It is with Great Sadness….

If you haven’t heard by now, then I will tell you — last week, Microsoft laid off 1,400 employees.  I was one of those 1,400.  I’m not telling you this because I am looking for sympathy, but rather because I want to extend my sincere appreciation.  While I loved every aspect of my job and…

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Physical Access Trumps All

This is a phrase I have heard more than once when discussing security.  It shouldn’t come as a surprise — it’s why banks have vaults and secure facilities have fences.  Technology security is no different — physical access to a PC trumps all.  What does that mean when you’re considering IT security measures?  It means…

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If I were President, what Cell Phone Would I Use?

Have you ever wondered?  Truth is, I never have.  And, as hard as I think about it, I don’t ever remember seeing a president furiously punching keys as he types a text or an e-mail.  Turns out, there’s a reason for that:  Bill Clinton, according to this article, sent only two e-mails during his term…

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Photosynth in(auguration) Action!

At the inauguration, Microsoft is going to help make history.  If you saw my earlier posts about Photosynth, you know it has been featured in CSI.  In that episode, the police used it to reconstruct a murder scene from cell phone pictures taken by students at a school function.  In this case, CNN is going…

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Windows 7 Beta Now Available!

The much anticipated beta version of Windows 7 is now available for download.  You can find the link here.  It’s a limited-release beta, so get it before it’s gone.  (Actually, I just found out that the Windows Team has decided to allow unlimited downloads for two weeks before starting the 2.5 million download limit.) You…

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Windows 7 Beta Release Delayed a Bit…

But probably not for the reason you think.  The code is ready to go.  It’s actually the demand causing the delay.  While the public beta was supposed to go live this afternoon, the demand for the beta (which went live for TechNet/MSDN subscribers yesterday) has been overwhelming.  In fact, such a high demand exists that…

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

I’m sitting in the local Microsoft Office today and it is simply abuzz, which is what I am going to talk about.  I introduced some co-workers to Live Mesh this week (if you didn’t know about that, you can watch the screen cast/read the blog from earlier this week).  Today, as I was talking about…

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Mesh: It’s the Latest Thing Going

Fortunately, I am talking about Live Mesh, the program, not wearable mesh, which made an appearance in the 80s (and hopefully doesn’t come back).  Live Mesh is a program that is becoming more robust all the time.  It started as a way to synchronize files between multiple PCs.  (And it still does that quite well.) …

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iSCSI: Latest Apple Peripheral or Easy SAN? (Continued Discussion of Server Clusters)

While iSCSI might have the little "i" so common in Apple’s naming schemes, it has nothing to do with Mr. Jobs.  In this case, the "i" stands for "Internet."  SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) is an interface used for connecting PCs to peripherals such as hard drives.  SCSI is nothing new.  It’s been around for…

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Virtual Clusters: A Tamagotchi for Your Network!

First of all, if you missed out on the whole digital pet revolution, a Tamagotchi is a virtual pet.  It comes in a small computer (usually attached to a keychain) and requires attention to keep it from dying.  It needs to be fed, played with, and cleaned up after, all accomplished via buttons on the…

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