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October 11, 2010

Rob Echlin
echlin
Talk Software
» MS Phone 7 – Which way is up?

El Reg laughs at it:

  • No app store
  • Funny grouping of functionality
  • No ‘cut and paste’ functionality until next year

Paul Thurrott, on his Windows SuperSite, says it is “designed to address some head-scratching limitations in the iPhone and Android

  • Photo management works the way you do – you don’t have to buy and remember how to use several different apps
  • Doesn’t require a PC – no need to sync up
  • Apps are actually available now, in Zune 4.7 PC software. Seems to conflict with his “doesn’t require a PC” assertion
  • Games available at launch from EA. Sims, which hopefully means something better then the tiny games that come in “apps”

And so which way is up? Time will tell, or not.


Tagged: Microsoft, Phones

November 20, 2009

Pythian
pythian
» Blogrotate #7: The Weekly Roundup of News for System Administrators

Is it Friday already? Where has the week gone? Whatever, we’ve got lots of good news tidbits for you this week, including several follow-ups to previous stories. Enough jaw-jacking, let’s get to the news.

Operating Systems

This week we got an early alpha of Google Chrome OS, which is slated for full release sometime in Q4 of 2010. ZDNet blogs and Ars technica have three good first looks at Chrome. First up is Adrian Kingsley-Hughes article Chrome OS – The good, the bad and the ugly, and how it fits in with Windows, Mac and Linux.

For a more security related view, Ryan Naraine has an early look into Chrome OS security with Inside the Google Chrome OS security model.

Lastly, Jon Stokes at Ars Technica has his own first look with screenshots in Chrome OS: Internet failing at PC > PC failing at Internet.

There’s a new Fedora in town. The popular Linux desktop put out by Red Hat released its newest version. Bill has gone crazy for Fedora articles today, so here’s a point form list of what he found.

Have you ever wondered just how much you can take out of Windows and still have a usable system? The Minwin project set out to find that out for you. Warren Rumak discusses Minwin and what it’s all about in Inside “MinWin”: the Windows 7 kernel slims down.

Data Centers

Scuttlemonkey at SlashDot posted a question about how to evaluate a datacenter. This question has elicited a flurry of discussion on the topic with some good (and bad) stories, but buried inside are many good thoughts on criteria that would be useful in any evaluation. Read more in “How Do You Evaluate a Data Center?“.

Data Center Knowledge has an interesting article by Kevin Normandeau. It’s all about how a greener datacenter can pay off in the long run. “…Amazon, Toyota, and Nike, have realized that focusing on limiting energy calories in the datacenter and elsewhere pays profitability dividends on the financial side” says the article, which draws on a whitepaper from IDC on the subject.

Also at Data Center Knowledge, Rick Miller has a note about Rackspace expanding its headquarters with a new 120,000 square foot expansion. See Rackspace Expands Its Headquarters for more, and a video tour of one of their offices.

Hardware

Cnet news has an article about the recently released Square Trade survey of laptop reliability. Square Trade is a warranty provider who offer coverage for many brands of laptops so they should know. See Who makes the most reliable laptops for some excerpts from the report, and the full report can be found in PDF format from the Square Trade website.

Security

A follow up from last week regarding the Microsoft “sudo” patent. According to Ryan Paul this patent does not cover sudo at all. Read more about it in Microsoft’s pseudo sudo patent doesn’t really cover sudo.

A follow up to a post from a couple of weeks ago—there is now an exploit for the mentioned SSL/TLS attack vector. Dan Goodin at The Register has more in his article Researcher busts into Twitter via SSL reneg hole. More technical details on the exploit can be found in Understanding the TLS Renegotiation Attack.

Software

A follow up to last week’s article, Microsoft confirms the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool contained GPLv2 code and has indicated that they will provide the source/binaries for the tool under the GPL. Peter Galli from Microsoft’s Open Source division has more in Update on the Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool.

Internet

The UN-backed Internet Governance Forum was on last week in Egypt. One of the hot topics was ownership of the DNS root domain, which is currently controlled by the US. This made sense when the internet was only in the US universities, but with the global nature of the ‘Net, there is no good reason for a single country to have control of something that controls the basic functionality of the internet. Janna Quitney Anderson has more in IGF attendees: America, surrender the root zone file!

