Links for January 30,2009

Windows 7

Windows 7 Feature Focus: Windows Experience Index from Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows

Windows 7 Feature Focus: Styles and Desktop Slide Shows from Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows

More Windows 7 themes, and an amazing list of free stuff from Microsoft from Paul’s SuperSite blog

Is UAC broken in Windows 7? from Paul’s SuperSite blog

Bloggers Long Zheng and Rafael Rivera have found what appears to be a serious failing in the emasculated version of User Account Control (UAC) that Microsoft is including in Windows 7: Apparently, it doesn’t work and is very easy to bypass. So easy, in fact, that Zheng and Rivera were able to write up a quickie Visual Basic Script (VBScript) that can compromise a Windows 7 PC. Microsoft’s response so far: “This feature works as intended.” This has the makings of a fight.

Our Next Engineering Milestone from Engineering Windows 7

The next milestone for the development of Windows 7 is the Release Candidate or “RC”.

Project Management

PMBOK® Guide – Fourth Edition Changes from PM Hut


Perfect Match: Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer & Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer from SharePoint Blank

… In that session, Bamboo Product team lead Wes Bryan will be demonstrating the features of the Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer and leading an informal discussion about the tool.

… what is this SharePoint Analyzer of which I speak?  In truth, for a proper introduction, I’ll have to refer you to the Introducing Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer post written by its developer, Truc Thien Bui.  In a nutshell, however, Bamboo’s SharePoint Analyzer provides administrators with a tool that will quickly discover and provide comprehensive configuration details of any SharePoint deployment.

In addition to providing a complete window on your SharePoint deployment in a user-friendly environment, SharePoint Analyzer also comes embedded with the Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer.  The Best Practices Analyzer is a tool by which "a set of comprehensive ‘best practice’ rules are applied to the topology" of your farm and, since it’s automatically installed when you install our SharePoint Analyzer, we’ve fully integrated that best practices functionality into the Bamboo SharePoint Analzyer.

New SharePoint Webcast Series to Promote Successful Deployments

from SharePoint Joel’s SharePoint Land

I just wanted to give you a heads up on a webcast series I’m doing with Quest.  Backup, Accelerated Deployment with Webparts, and Administration/Management Fundamentals. 

  • Webcast Series — From Chaos to Governance: SharePoint Management and Development
  • Achieve Control over SharePoint Administration and Development – There’s a Method to the Madness
  • Effective Backup and Restore Strategies for Your SharePoint Service
  • Back to Basics – The Fundamentals of SharePoint Administration
  • Streamlining Application Deployment with No Coding

Diarrhea of a worm from End User SharePoint

I was walking my six year old to school this morning when he started shouting at me about this incredible book he was reading at school, “Diarrhea of a Worm”. As he continued to describe in glowing terms the story line, I realized he meant “Diary of a Worm”. I guess a little malapropism never hurt anyone, except maybe the worm.

It reminded me of why people are having a problem with using SharePoint when they first get started. The only context they have to relate to when storing information is the folder. In their mind, a ‘Library’ is just another type of folder storage mechanism…

Add a Google Map to SharePoint from End User SharePoint

Adding a Google Map to SharePoint Adding a map to your SharePoint site provides value to those that look to your site for information. THis post discusses a method using CEWP. There’s also a ready made web part on codeplex which not only displays a single point on a google map but will also use data from a list, allowing people to get directions between, for example, different company sites:

What is jQuery and Why Should I Care? from Get the ‘Point – Find out how powerful and easy it is to use jQuery on your site.

How We Did It: Podcasting Kit for SharePoint from Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog


Interview with an Adware Author via’s Friday Summary – Jan 30, 2009 – a very interesting read


Checks and Balances from Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Excellent post and understanding of the cause of our current financial crisis.

The system of checks and balances is particularly applicable in today’s highly complex and fast changing economic environment.  It is a critical factor in the relationship between government and the private sector.  I think that by now, extreme, ideologically-driven positions have proved to be  largely irrelevant when applied to the economy.  Those on the extreme left who advocate a very strong role for government in managing the economy and a weak role for the private sector, have seen their views discredited with the implosion of communist states twenty years ago, as well as the sorry state of Cuba and the handful of remaining communist economies.  Those on the extreme right advocating a minimal government role in the economy have seen their views equally discredited by our serious economic crisis.

A pragmatic system of checks and balances is clearly the answer.  While most of us view the US economy as an open, free market economy, it is in fact a mixed economy, combining elements of government planning and regulations within an overall system of capitalism.  To a greater or lesser extent, this is the case with just about all countries that we view as having a market economy.

Over the past three decades, the mood in the country has been anti-government.  Politicians, including some at the highest level, have run for office by putting down the very government they want to be part of.  In his first inaugural address in January of 1981, Ronald Reagan uttered the now famous phrase "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem," a phrase as ingrained  in a large segment of our country and its political leadership as JFK’s "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country" from his inaugural address twenty years earlier.  
Many have embraced this anti-government ideology.  They must assume that there is something new out there that enables free markets to operate smoothly and self-correct as needed with minimal oversight.  Alan Greenspan, who served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve for twenty years, – one of the top and most respected officials in the country charged with overseeing the financial system, – re-iterated as late as March of 2008 his conviction that the lax regulations of the last thirty years were fine, because market flexibility and open competition on their own where our most reliable and effective safeguards against cumulative economic failure.

History of the Internet from Dana Epp’s ramblings at the Sanctuary

Now here is a kewl video on YouTube about the history of the Internet…. and they didn’t use Al Gores’s name once!

Google has launched a new set of tools to help users to measure their ISP:

Network Diagnostic ToolTest your connection speed and receive sophisticated diagnosis of problems limiting speed.

GlasnostTest whether BitTorrent is being blocked or throttled.

Network Path and Application DiagnosisDiagnose common problems that impact last-mile broadband networks.

DiffProbe (coming soon)Determine whether an ISP is giving some traffic a lower priority than other traffic.

NANO (coming soon)Determine whether an ISP is degrading the performance of a certain subset of users, applications, or destinations.

Expiration of Service Pack Blocker Tool for Windows Vista & Windows XP from Windows Vista Team Blog

Microsoft has announced the upcoming expiration dates for the Service Pack Blocker Tool for Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3:

  • Windows Vista SP1: April 28, 2009
  • Windows XP SP3: May 19, 2009

Free online courses for developers – MSDN Ramp Up from Project Programmability


Steve Mullen has been involved in information technology for over 35 years. He is also actively involved in the music program (voice and English hand bells) and Vestry of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Damascus, MD.

Posted in ecomomy, IT Security, Microsoft, MOSS, MOSS 2007, MSDN, PMBOK, PMI, Project Management, Security, Security Awareness, SharePoint, training, Windows 7

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