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Technically Speaking All in on IT July 2005 Entries
FeedDemon 1.6 Beta 2 Released
Download here.

Posted On Friday, July 29, 2005 12:20 PM

Increase Your Download Speed From MSDN (US Only)
This is a great tip from Jason Mauss’ blog if you spend a lot of time downloading from MSDN subscriptions services.

Posted On Thursday, July 28, 2005 8:34 AM

Make Your Own Google

 This is a cute web site where you can graphically "googlize" any text you enter. 


Posted On Thursday, July 28, 2005 8:26 AM

Posting to my Blog From Flickr
Hey Flickr! I love your service. I also love the ability to post directly to my blog from my photo page. However, can you please add some basic formatting tools when I compose by blog entry? I know you don’t want to turn in to too many things, but let me do some basic bold, italic and add an hyperlink to text. Thanks.

Posted On Thursday, July 28, 2005 8:10 AM

Installing Vista Beta 1 in a Virtual Machine
.flickr-photo { border: solid 1px #000000; } .flickr-frame { float: left; text-align: center; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Install Longhorn B1 1, originally uploaded by chris.haaker. I have just started to test installing Windows Longhorn Beta 1 in a Virtual PC environment. You will need to have your VHD pre-formatted (I suggest using the Windows XP install CD) before beginning the Longhorn installation. Once the Windows XP setup ......

Posted On Thursday, July 28, 2005 8:04 AM

FeedDemon 1.6b1
So far, so good. I just upgraded to the latest beta of FeedDemon since they were acquired by NewsGator. And beta 2 is rumoured to be following soon. The syncronization rocks and I like the little tweaks made here and there to the look and feel of the interface. I think Nick is doing great things with this product. I haven't had the slightest desire to go back to Onfolio or Pluck ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 27, 2005 6:07 PM

Windows Vista Beta 1

(Channelling Homer Simpson – think beeeeeeer)

Windows Vista, ooooohhhh, Beta 1. Read here. And here.

Posted On Wednesday, July 27, 2005 6:01 AM

Running a Domain Controller as a Virtual Machine
Rod Trent posted over on his blog some thoughts on running a domain controller as a VM (virtual machine). I can think of two places I would do this. Disaster recovery and as part of a "swing" upgrade to active directory from an NT4 domain. In most instances you are building a new destination DC on new hardware, and have an NT4 domain controller on older hardware. Build the new Windows 2003 Server and then build an NT4 server on it as a VM. Promote it to be the PDC. Upgrade it to be the new AD domain’s ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 27, 2005 5:51 AM

MSN Messenger and What I am Listening To
I have been going back and forth between using XPlay and Windows Media Player or iTunes to manage my tunes and iPod. When I contemplated switching back to iTunes (XPlay was giving me numerous errors when syncing to the iPod) I was disappointed as I thought I would lose the “What I am Listening To” functionality in MSN Messenger. But lo and behold it integrates with iTunes as well to show what you are listening to. I like that. Microsoft could have left out that functionality out of spite ......

Posted On Monday, July 25, 2005 4:27 PM

Lance Piles Up Number Seven
Lance Armstrong pulls of an unprecedented seventh Tour de France victory today as he rolled down the Champs-Elysees. I have the feeling he is leaving 1–2 more victories on the table by retiring now, but I am sure he wants his life back all the same. All the best Lance, it was great while it lasted. Livestrong! Read more here ......

Posted On Sunday, July 24, 2005 10:18 AM

More Windows Vista
And here is the official web page . . .

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2005 7:03 AM

MSN Screensaver Beta
This is a nice little screensaver from MSN. You can download it here. It will cycle through a folder full of images and also display RSS feeds, local weather and desktop search options as well as Messenger info and email status. Very nicely done. My family photos never looked so good!

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2005 7:00 AM

More on Windows Vista
Here is the Microsoft Press Release announcement. Here is some more at John Howard’s blog.

