Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Book...DELAYED!!!


Sad to say Tru Believers, but the book has been delayed about a Month until April. It just went to the publisher this week so it should hit the warehouse by April 3rd.

Anyway, I'm still having a "Book Pre-Release" party at the Great Dane Brew Pub on Doty on March 19th starting around 5pm...

Pop by if you are around...

Mike

Ok...I'll bite!


As many of you know, I drank the "Virtualization Kool-aid" very early so I'm a big fan. However, I'm not sure where this is going to go.

VMWare just announced a Virtualization platform for mobile phones. I'll have to read up more, but it sounds a little bit of a stretch for me.

However, maybe that will allow me to run WiMo on an iPhone:)

Mike

P.S. 1 week till Watchmen hits the big screen...I have my tickets!!!!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Book...

March 2nd is the date...

Last I heard, my book will be available to the public on March 2nd. Currently, it is listed on Amazon which is kinda cool, though searching by my name was a bit fruitless. I stopped counting the pages to get to my book

Anyway, a number of people have expressed a desire to purchase my book. I'm working on a way to get the book at a discounted price for friends, etc as the retail on Amazon is $101.
MCTS Guide to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration (exam #70-642)

However, Tower Books has it for $81.50...
http://www.tower.com/mcts-guide-microsoft-windows-server-2008-network-infastructure-michael-bender-paperback/wapi/113036653


I'll keep you posted...

Mike

Thursday, February 19, 2009

In the works...


Well, I've been spending a lot of time with my classes, clients, and family so the blog has been lacking. For those needing their tech fix, here is some new stuff I've come across...

Microsoft MyPhone
By invitation only, this service will allow WinMo (Windows Mobile) users to backup phone data and have access to Microsoft Live features that are still in the works. I haven't received my invite yet so I'll keep you posted once I'm "in"...
https://sn1-p3.myphone.microsoft.com/mkweb/Start.po?mkt=en-US

Live Mesh for Windows Mobile
Depending on your "status", you may be eligible to add your WinMo phone to live mesh and sync docs. This might not sound like a big deal but it's a great way to transfer docs/pics/etc to & from your phone without using the Mobile Device Center sync (Which is a POS in my opinion!). Plus, the data is backedup & available from the cloud. Check it out under add devices in your mesh client.

Windows 7
I'm just beginning to kick the tires. I hope to have a working Win7/w2kOcho R2 setup up in the near future as there is some cool functionality between the two. I like the new taskbar and IE8 preview of open tabs, though I'm still on the fence w/ IE8. It's very buggy and find it crashes often. Windows Explorer in 7 is laid out much better and it's easier to place favorite file locations in WE.

Thrive
Microsoft has added a new website dedicated to helping IT Professionals further their careers and knowledge. This is a good thing considering the current economic state. Check it out at
http://www.microsoft.com/click/thrive/
Word of Caution: This site is only available in IE so no Safari, Firefox or Chrome...
As for the future, I've got a couple of things in the works:
1) I'm planning to resurrect the "learning Windows" blog posts. My hope is to use them as a basis for an e-book on Windows Networking...
2) Beta Reviews of Windows 7 and W2KOcho R2...

Thanks to everyone whose been keeping watch...

Mike

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Good Afternoon True Believers!


The wait is over....

FINALLY, the Rock has returned to Blogging....(Insert your favorite Dwayne Johonson impression)

So it's been a few months...a lot has been happening.

The Beta for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have been released. I got both right after Ballmer's speech at CES 2009. I have not played around with W2kocho R2D2 yet, but I've heard many good things.

As for Windows 7, I like the interface. I find it very intuitive and like many of the new features. I put it on my tablet PC and the performance is very good. Also, there were few drivers that need to be custom loaded. This is surprising for an HP tablet/convertible laptop. I'm hoping to blog on just Windows 7 when I get the time.

Windows Live has gotten a facelift...
Microsoft is continuing it's aggressive movement into Cloud services. I've been using Live Mesh extensively (RAWKS!!!!) and I finally got into the Beta for Live Mesh on windows mobile...

My book gets published March 2nd. That is very cool and has been a long time in the making. I hope it does well and people learn something from it. Check it out at http://tinyurl.com/Mikes1stBook

Things I have in the works...
-Rehashing and continuing the blog series on learning Windows Server 2008
-How to build a disaster recovery site

Sorry for the long delay...I hope to post everyweek!

Mike