Translating TechNet instantly

Here’s a little something I discovered the other day which I have found to be super useful. As anyone who is not a native English speaker knows, English is the predominant language on the Internet; and in the world of IT, this seems to be especially true.  Product documentation often gets released in English first,…

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Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008

I came across the following document the other day that contains plenty of useful tuning parameters and settings that you can tweak in order to improve performance in Windows Server 2008.  The nice thing is that each setting and its effect (or side-effect) are explained so that you can decide if you want to make…

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Project Highlander

Having better ‘green credentials’ than your competitor seems to be the in thing at the moment.  You’ll often see a company saying that they will plant X number of trees for each purchase you make, etc.  Of course, this is always a good thing and anything that is done, no matter how small, to improve…

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Windows Vista Service Pack 2

Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista (SP2) has been a hot topic recently.  While Microsoft has not released an immense amount of information regarding this upcoming important update, some interesting stuff has appeared (here and here, for example). As normal, the service pack will include all previously released updates since service pack 1 (SP1) was…

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Self-writing code

  If you do a lot of scripting for Windows, then you probably use VBScript (VBS) to do it.  With VBScript you can easily retrieve information about pretty much anything that is in your computer, or connected to the network, which is what makes it a good choice as a scripting language. When working on…

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A bigger Sky

Out of the blue the SkyDrive team have announced that they are extended the storage limit that we’ll have on our SkyDrives from 5Gb to 25Gb!  That’s a 5-fold increase which is going to come in handy for everyone. A few other changes being made are: The ability to download photos direct to your Windows…

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Big fat TechNet discount

Want a 20% discount on your new TechNet subscription or renewal?  A rather rhetorical question actually as I am sure that you do!  Just click here to buy it online, and use the promotion code: TNPAN09.  The offer expires on the 30th of June 2009, and is only available in EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa) countries. With…

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Job/Life/Reputation protector 2.0

Back in January I posted some simple VBA code for adding an “are you sure?” type question to the Reply To All button in Outlook.  Since then I have received a few suggestions for improving the code, one of the most common of which was to add to the question box the list of names…

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A good and bad end to the Formula 1 season

Yesterday the Formula 1 season finished with quite a nail-biting last 20 seconds, I really thought Felipe Massa had won (even the commentator had started congratulating Massa as well) until Hamilton stole it in the last possible second. The good news for Formula 1 is that Ferrari has installed a new cluster of Microsoft High…

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Self-healing NTFS

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 contain an often overlooked feature called NTFS Self-Healing.  In a nutshell, it is basically an improvement to the NTFS system whereby Windows will detect a file system error and automatically fix it on-the-fly.  All this is performed in the background without anyone actually noticing that it happened, unless you…

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