UltimateTV vs Comcast’s HD/DVR

**Updated** I have gotten a lot of comments and questions internally at Microsoft because I offered to sell my UltimateTV boxes after switching to Comcast’s HD DVR (Motorola DCT6412 III) about a month ago.  I switched to Comcast because I have had a rear projection HD TV for a few years and never did anything…

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Hosted Messaging and Collaboration 3.5 released today

This morning, Microsoft announced version 3.5 of the Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (the product formerly known as HVMC).  The latest version of the solution incorporates new mobile synchronization capabilities, a variety of security enhancements, and new tools that lessen management time and extend customer acquisition opportunities for hosting partners.   As always, the solution…

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Grayline Tours: Parking Garages of High Tech Companies

I love coming up to Redmond or going out to Silicon Valley, and not because of the brain power harnessed in these locations.  It’s all about the cars.  I am a “car guy”, even though my personal cars are not that exciting.  I joined Microsoft after the boom years, so I don’t have profits from…

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HVMC v3.5 training

I am up in Redmond this week for training on our new High Volume Messaging and Collaboration (HVMC) release, v3.5.  I got “nominated” to go to the training because both Gloria Alexander and Todd Luttinen, our resident Hosted Exchange experts, deserted us and moved to product teams (Todd went to Exchange, Gloria to the Hosting…

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I can finally build my Media Center PC, well almost

Looks like I will be able to finally build a Media Center PC next year and have cable and HD content pipped directly to it. Microsoft and Cable Labs finally got it together to allow MCE to support cable cards. This was the final hurdle for me to adpot MCE as the hub for my…

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Get a third admin RDP session for FREE!!

Many administrators have missed that there is a “hidden” third connection that can be made to Windows Server 2003 servers.  I often work with system administrators that are swearing in their cubes because the two admin connections are used up and they can’t connect.  I ask them why they don’t just connect to the console…

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Small Business Server 2003 Upgrade from Hell

Last week, I decided to take a few vacation days and fly out to Ogden, Utah to help my wife’s old company upgrade from Small Business Server (SBS) 2000 to SBS 2003.  They are a small, 10 person operation that manufactures high end ski and board apparel (www.descente.net or www.ridedna.com).  The have a main office…

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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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