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Technically Speaking All in on IT February 2006 Entries
How Windows Defender Updates Part II
I recently blogged about how Windows Defender updates itself in a different manner from the previous beta (Windows AntiSpy). It seems to use the traditional Windows Update mechanism instead of updating itself through its own interface. And then it dawned on me that this is part of getting Windows Defender “ready for the enterprise.” For it to mature in to an enterprise-ready application it needs to update itself in a manner that can be leveraged by Microsoft’s stable of management ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 28, 2006 5:41 PM

How Windows Defender Beta 2 Updates?
Another funny thing I have noticed while running Windows Defender Beta 2:It does not seem to update itself via its own “shell” for lack of a better technical term. What I mean is, when it is ready to get a definitions update, I get the traditional yellow security center icon in my systray — the same as if I had any other Windows Update patch to apply. The previous version – Windows AntiSpy Beta 1 update itself from within its own interface. The thing I don't like in this new ......

Posted On Friday, February 24, 2006 6:28 AM

Best XBox 360 Ad Ever
I can see why Microsoft wont run this – I can hear the anti-gaming, anti-violence, anti-everything groups now. It just isn't the kind of press Microsoft needs another headache over. That being said, it is still the best damn commercial for a gaming system I have seen and absolutely and brilliantly visualizes the XBox 360 “Live” experience. Kudos to Matt Hester and his posse for uncovering this … ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 22, 2006 10:31 AM

Some Nice Looking Tablet PC's
These look cool!

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2006 11:36 AM

Another Wish for TechEd
I would love to see Tech-Ed offer an install-fest for Windows Vista, with the latest build available at the time of the show. Perhaps Office 2007 as well?

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2006 11:09 AM

My Office Live Beta Site
I am beta testing Office Live and my site has gone active. I have done absolutely nothing to it yet, so you can check out the default package if you are curious. I signed up for the Live Essentials offering. You also get free domain name registration with the service as well. You can see my site at: .

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2006 8:10 AM

Treo 700w Review
A friend of mine just reminded me that I promised to get a review of my new Treo 700w up on the blog. I promise within the next seven days it will be up. Thanks for the reminder!

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2006 7:44 AM

Windows Defender Shuns the SysTray
I have been running Windows Defender Beta 2 for a couple of days now and I have noticed one strange behavior . . . it does not appear in the systray when running. I have looked for it continuously, and I don't see an option in its preferences for hiding\showing it in the systray. The Windows Defender service is running so I know it is on! Now, heaven knows, we already have a ton of things running in the systray and we certainly don't need another – but being it there gives you the little reassuring ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 7:25 AM

I Love Windows Defender

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 11:18 AM

Windows Defender Beta 2 Available for Download
Available for download for 32–bit and 64–bit editions of Windows. From the website: Windows Defender (Beta 2) is a free program that helps you stay productive by protecting your computer against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software. A redesigned and simplified user interface – Incorporating feedback from our customers, the Windows Defender UI has been redesigned to make common tasks easier to accomplish with a warning ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:00 AM

Microsoft Branch Office Chat - What Lies Ahead
Branch Office Chat - What Lies Ahead – Monday, February 13th at 10:00 am PST We will talk about technology that is coming in Longhorn and will expose some of the inner working of the development cycle, from requirements gathering and how you could influence it to the road that leads to the release of beta1. On the day of the chat enter here: ......

Posted On Friday, February 10, 2006 11:36 AM

MS WSSRA Virtual Environments for Development and Test
I was passed on this Microsoft announcement today of the release of WSSRA Virtual Environment for Development and Test. This set of documents and prescriptive guidelines shows you how to build an accurate emulation of a corporate enterprise data center. “By building with Microsoft Virtual Server and implementing only the IT services relevant for development and test, this instantiation is compact, requires far less hardware, and is easier to build and maintain.” The WSSRA-VE package contains ......

Posted On Thursday, February 9, 2006 6:46 PM

Microsoft Client Protection
From Kevin Remde’s blog: We’re releasing early select customer betas of both Microsoft Client Protection and Microsoft Antigen for Exchange. Microsoft Client Protection is business-class antispyware, anti virus, and attack protection, with an integrated management console that provides centralized management and reporting. The Antigen suite are the Sybari products we acquired when we purchased Sybari last year. Now we are coming out with updated, Microsoft-Branded versions of the Antigen ......

