Thursday, November 30, 2006

Lakers 132, Utah 102

What a difference a few days make!

After sneaking by us a few days ago, the Los Angeles Lakers reminded the Utah team of the hierarchy in the West.

Sparked by 52 points from the Incredible KB24, the Lakers cruised to a 30-point win.

Lakers (10-5)
Season Stats | Roster
Starters
Name Reb Ast PF Pts
K Bryant, G 4 3 5 52
L Odom, F 11 8 0 14
L Walton, F 3 3 4 10
S Parker, G 1 3 3 7
K Brown, C 5 3 3 2

Bench
NameRebAstPFPts
M Evans 4 1 2 17
R Turiaf 3 2 1 8
J Farmar 0 1 4 8
A Bynum 6 0 2 6
S Vujacic 0 0 1 5
V Radmanovic 5 3 2 3

T-Mobile Dash

Upon recommendation from Michael Reyes, CEO of Hardware Geeks, I picked up the T-Mobile Dash, aka HTC Excalibur right before my just-ended vacation.

I had been waiting for a price drop on the HTC Universal (iMate JasJar), but decided to go the T-Mobile Dash route since the cost of the HTC Universal remained at around $1000, and our requirement was for 12.

The rest of my staff received the Cingular 8125, of which I also have a copy as my secondary unit.

I am impressed with the Dash. (Also in contention but dropping out of the race were the Treo and Moto Q.)

Thanks for the heads-up on the Dash, Mike.

She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed got a Star Trek Communicator, also known as the Cingular 3125 and is raving about it!

BTW, the guys at Imei-Check are the absolute real deal. After getting the run-around from T-Mobile in order to unlock the phone so I can use it on the Cingular network for a week, I contacted them online and, behold, I was unlocked and on Cingular in about 3 minutes. Totally professional and top shelf, unlike the tossers at T-Mobile.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving 2K6 to all.

Drive carefully!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Microsoft Licenses Office UI Royalty-free

This was out of the blue!

And it will spawn a new generation of components utilizing the UI, absolutely debunking the negativity of the media harlots who decried the innovation.

Jensen Harris' Office UI blog is here.

Lakers 105, LA Pretenders 101

Much more of a battle than I had thought or wanted, but in the end, KB24, like a thresher, showed that the differences between the Los Angeles Lakers and that racist owner's team is like wheat (Lakers) and chaff.

Kobe had his best game of the season points wise at 40.

Starters
Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
K Bryant, G 38 5 5 4 40
L Odom, F 41 6 2 4 18
S Parker, G 33 3 4 2 15
L Walton, F 28 5 1 4 12
A Bynum, C 17 5 1 2 6

Bench
Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
K Brown 31 14 1 3 10
M Evans 20 6 0 2 3
V Radmanovic 17 5 3 0 1
S Vujacic 15 2 0 2 0
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An even-handed Zune review

Jason Cross of ExtremeTech.com has the best, and most balanced independent Zune review I have read so far.

Nice.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Light blogging the next 2 weeks

I'll be taking off for a Thanksgiving drive through the Midwest.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Lakers 82, Chicago 72

In probably the most defensive game of this nascent season, the Lakers prevailed over Chicago with a 10-point margin.

With his play over his Chicago counterpart, you might want to believe that Andrew Bynum, at 19, is for real. The tutelage of The Captain, Kareem Adbul-Jabbar, is very evident, as his scoring line exceeded that of his opponent.


Starters
Name Reb Ast PF Pts
L Odom, F 10 4 2 23
K Bryant, G 4 4 3 18
A Bynum, C 13 1 6 12
S Parker, G 4 0 5 7
L Walton, F 3 4 1 6

Bench
NameRebAstPFPts
M Evans 3 0 0 6
K Brown 9 0 3 3
J Farmar 2 1 0 3
V Radmanovic 3 0 3 2
S Vujacic 0 0 0 2
B Cook 0 0 0 0
S Williams 0 0 1 0

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Windows Vista!!!

A Touch of Class from Microsoft

In what is undoubtedly a further display of class from a powerful company, Microsoft is giving a free copy of Windows Vista to each and every TAP beta participant who filed at least one bug report.

Thanks, Microsoft.

