Archive for April, 2009

Server Quest II


“The daily life of a Geek”.  It’s Server Quest II.  Help fix computers, build things and try to troubleshoot the most cumbersome IT problems, just as most of us do daily.

This is one game you must try!

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Office 2007 SP2 Released

Get it while it’s hot…Office 2007 SP2:

Some of the major changes are part of Outlook as it is said to get faster and faster.

More changes can be found here:

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Windows 7 RC – Today (soon)

windows7logo-thumb So, today is the day (if you have MSDN or TechNet) that you can get the RC of Windows 7 to try, test and enjoy until your heart is content.  If you don’t have an MSDN or TechNet subscription you should probably be asking yourself, why?  Look at all the benefits – better support, larger access to stuff as well as having access to the entire repertoire of Microsoft’s software.  WOW, all that for less than a round trip ticket across the US, and it’ll last a heck of a lot longer too!

At any rate, if you are a MSDN or TechNet subscriber, go get Windows 7’s RC today and tell us your experiences!

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It’s been a while, sorry

Keeping up with the Jonses as the saying goes…We all try to do it from time to time and whilst I was keeping up with them I fell behind in a few other things.  At any rate, I’m back and hopefully will have some more updates for you soon.

Sorry for the lack of posts, but watch this space

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Laughing is a celebration of the good, and it’s also how we deal with the bad. Laughing, like crying, is a good way of eliminating toxins from the body. Since the mind and body are connected, you use an amazing amount of muscles when you laugh.”

Windows 7 Release Candidate Update

The guys over on the Windows 7 blog have given us dates…the RC is on track for April 30th for download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Broader, public availability will begin on May 5th.

Read more over on their site:

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Windows 7 Snacks!

While on the topic of the Microsoft Learning team’s Snacks, lets look at the cool stuff, Windows 7!!!  There are 6 good snacks for you to dig in to and enjoy the content of.  Take a peek yourself.  (remember you need Silverlight)

Desktop Experience in Windows 7

Setting Up a Home Network in Windows 7

Implementing User Account Control in Windows 7

Introducing BitLocker and AppLocker in Windows 7

Introducing the Troubleshooting Platform in Windows 7

Using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool for Servicing Windows 7 Images

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EBS Learning Snack

Yum yum, more learning snacks from the folks at Microsoft Learning.  This time it’s on what I was telling you about end of last year:

Essential Business Server

It’s the server that fits nicely in to the under 300 SMB market.  It’s got all you need and then some – AD DS, Exchange 2007, Forefront for Exchange and Forefront Firewall, SCE and SQL if you want it.

Wow!  Learn more about EBS over with the eLearning and MSL team.

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The Many Windows 7 Websites of Microsoft

Seems that someone has been publishing websites again, just a bit too early.  A few weeks ago if you went to the Windows 7 TechNet site you got this:


oops.  Soon disappeared and you got the regular page back:


This weekend, if you went to the Microsoft Partner Portal for Windows 7 you got:


Download the RC *now* it says and the official one is available 05 May.  It’s a public partner site so you don’t need a Live account to get there.  However, soon after the hiccup, it went back to:


So, all in all, it’s been quite eventful lately in web services at Microsoft….

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How 1 and 0 have changed our lives

I write a monthly tech piece for an online publication (gratis) and I though I’d share this month’s with you:

Flashback – the year is 1984 and I was 5 (a mere 25 years ago). I woke up and wanted to watch cartoons on Saturday morning, so what did I do? Got up, switched the telly on spun the dial round to one of the channels I was lucky enough to receive (whilst waiting patiently for the tube to warm up). Fast forward, you’re back in 2009. You want to watch telly, what do you do? Grab the Sky HD remote and push TV followed by power and then Sky and choose one of a million channels (of which nothing is usually on).

Back to 1994 now and I was just about to finish secondary school. I needed to tell my mate who I grew up with in the USA that my footie team was about to play in the finals of the UEFA cup. What did I do? Send him snail mail or waited for the right time (due to differences in the time zones) to telephone him. Snap, 2009, Manchester United versus FC Porto. Before the match even finishes my mate, who now lives in Australia, knows the score before I can even text him, Skype him, twitter the result or email him.

Now it’s 2004 – just 5 years ago. I finally got a real job as a freelance photographer but need some new clothes and a new camera. What do I do? Head to Grut’s for my camera and on the way home, stop at Gabriel’s for my clothes. Where would I go today? for the gear and for the clothing…

No doubt over the past three decades technology has evolved, definitely for the good, but might it have evolved too quickly and some of the good brought about bad?

With unlimited amounts of information, we can get to what we need quicker than ever before. We are connected in ways we never thought possible 30 years ago. No longer do you have to make sure the person you want to talk to is awake or in the same time zone, just send them an email and within seconds it’s delivered and they can respond at their convenience. Do you want to ensure you are getting the best possible price for something? With different online market places, that’s possible. Unsure of the meaning to an answer in the pub quiz? Just Google it and instantly you’ll have the full answer.

Due to these changes in technology we have become more attached than ever as everything is now more convenient. As an example, you can now pay your bills online ( – shocking), something that saves you the time and effort of what used to require writing and posting a cheque (not to mention an addressing an envelope and buying a stamp). Furthermore, if you’re not feeling well, instead of calling your GP, simply look up your symptoms online and even find potential cures. You can find almost anything you want now by using the latest technology, and moreover, you never need to leave your lounge to do any of this.

With so many advancements in technology, one can only wonder what’s next. One thing’s for sure though – I know the virtual people at aren’t as nice (nor as cute) as the sales people in Grut’s and Gabriel’s were.

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