Posted On Thursday, February 9, 2006 11:25 AM

ISA Server 2006 EE Beta
Apparently the beta is now publicly available! Get it here. Standard edition is also available.

Posted On Thursday, February 9, 2006 11:05 AM

Check Out Who Reads My Blog!
I got this from Eileen Brown’s blog. It is a service that maps where your blog readership comes from. Like her, I had no idea I was so widely (geographically) read. You can see the thumbnail version of the map on my left sidebar (below the advertisement) and click on it for a larger version. Pretty nifty! ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2006 1:56 PM

Tech*Ed Connect People Map is Getting Bigger
I don't know if this map reflects all the registered attendees or just the ones “similar” to myself but it is getting bigger – as we knew it would! Now playing: Jeff Buckley - Last Goodbye ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2006 1:53 PM

Two Wishes for Tech*Ed 2006
As I start to get psyched for Tech*Ed 2006 (am I the only geek that gets excited this early?) I find myself wishing for certain things to happen. Certain expectations begin to form; partly from past Tech*Ed disappointments and partly from hope for the future. Here are some things I would love to see this year: A wireless network that really works! Thirteen thousand geeks on a sprawling wireless LAN shouldn't be impossible should it? And given this is Microsoft’s flagship conference, why isn't ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 6:42 AM

Grabbr for Flickr
Grabbr is a cool utility that will send screen grabs directly to your Flickr account. Great for bloggers who like to include screen shots in their posts. Robert Scoble pointed it out in his blog

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 8:32 AM

VMWare GSX Server to be Given Away? is reporting that VMWare may announce that it is going to give licenses to GSX Server for free in order to combat a market share challenge from the low-priced Windows Virtual Server 2005 R2. I just love competition in the marketplace!

This caught my eye at Vlad’s excellent SBS blog.

Posted On Friday, February 3, 2006 7:54 AM

Ah, Starbucks
I am working in a Starbucks at the moment in Cincinnati. There are about 20 people sitting in hear at the moment and 12 of them are in front of laptops. I have counted 6 Treo’s and 1 Samsung i730. There are 2 Apple laptops and the rest are Wintel. This is probably the highest ratio of geek tech to coffee drinkers I have seen in a local Starbucks in a while . . . Next door they built a “Nothing but Noodles” that offers free wifi. So do you think I am paying $9.99 for Starbuck’s ......

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2006 1:28 PM

Microsoft Support KB Articles Now Offer Streaming Video Demos
I had not stumbled across this previously, but I absolutely love it! Here is at least one support article where the different steps in the procedure are demonstrated through streaming video in-line in the article. Very nice and I hope to see it more and more future KB articles where warranted.

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 2:54 PM

Tech*Ed Connect
The Tech*Ed website has a new tool this year called Tech*Ed Connect. Billed as a social networking and communication tool, it is a way for people to start “connecting” prior to and during the conference based on profiles and interests. One of the cool features is a “people map.” Based on your profile, your little “man” icon is grouped in relative proximity to others with like interests that you can then click on and schedule and introduction or meeting. You can ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 2:34 PM

What Are Good Tablet PC Blogs?
I am soon to be switching over to the Tablet PC platform with a Toshiba M200. I am excited as this is another useful tool in my arsenal as I work to support and foster the Information Worker competency as a Microsoft Partner. I have an excellent foundation in Messaging and Collaboration but lack more in-depth experience with mobile tools and development. I am hoping to shore up this area day-in-day-out use of my Tablet PC and Treo 700w. It will also go a long way in helping me be more efficient in ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 11:44 AM

ISA Server 2004 SP2 Released
ISA Server 2004 SP2 has been released for both Standard and Enterprise editions. Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 SP2 provides the latest updates to ISA Server 2004 Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition, with increased security, reliability and stability. Microsoft strongly encourages customers to install SP2 on all computers running ISA Server 2004. ISA Server 2004 SP2 can be installed directly on computers running ISA Server 2004 Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition, and ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 8:23 AM

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