March 2008 - Posts

Did you enter the Microsoft Lottery?!!! It ends today!
31 March 08 06:39 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Funny stuff.  Just received this Spam email and have never seen it before.

Subject: Microsoft Final Success Alert!!!

Display Name: Copyright © 2008 Microsoft Corporation.

Email Address: []


Today, we announce the 10 lucky winners of the MICROSOFT LOTTERY PROGRAM held on 31st March, 2008. Your company or your personal e-mail address,attached to the Chip Number: 9465021, won in the First lottery category 001.


Your email address has brought you an unexpected luck, please read through this message.You have been approved to claim a total sum of 450,000.00 GBP (Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pounds) in cash credited to file MSW/9080118308/02/LA.This is from a total cash prize of 4,500.000.00 GBP shared amongst the ten (10)lucky winners. Also noteworthy, is that, each winner won 450,000.00 GBP each.


Contact Person:

Name:Philip Jason Esq.

Tel: +44-704-571-9405


Do email the above mentioned person, at once with all the claims requirements below. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications.



1. full Name:

2. Address:

3. Nationality:

4. Date of Birth:

5. Occupation:

6. Phone:

7. Mobile:

8. Fax:

9. State of Origin:



12.E-mail Address:


I hereby advice you to report to the Microsoft lottery  claims agent whose information is stated above.


Best Regards,


Mrs Danells Elaine.


Microsoft Mega Jackpot Lottery


NOTE: You are to contact your claims processor immediately via email.

Be informed, that there will be upfront charges, either for  transfer of  funds to your account or activating a non residence premium account with the official paying bank. Have it in mind that this is not a Scam; we want you to understand that there will be upfront charges.





Microsoft Mega Jackpot Lottery, property of the Microsoft  Inc.

The Microsoft Group Copyright © 2008.


System Center Virtual User Group wanting to hold a contest
31 March 08 04:15 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

To drive interest in the new site, is wanting to hold a contest with some cool prizes such as an XBOX 360, a Zune, and/or miscellaneous books and prizes.

Before the contest engine revs up, though, you’ll need to let them know you are interested in having the contest.  Drop out to this post and add a comment.

FYI: You’ll need to sign-up for an account on the site before you can comment.

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Win a XBOX 360 and Rockband at MMS 2008
31 March 08 02:54 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Stop by the booth at MMS 2008 and get registered to win an XBOX 360 and Rockband, supplied by 

"How am I doing?" - China style
31 March 08 02:41 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

I thought this was interesting/pretty neat.

While in China, we visited the bank a few times to have our U.S. currency converted into Chinese currency.  After a teller helps you, you are prompted to rate them on the spot using these these neat, little rating mechanisms.

The lady that helped me at this particular time had a 3 star rating.  I did see one individual who had a 5 star rating. 


I wonder how many stars it takes to get fired.

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Cool RSS feed for TV trackers
31 March 08 02:24 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Gormly sent me a link to something posted to this site other day, but I picked up the RSS feed while I was there and truly like it.  So…I thought I’d pass it on to you.  This site covers newly released Television shows on DVD and news about upcoming TV show DVD releases.


RSS Feed:

New MSKB: When you run a task in the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Operations Console on a Russian version of Windows Server 2003, the task outputs are displayed in corrupted text
31 March 08 01:59 PM | rodtrent | with no comments;en-us;949875
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Tasty Chinese Snack
31 March 08 01:56 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Duck Webs — try it…


DVDs in China
31 March 08 12:47 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Pirated movies are rampant in China.  You can buy just about any movie or TV show for about $2.00 U.S.  Some DVDs are illegal in China.  However, the local police really don’t care.  So, even though the DVD sellers take their wares “underground”, they really don’t have to.

However, there are DVD stores in China that sell authorized copies — even American copies — of movies and television shows.  However, there are some that you have to watch out for.  The DVD trade in China can be wrought with danger.

