2004-12-23 “Mary, Did You Know?”

Well, Christmas is almost here. I’m putting this out early as our family will be doing our annual “visit the relatives, and stuff ourselves silly” effort on Christmas Day! 

Ann Landers used to always write a Christmas Day letter to her readers. I’m not nearly as proficient with words, but I certainly do hope and pray that everyone has a happy and joyous time this weekend – whether it’s spent with family or friends or neighbors.

But please don’t spend it alone. Loneliness is the worst thing I could imagine ever wishing on someone. We, as humans, have been given an extraordinary gift to love and care for one another – even people we have never met. Perhaps you have been a recipient of such an act of kindness or unconditional love.

In the midst of busy stores and highways, and lot’s of food and gifts, don’t forget to look past all of the glitter to the real meaning of Christmas – – – that each of us is called to make this world a better place. No matter what your religious beliefs – the fact is that the one person we celebrate and honor at this time of year did indeed make a difference, and 2,000 years later, the world still doesn’t know how to deal with his call and his challenge to change how we live, and how we treat and care for one another.

  • We have troops around the world fighting for freedom … I pray that their sacrifices will make this a better world.

  • We have people dying every day from hunger or AIDS or cancer … I pray that advances in medicine will make this a better world.

  • We have school age children hungering to make a difference in the world … I pray that we have good teachers that will be paid what they deserve to make this a better world

  • We have neighborhoods ravaged by drugs and crimes … I pray that our local communities and police will continue to stay involved to make this a better world

  • We have businesses that are far too often run by greed and pride and the love of money … I pray that people will step up to say that ethical decisions still have a place to make this a better world

  • We have too many people in the world who won’t look one another in the eye to even say ‘Good Morning’  … I pray that we never take one another for granted, and take the blessings of this world for granted

  • There is way too much pessimism and hopelessness in our world … I pray that people would have the faith to believe and see that miracles can and do happen … everyday

Excuse my language … but d*mn the political agendas, d*mn the condescending attitudes of our countries, d*mn the people who think that killing for killing sake will solve a thing, d*mn the jerks who take advantage of young children or elderly folks, and d*mn the people who think that if you’re not born perfect, then you don’t deserve to live …

This world we live in has survived for thousands and millions of years. I believe we have not yet run our course. We will always be faced with new challenges and decisions. How and what we choose will determine if we indeed make this a better world.

I wish each and everyone of you a most blessed Christmas holiday … and that in some way our small SBS newsgroup community has helped to make a difference in your life, and in your business. I will close with the words to one of my favorite “new” Christmas songs of recent times:

Mary, Did You Know
(Written by Mark Lowry & Buddy Greene)


Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you’ve kissed the face of God

Mary did you know? Mary did you know?

The blind will see, The deaf will hear, The dead will live again
The lame will leap, The dumb will speak the praises of the Lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding – is the Great I Am!

Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]
“The days pass by so quickly now, the nights are seldom long”

2004-12-19 “12 Days of Christmas”

Christmas is less than a week away. There’s even a cold front coming through Florida this week – just in time! Whatever your religious preference, one thing we can all agree on is that each of us can make this world a better place by the way we care for one another, help one another, and love one another. Love is contagious. “Love changes everything”, as Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote in one of his songs. Merry Christmas to everyone!


And in the spirit of Christmas, our song of the week takes a look at how the infamous 15 minute SBS install really takes 12 days … in the traditional Christmas song …


The 12 Days of Christmas (aka The 12 Days of SBS)


On the 12th day of SBS,

Bill Gates did send to me:


Twelve brand new patches …

Eleven spammers spamming …

Ten techs a-leaving …

Nine hackers hacking …

Eight calls to India …

Seven sets of mouse pads …

Six systems crashing …


Five extra CALS! ….


Four re-installs ..

Three new disks ..

Two newsgroup posts …

And a server that’s finally installed!

Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]
“The days pass by so quickly now, the nights are seldom long”



2004-12-12 “Jingle Bells”

Well, I just spent a fast paced weekend in South Bend, Indiana … and changing planes in Chicago. The weather got considerably colder as the weekend went on, but thankfully, no snow on the ground. I actually love the cold, as long as I know I’m returning to sunny Florida. The cold weather also can get us in the mood for the Christmas season. So, let’s jump into this week’s holiday toe tapper ….

Jingle Bells
(aka Microsoft)

Working through the night
On a server that we got
Did we load it right?

Where’s that book I bought?

Backup’s almost done
Surfin’ really flies,

What fun it is to boot and run
S-B-S is on the rise

Oh, Microsoft, S-B-S
What a hit you are
Oh, what fun it is to have
a system that runs far.

Oh, Microsoft, S-B-S
Working all the time
Oh, what fun it is to have
a system that’s so fine..

A day or two ago
I thought I’d remote in
And soon the server told
The trouble I was in
Event logs were no help
Misfortune seemed my lot
Services were stopping now
And to my car I hopped

Oh, Microsoft, S-B-S
The server’s crashed again
What a pain is to have
Working this weekend

Oh, Microsoft, P-S-S
Where’s the help I need?

When I tried to call you up

You’re all in New Dehli !


Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]
“The days pass by so quickly now, the nights are seldom long”

2004-12-04 “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

It’s December … it’s the holidays … traffic is getting worse … so let’ get into some holiday cheer!


O Come All Ye Faithful

aka: Reboot, please, my Server


1. Reboot, please, my server

I’ve been working all night

Reboot, yes, reboot so that I can go home.


Come and behold it,

S-B-S has loaded


Give thanks that it is working,

Give thanks that Sharepoint’s humming

Give thanks, ’cause I am running – to my car!


2. Downloads are a problem

Patching every system

O why, yes, O why must we do so much work?


Come and download it

Hackers are devoted


Download and fix your systems,

Be sure to set restrictions,

Backup your root partitions — SBS Rocks!

Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]
“The days pass by so quickly now, the nights are seldom long”