My favorite Windows Sidebar gadget – Outlook calendar appointments

I am starting my New Years’ Resolution early by sharing some of the non-System Center geek things that make my life easier or better. The Windows Sidebar is not new, having been first introduced with Windows Vista.  And most of us probably have the weather, a clock and Bing search tools.  But every time that…


MCP certification business card

Every once in a while, I find a clever applet that I’d like to share.  This one is the “MCP Virtual Business Card”. It uses your LiveID and then allows you to do all of the normal business card contact info, as well as easy links for social networking.  But what I thought was…


Why a Windows Storage Server is like a Saleen Ford Mustang

For the record, I am not really a car buff.  I am a “Buff”ington … and enjoy renting mustangs from Avis … but I’ve had a few questions on my Windows Storage Server 2008 RTM blog (below), so let me expand on my analogy:   Just a few miles down the road in Detroit, Saleen…


XBOX DAD post — the power of Windows Home Server with an Xbox 360

  As you may have seen in some of my other gaming posts, I love it when my favorite things overlap – e.g. Star Wars and Video Games. In this month’s Xbox Dad article, my Windows Home Server hooked up with my Xbox360 and effect was beautiful (literally), as my family photos and video, along…


Game Recommendation – Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action

My wife and I recently unwrapped one of my Christmas presents to ourselves – the Scene It?  Lights, Camera, Action game for Xbox 360.  And the only complaint we had was that we wished we had opened it sooner. The kit comes with four controllers, each featuring a big button for fast “buzz-in”, as well…


I am going to miss HD DVD

Farewell friend — we hardly knew ye. Yes, with the news that Toshiba is pulling out and Microsoft has announced that it will discontinue the HD-DVD player add-on for Xbox360, the format war is over. And that is a good thing. While we early adopters may have had to bet on two horses, mainstream consumers…


HEROES happen here

In case you are of the very few IT professionals who haven’t heard yet, Microsoft has an exciting launch coming up next month: Windows Server 2008 SQL Server 2008 Visual Studio 2008 And I am very jazzed to get to attend the global launch event on February 27, 2008 in Los Angeles — manning the…


My Xbox 360 has its own blog

Everybody is blogging. I’ve been blogging myself (here) at Microsoft for almost a year — with my sincere thanks to all of you who read this. Recently, I started contributing to some larger blogs within Microsoft, including: SYSTEM CENTER – the family of management products from Microsoft that DPM is part of WINDOWS SERVER -…


Go make a Snowflake – and other Christmas gadgets worth checking out

I love the Internet gadgets that come out around the holidays.  My favorite so far has to be the "Go Elf Yourself" from OfficeMax… where you insert your own headshots on little elf bodies and they dance for you.  It will literally have you rolling on the floor laughing. Here are my three kids, elf’d….


It’s time for some fun – in High Definition

Okay, with DPM’s launch now complete, I am committed to getting some geek-fun back into my world.  And it started with the epiphany that the video projector that I use for my gaming supports 1080 and I wasn’t using it to its fullest capability. FYI – if you haven’t read a clear and complete explanation…