AD: Two slightly used TiVos for sale

   Before Windows Media Center Edition was released, I purchased two TiVo DVRs.  My family has really enjoyed these units – In fact my 3 year old daughter has become so used to being able to watch a favorite episode of Rugrats on demand that when we explained that grandma’s TV can only play scheduled programs…

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Paintball Outing

   This last weekend a couple of guys from the EEC and the Windows Server TAP team went down to a place called Hole-in-the-wall Paintball to shoot each other with small projectiles from pneumatic weapons 🙂 Before From left to right, we have Matt Wagner, Dave Kearney, Do Kim, myself, Nathan McAffee, and Nathan’s neighbor.    The tactics were pretty…

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What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

   What Kind of American English Do You Speak? – Having been born and raised here in the Redmond area with a couple of years spent in rural parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland and elsewhere, here’s how I tested out on the latest “timewaster of the week“: 75% General American English 15% Yankee 5% Dixie 5% Midwestern 0%…

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Terminal Dodgeball

   Last week the Terminal Services Team squared off against the EEC crew in a very one-sided dodgeball game at the ProClub in Redmond…  I wasn’t able to make it, but as I hear things, the score was something like EEC=3, TS=0!  Stanley Jones took some video of it using a Kodak digital camera which I’ve put up on…

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iSCSI in the Real-World

   The EEC has recently been evaluating iSCSI technology options from some of our vendor partners – Really interesting stuff.  We haven’t had any requests from customers for this technology yet, but we want to get up to speed on it and gain some operational experience before they do.  There are iSCSI options for our Brocade SilkWorm 24000 and…

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Microsoft’s version of the Darwin Award…

   Well, it’s official:  Richard Gregg has been sentenced to 2 years in one of Washington State’s fine correctional facilities for the crime of tragic stupidity.  This is really a shame – Richard is a very likable fellow who had run the software library for the Windows Application Compatibility Testing Team, first as a contractor and later as…

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Windows Messenger in Corporate Environments

   I had a surprise the other day – I run MSN Messenger 6.2 on my laptop here at work for occasional IM sessions with friends and family, and after I signed in yesterday morning with my user@microsoft.com Passport, it prompted me to change my Passport email addy to user@messengeruser.com!  It told me to wait an hour to…

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Inappropriate relations with a Sun server…

   Wow!  If a Microsoftie has a few complimentary words to say about Sun’s latest Windows-compatible hardware, should he be fired for revealing his latent “hardware fetishist” tendencies?  According to TheRegister, the answer is a logic-defying “yes”.  Fortunately, my boss doesn’t look to the Register for staffing guidance, and colleagues assure me that having the Register tear into you personally is in fact something of…

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My boss is running a SUN workstation on his desktop!

   I never saw this one coming:  After playing with the new WindowsXP x64 Opteron-based  Sun workstations at tonight’s Sun mixer held in honor of the deployment of two racks worth of new SunFire Windows Server 2003 gear, my boss cleaned off his old HP desktop and and rolled in a new Sun Workstation to use as his dektop!  Am…

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Making life as a LUser more livable

   Well, after reading Aaron Margosis’ blog, I decided to give running as a limited user at home another try…  I’m used to running *Nixoid workstations in this manner of course and I’ve tried running this way on my Windows boxes on a couple of occasions in the past and had been dissatisfied with the experience:  The…

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