Virtualization

A follow-up review on VMWare Fusion 3, running Windows 7 in OSX. Dave Girard has put Fusion through its paces; read about his results in Running Windows 7 under OS X: Ars reviews VMware Fusion 3.

That’ll do it for this week’s edition. As always feel free to add your own news or perspective in the comments. See y’all next week!

September 24, 2009

Rob Echlin
echlin
Talk Software
» Microsoft Sysinternals - Live?

I track some Microsoft lists, and this message I found scary. You have to trust Microsoft to not only not-be-evil, but also to have perfect security - at the personnel level as well as the network and server.

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June 30, 2009

Pythian
pythian
» Windows PowerShell for the SQL Server DBA

Most people think Windows administrators make a living with their right-hand—you know, right-clicking and left-clicking the user interface to get things done. While anybody can do that in Windows, the real value comes in when you no longer need to rely so much on the user interface but instead write scripts. Lower total cost of ownership is achieved when the administrative costs are kept low, and this is where Windows PowerShell comes in.

I’ve spent a fair amount of time writing VBScript scripts to administer Windows servers and workstations and automating repetitive tasks. One reason for me moving into Windows PowerShell is its roots in the Microsoft .NET Framework, as I have done a fair amount of .NET programming. But what is Windows PowerShell anyway?

Windows PowerShell is an extensible command-line shell and an associated scripting language built on top of the .NET Framework v2.0. It was released in 2006 and is currently available for Windows XP SP2/SP3, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and is included in Windows Server 2008.

PowerShell will be included as a common engineering criteria (CEC) in future releases of Microsoft server products, making it a must-learn for Microsoft server administrators.

Administrators (DBAs included) have been using scripting to automate administrative tasks with scripting languages like DOS batch, VBScript, Perl, and a few third-party tools like KiXtart and WinScript. Windows PowerShell complements the administrators’ existing scripting toolkit to easily manage and administer Windows workstations and servers and other Microsoft server products as THEY are being built using the .NET Framework.

Although it is designed for operating systems, Windows PowerShell can be used to administer SQL Server 2005 instances and higher, as Server Management Objects—the object model used to manage SQL Server 2005—are built using the .NET Framework, thus exposing the object model in PowerShell. And since SMO is compatible with SQL Server 2000, you can administer SQL Server 2000 instances using Windows PowerShell. SQL Server 2008 even ships with its own PowerShell snap-in.

No wonder it makes sense to learn a thing or two about Windows PowerShell. Besides, I’ve seen Windows administrators being “forced” to do SQL Server DBA tasks even without knowing what T-SQL is. Windows PowerShell makes it a level playing field.

I will be posting a series of blog posts on getting started with Windows PowerShell, and how any Windows administrator can use it for their day-to-day tasks. In the process, I’ll also cover how to use Windows PowerShell for administering SQL Server instances.

April 28, 2009

Rick Leir
blinkmonitor
» Professional Microsoft Search : SharePoint 2007 and Search Server 2008

Professional Microsoft Search : SharePoint 2007 and Search Server 2008 / Thomas Rizzo, Wiley, 2008

Here is yet another Sharepoint book, 350 pages.

Get it here at OPL.

April 27, 2009

Rick Leir
blinkmonitor
» Smart business intelligence solutions with Microsoft SQL Server

Smart business intelligence solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 / Lynn Langit, Microsoft, 2009

This book is not much about SQL, but more about Microsoft’s tools for data ‘mining’, ‘warehousing’, OLAP, and such. Learn about the ‘cube’ which can contain denormalized data. The tools provide much more than report formatting. This book is big and heavy, at 750 pages.

Get it here from OPL

April 21, 2009

Rick Leir
blinkmonitor
» Expert WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 programming

Expert WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 programming / Shahram Khosravi, Wiley, 2009

Here’s another advanced book on business application development with Microsoft Sharepoint. 750 pages.

