Microsoft Support from India

I admit it, I am not the all-knowing Microsoft consultant I should be.  The real truth is, our support folks have the best tools to diagnose problems a lot faster than I can muddle through things.   I have had the occasion over the last few weeks to call Microsoft Support (PSS) several times with…

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What it is like to run a 1/2 Marathon with 15,000 others

I just got back to Denver, and finally have a stable Internet connection.  I was in downtown San Francisco, staying at the Renaissance Parc 55, and for the life of the SSTN Highspeed Internet provider, they couldn’t provide me with Internet in my room.  So, I did what every good geek would do and mooched…

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The marathon is upon me

I sit here in the third floor of Macy’s in dowtown San Francisco while my wife Deanna searches for clothes that can only add to the heft of our suitcases. I am about to write to the president of Macy’s, thanking them for the generous and strategic placement of comfortable chairs for guys like me…

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LCS and UPN’s

I was messing around with LCS last night here in my lab.  I had installed LCS a couple times and helped customers get up and running, but I am not an LCS expert.  I was trying to duplicate a customer issue where I wanted to limit how certain users could talk to and add to…

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Xbox Live Connectivity, NAT, Voice Problems, Windows Connect now explained

I just saw that Major Nelson posted links to an interview with Jim Barber, Xbox Connectivity Program Manager.  Jim and I worked as consultants about 3 years ago to make sure Xbox Live would work with DSL/Cable providers as well as home gateway/routers manufacturers.  This became the Xbox Live Compatible logo program.  We built a…

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Monday Night Figure Skating on ABC

What the hell were they thinking? I sit here in a pub at the airport, eating a burger in front of a big TV that is tuned to ABC. We had been watching Brett Favre warmup and his stats, etc. Next thing we know, we are watching the extended remix version of a teaser about…

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