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IE 7 in Your Future

Happy days! IE 7 has been divorced from the Longhorn time frame, which is seemingly an eternity. Microsoft was hoping to sit on it until then, but the challenge Firefox brings to the table has forced their hand. The certainty of an XP SP3 has been confirmed as well. Whether…Continue Reading

Tonight We Play!

Halo 2 is out, so of course I’ll be dining on bullets tonight. We’ve put together a nice team of players including some Microsoft folks. I’ll report how it went tomorrow – while blearly-eyed and nodding off at work.

Channel9 Resources

W2K Services :: Wiki’d? I really need to find a resource to learn about Windows 2003’s services.  Is it too much to ask to get something beyond the definitions inferred from the description of a given service?  There is some great information out there related to the services, but I…Continue Reading

Dell Blade Server Preview

I’m under an NDA, so I can’t actually tell you anything about Dell’s blade servers coming 4th quarter, 2004. What I can tell you is that Brocade never ceases to amuse me. This company sends me a brochure that might as well have been leathre-bound and gold-plated. It was ultra…Continue Reading

Win XP Starter Edition Images

NeoWin.net informs us of a new edition of Windows XP (though I’m certain there were other more official sources), the Starter Edition (SE). SE is an ambiguous cloud of hype that many industries implore. It could be anything from “Second Edition” to “Special Edition” or “Sales Executive.” By maintaining the…Continue Reading

Microsoft’s SMS 2003

I don’t think everyone knows this: The price paid for an SMS 2003 Primary Site Server license includes a SQL Server 2000 standard edition license. This from a reputable source at Microsoft. As always, don’t just go on my word.

A Chat with Microsoft

Today I sat with Julius B., a SQL guru with Microsoft, and discussed the implications of the OpenSource movement with him. This is an interesting conversation to have with a Microsoft goon, but a good one nonetheless. His take on OpenSource was familiar; that without corporate backing and support, there…Continue Reading

MSI 3.0 (Update)

I finished the class Microsoft presented on MSI 3.0. It’s interesting stuff, but if you’re used to such things as RPM, it’s just catching up. Microsoft does have a nice feature coming out that is targeted to assist the gaming community. This new feature allows the original MSI installer to…Continue Reading

MSI 3.0

I’m in training today and tomorrow for MSI (Microsoft Installer) 3.0. It’s pretty sexy stuff, though today we’re primarily going over MSI 2.0. I’ve used MSI packaging technologies for some time because of my deployments manually and through SMS, but now I’m getting a much better understanding as to the…Continue Reading