So Much to Blog, So Little Time

Anyone else’s life been nuts lately?  Maybe it has something to do with the approaching holiday season… but needless to say, blogging has been low on the priority list.

Shameless Plug: My New TechNet Article Goes Live

My SharePoint DR article just went live on the web.  The print version has been out for a little over a week – so you may have already noticed it if you are a loyal fan ;)

Anyway, the cool thing about this TechNet Magazine release is the availability of a .chm file download and a new RSS feed.  You have to jump through a few hoops to get the .chm file to work with XP SP2, but hey – that’s the trade off between security and usability that we all balance on a daily basis.

Speaking of “Live” – Check out Microsoft Live

Google, are you listening?  IT Industry, are you listening?  Microsoft is at its best when it has serious competition… and Microsoft takes the Google threat seriously.  Check out the Microsoft Live beta site ASAP for a preview of what I like to call “Google on steroids”. 

Sit back for a minute and compare the new Live Mail to Gmail.  I’ve been beta testing Live Mail for about 6 months now, and I can tell you it’s far superior to Gmail (which I also use, btw).  Check out the new Safety Center.  There’s no way Google could have pulled that off.  There’s some serious code-slinging going on in Redmond.  Personal note to South Korea and the EU: Please move along, there’s nothing to see here ;)

What’s Up with Sony and the Music Industry?

In my opinion the money/power-hungry governments of the world should divert a little attention away from Microsoft and toward Sony and the music industry.  It recently came to light that Sony is embedding a rootkit (F-Secure link, Sysinternals link) in their audio CDs to thwart music pirates.  Note to Sony: real music pirates aren’t going to be affected by this since they don’t buy CDs in the first place.  Note to self: disable auto-play on CD-ROM drive, scan for rootkits, buy music from iTunes or MSN.  Done.