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Technically Speaking All in on IT July 2006 Entries
One Week With Vista
So far it has been a solid week with build 5472 of Vista. All previous builds had not lasted this long – the previous record being held by beta two of two days before frustrations drove me to yank it out and replace it with XP SP2. There are still some minor inconveniences, but all in all it is running fabulously. There is quite an improvement in overall speed of responsiveness in the OS in general as well as in IE7. More programs work well with it, although my iPod cannot get its firmware ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 25, 2006 2:10 PM

Microsoft Blogs
This is a great page for finding the latest and greatest Microsoft blogs and posts.

Posted On Tuesday, July 25, 2006 2:01 PM

What the Heck Mary Jo Part II
I took a dim view of one of Mary Jo’s blog posts a while back where she questioned the fact that there was no time line available for the successor to Vista – despite the fact that Vista hasn't even been released yet – or despite the fact that she and the press crucify Microsoft when they then announce any delay to that time line. Now its more of the same. recently suffered a service outage due to a power failure in the area where its data center is located. Enter today’s ......

Posted On Monday, July 24, 2006 6:12 PM

Exchange 2007 Beta 2 is Here
You can download it here. Beta 2 is feature complete and the Exchange Blog (You Had Me at EHLO) has more details. I recommend downloading it from a country mirror where everyone is asleep right now for faster download speeds.

Posted On Monday, July 24, 2006 8:29 AM

Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server
Antigen with a new name or something more? Check it out here. Based on the road map it looks like this is the re-vamped Antigen acquisition. Postscript - You can download the User guide from here ......

Posted On Monday, July 24, 2006 8:21 AM

Vista 5476
I will post a more comprehensive review tonight but the early indication is a big thumbs up! A lot of the nits I complained about in Beta 2 have been fixed and the “fit and finish” continues to improve. Here is a quick screenshot and look for more details tonight. Seacrest out ......

Posted On Thursday, July 20, 2006 5:51 AM

My XBox Keeps Me Grinning
I am continuing to love listening to my XBox blog about how I treat it. I don't know what the community response is to this site, but personally I love it. It gives me a grin a day!

Posted On Wednesday, July 19, 2006 11:32 AM

Google Speeds Up Web Browsing?
I hadn't seen this one before – Google Labs Web Accelerator. So they’re a proxy now as well … How does Google Web Accelerator work? Google Web Accelerator uses various strategies to make your web pages load faster, including: Sending your page requests through Google machines dedicated to handling Google Web Accelerator traffic. Storing copies of frequently looked at pages to make them quickly accessible. Downloading only the updates if a web page has changed slightly since you ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 18, 2006 1:28 PM

More on Microsoft Acquiring Winternals
Here is some more information from Mark Russinovich, one of the founders of Winternals\SysInternals.

Posted On Tuesday, July 18, 2006 10:07 AM

Microsoft Acquires Winternals
I first read this here. And I have to agree, this is huge! I also really hope the great tools that come from this company wont go to some developmental graveyard. I have used many, many of them as a Systems Engineer over the years and they have saved my bacon or helped a customer out of a jam on too many occasions to count. I am really excited to see where this goes. PS Their Defrag Manager is the best – hands down ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 18, 2006 10:04 AM

Windows Vista 5472 Mini Review
I am going to install tonight and try to have my mini-review up shortly. In the meantime, here is another mini-review with some good screen shots. Unlike Andre, I do really like the new Bliss wallpaper. Very serene and peaceful … I was getting tired of the Midwest pasture.

Posted On Tuesday, July 18, 2006 8:50 AM

Office 2007 Gets UI Tweaks and Themes
Some screen shots have been posted of tweaks made to the UI of Office 2007 as well as the addition of a “silver” theme to the current roster of “black” and “blue.” The changes are expected to be finalized over the next week. Read more about it here and here. Personally I like the changes. I like the move to the rounded borders originally – they were fresh and new – but once I saw the UI with the traditional squared off corners we know and love in a ......

Posted On Monday, July 17, 2006 12:26 PM

Microsoft Launches Exchange 2007 Community Forums
Much like it has for Vista, SQL and other technologies Microsoft TechNet has recently launched a community-style forum for Exchange Server 2007. However, at the moment it is short on volume and guidance. Every topic had more posts on Windows Vista issues than Exchange. I don't know what people are thinking, but hopefully a site admin will step up to clean out the discussion areas from off-topic posters and monitor how things progress. Please don't throw it out there and then abandon it. The power ......

Posted On Monday, July 17, 2006 7:32 AM

Who Knew Garfield Was an Ohio State Buckeye?
I didn't – but it seems apparent now! Four days to NCAA 07!

Posted On Saturday, July 15, 2006 5:22 AM

Southern Ohio Exchange Users Group Details
I am pleased to announce the first meeting of the Southern Ohio Exchange Users Group! This has been a long time in the making and I know it is something the area IT Pros will enjoy and get a lot out of. The inaugural meeting is set for September 12th and check-in and welcome is at 6:15 with the meeting kicking off at 6:30pm. It will run to 8:30pm. Food and drink will be graciously provided by Microsoft. The meeting will be held at the Cincinnati area Microsoft offices located in Mason. The registration ......

