Friday, September 22, 2006

the sun x4200 server has arrived

More info and pictures to follow after the weekend.

Friday, September 15, 2006

woohoo, new server on its way

I just received my email confirmation that I have been accepted into the Sun's Try and Buy program. The x4200 server is officially on its way. OK maybe it was not that hard, but I like playing with new technology, and this is a phenomenal opportunity. So, ya I am excited :)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Update on that really cool server

I played a little phone tag, and got in touch with a very nice lady named Carla. She took down my credit card number. We swapped some more details about the program, and in a few days I will get a confirmation regarding shipping and the like. Great.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

IntelliAdmin VS Digg

It seems that IntelliAdmin and digg are embroiled in a lengthy Broohaha over the prefetch folder. This is a long standing argument that is based on an misunderstanding of what is being achieved.
IntelliAdmin is pointing out that in order to increase Startup performance, delete the contents of the prefetch folder.
Digg is saying that applications will then start slower.
Both are right.
But then we have a post here, and here, with a response here, and more from IntelliAdmin here

Phew, It's getting personal.

I have been contacted by sun for more info

Well, I got three emails in one day (09/09), all looking like spam. In reality they where emails from Sun. One was a sales invoice and summary or the system that I ordered. One was an email asking for credit card details and a good phone number for them to call to complete this order and a 5 day deadline to reply. The next, was a reminder email with the exact same information of the previous one with a 3 day deadline (received four hours later). Go figure.

I replied, only once :)

Update: Clarification, the Credit Card details are only for preauthorization, they will not be charging my card at this time. (hopefully they never will, wink wink)

Friday, September 08, 2006

Implementing Exchange 2003 Message Journaling

Good article for those orginizations that require detailed copies of employee emails

Exchange 2003 provides a native Journaling feature which allows you to archive all incoming and outgoing e-mails for a specific mailbox store. Beginning with Exchange 2003 SP1 you can download EXEJCFG.EXE from the Exchange 2003 download site. EXEJCFG enhances the current Exchange archiving features to capture recipients on distribution lists, BCC recipients and other message details. In this article I will show you how to implement Exchange 2003 Journaling for e-mails.


Why windows takes so long to start up

The good folks over at IntelliAdmin have a good article on Windows startup and maintenance, my favorite that I did right away (it worked too!) was,

Simply browse to the windows folder (Ex: C:\Windows) and under there you should see the prefetch folder. Go into the prefetch folder and delete all the files (Careful! It should look like this c:\windows\prefetch)

they also have a new version of remote reboot released

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Funny chain of events led me to the Sun's Try and Buy

I was reading the Scobleizer, he mentioned Jonathan Schwartz. I deviated to Matt Dillon (hence the post below) and then stumbled upon the free server post from Jonathan. The rest is history. (although honestly I don't know if the x4200 is the same as the Niagara) Oh well, lots to learn.

About the Try and Buy program from Sun.......

I have been thinking about the Try and Buy program from Sun, and besides for the, oh no what have a got myself into, the program is intriguing from a marketing perspective.

Microsoft has entered the server market relatively late in the game. However they have gotten as big as they have mostly because people, like me, grew up on Microsft PC's, when the opportunity came for a talk about servers we naturally thought of Microsoft first. We installed them maintained them and thought of little else but Microsft and Intel computers.

In this program Sun is firing back and saying "hey you want to play with our machine too?" In my case yes I do, it will give me a chance to see the rest of the computing world. Often time I hear from my brother (a real Linux nut) that wintels are a minor part of the real computer world.

So here is my foray into the big leagues. We'll see how it goes.

I should add that for years I have been recommending Dells, workstations and servers. Mostly because I never had an HP/Compaq so Dell became the choice vender for me to recommend. They have reasonably good products, fast shipping, custom configuration, and decent warranty. So why not Dell?

I wonder how my impressions, knowledge and recommendations will change after meeting Mr. Sun.

Try and Buy from Sun

WOW, very cool program from sun. I just submitted my application for the x4200, the most powerful server in this program. My plan is to see how far I can load this machine up. I must admit I have never used a Sun server and am excited about the prospect. If all goes well I will be recommending this to a specific client. Stay tuned, this will be fun.

see here Try and Buy

Matt Dillon: the legal thing...

Matt Dillon, the GC of SUN, has sparked a renewed interest into the Reebok Rules. The rules are a good read for all, not just attorneys. Enjoy!

Leading, cutting, or bleeding

So what is it...

The Leading Edge of ............ , The Cutting Edge of............ , or The Bleeding Edge of ..........

which one is the at the forefront of which?

2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS

Well here it is, the download that has Adobe all twisted out of shape. PDF is a document standard that is proprietary to Adobe. However at the end of the day is still a public format that anyone can use. Microsoft however, is very late in supporting PDF's natively. Edward Macnaghten had an excellent article here detailing this spat further.


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Solution Details


To resolve the issue:

1. Close Outlook and delete the cached files on ..\Documents and Settings\UserName\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\FORMS.

Note: The path differs on each user’s environment.

2. Open the Approved Senders list.

3. Open a Spam message and then click View Approved Sender List.

After executing Steps 2 and 3, and the Approved Senders list is not yet recovered, delete the Spam Mail folder manually. EUQ housekeeping will recover your Spam Mail folder.

4. Once EUQ recovered the Spam Mail folder, open the Approved Senders list by doing Step 3."


Solution Details

Very odd/cool solution but hey it worked, 'cause its so simple.

To resolve the issue:

1. Go to a client that is also running Outlook 2002/2003.

2. Go to ..\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10 and look for the Outlvbs.dll file.

3. Copy the file to the ..\Office10 directory of the Terminal Server client."


Gmail Shortcuts (printable cheatsheet)

Ok, I like keybaord shortcuts.