Microsoft Windows

Industy buzzword that needs to die: the “experience”

<dd class="wp-caption-dd zemanta-img-attribution" style="font-size: 0.8em;"> Image by <a href="http://www.daylife.com/source/Getty_Images">Getty Images</a> via <a href="http://www.daylife.com">Daylife</a> </dd> </dl> One of the industry buzzwords that needs to go to the grave is the user “experience.” Don’t quote me here, but I recall this buzzwordbeing developed by Microsoftas part of the marketing campaignbehind Windows XP. XP was supposed to be “experience” or “expert” or “XtrastuPid marketing,” I’m not sure. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an XP hater.

Count the messages on your Exchange 2007 environment

Are you curious about the hard stats of messages running around your organization? Try this one in powershellon your hub transport server: get-messagetrackinglog -start “mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss” -end “mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss” -eventid “send” -resultsize 9999999 | measure-object This will pull stats for messages that were “sent”. To pull the number of messages received, change the “eventid” parameter to “receive.”

Wallpaper Outrage

<dd class="wp-caption-dd zemanta-img-attribution" style="font-size: 0.8em;"> Image via <a href="http://www.crunchbase.com">CrunchBase</a> </dd> </dl> Paul Thurrottposted a nice attaboy to the MSNfolks today for releasing a wallpaper product that will check Microsoftfor updates to your operating system. Get ready folks, I’m about to show my ass again. Are you KIDDING ME? Paul Thurrott has obviously never had to manage a network beyond his own house. Microsoft commonly releases updates through Windows Updateand if you’re a Windowsadmin worth your salt, you’ll know that it’s wise to wait on many of these updates until you’re sure they’re not going to fry your systems.

What I Want from Data Center Management Software

(note: the following is a stream of consciousness post regarding some software requirements as i dream them up. if you are a developer and actually take up these requirements as the design for a software project, please let me know. if you are aware of a software product that accomplishes all of this, please do not bother to let me know about it. i don’t care. fact is, nothing on the market today does this well enough to make me care about it the way i want to care about it.

How long did you say!?

<dd class="wp-caption-dd zemanta-img-attribution" style="font-size:0.8em"> Image via <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:User_Account_Control_administrator_dialog.png">Wikipedia</a> </dd> </dl> So, I don’t mean to continue to rail on Vista like I did about a year ago, but something absolutely ridiculous happened to me today. I’ve been doing some hard driverecovery for my dad’s old NECWindows98 system. (I had to do some recovery on another system as well, but that one didn’t go so well). So I finally get the hard drive extracted via the handy dandy Newer Technology Universal USB 2.