The free copy is the beta tester's choice of either Vista Ultimate Edition or Vista Business Edition. The Ultimate edition is the top-of-the-line version of Vista and is indeed a superset of Business Edition, and what I think most of the testers would end up taking.

There were a rumored 20,000 TAP, or invited testers on Vista; not to be confused with the umpteen millions in the CPP or public beta.

Robert McLaws, in his informative post here is using a lowball, IMO, percentage of 25% of the TAP testers who filed at least one bug report, 5000, and coming up with a nearly $2 million USD amount. I believe the number of technical beta testers who filed at least one report might be closer to 66% which makes this 'Thank You' a $5.2 million giveaway.

Remember also, that in my case, and for a lot of technical beta participants, the familiarity with Vista we have gained over the last nearly two years, will translate into expertise that we can directly benefit from in the coming upgrade cycle.

The benefits TAP beta participants expect are just that: the ability to stay ahead of the herd users, and, in the same instant, try out great software.

This is a very good and unexpected vig to the whole Vista Beta program.

I, and by proxy, Logikworx, and SmallBizVista.com, are determined to monetize this advantage as soon as our upgrade/migration infrastructure is in place and not one second later. My upcoming SmallBizVista.com/Logikworx report, Windows Vista and Office 2007: A Coherent Strategy for a Painless Small and Medium Business Migration, due to be released shortly, will detail exactly what we have in stock for Logikworx clients and end-users.

As a TAP beta tester and Microsoft Partner, I sincerely thank Microsoft and the Vista Beta Team.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Lakers 107, Toronto 100

With his best game yet, KB24 led the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at Staples Center.


Lakers (6-3)
Season Stats | Roster
Starters
Name Reb Ast PF Pts
K Bryant, G 11 7 2 31
L Walton, F 3 4 1 12
S Parker, G 3 3 3 11
L Odom, F 5 1 3 10
A Bynum, C 5 1 1 7

Bench
NameRebAstPFPts
K Brown 7 1 3 8
V Radmanovic 2 1 1 8
J Farmar 2 4 0 7
B Cook 4 1 2 6
M Evans 1 1 1 4
S Vujacic 0 0 2 3

Man shot waiting to buy PS3

Further signs that we do live in a truly bizarre world.

Some yobless dude is shot by some bonejackers while waiting in line at 3.15 am to purchase a PS3.

First off, nothing good ever happens in public at or around 3.00 am, a real witching hour for evil.

Secondly, you won't see me in the CPT, Bed-Sty, or Overtown waiting at any time of day for anything, especially a P-S-freakin'-3, OK?

Most importantly, don't these yum-yums have a job, or some revenue-bearing functionality in the real world?

PS3 my a$$!

Glossary
CPT = Compton, CA
Bed-Sty = Bedford-Stuyvesant, NYC, NY
Overtown = Overtown, Miami, FL

Thursday, November 16, 2006

"Fresno" Longhorn Appliance?

This from CRN:

Microsoft is supposedly prepping a SmallBiz server appliance, codename 'Fresno' for small businesses with around 5 employees.

A Microsoft-branded server appliance?

Sign me up immediately!

Zune'd!!!

Finally!

More here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The EU & Microsoft

Specifically, the EU Office of Competition, Nellie Kroes, and whatever.

Could someone wave a wand and make this 'ho harridan go away?

Could someone?

Please?

Ars Technica Zune Review

Ars Technica has a very good review of Zune, hardware and software, done in their usual even-handed and fair manner.

Good read...........while I angrily await delivery of my unit!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Out of memory at Line 2

This is a new one for me.

Brought to you by Windows Internet Explorer v7 for Vista.

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Windows PowerShell goes 1.0

Yaay!

I was out the door, but this post by Alex Heaton on the Windows Vista Team Blog about PowerShell, aka Monad, going gold and available for (free) downloading, prompted this post.

If you work from the command line, you'd fall in love with this tool.

2006 CRN Industry Hall of Fame Awards

I am off to the 2006 CRN Hall of Fame Awards Conference, Banquet, and after-awards event in San Jose.

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ZUNE!!!

I eagerly await delivery of my unit.

Zune!!!

