Duck, Duck, Goose: Can Non_Humans Participate in Community?

There’s an interesting experiment in community just started over at TechNet/MSDN called the Community Machine Translation Pilot. The first member of the community is the machine translation (MT) service (thanks Microsoft research!). The MT service (not HAL 9000, I just like the image as a referent to a non_human team member)  takes an article, for…


Day in the Life of an IT Pro/Dev Writer/Editor

IO XKCD 1K words…cause his pictures say it all… BTW, among the ultra-coolness of XKCD: Re-use policy: http://xkcd.com/license.html  Searchable! Try searching on organic fuel


TechNet Community Machine Translation Pilot

Localization is a hugely important activity those of working on IT Pro content development. So is this whole “community/Web 2.0” thing. For example, we’ve just started a WinSrv Twitter account where we “tweet” links to new and updated Windows Server IT Pro and Dev content. There is a new effort in this area we need…


Hyper-V How To: Fix Hyper-V Top Issue – Unknown Devices

Update 11_20_09: Not everyone will need to reinstall the Guest OS, if you are confident the OS in your VM is supported (probably most of you) , skip to install integration services.  Also, because we have more than 1 releases version of Hyper-V now, it is possible for the integration services on the VM to…


Hyper-V TV: Import/Export in Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

We’ve published a new video on import/export in Hyper-V R2 on MSN Showcase (which has changed it’s URL and redirect, so, kinda hard to find if you go to the old URL video.msn.com). There’s much more detail in the blog posts series Soumya wrote:   Hyper-V R2 Import/Export – Part 1 – The Case for…


What Makes a Good IT Pro Video?

My team is investigating the use of video as a content type for IT Pros. We are compiling best practices and tips/tricks for creating this kind of content, but we need your feedback. Thoughts/comments? DO Have some lighting. It should be good enough to distinguish what’s important (for example, a person’s face if they are…


Hats Off to Bing

Like I said in Magnificent Desolation, I would not want the job of selecting the Bing homepage image each day, because it the decision is fraught. Whoever you are, keep up the good work!   Here’s how to set the Bing image as your desktop wallpaper.


Using ConfigMgr to install software updates in an offline (disconnected/isolated) environment

Aaron Czechowski’s blog: ConfigMgr Software Updates on an Isolated Network Jeff Gilbert’s blog: http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jgilbert/archive/2008/10/19/synchronizing-non-internet-connected-software-update-points.aspx http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jgilbert/archive/2008/10/28/getting-required-updates-on-non-internet-connected-sups-part-1.aspx http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jgilbert/archive/2008/10/29/getting-required-updates-on-non-internet-connected-sups-part-2.aspx


Windows Server Content Joins the ‘Sphere

Twitter. IT Pros. Seems like vinegar and oil? Perhaps not. We’ve started a twitter feed to notify you when new stuff publishes into the IT Pro Library on TechNet for Windows Server. Come check it out at https://twitter.com/WinSrv Tell them Professor Windows sent you. “Friend” us or “Follow” us or subscribe to the RSS feed…


Where is the Arrow?

Did you know there is an arrow in the FedEx logo? Now that it has been pointed out, will you ever NOT see it? This is an example used in Ric Merrifield’s Rethink: A Business Manifesto for Cutting Costs and Boosting Innovation to illustrate how changing your viewpoint is a necessary, but not sufficient, step…