This blog is mostly about my Microsoft server technologies and things I encounter in my day job in IT. To keep up with this field I am subscribed to a number of blogs and I try to set aside some time to read the latest posts each day. But since I am blogging I also like to keep up to date about blogging itself, and so I also subscribe to a bunch of other blogs about blogging and related matters.
So here is the list of blogs that I read each week.
Bloggers I Know
These are friends, colleagues, and former colleagues which is why they get placement on my sidebar.
I’ve scored myself a gutsy server with VMWare ESX 3.5 running on it and have been toying with it a little tonight. I’m fortunate to work right next to some of the world’s finest VMWare specialists, some even scoring as much as 70% on their VCP exam. One of them also writes a blog from time to time, which is lucky because I’ve spent some time on there this evening, particularly this post on the suite of esxcfg- commands available.
Opening ports for Veeam FastSCP
I guess having used ESX servers that Dan has configured before I just assumed this would work straight away. I was wrong. I checked every possible thing I could think of with my Windows XP machine before realising that FastSCP was banging away on port 2500 and that wasn’t open on the ESX host.
I’m no programmer but I’ve seen demonstrations of web page code that allows a web site to detect your operating system, browser version, and other details that annoy privacy nutters. The sites can then (if they feel like it I suppose) use that information to tailor the web content to suit the client (eg, why show me a “Get Firefox” badge if I’m already using Firefox).
Microsoft probably knows a thing or two about this kind of stuff. Which is why it would be nice if they could detect that I’m browsing their site from a server and probably not interested in the Silverlight Beta.
This wonderful lag-inducing graphic comes gracefully sliding down your screen… well I guess thats what it is supposed to do because when you’re bouncing through a couple of RDP sessions to manage a server there is nothing graceful about the way it breaks apart as it slops down your screen.
Want to try the beta? Where is the option to choose “No your site is already slow enough over RDP sessions, I don’t want you to make it even slower.”
It is no small irony that this Silverlight Beta offer has not appeared even once on any of my Windows XP computers.
I am posting this using Windows Live Writer, a free application from Microsoft that you can use for writing your blog posts and publishing them to WordPress, Windows Live Spaces, SharePoint, and many other blogging platforms.
I hadn’t considered trying Windows Live Writer until I read this post on BloggingTips.com. That day I downloaded the program and installed it on my laptop, and I was immediately impressed at some of the ways in which it makes my WordPress posting a lot easier and more enjoyable.