Mail Merge

I always wondered how I sometimes receive a personalized e-mail that is obviously a bulk message. Well, the nice people at the Microsoft Office Outlook Blog have decided to share the secret:Mail Merge. Since we are before the holiday season this might be a great way to send out personalized greetings….

Hyper-V and HP Servers

…Or why is my server stuck at 53% of an update. This one is a real pearl. I was installing Hyper-v on a relatively standard DL360 G5, after installing the role I installed Hyper-V RTM Update (KB950050) and I was asked to restart the system to complete the update. Sounds simple enough,right? Well after the restart I was waiting for the 3rd stage of the update to complete…so the system is counting percents and it stops counting at 53%. After waiting for about half an hour, I decided to cold boot it yielding the same result. A bit frustrated (to … Continue reading Hyper-V and HP Servers

Special character sort order (GAL)

I have worked with Exchange for quite a few years and the thought of trying to find the sort of order of special characters inside the GAL never crossed my mind…I wasn’t surprised to see the list on Jim McBee’s blog though: ‘ (back tick) – (hyphen) ! (exclamation) # (pound symbol) $ (dollar) % (percent symbol) & (ampersand) ( (open parenthesis) ) (close parenthesis) * (asterisk) @ (at symbol) ^ (carrot) _ (underscore) ~ (tilde) + (plus) = (equals) The reason I wasn’t surprised is that Jim (in my opinion) is one of the most knowledgeable people that … Continue reading Special character sort order (GAL)

ARP cache timeout changed in Windows Vista and 2008

You might remember that Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) has a local cache that prevents broadcasting for a system whose MAC address has been resolved. Older versions of Windows used to have a timeout of 2 minutes for ARP entries (up to 10 minutes), this has changed. Vista and 2008 has lowered this time to a random value between 15 seconds and 45 seconds:

Windows Live Video Messages

A new service from Microsoft that allows you to record video messages and send them to your friends. The idea is simple and clean, instead of sending an e-mail you send a video…On one hand this is very cool but only if you are actually interested in having the other side see you or be seen by you… 🙂 I liked the slick interface that stores your messages as if they were post it messages scattered or ordered. Another neat feature is the ability to save the messages you have received and as a sender the ability to limit the … Continue reading Windows Live Video Messages

New Mouse Technology from Microsoft

Microsoft has a tendency to slowly move into almost every field of our life, after they move into the field they work their way up the ladder and they eventually dominate the field (or at least try to). In the last few days Microsoft has announced a new tracking technology for mice called BlueTrack. This technology is supposed to allow mice to move and track virtually any surface with high accuracy. You can learn more about the new technology on Microsoft’s website:

Fake stuff the next level….

So they say that currently everything is being faked, which is not that new to be honest:Do you remember Adidos shoes? Well I do. It was the fake and cheap version of the Adidas shoes…On the other hand it seems that some people are taking ‘everything’ a bit to the extreme: Faking Bill Gates?!?!? That’s taking it a bit too far…