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Lakers 91, Memphis 81

The Los Angeles Lakers trounced Memphis today at Staples Center, improving their record to 5-3.

For the first time this season, KB24 led the Lakers in points scored, but Lamar Odom overcame his recent production malaise with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Starters
Name Reb Ast PF Pts
K Bryant, G 6 6 2 21
L Odom, F 16 7 3 20
A Bynum, C 7 0 1 11
S Parker, G 0 6 3 10
L Walton, F 5 2 5 6

Bench
Name Reb Ast PF Pts
M Evans 2 0 1 9
K Brown 2 0 3 6
R Turiaf 1 0 1 4
V Radmanovic 1 1 0 2
S Vujacic 0 0 1 2
J Farmar 2 3 1 0
B Cook 0 1 0 0

Friday, November 10, 2006

Windows Vista Security Guide

TechNet is making the Windows Vista Security Guide available for download.

For IT pros, this is a must.

Microsoft Sysinternals Process Monitor v1.01

This is a great tool for monitoring processes running on a system, either for tech support purposes, or just plain nosey or paranoid.

From the product download page:

Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity.

It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such session IDs and user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, simultaneous logging to a file, and much more.

Its uniquely powerful features will make Process Monitor a core utility in your system troubleshooting and malware hunting toolkit.

Thanks Mark, and MSFT.

Photosynth

Microsoft Live Labs has done it again!

This product, Photosynth, will blow you out of the water!

I cannot wait for a beta or shipping product.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Windows Live Mail Desktop & DEP

Well, Data Execution Protection, DEP, is no friend of the Windows Live Mail Desktop (or is it Windows Live Mail Center?) client.

For the past several Vista builds, WLMD has only been able to stay up, no pun intended, for about a minute, at best, on the test rigs at Unimatrix Zero-1 with hardware DEP capabilities.

This morning, I finally, in complete exasperation, disabled DEP for my Vista session, and voilĂ , WLMD, build 8.0.1083, works!

In fact 45 minutes have passed since I rebooted and no crash from the program.

Notes:

  • I had to disable DEP for my sessions on this rig since Vista would not allow selective disabling of DEP for WLMD only
  • In the past couple of builds, Windows Live Mail Desktop has become a TSR, (Terminate & Stay Resident program)? Why? And why isn't there an option to stop that behavior?

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Extra! Extra!! Vista RTMs!!!

Microsoft Windows Vista™ has been released to manufacturing today!

Congratulations, MSFT.

Press Release is here.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Lakers 95, Minnesota 88

Behold the new Lakers star: Andrew Bynum.
He led tonight's LA Lakers win over Minnesota with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots.
Way to go, kid!

Starters
Name Reb Ast PF Pts
A Bynum, C 14 0 0 20
K Bryant, G 4 6 3 17
L Odom, F 9 4 3 15
L Walton, F 9 5 3 14
S Parker, G 1 2 2 11

Bench
Name Reb Ast PF Pts
V Radmanovic 0 3 0 7
M Evans 1 0 2 5
B Cook 0 1 0 4
R Turiaf 5 0 5 2
J Farmar 1 3 0 0

Microsoft Sysinternals RootkitRevealer v1.7

What it is:

RootkitRevealer is an advanced rootkit detection utility.

It runs on Windows NT 4 and higher and its output lists Registry and file system API discrepancies that may indicate the presence of a user-mode or kernel-mode rootkit.

RootkitRevealer successfully detects all persistent rootkits published at www.rootkit.com, including AFX, Vanquish and HackerDefender

Download here.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

NTSB report on Feb 2, 2K5 accident at TEB

Sometimes, the truth is way stranger than fiction!

Jet runs off runway, and thankfully, no fatalities.

NTSB comes in to investigate and finds:

  1. Jet was loaded to capacity with passengers and crew.
  2. Jet was fully gassed
  3. Jet was overloaded!
  4. Pilots, get this, made no attempt to determine the plane's center of gravity in order to either lighten plane or redistribute weight.
  5. Captain (chief pilot) could not produce a log book of his flight record.
  6. Captain's record is suspect.
  7. 1st officer (co-pilot) is foreign national with a tourist visa.
  8. 1st officer has not completed certification tests to enable piloting in the US.

