Shortcut Key madness

Scott Cate has published a list of shortcuts for the [Windows] key on your keyboard.  Very cool.  I never knew about these before.  Now, I can navigate my system tray from my keyboard.  …Ok, now that I’ve done that once, can I have my mouse back?

And then, as an encore, he does the same (keyboard shortcuts) for Visual Studio.

Thanks, Scott.

Webcast: Productivity and Collaboration using SharePoint Technologies

Have you ever asked yourself one of the following questions?

  • “Why it is now called Windows SharePoint Services instead of SharePoint Team Services?”  (variant. – “Eh? There’s a new version of SharePoint?”) 

  • “How the heck can we identify the ROI that SharePoint Services provides? “

  • “Collaboration, Shmollaboration…  Everyone says they have that.  How could SharePoint really be any different?“

Mike Fitzmaurice is a Technical Product Manager for the Microsoft SharePoint product group.  He is presenting in a webcast titled: Understanding the Value of Productivity and Collaboration using SharePoint Technologies. He’s going to answer these questions, (maybe).  But he’ll certainly answer a bunch of questions, regardless.  Good ones, too.

Monday, January 26, 2003; 9:00AM Pacific Time.

Register here.

MS Virtual PC 2004 45-Day Trial Version

Available for download from the 45-Day Trial version of Virtual PC 2004.

This is the product that I use to develop demonstrations and to test installations, etc. of new products.  For a development team, this will allow developers to build on a standard platform – build one dev platform, Sysprep it (so as not to have the multiple versions of the mahcine SSID on the network), and distribute it out to developers.  If you have any more questions about ways to use Virtual PC, here is the Virtual PC Web Site, and please feel free to post comments to this post.  Also, review the Virtual PC Evaluation Guide, and the Virtual PC Technical Overview.

MSCMS Standard Edition

Microsoft Content Management Server – Standard Edition (MSCMS SE) has been available for a little while now, and there are many interesting use cases for this version, from a business and a licensing perspective.

The differences between MCMS SE and MCMS EE are pretty clear,

  • Price:  SE – $6,999; EE – $24,999

    • check your specific case for discounts in both cases

  • Site Users (Subscribers):  Unlimited in both versions

  • Authoring Users:  SE – 15 Authors; EE – Unlimited Authors

  • Load Balancing: SE – No load balancing; EE – Allows for Scaling Out (multiple load balanced boxes) and Scaling Up (multiple CPUs within a box)

  • Multi-Processor Support: SE – Single Processor affinity; EE – Unlimited Processors

    • SE can be installed in a multi-processor box.  It will utilize only one processor.  By default, it will associate itself with the first processor, but you can configure affinity to a specific CPU.

  • Site Staging and Host Headers:  SE – No Site Staging or CMS Host Header support; EE – yes, of course.

What is interesting, and good to note, is that the price of a license for MSCMS SE can be applied to your price for a subsequent upgrade to MCMS EE. <disclaimer>(Check with your MS account manager for specifics and details)</disclaimer>

This means that if your company has multiple sites that you’d like to manage the content of, or if your company consists of other companies, which each has their own site, you can implement a site on MSCMS SE to get a feel for it and then migrate to MCMS EE without losing that investment.  It doesn’t, unfortunately, let you apply the cost of two MCMS SE licenses to a single MCMS EE license…  (Where does Santa Claus go this time every year when we need him?)



New Year Resolutions from an IT Group?

The Microsoft Operations and Technology Group (OTG), is the IT group that handles operations for MS Business.  They are not affiliated with the product groups, except as users, the same as most Microsoft customers. Well, <ahem> except for the fact that a while bunch of MS developers are all listed in their Exchange Address Book…

Anyway, the point of this entry is to say that the OTG group has decided to make public their list of New Year’s Resolutions.  I’m not even going to answer questions related to “Why does one IT group think that they can give advice to another IT group,” except to say that I’ve paid big money to analysts to hear them bring IT groups into the same room that I am and then I sit and listen to their New Years Resolutions.  Sometimes they give them names such as “Best Practices,” and stuff like that.  So, this is probably a good thing.

What do you think?  I can’t decide which one is my favorite…  Either #3 “Review and Refine your most critical processes” (Read: BizTalk Server), or #8 “Go Paperless” (Read: Content Management Server).