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Technically Speaking All in on IT August 2005 Entries
USB Flash Memory Takes a Lickin' and Keeps on Tickin'
Okay, I am officially impressed with the durability of USB Flash Memory sticks. I just discovered my 1GB SanDisk Cruzer Micro stick got washed and dried (60 minutes on the permanent press cycle no less) after being left in my pants pocket. I feared the worst, but after shaking it to make sure there was no more water in it, I plugged it in. Boom – it fired up just fine. All the data copied off to my laptop without a hitch (just in case) ......

Posted On Friday, August 26, 2005 5:08 PM

University of Michigan Fans Are . . .

Rumoured to be the car of an Ohio State fan forced to relocate to Michigan. While I cannot imagine what could force someone to do that, they are apparently making the best of a bad situation . . .

Michigan Fans Are . . .

Posted On Thursday, August 25, 2005 12:09 PM

Here Goes Google Again . . .
So when is Google going to unveil their office suite and operating system? Google Talk.

Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2005 11:30 AM

Google vs. MSN
Okay MSN, Google is throwing down. Do I have to wait for Vista to get a cool MSN sidebar?

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 10:22 AM

By The Way
Exchange Server 2003 SP2 will require Windows Server 2003 SP1 . . .

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 9:04 AM

Exchange 2003 SP2 Community Preview Available
Download Exchange 2003 SP2 Community Preview. Microsoft Exchange Server Service Pack 2 (SP2) will offer a huge leap forward in mobility and security capabilities. Customers and partners can now download a pre-release evaluation for testing purposes. This is an unsupported release that should only be used in lab or testing environments ......

Posted On Monday, August 22, 2005 5:18 PM

Blogger Plug-in for Word

Is your blog on Blogger? Now there is a plug-in that allows you to post from Microsoft Word.

Read about it here.

Posted On Wednesday, August 17, 2005 12:28 PM

Installing OneNote - Where's Your Install Key?

Well, its in OneNote, of course! So, quite the catch-22 we have here. Well, on a hunch I opened up the .one file in Notepad and I was able to ferret out the install key using the FIND command. Phew . . .

Posted On Tuesday, August 16, 2005 11:03 AM

I Love Konfabulator
I just love Konfabulator. I love the widgets. It is rock solid and runs like a champ on my Windows XP SP2 laptop. Of course, it gets a bit slow when I have, like, 30 widgets running. But that is my own damn fault. I especially love the traffic widgets. I can have three little windows sitting on my desktops (okay, four if I get homesick and want to see the traffic in Miami, Florida.) showing me live cameras of the traffic flow in Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio. Not to mention the weather, ......

Posted On Thursday, August 11, 2005 6:15 PM

Why You Should Use Diskpar
From the You Had Me At EHLO Exchange blog (who knew?): Why should you use Diskpar (Diskpart in W2003 SP1)? Exchange Server can benefit from having basic disk partitions track-aligned. Diskpar.exe is used for aligning a partition at the storage level, which, if used to create the partition, can have a significant positive performance impact on the storage and is highly recommended. Before I go into the details of how to do this, IĆ¢€™ll give some basic definitions. A partition is the container ......

Posted On Thursday, August 11, 2005 5:43 PM

802.1x On Wired Networks Considered Harmful
From Steve Riley’s blog. I was discussing doing this very thing with a co-worker of mine the other day to get around an entire network that had manually configured IP addresses on all of their workstations. Glad I never got around to that.

Posted On Thursday, August 11, 2005 5:29 PM

How Long Does It Take To Configure MOM 2005?
This is funny . . . How long does it take to configure MOM 2005?? Great picture post from David Henson on the MOM email discussion list: ......