Get it here at OPL

April 16, 2009

Rick Leir
blinkmonitor
» SharePoint 2007 workflow programming

Professional Microsoft SharePoint 2007 workflow programming / Shahram Khosravi, Wiley, 2008

Here is a more advanced book on Microsoft business application development. 550 pages.

Get it here at OPL

» Microsoft PowerShell, VBScript, and JScript bible

Microsoft PowerShell, VBScript, and JScript bible / William R. Stanek, Wiley, 2009

Here is everything you want to know about scripting in Microsoft Windows. 800 pages.

Get it here at OPL

March 30, 2009

Rick Leir
blinkmonitor
» Professional Silverlight 2

Professional Silverlight 2 for ASP.NET developers / by Jonathan Swift, Wiley, 2009

Here is a book for .NET developers and architects who are designing a web application. It has well written tutorial material and examples in 600 pages.

Get it here from OPL

March 12, 2009

Rick Leir
blinkmonitor
» MCITP Windows server 2008 enterprise administrator study guide

MCITP Windows server 2008 enterprise administrator study guide / Steven Johnson, Wiley, 2009

Get certified as a Windows admin. There are several guides like this new to the Library; search for MCITP.

Get it here at OPL

March 10, 2009

Rick Leir
blinkmonitor
» Professional Microsoft SharePoint designer

Professional Microsoft SharePoint designer 2007 / Woody Windischman, Wiley, 2009

Sharepoint is Microsoft’s CMS. This book is an introduction to Sharepoint Designer. Strange, its title is very similar to another from Wiley that you will see listed here.

Get it here at OPL

March 5, 2009

Rick Leir
blinkmonitor
» LINQ for dummies

LINQ for dummies/ by John Paul Mueller, Wiley, 2008

LINQ is a toolkit from Microsoft for programmatically searching databases and web services. Here is an introduction, 350 pages and very readable.

Get it here at OPL

March 4, 2009

Rick Leir
blinkmonitor
» MCITP Windows server 2008 server administrator study guide

MCITP Windows server 2008 server administrator study guide / Darril Gibson, Wiley, 2008

500 pages, with a CD.

Get it here at OPL

February 19, 2009

Rick Leir
blinkmonitor
» application development : using Microsoft Office SharePoint server

Professional office business application development : using Microsoft Office SharePoint server 2007 and VSTO / Steve Fox, Bill Sheldon, Wiley, 2008

A book for developers of Office applications, requiring a knowledge of the .net framework.

Get it here at OPL

February 16, 2009

Rick Leir
blinkmonitor
» Windows PowerShell for Exchange server

Professional Windows PowerShell for Exchange server 2007 service pack 1 / Joezer Cookey-Gam, Wiley, 2008

This book is for administrators of Microsoft Exchange servers. PowerShell is a CLI that exposes some .net classes that control the system. 500 pages.

Get it here at OPL.

February 11, 2009

Rick Leir
blinkmonitor
» Silverlight 2

Silverlight 2 bible / by Brad Dayley, Wiley, 2008

Silverlight is Microsoft’s competitor for Adobe Flash. Here are 550 pages of introduction to web design and development using this toolset.

Get it here at OPL

February 10, 2009

Rick Leir
blinkmonitor
» Data mining with Microsoft SQL server

Data mining with Microsoft SQL server 2008 / Jamie MacLennan, Wiley, 2009

Here is an introduction to Microsoft’s business intelligence tools. Microsoft has provided many features in their product, and this book covers them in 600 pages. This is not a programmer’s book, and there is not much about SQL.

Get it here at OPL

February 9, 2009

Rick Leir
blinkmonitor
» Professional Microsoft SharePoint 2007 design

Professional Microsoft SharePoint 2007 design / Jacob Sanford, Wiley, 2008

Sharepoint is Microsoft’s CMS. This book focuses on the design aspects, and is for the beginner to intermediate designer.

Get it here at OPL

February 8, 2009

Rick Leir
blinkmonitor
» Programming Microsoft Visual C♯

Programming Microsoft Visual C♯ 2008 : the language / Donis Marshall, Microsoft Press, 2008

Here are 750 pages of reference information on C#.

Get it here at OPL