And that is just the tip. The ownership and licensure of the aircraft is another comedy of errors as well

  1. more, more, more here

I sincerely hope that criminal penalties are forthcoming!

Microsoft Office 2007 RTMs

Microsoft has released the 2007 Microsoft Office System - the official name - to manufacturing, with a January 2007 retail target.

Props to the team for the product.

Jensen Harris' An Office User Interface blog has more on this here, and the official line is here.

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Lakers 3, Oponents 1

Who asked you, David Stern?

In the news was this titbit about NBA commissioner Stern having an opinion about the WADA and Floyd Landis.

Who asked your opinion on drugs, Davey?

Er, do you have an opinion of the armed force you call your players?

Better yet, why don't you fix that annoyance called the NBA Store?

I placed an order at the NBA store for the 3 colors of the new KB24 gear since my KO8E gear would be obsolete.

After a few days, I got an email stating that the stuff for Wifey on the same order had shipped. Rechecked my order to find out why the order was broken: no update.

Three days later, I got another email stating that my order had been canceled, no reason stated. Called the CS phone# but did not have the time to spend all day chasing the order so I hung up and troffed-off an email.

Reply came stating that the items were out of stock until January. Pissed-off at the fact that these clowns running the store didn't have a real-time inventory management system.

Two weeks later, while trying to pay bills online, found out that my ca$h had not been credited to me.

This time, I called with the intention of speaking to a CS droid.

After a mercifully short wait, lady comes on. Very polite so I cannot dump on her. Trip this: when I ask about my refund, she said, "We do not automatically credit you the amount of the cancellation, you have to request it!"

I lost it then!

"Are you freakin' shittin' me?", I shouted!!!

She then informed me that she would hasten the refund back to my credit card.

Despite a log like this in his eye, the self-absorbed Dave keeps coming up with imperious pronouncements like fines on owners, dress codes, the new Coke basketball, and other crap in order to deflect our attention from the real problems.

Daffyd, feel free to perform recto-cranial de-insertion surgery on the staff at your firm's eponymous store, and set things right.

Also, outside the NBA where the those self-made gazilliomaires feel the need to have one of their servants order them around, you are not a macher.

Keep your opinion on everything else to yourself, OK, 'D'?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Lakers 118, Seattle 112

Seems, contrary to the opinions of those idiots in print and online outside of Los Angeles, that KB24 can play within the system, as his return didn't change the momentum of the Los Angeles Lakers when they edged past Seattle last night.

Five Lakers scored in double figures, with Andrew Bynum just missing out on a double as well on his way to grabbing nine rebounds.

BTW, the Lakers are at 3-0!

Starters
Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
L Odom, F 42 4 6 2 28
K Bryant, G 41 4 6 3 23
L Walton, F 33 8 5 1 20
S Parker, G 33 3 1 1 11
A Bynum, C 23 8 0 3 9

Bench
Name Min Reb Ast PF Pts
R Turiaf 16 7 0 2 13
V Radmanovic 15 3 2 1 6
B Cook 8 2 1 1 4
M Evans 15 2 0 2 2
J Farmar 15 2 1 0 2

Friday, November 03, 2006

Robot Sentry


I want, I want!

Brought to you by Samsung.

Yes, Samsung!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Tech editor cannot install IE7?

The road to irrelevancy, for some publications, is mercifully swift and welcome, but for others, long and arduous; especially for their readers.

To wit:

The editor-in-chief of eWeek, could not successfully install IE7!

WTF??? Are you freakin' kiddin' me?

Is that the worst bunch of drivel you have read in a while or what?

If you remember that eWeek evolved from PCWeek, and now offers up this nonsense, a shame!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Lakers 110, Golden State 98

Them boys are rollin' along. The emergence of Ronny Turiaf, and the continued inspired play of Lamar Odom is a pleasure.
Game Stats
Starters
NameMinRebAstPFPts
L Odom, F3399122
L Walton, F2962215
M Evans, G164138
S Parker, G234126
A Bynum, C114245
Bench
NameMinRebAstPFPts
R Turiaf3293523
V Radmanovic2453211
J Farmar251419
B Cook178158
S Williams222343
S Vujacic73010