Posted On Thursday, August 11, 2005 2:35 PM

Windows Vista Icons - I Hate 'em
I have been giving Windows Vista the rundown since it was released and I have to say there is one thing I hate about it: the icons. The rest of the UI is pretty stunning. But who thought of the little tipped-on-their-side Manila file folders? That and the icons in the new Start menu (Games, My Computer, etc. — and oh yes, that crummy “glass” recycle bin) are all driving me nuts. Perhaps they will grow on me – perhaps looking at “Fisher-Price” for two+ years has ......

Posted On Thursday, August 11, 2005 1:55 PM

MSN Weather Add-in for MSN Search Toolbar
From Rod Trent’s Blog: Microsoft moves in on weather ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 10, 2005 9:09 PM

PowerToys for MSN Spaces
Microsoft’s MSN Spaces team yesterday released a slew of “power toys” that allows for the continued customisation of MSN Spaces for users as well as adding functionality like streaming audio and video from your “space.” See these links from Mike Torres blog: Mobile Spaces Beta Tweak UI Power Toy Windows Media Player Power Toy HTML Module (Power Toy) ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 10, 2005 8:18 AM

Go Buckeyes!

No horns will be hooking us!!

Posted On Monday, August 8, 2005 3:02 PM

Favorite Saying

I just found my favourite new saying . . . and Jim, I hope all your posts are as entertaining as this one!

Meet Jim!!

I find X like a chocolate covered millionaire with a fist full of shoes finds women

Posted On Monday, August 8, 2005 8:36 AM

Windows Vista Beta1 Tips & Tricks


Posted On Saturday, August 6, 2005 11:45 AM

Why Couldn't Virtual PC Mount the Vista ISO?
Ben has a great post in his blog about running Windows Vista on Virtual PC. Myself and others wondered why we couldn't get the VM to mount the ISO for installation. Although many of us found a workaround Ben enlightens us as to why it happened. Apparently there is a 2.2GB limit on the size of a mountable ISO in Virtual PC. If you run a lot of Virtual PC, his blog is a great one to subscribe to ......

Posted On Saturday, August 6, 2005 11:33 AM

I Laughed Until I Cried
I laughed until I cried! From Kevin Remde’s blog . . . Now playing: Creed - Weathered ......

Posted On Friday, August 5, 2005 1:06 PM

Microsoft SyncToy v1 Beta
I have used Offline Files and Folders, Second Copy and others to keep my data syncronized between multiple machines. Especially since I use a laptop and am always moving from one location to another in my role as a consultant. I was glad to see Microsoft released a free “power toy” called SyncToy to keep my files in line. I have not used it yet, and will post more when I do, but Omar has a good overview of it here. And you can't beat the price. People have groused in the past about Microsoft ......

Posted On Friday, August 5, 2005 10:08 AM

Now I Have a Legacy OS??

I went and installed Windows Vista Beta 1 in a dual boot configuration with Windows XP Professional. The bootloader now shows:

Microsoft Windows Longhorn
Legacy (Pre-Longhorn) Windows Operating System

How quickly you go from current to legacy.

Posted On Thursday, August 4, 2005 11:22 AM

You Cannot Upgrade Windows With an OEM CD
Took me a while to figure this one out . . . but in the process of trying to upgrade an NT 4 domain to Windows Server 2003, the only CD available to me at the time was the Dell OEM CD that came with the new server. Every time I launched setup I was presented with the error: “Windows Setup does not support upgrading from Microsoft Windows NT Server to Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition.” I read and read and read the release notes and sure enough it states that you can upgrade ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 3, 2005 7:12 AM

MOM 2005 SP1 Released
Download and read more about it here Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) offers the latest security enhancements and features, including: • Broader OS and database support, including Windows Server 2003 SP1 and SQL 2000 SP4, which enables you to leverage the latest Windows Server System software. • Support for x64 platforms which allows MOM 2005 to run on and monitor the latest high performance hardware. • License usage alerting which enables you to receive ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 2, 2005 1:32 PM

Windows Vista Heals Itself

Pretty neat. However, the healing is a slow process . . . 15 minutes and counting!

Posted On Monday, August 1, 2005 6:20 PM

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