Here’s a pic of a DVD “closet” that we visited:


As you can see, this looks like a mirror on a wall in a clothing store.  In fact, it *is* a clothing store.  However, when we asked for DVDs, one of the store owners showed us that the mirror was actually a closet door.  She opened it and we went inside to find a walk-in closet with walls lined on both sides with illegal DVDs.

That’s me in the right-hand side of the mirror taking a picture with my phone camera.  I risked life and limb to get that picture.  As soon as the clothing store owners realized I was taking a picture, they became very agitated.  We left before anything serious could happen, but it did get a little tense for a few seconds.

Once back on the street, someone approached us and asked, “DVD?”  One of the fellows we were with had been feverishly looking for the old Tarzan collection, so he immediately said “Yes” before we could do anything about it.  So, we followed this street artisan through an alley to a stairwell in an apartment building.  He grabbed a couple bags from underneath the stairwell and led us to a backlot restaurant for employees, where we were quickly surrounded by folks that looked like Chinese mafia – in dress suits and everything (and, yes, we did have a couple run-ins with Chinese mafia – more on that later).  After our friend looked through the bags full of DVDs, we felt obligated (i.e., pressured) to buy something.  He purchased about 5 DVDs.  It felt like we were paying for our freedom and well worth the purchase.  He still didn’t find the Tarzan collection he was looking for, but we were safely on our way.  Lesson learned – maybe.

Two places you can find almost anywhere in China
31 March 08 12:13 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Except for a couple places we stayed while in China, you could always locate a KFC and a Starbucks. 

Personally, I thought McDonald’s would be the popular restaurant.  But, no.  KFC is a huge franchise in China and always packed full of patrons.  The Chinese gravitate around KFC.



 We did find a Subway, however.  Here’s a Chinese Subway menu (btw: they had a hotdog sub)…


The Microsoft Visual Hot Dog
31 March 08 12:04 PM | rodtrent | 2 comment(s)

We visited an upscale “Westernized” restaurant in Kunming, China which was pretty interesting.  Upon reading the menu, I just *had* to order this one…

—you read that right.  That menu item actually says: “Microsoft Visual hot dog”.  Oh, and yes, you also read the other item correctly, that you choose your choice of meat for a hamburger.  If it sits on a bun its considered a hamburger in China.

And, here’s the actual item…a gourmet hot dog sandwich:


Do you think it made Bill Gates proud?

Even though it was an upscale restaurant, the meal still only cost about $6 U.S.  And, you’re not supposed to tip the waitresses.  If you try to tip a waitress, they take it as an insult, and that you believe they are poor and need help.  So — no tipping in China.  Cool.  Job owners are simply expected to *do* their job and not expect anything else.  They do their job and don’t bellyache like Americans do.  Bellyaching means they lose their job.  No HR.  No long discussions or multiple warnings.  You suck — you’re on the street.

I have to admit it really spoiled me.  I’ve found myself becoming very impatient with folks in restaurants and stores since returning.  My wife has had to calm me down a couple times.  It really changes your perspective.  Folks should be thankful for having a job, instead of acting like they are doing YOU a favor by waiting on you.

BTW: No one ordered the peanut stews pettitoes.  Not sure why.

Have you ever held the job position of "fellow"?
31 March 08 10:03 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

Most recently, Schaeffer has held the position of fellow at the venture capital firm JMI, Inc.

What’s a “fellow”?

Creative blasted for horrible Vista support
31 March 08 09:06 AM | rodtrent | with no comments

Good stuff…

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"Up-ping" the uptime of your Lite-Touch server
31 March 08 08:58 AM | rodtrent | with no comments
Drivers, not Vista to blame
29 March 08 05:00 PM | rodtrent | with no comments

Vista-capable lawsuit paints picture of buggy NVIDIA drivers

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New Firefox released -- does anyone care?
28 March 08 02:10 PM | rodtrent | with no comments
This is the first time I’ve seen a new version of Firefox has released, yet the industry is not buzzing about it.  Has Firefox lost it’s luster?
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