August 2005 - Posts

Share your success stories with Microsoft and you could win an Xbox® video game system
Friday, August 19, 2005 1:05 PM

I thought you or someone you know may have a story to submit for a chance to win a xbox! Read on! J

Share your success stories with Microsoft and you could win an Xbox® video game system*

Have you developed a new business solution based on SQL Server™ 2005 or BizTalk® Server 2006 using Visual Studio® 2005 development system? Have you already deployed your solution or getting ready to deploy the solution in the next 6 months? If you replied yes to any of the above questions, then we want to hear from you! The Canadian Product Management team wants to learn about your success in utilizing these exciting new technologies in your local IT environment. Tell us how you took advantage of the features and functionality of SQL Server, BizTalk Server and/or Visual Studio, and the business value it delivered. All entries will be placed in a random draw for a chance to win one of two Xbox video game systems.*

* No purchase necessary. To be eligible to win, a participant must be a resident of Canada (excluding residents of Quebec) and of the age of majority in his or her province of residence.  Two (2) winners will be selected by a random draw and each will receive an Xbox (approximate retail value: $199.99).  The chances of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.  Skill-testing question required.  Contest closes on Friday, September 16, 2005.  Full contest rules available at:

Soap box
Friday, August 19, 2005 11:39 AM

<stepping onto my soap box>


If you subscribe to the Patch management list you would have received a message like the one below.


My question is why bother un-subscribing anyone who has an Out of Office (OOO) message, if the OOO is setup correctly! I understand if the OOO is setup incorrectly.


Eric says that he does this to stop Hackers. Wouldn’t a better approach be to inform people of the dangers of having inappropriate information within their OOO instead of un-subscribing them! Why hasn’t Eric created a white paper on the subject?  Then he could send a link out to the White paper to those who have OOO with inappropriate information within them.


Once un-subscribe by an Administrator to a mailing I suspect that most people will not re-subscribe to that list due to the intimidation factor or by not realizing that they have been un-subscribed.


Which is worse Hackers’ getting information that they shouldn’t have or IT staff that are un-informed on security issues?


<stepping down from my soap box>



-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Schultze

Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2005 5:34 PM
To: Patch Management Mailing List
Subject: Administrivia


We have received a lot of Out of Office messages from list members during the summer months.  Members of this list do not care where you've gone on vacation, who to call in your absence, or when you'll be back.  Hackers, on the other hand, may find this information useful.


We leave it to you - if you choose to share this information with folks that you don't trust, you may find yourself unsubscribed from the list.


Out of Office Messages:

Your account may be unsubscribed if we receive Out of Office email messages from your email address.  Out of Office (OOF) messages pose a security risk to your organization - please ensure that your OOF messages are not sent to recipients outside of your domain, or set your account to 'nomail' before using an OOF message.  Additional information on setting 'nomail' options can be found here:


Alternatively, filter the emails you receive from this list and place them in a separate folder so that Out of Office messages will not be sent in response

to these emails.


If you wish to receive a single email message containing all the messages contributed to the forum that day, send an email to digest- At the top of the message will be a numbered list of the subjects in that digest, followed by the complete messages themselves. Alternatively, to request a MIME digest, send an email to


If you only wish to receive a single email message containing all the subject lines of all the messages contributed to the forum that day, send

an email to If any of the messages interest you, the bottom of the index gives the email command that will retrieve the bodies of the messages. 



by gjones | with no comments
Tuesday, August 16, 2005 1:36 PM

With all this discussion on certifications and the myITforum Study group, well I thought that I would bring this to people attention. When I studied for my MCSE for NT 4, I looked at various study material. I found that that NETg CBT to be the ones that I liked. Recently I purchased the NETg CBTs for MCSE Windows 2003.


Like most of you I hate promoting one vendor over another, however this is such a good deal that I have to point it out. If your training budget is tight as mine is and you like CBTs then you might want to consider this option from Iceberg eLearning Store. This option will give you 1 year’s access to their on-line Microsoft CBTs.

NEW MCSE 2003 NETg PowerPak now available through Iceberg for only $499. Register today!

What's the deal on the MCSE 2003 NETg PowerPak - Click here to learn more.

Now keep in mind that this price is in CANADIAN dollars so $499 at the current exchange rate it works out to $416.86 USD.  +tax???

