Lots to say about the Surface Pro; I just need to collect and organize my thoughts first. I want one, I think. But with the next generation Intel CPUs promising dramatically lower power usage, I might wait.
I’m not going to the MVP Summit this year; too much work and too little time. I have to be in Seattle the day before the seminar starts, so I may drop in for a short while on Monday though– hit me up if you want to meet.
Ross Anderson’s seminal Security Engineeringis now available online for free. You should read it (yes, even you, Mom.)
Lots of events coming up! Next up: I’m doing a three-session webcast on Exchange 2013 at the end of the month. I’ve just sent off session proposals for TechEd North America and TechEd Europe, too.
The first chapter of my book has gone off to Microsoft Press for editing; the second chapter, on mobile device management, has gone off to my crack team of volunteer reviewers. Onward…
Bonus fun fact: even FedEx isn’t immune to the charms of Mardi Gras.
The boys and I have really enjoyed the Huntsville Havoc games we’ve been to. Our next one will be next weekend– can’t decide if we should go see the Havoc beat Pensacola or the dreaded Louisiana Ice Gators.
The second chapter for Exchange 2013 Inside Out is well underway– this one is on Exchange ActiveSync and mobile device management. There’s a lot to say on that topic.
Sadly I haven’t had time to fly since my cross-country with Matthew to Nashville a couple of weeks ago. I hope to remedy that really soon, at which point I’ll have some more aviation stuff to write about.
Bonus: if you didn’t see Wreck-It Ralph in theaters: a) you missed out and b) you probably haven’t seen the animated short that preceded it. In that case you are missing a real treat, and Disney was kind enough to post the full version on YouTube. Take a few minutes and watch it; you’ll be glad you did.
Joel Gascoigne has some interesting advice about the value of setting a morning routine. I haven’t been successful in doing that lately, but the benefits are sure appealing.
Amazon’s new AutoRip service is very cool: buy a physical CD and it shows up in your Amazon Cloud Player. The best part: it’s retroactive, so CDs you bought from Amazon in the past are automatically included.
Protip: if you use the Lync 2010 topology builder to add a new Lync standard edition server to your topology, do not then try to use the Lync 2013 deployment wizard to install Lync 2013 on it unless you like swearing and error logs.
This year is the 150th anniversary of both the Emancipation Proclamation and the London Underground.
Nearly done with the unified messaging chapter for the book– it’s a game of incremental progress, but I’m slowly getting back into the groove.
I spent a day this week using my iPhone 4 as my primary device. I was shocked by how much better the Windows Phone keyboard works. It anticipates what I want to say (thanks to Word Flow), and its autocorrection mechanism is much easier to use.
It seems like there’s a lack of good documentation on how to deploy smartcards with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Win7 on the desktop. Maybe I’m just not looking in the right place.
The boys and I are headed for New Orleans this weekend to see my mother and, not incidentally, to hit the Voodoo Music Festival. Of the bands there, I am most excited about seeing Metallica and Skrillex, but there are a few other gems; hopefully we’ll make it there in time for Thomas Dolby on Friday.
The law surrounding workplace privacy in California is really, really interesting.
I’m really intrigued by two new devices: the iPad mini, because it’s the perfect size for use in the cockpit; and the Microsoft Surface, because it looks like a better device for some of the most common tasks I do on the road. I’m not quite ready to order either of them just yet, though…
So far season 3 of The Walking Dead is excellent. I am actually enjoying it more than season 2 because I’m watching it in HD on my AppleTV instead of in crap-o-vision from AT&T’s Uverse, which had terrible picture quality on AMC.
Bonus: if you like airplanes (and, really, who doesn’t?) then this video of Endeavour flying over southern California is priceless. Watch it in high-quality and full screen for maximum enjoyment.
Replace Alice and Bob? Never! You can have my standard cryptographic personas when you pry them from my DPAPI storage.
I have a lot more I want to say about MEC, and I will, but for now the BLUF: fantastic show, great content, and a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with my peers. I saw probably a dozen people that I hadn’t seen in five or ten years, and met maybe another dozen with whom I’ve collaborated and corresponded without ever meeting face to face. I’m already eager to sign up for the next one.
Hmmm. iPhone 5, or Lumia 920? I am trying to decide simultaneously whether to upgrade and/or bite the bullet and move over to Verizon. I am unhappy with AT&T’s coverage both in the Bay Area and in Huntsville; I barely get signal in my house, which is no more than 2mi from an actual AT&T store. This decision is complicated by the fact that the boys’ phones are additional lines on my family plan, and they couldn’t use their existing phones if I move to VZW– plus I’d have to eat cancellation fees on some of the lines. Verizon’s shared data plan for 3 smartphones + 1 dumb phone is $240/month; compared to the $220 I pay now for the same 4 devices (5GB for me, 2GB for Tom, unlimited for David) this is not a compelling deal. StraightTalkis an option, except that they apparently cap data at 2GB/line/month. I might just move Dave and Tom to StraightTalk, then keep Matt’s feature phone and my existing AT&T line. Or not!
I mentioned in a meeting today that VMware’s new vSphere client is based on Flash. That mention was greeted with much incredulity, but it is, in fact, true.
The other day I saw a tweet that put it very succinctly: if Obama wins the election it will be because of his campaign and in spite of the economy; if Romney wins, it will be in spite of his campaign and because of the economy.
Last week’s 311 show was as good as I expected it to be. I’m already looking forward to their tour next year.
Rwanda has an awesome national… I’m not sure what to call it. It’s not a holiday, and it’s more than a tradition. By law, on the last Saturday of every month, everyone cleans. Known as umuganda, it’s a long-standing event that goes back to colonial times. Business close, public transport shuts down, and all able-bodied people between 18 and 65 clean from 8am until 11am. What a fantastic idea.
After switching from Dropbox to SkyDrive, I had my first “uh oh” moment yesterday; I updated a file at home Tuesday night, then tried to access it through SkyDrive’s web interface Wednesday morning. The file wasn’t there. Turns out that the SkyDrive app can’t be run at logon unless it’s in the system Applications folder; I’d left it in the Downloads folder.
I’m really excited to see 311 tomorrow in Mountain View. I saw them there last year, and saw them with the boys in Atlanta last month, and they were the two best concerts I’ve ever been to. I expect a repeat performance.
The fifth season of Breaking Bad continues to excel. If you haven’t been watching the show before now, and you appreciate television dramas for adults, you really should be watching it.
And a bonus quote from mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell:
If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry, that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware of having no good reason for thinking as you do. If some one maintains that two and two are five, or that Iceland is on the equator, you feel pity rather than anger, unless you know so little of arithmetic or geography that his opinion shakes your own contrary conviction. The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic, because in arithmetic there is knowledge, but in theology there is only opinion. So whenever you find yourself getting angry about a difference of opinion, be on your guard; you will probably find, on examination, that your belief is going beyond what the evidence warrants.
Application is left as an exercise for the reader.