September 2012 Entries

SanjayP’s venture after Microsoft involves no Microsoft
When I was at Microsoft, I always found Sanjay Parthasarathy to be a bright and passionate leader. While he was a bit disconnected at times with what was really going on out in the trenches, I always thought he was true believer in what we in Developer Platform and Evangelism (DPE) were doing. He got it. He had started DPE and kicked a lot of doors down up in Redmond to make it happen. Back in the early 2000s, battles over platform choices at large customers was trench warfare… bayonets and hand ......

Posted On Sunday, September 23, 2012 5:01 PM | Comments (2)

An unexpected pleasure from Windows 8
This post is certainly on the more nuanced side of all the goodness that is Windows 8, but it’s about something that’s really changed my PC usage experience for the better. Besides being a geek and the enjoying all the techno-thrills and chills that go along with sitting in front of a keyboard all day, I really love the forest. Trees have always been special to me. The feeling of being in the forest with all the sounds and ambiance, the broken light, the fragrance of the air… it’s paradise to me. ......

Posted On Saturday, September 8, 2012 12:56 PM | Comments (0)

Open Source Highlight: namebench
DNS is a big deal. Even small incremental changes to improve its performance can yield significant value due to the vast quantity of look-ups required when using the internet. Until now, It’s always been one of those things I had to kinda take on faith… was my ISP doing a good job? Are those public DNS server really that much faster? What about security and privacy concerns? Let me introduce you to namebench. This is the kinda tool I really love – one that immediately delivers value and is almost ......

Posted On Saturday, September 1, 2012 11:13 PM | Comments (1)

Backing up my Windows Home Server to the Cloud…
Ok, here’s my scenario: Windows Home Server with a little over 3TB of storage. This includes many years of our home network’s PC backups, music, videos, etcetera. I’d like to get a backup off-site, and the existing APIs and apps such as CloudBerry Labs WHS Backup service are making it easy. Now, all it’s down to is vendor and the cost of the actual storage. So, I thought I’d take a lazy Saturday morning and do some research on this and get the ball rolling. What I discovered stunned me… First off, ......

Posted On Saturday, September 1, 2012 6:25 PM | Comments (0)