P.S. For those of you in Ottawa we should also form a local study group as well. Email me, if you are interested.

myITforum Study Group
Tuesday, August 16, 2005 10:26 AM

Have you been following the discussion on creating a myITforum study group. Are you planning on joining the myITforum Study group? This is a good opportunity to help motivate you to get your MCSE or at least your MCP.


Keep an eye out on Certification Discussion area for more details. or if you have any ideas on how to work the study group. Feel free to post your suggestion.

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Monday, August 15, 2005 9:12 AM

ARIES: Drinking style: Impulsive Aries people like to party and sometimes don't know when to call it a night. Their competitive streak makes them prone to closing time shot contests. They're sloppy, fun drunks, and they get mighty flirty after a couple tipples. Getting Aries people drunk is a good way to get what you want out of them,should other methods fail. Aries can become bellicose when blotto, but they will assume that whatever happened should be forgiven (if not forgotten) by sunrise. They can be counted on to do the same for you -- so long as you haven't gone and done anything really horrible to them last night, you sneaky Gemini.


TAURUS: Drinking style: Taurus prefers to drink at a leisurely pace, aiming for a mellow glow rather than a full on zonk. Since a truly intoxicated Taurus is a one-person stampede, the kind of bull-in-a-china-shop inebriate who spills red wine on white carpets and tells fart jokes to employers, the preference for wining and dining (or Bud and buddies) to body shots and barfing is quite fortunate for the rest of us. This is not to say that the Bull is by any means a teetotaler -- god, no. A squiffy Taurus will get, er, gregarious (full of loudmouth soup, some would say) and is extremely amusing to drag to a karaoke bar when intoxicated.


GEMINI: Drinking style: Gemini's can drink without changing their behavior much -- they're so naturally chatty and short-attention-spanned that it's just hard to tell sometimes. They can amaze you by conversing with finesse and allusions, then doing something to belie an extremely advanced state of intoxication, like puking in your shoe. Gemini's possess the magic ability to flirt successfully (and uninfuriatingly, which is very tricky) with several people at once. They like to order different cocktails every round -- repetition is boring -- and may create a theme (like yellow drinks: beer, sauvignon blanc and limoncello) for their own amusement.


CANCER: Drinking style: Cancer is a comfort drinker -- and an extra wine with dinner or an after-work beer or six can be extra comforting, can't it, Cancer darling? Like fellow water signs Scorpio and Pisces, Crabs must guard against lushery. Cancers are brilliant at ferreting out secret parties and insinuating themselves on VIP lists -- and, in true Hollywood style, Cancers are never really drunk; instead, they get "tired and emotional" (read: weepy when lubricated). But there's nothing better than swapping stories (and spit) over a few bottles of inky red wine with your favorite Cancer. Even your second-favorite Cancer will do. The sign also rules the flavor vanilla, and you'd be adored if you served up vanilla vodka and soda.


LEO: Drinking style: Leo likes to drink and dance -- they're often fabulous dancers, and usually pretty good drinkers as well, losing their commanding dignity and turning kittenish. Of course, they're quite aware they're darling -- Leos will be Leos, after all. They generally know their limit, probably because they loathe losing self-control. When they get over-refreshed, expect flirting to ensue -- and perhaps not with the one that brought them. But Leo's not the type to break rules even when drunk, so just try to ignore it (try harder, Cancer) and expect a sheepish (and hung over) Lion to make it up to you the next day.


VIRGO: Drinking style: Cerebral Virgos are compelled to impose order onto their bender. Their famously fussy quest for purity could lead to drinking less than other signs, sure -- but it could also lead to drinking booze neat, to sucking down organic wine or just to brand loyalty. They rarely get fully shellacked -- but, oh, when they do! Virgo's controlled by the intellect, but there's an unbridled beast lurking within, and they let it loose when walloped. It's dead sexy (and surprisingly unsloppy). As one Virgo friend used to declare, "I'm going to drink myself into a low level of intelligence tonight." A toast to the subgenius IQ!


LIBRA: Drinking style: "I'm jusht a social drinker," slurs Libra, "it's jusht that I'm so damn social?" Libra loves nothing more than to party, mingle and relate to everyone. Whether dipped in favor of Good Libra (with Insta-Friend device set to "on") or heavier on the Evil Libra side (they are little instigators when bored), the Scales can really work a room. Charming as they are, Libras are notoriously lacking in self-control, however, which can get them into all sorts of trouble -- including wearing their wobbly boots waaaay too early in the evening, flirting with their best friend's beau or even blacking out the night's events entirely. Oops!


