Thinking about the cloud (part 1).

I was telling someone recently that before I joined Microsoft I spent the late 1990s running a small training company. The number of employees varied, averaging out at a dozen or so. I delivered training, did the business management, helped the win over customers and I looked after the IT. It was like doing two…

0

Hello Exchange 2010

Inside Microsoft we have this custom of “dog-fooding” new software, and Exchange 2010 is now at the point where Microsoft IT feel they can run it outside of North America. So a few days ago I got a mail saying my mail box was going to be moved to a new server “using the new…

0

Supercomputers and adverts.

One of those Saturday morning serendipitous link chains. Sometime in 1988  I was talking to Mike, one of my colleagues at Research Machines. It’s impossible to keep using increasing computer for ever I said. He had 16Mhz 386 computer on his desk with a 387 maths co-processor and a special cache board in it and…

6

Mail stress.

I started typing this blog post at 07:21. Outlook has already received the first 50 items of the day. Most of which were from night-owls in the US, a few from Asia/Pacific, and only a couple from European insomniacs. Yesterday it pulled down at least 426. I know this because yesterday I set up 3…

1

On knowing your sh*t

It’s been an interesting few days, Monday was the Glasgow road-show event and Thursday was our day in Newcastle. The team didn’t look upon flying with any great enthusiasm. So rather than returning home, drawing breath and heading North again we decided to stop en-route for an extra day and night: since we’d missed off-site…

4

You know that Virtualization is going mainstream …

It’s not when you see articles like this from Mary Jo  (Self styled Linux guy and VMware proponent Jason Perlow thinks Hyper-V is pretty darn good… I want to quote so much of this that really is easier for you to go and read it). It’s when it’s the subject of a sequence of Dilbert…

0

Exchange 2007 SP1 released

The news went live on the Exchange Web Page yesterday. Technet Magazine has “16 new features in Exchange SP1” the one which is of most interest to me is “Improvements to Unified Messaging”… that’s all about integration with OCS and communicator.  Update: Jason thinks the mobility improvements are pretty major too,  more control over the…

0

PowerShell to Fix Phone number formats part II

I said when I posted about fixing the phone numbers in your Outlook Contacts that I’d come back and do the same thing for Active Directory. Richard told people to look out for that, so no pressure to get it done then… Using the Active Directory Services interface (ADSI) from Powershell seems to fill some…

0

How not to be read…

Eileen asks “So how do I get my team to read my emails ?” Actually, she overlooks something very simple and important. Rule one: the nearer the author is to the reader in the company hierarchy the more likely the message will be read. If someone at the very top of Microsoft wants something done I could…

5

Campaign for real numbers update

I’ve had an outlook rule in place for a while to tell people about broken phone numbers, I thought I’d report back. The first thing I found was that colleagues who forward lots of mail threads soon tired of seeing the message, so I’ve filtered out anything which is a reply or forward. The rule now goes Apply…

8