- My heart goes out to all those in Oklahoma affected by the May 20 tornado. If you can help, please do.
- Microsoft releases lots of documentation on how they do things for their internal network. Here’s an example: two papers on best practices for securing Active Directory.
- I am delighted to report that a whole bunch of my students from the Navy school I helped run in Pensacola have been promoted to IT2. Well done.
- You could pay $817 for this book on Amazon, or you could read the PDF for free: Introduction to Machine Code for Beginners. Very well worth a look if you’re at all curious about programming. (Old guy note: I learned to program in Z80 assembly about… well, a long time ago.) It’s less than 50 pages.
- Speaking of programming: this guy got a lot of press by writing a Wall Street Journal editorial saying that he’ll only hire people with some fundamental knowledge of programming: “Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won’t Hire You.”
- The boys and I saw Star Trek Into Darkness the other day. It was good, but I preferred the 2009 Star Trek better. I have high hopes for Man of Steel, though.
- TechEd North America starts in less than two weeks! I’m putting the finishing touches on my slide deck and demos. If you’re there, stop by my session or the Ask the Experts booth and say “hi”.
From my homeboy Pat Richard on Facebook, original source unknown:
You may have heard on the news about a southern California man put under 72-hour psychiatric observation when it was found he owned 100 guns and allegedly had (by rough estimate) 100,000 rounds of ammunition stored in his home. The house also featured a secret escape tunnel.
My favorite quote from the dimwit television reporter: “Wow! He has about a quarter million machine gun bullets.” The headline referred to it as a “massive weapons cache!”
By southern California standards someone owning 100,000 rounds would be called “mentally unstable.” Just imagine if he lived elsewhere:
In Arizona, he’d be called “an avid gun collector.”
In Arkansas, he’d be called “a novice gun collector.”
In Utah, he’d be called “moderately well prepared,” but they’d probably reserve judgment until they made sure that he had a corresponding quantity of stored food.
In Texas and Montana, he’d be called “the neighborhood ‘Go-To’ guy.”
In Alabama, he’d be called “a likely gubernatorial candidate.”
In Louisiana, he’d be called “an eligible bachelor.”
In North Carolina, Mississippi and South Carolina he would be called “a deer hunting buddy.”
And, in Georgia, he’s just “Bubba” who’s a little short on ammo.
|Lately I have been busy working on Exchange 2013 Inside Out: Clients, Connectivity, and Unified Messaging. More precisely, I’ve been dividing my time between performing technical review on Tony’s book, Exchange 2013 Inside Out: Mailbox and High Availability, and writing new content for my book. It’s all Exchange, all the time! To be more precise, right now I am about 55% done with the book: the chapters on unified messaging, Lync integration, message hygiene, client management, and mobile device management are done, and I’m working on the transport chapter now. That leaves me with chapters on CAS, load balancing, and Office 365 yet to do– certainly enough to keep me busy!|
Microsoft Press is offering an early access program for these books (and a number of others). If you buy the ebook now, you get immediate access to the parts of the book that have been completed (meaning they’ve been through at least the first part of the editorial pipeline), with access to the remaining chapters as they’re finished. When the entire book is released in its final form, you get an electronic copy of it as well. I’m excited to see Microsoft Press offering early access to the book, because all signs point to gathering interest in the practical aspects of deploying Exchange 2013– something both books talk about quite a bit. We are targeting the final version to cover SP1 when it’s released, so there will be updates to the early access versions as well.
Now, back to writing!
Wow, lots of catching up to do. I’ve been writing a weekly set of notes for students at Acuitus’ school for veterans, and that’s taken all my Thursday material for the most part. It just dawned on me that I could have been posting those notes here too. Oops.
- If you’re feeling handy, why not build your own working digital computer out of paperclips? That’s how they did it back in 1967.
- Steve Sinofsky ran the Office and Windows divisions at Microsoft. Every article he writes is worth reading carefully, but especially this one: Using meetings to be more effective.
- If you don’t have two-factor authentication enabled, you really should. Why? It can save your bacon. Here’s how to do it for Microsoft accounts, Google accounts, and Facebook.
- Really interesting paper, “Marching Towards the Sweet Spot: Options for the US Marine Corps in a Time of Austerity“
- I now have my FAA high-performance endorsement (which doesn’t mean what you probably think it does) and am checked out in the flying club’s Cessna 182. Time for some more flying!