SCORPIO: Drinking style: Don't ever tell Scorpios they've had enough, for they'll smirk at you and quietly but intentionally keep tippling till they're hog whimpering drunk, out of 100-proof spite. Scorpios like to drink, and screw you if you have a problem with that. Most of them see the sauce as something to savor in itself, and not as a personality-altering tool -- though if depressed, self-loathing Scorps seek total obliteration. But generally, they're fascinating drinking pals, brilliant conversationalists and dizzying flirts. They also remember everything -- especially what you did when you were blitzed. Only drink with a Scorpio who likes you.


SAGITTARIUS: Drinking style: In vino veritas -- and, for Sagittarius, in booze blurtiness: When buttered, they'll spill all your secrets and many of their own. Tactlessness aside, Sagittarius is just plain fun to drink with. This is a sign of serious partying (what else would you expect from the sign of Sinatra, Keith Richards, the Bush twins and Anna Nicole Smith?). They're the people who chat up everyone in the room, then persuade the entire crowd to travel somewhere else -- like a nightclub, or a playground, or Cancun. Good-natured hijinks are sure to ensue (including a high possibility of loopy groping; spontaneous Sag is a brilliant booty call).


CAPRICORN: Drinking style: Capricorn is usually described as practical, steadfast, money-hungry and status-thirsty -- no wonder they get left off the astrological cocktail-party list. But this is the sign of David Bowie and Annie Lennox, not to mention Elvis. Capricorn is the true rock star: independent, powerful and seriously charismatic, not too eager to please. And if they make money being themselves, who are you to quibble? But just like most rock stars, they're either totally on or totally off, and they generally need a little social lubricant to loosen up and enjoy the after party, especially if they can hook up with a cute groupie.


AQUARIUS: Drinking style: Aquarius and drinking don't go together that well (except for water, that is). They have an innate tendency toward know-it-allism, and if they get an idea while sizzled, they're more stubborn than a stain or a stone. If they're throwing a party or organizing an outing, however, they're too preoccupied with their duties to get combative -- and they make perfectly charming drunks in that case. Fortunately, they're usually capital drink-nursers. They also make the best-designated drivers (if you can get them before they start raising their wrist): Aquarius is fascinated by drunken people and capable of holding interesting conversations with soused strangers while sober.


PISCES: Drinking style: If you're a Pisces, you've probably already heard that you share a sign -- and an addictive personality -- with Liz Taylor, Liza Minelli and Kurt Cobain. Not only do Pisces like to lose themselves in the dreamy, out-there feeling that only hooch can give, but they build up a mighty tolerance fast. Who needs an expensive date like that? On the other hand, they're fabulously enchanting partners, whether in conversation or in crime. With the right Pisces, you can start out sharing a pitcher of margaritas and wind up in bed together for days.The phrase "addictive personality" can be read two ways, you know.

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Creating Custom Reports in MOM (updated)
Thursday, August 11, 2005 11:10 PM

Apparently I heard the birdie wrong the date is 22nd!!! not the 24th!!!!  Sorry for the confusion..


The next meeting of the Ottawa Windows Server user Group ( will be having their next meeting September 22nd and it looks like the topic will be “Creating Custom Reports in MOM”. Watch the event page on for more information


Cows, Constitution and Carlin
Thursday, August 11, 2005 8:50 AM
COWS - Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago, 
right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington and they tracked her calves to their stalls. 
But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give them all a cow.
CONSTITUTION - They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? 
It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it's worked for over 200 years and we're not using it anymore.
TEN COMMANDMENTS - The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a Courthouse? 
You cannot post "Thou Shalt Not Steal," "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery" and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full of lawyers, 
judges and politicians! It creates a hostile work environment!
And Last but not least.....
George Carlin said it best about Martha Stewart .., 
Boy, I feel a lot safer now that she's behind bars. O.J. Simpson and Robert Blake are still walking around; 
Osama Bin Laden too, but they take the one woman in America willing to cook, clean, and work in the yard, and haul her off to jail."
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Wednesday, August 10, 2005 8:37 PM

A little bird told me a rumour today that the Ottawa Windows Server user Group ( will be having their next meeting September 24th and it looks like the topic will be “Creating Custom Reports in MOM”. Watch the event page on for more information

PowerPoint Quotes
Monday, August 08, 2005 9:03 AM

"Despite the level of cadet complaints about the 'Death by PowerPoint’ phenomena, I have found that they (cadets) are quite willing to inflict this upon their colleagues."

