Archives for August 2009

Outlook 2010 Question

OK, this is driving me insane. I really like the multiple Exchange profile support in Outlook 2010 but how the hell do I change the From: names in the drop down list? I tried changing the name of the account but it always reverts back. Help!


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How to perform a System State Backup on Windows 2008 with Windows Server Backup

1.) Launch an elevated command prompt. (Right Click on Command Prompt –> Run as Administrator)

2.) Execute the command wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backuptarget:D: while substituting D: for another drive letter if needed.

To my knowledge you can’t backup to a folder unfortunately.

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Random Pictures

Some pictures I found floating around the web. The captions are what they were originally titled. Some funny, some interesting.

The Breakup

The Breakup

"Gamer Girl" A self portrait by KaceyM

"Gamer Girl" A self portrait by KaceyM



Home Sewing Is Killing Fashion

Home Sewing Is Killing Fashion

Kirsten Dunst dons disguise, fails to deflect attention

Kirsten Dunst dons disguise, fails to deflect attention

Someone probably did it before they put the sign on...

Someone probably did it before they put the sign on...

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Cell Phones

I just came across this phone today – a Nokia 8860 – that I purchased back in 1999. If I remember correctly I paid around $450 for it but I’m not 100% positive. While not my first phone – which was a Nokia of some sort on CellularOne – it is the oldest one I still have. What was your first cell phone?


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BareTail – Free Tail For Windows

I started using BareTail about 3-4 years ago when I was doing migrations (Quest Migration tools have a large number of logs) and I’ve been using it ever since then. If you have a need to monitor log files in Windows, go download BareTail from Bare Metal Software. It’s free, no installation or registration required. I just used it to tail some WDS logs as shown in the example below. It also does highlighting, supports files larger than 2GB and fully supports viewing files located on network shares.


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Random Thoughts

I found this on David McNett’s Live Journal and got quite a kick out of it. I highly recommend you head over there and read through the whole thing, this is just a snippet from the top.

Author unknown, I’m just a parrot here…

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?

Bad decisions make good stories.

I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

The letters T and G are very close to each other on a keyboard. This recently became all too apparent to me and consequently I will never be ending a work email with the phrase “Regards” again.

Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn’t work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ’s. We just figured it out. Today’s kids are soft.

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Exchange 2010 Release Candidate

Looks like the release candidate is available for download. I must admit I’m kind of curious why they are supporting it on 2008 RTM, you’ll have a much better experience on 2008 R2. Especially if you plan on doing an in-place upgrade.

I also wanted to point out the part about Exchange 2010 currently being tested as a service as that is the project I’ve been working on since 7/1. Yes, there really are more than 10,000,000 mailboxes deployed. :)

On the services front, Exchange Online is getting a great reception from customers and is now used by more than a million people. With Exchange 2010, we’ve broken new ground again. Exchange 2010 is currently being tested as a service by more than 10M people worldwide in the broadest server beta in Microsoft history. This is a testament to our long-standing commitment to bring rock solid, enterprise-ready products to market.

Link: [MS Exchange Team Blog Post]

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Check Your E-Mail

When you place an online order that is… I’ve gotten three shipping confirmations over the last year or so, all going to the same Jeremy Phillips in California. How Jeremy in California could mistake my e-mail address (jeremy at for theirs is something I don’t know. It’s pretty funny though.

**** This is a post-only message. Please do not respond. ****


This ship notification is being sent to you by the U.S. Postal Service® at the request of UNCUT MOUNTAIN SUPPLY. If the “Shipped To” address information is not correct, please contact the Shipper.

A package with a Click-N-Ship® label created on containing the following information is scheduled to be shipped on 08/14/2009.

From: Shipped to:
1518 W 13TH ST
THE DALLES OR 97058-3708
Address Removed
PMB #Removed
City Removed CA Zip Removed

Type of Service: Delivery Confirmation™
Label Number: Removed

To check on the delivery status of your package, please go to Track and Confirm at

Thank you,
United States Postal Service®

**Please do not respond to this email. Any reply will not be received by the USPS or the shipper. This email was sent to you at the shipper’s request to notify you that the information above has been electronically sent to the USPS.