Posted On Friday, July 14, 2006 5:37 AM

19 Smart Tips for Securing Active Directory
From the Microsoft TechNet Security newsletter! For more detail on each item, read the full post here from an article by Sean Deuby. The enlightening tidbits below are my own two cents … 1. Document What You Have – you will forget it or leave the company!2. Control Your Administration – a solid foundation makes everything more secure.3. Limit the Number of Administrators – the fewer the chefs the better the dish.4. Test Group Policy Settings – it does what you wanted ......

Posted On Thursday, July 13, 2006 5:49 AM

Pando Outlook Plug-In
Now this is an interesting little concept: Pando Networks has developed an Outlook Plug-In that will initiate an P2P file transfer from an email message if the attachment exceeds the specified limit allowed for attachments in the email.

Posted On Wednesday, July 12, 2006 4:09 PM

Microsoft Virtual PC is Now Free as Well
Microsoft has added Virtual PC to its list of freely available software! Download it from here.

Posted On Wednesday, July 12, 2006 8:24 AM

Another Request for the Microsoft RSS Team
Another Request for the Microsoft RSS Team:I have been digging the improved RSS feed reading within the IE 7 beta 3. It is a big improvement and really adds to the usability of the feature(s). However, one thing I would love to see is synchronization of the feed read\unread states between IE 7 and Outlook 2007. I love how it syncs the subscription list, but I hate having to manage the “read state” of my posts between the two applications. Especially since I heavily depend on the Outlook ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 12, 2006 5:48 AM

Add Your XBox GamerScore as Flair
GamerScoreChart converts your XBox GamerScore in to a chart that updates itself over time with the history of your score. You can also add it as a URL link or as a flair to your webpage or blog. Here is an example with my GamerScore. And of course, my Xbox continues to blog about me – and complain a lot too! Its very funny and I actually found myself making time to play out of guilt! ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 11, 2006 5:25 AM

Agnitum Pounds Windows OneCare
I was reading a post at the SunBelt Blog about Agnitum’s review of Microsoft’s Windows OneCare. Other than to say that the Agnitum crew is highly respected, Alex was basically passing on their findings. It should be noted that both SunBelt and Agnitum make firewall products of their own. This obviously gives them expertise in the space, however, I cannot quite help but read into the comments knowing they sell a competing product. Does this mean that the competition shouldn’t review ......

Posted On Monday, July 10, 2006 7:37 AM

Great - Now My XBox is Bitching About Me
Great. I blogged previously about a cool website that allows your XBox to blog … well I went to check on its first post and its first post was to chimp about how I’m not spending enough time with her … geez, now I have to satisfy my XBox too.

Posted On Friday, July 7, 2006 1:31 PM

Windows Vista 5456 Task Manager Resource Center
I have been continuing my testing with the latest build of Vista, 5456 and I stumbled upon something amazing. It was new to me; and it amazes me how many new things I find in each successive build. This enhanced resource manager provides a wealth of detail beyond what are used to with the Task Manager. You can view: CPU, Disk, Memory and Network utilization Details on each down to specific process utilization Process PID, hard faults, Commits and sharable\private memory Give it a look ......

Posted On Friday, July 7, 2006 10:19 AM

Installing WMP 11 and URGE
I got this curious option when installing the latest beta for Windows Media Player 11. Apparently I have the option to blank. I thought it was funny so I submitted it for your amusement. Note to the WMP 11 beta team – you have a bug … I also find it performs sluggishly in comparison to WMP 10. Accessing the URGE music service via WMP 11 I also find hit and miss. I will get a lot of hangs and freezes as well as issues signing in with my passport. ......

Posted On Friday, July 7, 2006 10:12 AM

OneNote Napkin Math
I noticed this little gem over at the IW Center; a Microsoft blog for the information worker focusing on Office 2007 information. If you work in OneNote 2007 a lot like I do, then you almost always have it in front of you. In a meeting and need to do a little on-the-fly calculation? You could pull up Windows Calculator or even Excel, but instead just type the math in to OneNote 2007 and let it spit out the answer for you! For example I simply typed in 24+59*78= and then hit ENTER and viola! The answer ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 5, 2006 10:31 AM

Now Your XBox Can Blog
Your XBox can now blog! based on your gaming habits and who knows what else, your XBox submits blog entries to a web address based on your gamertag. I will need to have a talk with my XBox before it is allowed to blog – I don't want everyone to know just how bad I am at Madden 06 …

Posted On Wednesday, July 5, 2006 6:57 AM

In All Fairness to IE7
After this post, I continued to try to work with Vista for another week before I finally reloaded my XP SP2 image. I did find out that the reason for the slowness in browsing as mentioned in item #4 is most likely attributed to the web caching appliance the networking team uses. Let’s just say it isn't ISA Server 2004 (learn about ISA Server 2006 which rocks even more)! I just loaded the IE7 beta 3 build on the same XP SP2 image and it is running very well so far. The UI seems more streamlined ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 4, 2006 1:35 PM

Free Microsoft E- Learning for Exchange Server 2007
Microsoft has released two free e-learning courses (much as they did for SQL 2005 – thanks Microsoft!) for Exchange Server 2007. They are with the beta 1 build but at a broad level are applicable and well worth looking in to if you are an Exchange administrator. Clinic 3053: What's New in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Administration Clinic 3054: Overview of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Architecture ......

Posted On Monday, July 3, 2006 12:53 PM

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