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MSBlog’s 2nd Birthday!

July 30th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

July 30th, 07 is MSBlog’s 2nd birthday! On behalf of MSBlog, I would like to thank each and every one of you faithful readers for visiting our site.

In the past year, there was ups and downs, where some of our posts brought a lot of traffic, while some of the posts, well,  kind of made people angry and they left.

In the coming year, with the release of Windows Vista, we hope to bring you news about Vista SP1, Windows Server 2008 and other yet-to-be-released software by Microsoft. It’s going to be huge when Windows Server 2008 is released!

Stay tuned and again, Thank you for all of your support!

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Microsoft Connect 2.4 has been released…

July 29th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

With the following major change:

  • Support for Web based newsgroup

It uses Ajax but it’s like Live Mail, loads slow – compared to Gmail.

You can access the web based newsgroup by going to the Newsgroup link, after opening the beta program page.

There’s some other minor changes in Connect but it’s not worth noting here.

Any comments about the new web based newsgroup? 🙂

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Halo Warthog

July 25th, 2007 by Patrick S

Currently I am studying down in Wellington in New Zealand… Its quite a nice place really…but it also happens to be the same place where WETA workshops is (Peter Jacksons SFX workshop). Yesterday I saw this:

WETA Worthog
(Click for Bigger View)

Ohhhh YEAH!! Its a fully working Worthog from Bungies(Microsofts) Halo game. This fully functioning four-wheel steering, powerful, off-road vehicle with a machine gun on the back must be (from wht I can tell) for the upcoming Halo movie. Heres hoping Now they can build a working Banshee or ghost too 😛 …

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Error Message: System Cannot Log You on Because Domain Is Not Available (On Windows XP)

July 17th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Just documenting an error:

Error Message: System Cannot Log You on Because Domain <Computername> Is Not Available

SUMMARY

An error “System Cannot Log You on Because Domain <Computername> Is Not Available” appears when you try to log on to Windows.

SYMPTOMS

When the user tries to log on to the computer in the Log On dialog, it will fail with the error “System Cannot Log You on Because Domain <Computername> Is Not Available”. Log on using safe mode will not work either.

For instructions on resolving this issue, please see: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555939

Posted in Windows Server System, Windows XP | 1 Comment »

Windows Home Server v1 released!

July 17th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

“Woo-hoo!  We did it. Today we are announcing that Windows Home Server has been released to manufacturing (RTM). We have finalized the software and now handing it off to our OEM partners. The evaluation version (with 120 day evaluation period) and the system builder version are also heading into the distribution channels and will be available in the next couple of months. French, German and Spanish versions will be finalized shortly, and OEM products will hit retail shelves this fall. “We’re also excited to announce Iomega and Fujitsu-Siemens Computers (FSC) as new OEMs planning to ship Windows Home Server products later this year.

“Here’s the toast I gave to the team at our RTM ship party last Friday night.It started with a vision that an always available device on the home network was an essential ingredient of a Microsoft platform for the home. At first there was only one of us, then three, then five… We put together a plan for a plan and executed. The result was an ambitious, yet pragmatic product plan that would deliver real value to consumers. We formed a team of extremely passionate, diverse, and hard working people. Some will say we had great luck but we know the best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself. We had a spirit of getting it done, no matter what. We broke some rules but never any laws. A community of highly enthusiastic customers rose around us. We made them part of the development process and rewarded them and they amplified our efforts.  We made some mistakes…and corrected them. We took a few risks…and they paid off.  In April 2005 we said we’d ship V1 in the first half of 2007. It wasn’t always easy and it wasn’t always fun, but we said what we were going to do and then we did it. You know what they say…the fourth time’s a charm.†  Congratulations and thanks for helping ship the coolest version of Windows ever: Windows Home Server.“The party was a blast and I’m glad to say everyone got home safely :-).”

Source: http://blogs.technet.com/homeserver/archive/2007/07/16/ship-it.aspx (Windows Home Server Blog)

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MSN.com with Word 2007 theme!

July 14th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

MSN.com with Word 2007 theme! 

Update 7/14/07: MSN.com has removed the theme

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Windows Mobile Users: Join the Circle!

July 11th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

New activity from Microsoft to help customers, who already own Windows Mobile phone. Apart from manufacturers (see for example HTC e-Club) also Microsoft itself is contributing to end-user support.

There are a lot of very smart reasons people choose Windows Mobile phones – and a million (or more) ways we use them.

But, whether you’re looking to be more productive at the office, organize your personal life, stay better connected, or simply have more fun with your phone, the Windows Mobile Owners Circle is designed with you in mind. With your free membership, you get immediate access to an extensive (and ever-growing, ever-changing) selection of benefits including free ringtones, free wallpapers, free games, free productivity software, free member help, help forums, a monthly newsletter and more. The Circle is here to help you.

To learn more or to join, click here.

Crdit: Abdul Via http://msmobiles.com/news.php/6515.html

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WS ’08, SQL Server ’08 and Visual Studio Due Feb. 27

July 10th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Microsoft will release Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 together on Feb. 27, 2008 in what will be the company’s single largest launch ever.

“There is a feeding frenzy out there and we are committed to bringing this innovation to you, our partners and our customers. This will be the single largest product launch ever in the company’s history,” Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer, said at the annual worldwide partner conference here July 10.

The commitment to a final ship date for Windows Server 2008 ends months of speculation about when the product will actually be available to customers. Microsoft has until now only said it would release the code to manufacturing by the end of 2007, leading many to correctly predict that would be in early 2008.

Source: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2156451,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594

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iPhone comes, iPhone gone…

July 6th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

While so many people wanted to get their hands on iPhone, some of them have their own iPhone usage. One of the customer uses his iStrength with an iHammer doing an iSmashing on the highly sought iPhone… Why o tell me why???

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when a couple of amateurs offer a video homage to our Cracking Open the Apple iPhone gallery – by way of the Captain Caveman school of computer diagnostics – we can’t help but feel slightly insulted, embarrassed, and highly amused. That’s video gold, people. Nice work.

Source: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/geekend/?p=755&tag=nl.e138

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Internet Explorer 8 Alpha…

July 5th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

… NOT!

Check out the screenshots here:

IE8...NOT!

 More screen photoshop-shots can be found at Source.

It’s a combination of Word 2007 + IE7… Cool eh?

 Source: http://www.laneros.com/showthread.php?t=96809

Via: http://bink.nu/

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Sanity check: How much will the iPhone impact IT and business users?

July 2nd, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Issue: iPhone impact on the enterprise

Make no mistake, the iPhone is a consumer electronics product. It’s an uber-phone aimed at digital enthusiasts who want to use their phone to have a better Internet and computing experience on the go. Of course, no one wants and needs a better mobile computing experience than business users. That’s why the iPhone could quickly spill over to have a significant impact on businesses.

Many businesses and IT departments are already anticipating iPhone requests from employees. In response, Gartner analysts are advising businesses against adopting the iPhone for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Lack of enterprise-level security
  • Lack of support from mobile e-mail providers (BlackBerry and Good)
  • Limited backup options
  • iPhone’s $500 price tag
  • Apple’s inexperience in delivering enterprise products

In its research note titled “How to Plan for User Interest in the Apple iPhone,” Gartner even went so far as to estimate that the total cost of ownership (TCO) of supporting the iPhone will be double the TCO of supporting the BlackBerry or Palm Treo.

Full article can be found over at: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=518&tag=nl.e138

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