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Thoughts On Health Care Reform

First I must say that this blog entry is not in line with the tone of the rest of this site. I generally try to stay out of the political arena and most of my entries are either generally pleasant or technology related. This is mainly because my true political views are in far left field compared to almost everyone I know and I’m tired of arguing, most especially with strangers. However I feel the need to express my opinion and think this is an excellent forum to do so. If you don’t like this please feel free to stop reading. :)

Lately, I have been dedicating a large amount of my free time to thinking about the future of America. I’ve recently had a number of conversations on this subject, mostly centering around health care reform. Today, I finally dropped out of a discussion on health care reform when I was essentially told that I was only thinking about myself and that I was not respecting the opinions of others in the conversation. I’ll get around to what my opinion is in a little while, but first I want to state that even if I don’t agree with your opinion, I still respect it. I would ask that you do the same for mine. Mutual respect and the ability for two individuals to have a polite discussion about a subject on which they fundamentally disagree is one of the aspects that a productive society is built on, and I think the decline of it is just another sign of our society beginning to fall apart.

I found this quote last night while browsing through and it pretty much sets the tone for this post.

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom.  What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.  The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.  When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.  You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

~~~~ Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931

Today I read article in The Wall Street Journal, authored by John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods. It’s title is “The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare” and in addition to being very well written it also mirrors a good number of my ideas. What it doesn’t do is spell out what I believe the root of the health care problem is in this country: a lack of personal responsibility. Some who know me are probably, with good reason, rolling their eyes and asking what right I have to speak of personal responsibility. Well, see, I am well aware of the effect my choices have on my life and I am 100% willing to personally accept the consequences. I believe that is what personal responsibility boils down to – accepting the consequences of your own actions (or lack thereof).

When I look around at my generation and those younger than me I am continually startled by the attitude of entitlement. It’s incredibly prevalent in our society and while I am smart enough to know that I don’t know when it started or where it comes from I can give an example; When I was working at my last real job I interviewed a large number of people – I think at the high point I was doing 60+ phone interviews weekly. What did I find while talking to all these people? I found people who expect to make $50,000 a year right out of college, without any real world experience, while working 40 hours a week. I found people who want big houses, expensive cars and all the fun toys that life can possibly provide. I found people who had more questions about what the benefits of the position was than about what I was expecting them to do. What I didn’t find a great number of are people who are willing to actually work to obtain these things.

This leads me to my opinion; any form of national health care can do no good for this country. While I have most definitely not talked to everyone who is a proponent of national health care reform I’ve found similar ideas prevalent in everyone I have spoken to so far. They truly believe that their fellow citizens should pay for their health care. They say that health insurance is too expensive, they don’t make enough money to pay for it themselves, the insurance companies are greedy profiteering bastards and that I am most definitely wrong in everything I think. That’s OK, everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, I would really like to see some of these people go ask their neighbors for a contribution to their health care fund. That is what they are essentially a proponent of after all – asking their neighbors to pay for their health care.

This might be news to some people but most insurance companies are for-profit corporations. If you pay them $6,000 in premiums one year and it costs them $8,300 to cover your medical expenses, what do you think your premiums are going to be next year? They’re sure going to be more than $6,000.

If you truly want to be healthier then eat better, exercise more and stop doing all the things your parents told you not to do. Establish a Health Savings Account to cover the day to day health care expenses and sign up for some high deductible health insurance to cover major incidents. Don’t just stand by and let your neighbors pay. I don’t want to pay for my neighbor’s health care and I’m sure they don’t want to pay for mine. Yes, this approach requires you to actually put some thought into it and requires quite a bit of work to keep going but is definitely better than the alternative in my opinion.

If you have a better idea drop it in the comments, I’m all for a pleasant discussion.

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I’m looking for a netbook but can’t discern a huge difference between the various models. Here are some of the specs I want;

  • 10.2″ Screen
  • 160GB HDD
  • 2GB RAM (Capable at least, I can upgrade it if needed)

What I want to use it for;

  • Streaming Video – 720p preferably
  • Web Browsing
  • Occasional E-Mail

Any recommendations?

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