Easter Eggs

Just saw this over on Bink.nu.  It turns out (and I have verified), that there is a pretty cool easter egg included with the HP EX470/EX475 MediaSmart Home Servers.  The HP servers have a series of LEDs on the front of the unit that turn different colors to indicate status at a glance.  With the…


A Weekend with Project Server

Well… I have set a goal to learn Microsoft Project by the end of the year, which gives me through… <checks calendar>… Monday. Crap. I run a decent number of projects simultaneously, and want to be able to publicly report on progress to stakeholders through SharePoint. Project has lists, SharePoint has lists.Project has Gantt Charts,…


ALL the Microsoft Software (plus the kitchen sink)

Working at Microsoft, I often have friends ask if I can pick them up a copy of this or that Microsoft application.  Why?  Not because they are running a business, but because they want to be able to play with the software to learn it.  If you are an up-and-coming IT Pro, how can you…


Learning Plans

One of the greatest parts of working at Microsoft is being able to learn of all the cool things we have to offer (many of which are available externally).  Some of them, however, I learn about from external sources (such as other Microsoft Blogs).  I consider myself to be fairly well-versed in all of the…


Where’s My Mail Control Panel?

(or my Quicktime Control Panel, or my Java control panel…)  This has been bugging me for a while.  I don’t know if there is a KB article or not, but I thought I would share the solution. Ever since I have been using Windows Vista, I have not had a Mail Control Panel.  The Mail…


Quote of the day

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. Douglas Adams, “Last Chance to See”


Im in ur noun, verb-ing ur related noun

When people with too much time on their hands dissect a fake language… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolcat These images usually consist of a photo of a cat with a large caption characteristically formatted in an uppercase sans serif font such as Impact or Arial Black.[8] The image is, on occasion, digitally edited for effect. The caption generally acts…


The VPC images keep coming…

Visual Studio® Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server and Team Suite VPC Image (Trial) Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server is an integrated collaboration server for Visual Studio Team System. It combines team portal, version control, work item tracking, build management, process guidance, and business intelligence into a unified server. It allows everyone…


Windows Server 2008 – Certified IT Professional Beta Exam Codes

You are invited to take the following beta exams. 71-646: PRO: Windows® Server 2008, Server Administrator counts as credit towards Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Server Administrator 71-647: PRO: Windows® Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator counts as credit towards MCITP: Enterprise Administrator If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your…


Network Troubleshooting without NetMon

Troubleshooting networks (as with any computer/system/car/generic problem troubleshooting) is often a case study in logic and common sense.  Ned Pyle on the Directory Services team has put together a great post on troubleshooting networks using the built-in Windows Tools. http://blogs.technet.com/askds/archive/2007/12/18/troubleshooting-networks-without-netmon.aspx Hi, Ned here. You may already be asking yourself why I’m writing about network troubleshooting….