- LTC J.B. USMA Faculty


"PowerPoint presentations are a new form of anesthesia and torture. They were even used at the Abu Ghraib Prison."

- Anonymous


"His knowledge on that topic is only PowerPoint deep."

- MAJ (JS)


"PPT is a triumph of process over product.  Knowing what you are doing is more important than getting the right answer."

- Tom Lehrer


"I recently exchanged comments with someone on a similar briefing (earlier version?). I told him that Power Point briefings do nothing but obfuscate. If you cannot explain what you are doing in three pages of text, you are BSing. That's what the slide show is: BS."

- Senior Army Officer


"The genius of it is that it was designed for any idiot to use. I learned it in a few hours."

- David Byrne

formerly of the Talking Heads


"Power corrupts and PowerPoint corrupts absolutely."

- Vint Cerf Internet pioneer


"My belief is that PowerPoint doesn't kill meetings. People kill meetings."

- Peter Norvig Google, Inc.


"Using PowerPoint is like having a loaded AK-47 on the table: You can do very bad things with it."

- Peter Norvig


"If your words or images are not on point, making them dance in color won't make them relevant."

- Edward Tufte Professor Emeritus, Yale University


"PowerPoint presentations too often resemble a school play - very loud, very slow, and very simple."

- Edward Tufte


"PowerPoint is designed for making a slide show a little more attractive with images and text that move, but when an idiot makes them all move, interest is lost."

- Anonymous


"You can't speak with the U.S. military without knowing PowerPoint."

- Margaret Hayes National Defense University


"Shelton's order is only the Pentagon's most recent assault on a growing electronic menace: the PowerPoint briefing."

- Anonymous


"The idea behind most of these briefings is for us to sit through 100 slides with our eyes glazed over, and then to do what all military organizations hope for ... to surrender to an overwhelming mass."

- Richard Danzig Navy Secretary


"Navy Secretary Danzig announced late last year that he was no longer willing to soldier through the slide shows. He maintains that PowerPoint briefings are only necessary for two reasons: If field conditions are changing rapidly or if the audience is 'functionally illiterate.'"

- Anonymous


"The PowerPoint syndrome isn’t just the misuse of specific technology. It’s a cultural disease."

- Giancarlo Livraghi


"We had 12.9 gigabytes of (Microsoft) PowerPoint slides on our network. And I thought, 'What a huge waste of corporate productivity.' So we banned it. And we've had three unbelievable record-breaking fiscal quarters since we banned PowerPoint. Now, I would argue that every company in the world, if they would just ban PowerPoint, would see their earnings skyrocket. Employees would stand around going, 'What do I do? Guess I've got to go to work.'"

- Scott McNealy Sun Microsystems, quoted in the San Jose Mercury News, January 27, 1997


"Funny. I always thought that PowerPoint was already at least as destructive as macro viruses to corporate productivity. You ever watch a suit fiddle with his presentation?"

- CmdrTaco


"One of the criticisms that's been raised about PowerPoint is that it can give the illusion of coherence and content when there really isn't very much coherence or content."

- Edward Miller


"At a place like IBM, there's an infinite world of products that you can create. But, too often, management would say, "Great, you big-idea guys, go go go." But then they give all the money to the people who control the revenue streams, the people with the overhead projectors and PowerPoint slides."

- Ted Selker


"Flash is the PowerPoint of the internet."

- Anonymous


"My plan for improving the quality of presentations used to be two-fold: DESTROY EVERY COPY OF POWERPOINT (and assorted functional clones) in existence, and GIVE OFFENDERS REMEDIAL "HOW TO TALK" CLASSES, emphasizing the content-based logical mark-up portions of HTML as a mechanism for making slides. (The hardcore hopeless cases would be forced to learn TeX.)"

- John S. Jacobs Anderson


"The 'PowerPoint syndrome' is a well known disease, clearly diagnosed not only by brilliant cartoonists such as Scott Adams, but also in a variety of analyses of corporate efficiency and communication. It’s called 'disinfotainment.'"

- Giancarlo Livraghi


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