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2005 6:53 AM

Longhorn a Pleasing View
Apparently, Windows Longhorn has now been officially christened, er, marketed as “Windows Vista.” Read more here. IMO it could be worse. For me, this will take some getting used to. I have been saying and thinking Longhorn for so long, I had forgotten that was just a “code name.” BTW, someone has already pointed out that Vista means some strange things in other languages, like chicken, for example ......

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2005 6:51 AM

Exchange Server Cookbook
Hey Exchange administrators! Go buy this book now . . .

Posted On Wednesday, July 20, 2005 11:11 AM

5 Ways Blogging Can Help Your Business

Found this article with the following graphic on this Microsoft Web Site. Somewhere Robert Scoble is smiling . . .

How Blogging Can Help Your Business

Posted On Wednesday, July 20, 2005 7:44 AM

The Next 10 Songs Playing in my Windows Media Player
  1. Everyday – Dave Matthews Band (seeing them Thursday night wooo!)
  2. The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
  3. Madman Across the Water – Elton John
  4. Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne
  5. Wheel in the Sky – Journey
  6. Celebrity Skin – Hole
  7. Shimmer – Fuel
  8. Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani
  9. Operation Spirit – Live
  10. Vapor Trails – Rush

Posted On Tuesday, July 19, 2005 1:41 PM

Dear Mastercard
I picked this up from Omar’s excellent blog . . . I laughed out loud and then started yealling “yeah” and “take that” to myself as I read it. The original article is here.

Posted On Tuesday, July 19, 2005 1:36 PM

Samsung SCH-i730
I promised a couple of weeks ago I would blog a review of my new cell phone, the Samsung SCH-i730 from Verizon Wireless. So far, my experiences have been positive. The minor annoyances I have had have been more a result of using a RIM Blackberry for the past four years and making the transition to a new form factor and Windows Mobile 2003 2nd Edition. The highlights are a great data service, wifi (which I can enable and disable as needed – it is a battery drainer) and a slide-out qwerty-style ......

Posted On Friday, July 15, 2005 6:07 AM

Scripting With MOM Part II Now Available
I blogged about the beginning of the four-part series here. Get part two here.

Posted On Friday, July 15, 2005 5:33 AM

.mobi Domain Gains Approval
The .mobi top-level domain gains approval. Apparently the mobile surge requires its own domain. And of course, what fun things can you do with .mobi? The possibilities are endless . . .

Posted On Friday, July 15, 2005 5:30 AM

Get Ready for SQL Server 2005
Free (for 90 days) e-learning courses from Microsoft to get you prepared for SQL Server 2005. 

Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2005 4:39 PM

Longhorn Beta Invites Go Out
From Paul Thurrott, the long awaited Longhorn beta invites are in the mail!

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 7:45 AM

MBSA 2.0 Released

MBSA is an easy-to-use tool designed for the IT professional that helps small and medium businesses determine their security state in accordance with Microsoft security recommendations and offers specific remediation guidance. Improve your security management process by using MBSA to detect common security misconfigurations and missing security updates on your computer systems.

Download here.

Posted On Monday, July 11, 2005 5:32 AM

My Prayers Go Out to Those in London

I have been to London four times now in the past year and a half and it is a wonderful place full of passionate, strong and friendly people. They are in my prayers during this trying time. I have no doubt they will prevail.

Posted On Friday, July 8, 2005 9:38 AM

Scripting MOM - Part 1 - The Basics

Scripting MOM - Part 1 - The Basics

This is a four-part series of articles on writing scripts in MOM (Microsoft Operations Manager) 2005. This series focuses on comparing WSH (Windows Scripting Host) scripts with those for MOM so the collection of already compiled WSH scripts can be leveraged for use in MOM.

Posted On Thursday, July 7, 2005 9:20 AM

While I would have loved to see the cost of the items go to African relief, I highly doubt the performers made the “goody bags” a requirement of participation. They are a common giveaway at celebrity events, in an ironic twist of the “rich getting richer.” Someone with bad judgment thought this was a good idea . . . 'Live 8' Stars Got $12,000 Goodie Bags Sunday, July 3, 2005 9:55 a.m. EDT Rock stars who lent their talents to Saturday's "Live 8" concert to fight poverty in ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 6, 2005 1:36 PM

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