vista is VERY snappy on it... Windows Experience for the MBP with the following hardware: 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 Santa Rosa chipset 2GB DDR2...
  • How many Microsoft Employees does it take to...

    I finally signed up for Facebook to see what all they hype was... It's kind of cool, but what surprised me was the HUGE number of Microsoft employees on Facebook. If I recall correctly (and this is off the top of my head), there are approximately 70,000...
  • System Center Remote Operations Manager – Rapid Deployment Program

    All right… I'm going to go all market-y on you here. I know there is not a ton of information out there on the new System Center Remote Operations Manager offering for Managed Services Providers (MSP's), but the marketing team is hard at work on that...
  • Windows Server 2008 Feature Posters

    I know... everyone else has already covered this... These two posters, originally published in the July 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine , provide a strong visual tool to aide in the understanding of various features and components of Windows Server 2008...
  • Bridging the gap

    If you have ever expanded out your system tray in Windows Vista, you may notice that there is a tiny gap between some of the icons. What is this gap? Is there a half-sized invisible icon in there? Is it a bug? Nope... that is an intentional gap that separates...
  • If it sounds too good to be true...

    There is nothing like coming in in the morning, checking the news, and finding out that your home VOIP Telephone provider went out of business with NO NOTICE AT ALL. Grrrrr. I signed up for SunRocket last April, at the killer price of $199 for 2 years...
  • It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

    I am in the midst of TechReady, an internal event that is simultaneously the coolest event at Microsoft, and the most frustrating. Similar to TechEd (but only for blue-badgers ), thousands of Microsofties descend upon the Washington State Convention Center...
  • A Book to Buy

    No... not Harry Potter. Judging by my trip to Costco today, every living human being on the planet has already bought a copy ;) If you run (or plan to run) Microsoft Operations Manager , there are two books you must have in your library: Essential Microsoft...
  • Building bridges

    I was taking a look at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention page (OSCON is underway this week), and noticed that Microsoft is a Diamond sponsor (apparently that is the level above Platinum, which is better than Gold. I suppose that Palladium comes next...
  • Phish for lunch

    I just received the following email, which came across smelling quite phishy . Having recently aced the McAfee Phishing Quiz (the link seems to be down now), I clicked on the link to look for the telltale signs of a phishing site. (The first clue, by...