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Study group - UK

by rob In reply to Rob Marshall @ www.MyITFo ...

<P>Anyone from the UK interested in setting up a study group or even a user group (one already exist?) with me?</P>
<P>We have healthy examples of how to go about this, and examples of content from our USA\Canadian\non-UK counterparts.</P><img src ="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/aggbug/12799.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/archive/2005/08/16/12799.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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general news ...

by rob In reply to Rob Marshall @ www.MyITFo ...

<DIV class=sh>Sourced: BBC News website</DIV>
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<DIV class=sh><A href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4155016.stm">Scientists make nerve stem cells</A></DIV>
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<DIV class=sh><A href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4154366.stm">Thin skin will help robots 'feel'</A></DIV>
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<DIV class=sh><A href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/4145034.stm">Icy Greenland turns green</A></DIV>
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<DIV class=sh><A href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4155568.stm">Delay for .xxx 'net sex' domain</A></DIV>
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<DIV class=sh><A href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4153008.stm">More Atlantis news (Originally brought up by <a title="Rod Trent URL" href="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/rtrent/" target="_blank">Rod Trent</a&gt</A></DIV>
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<DIV class=sh>My fav - <A href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4145606.stm">Silver surfers ready to storm shops</A></DIV>
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<DIV class=sh>Sourced: <a title="SlashDot" href="http://www.slashdot.org" target="_blank">SlashDot</a></DIV>
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<DIV class=sh><A href="http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7852">Time-in-Space Record Broken</A></DIV>
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<DIV class=sh><A href="http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7847">Branched Nanotubes Offer Smaller Transistors</A></DIV>
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<DIV class=sh><A href="http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-13411878,00.html">Microsoft Leveraging iPod Patent?</A></DIV>
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<DIV class=sh>Enjoy</DIV></DIV><img src ="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/aggbug/12800.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/archive/2005/08/16/12800.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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3D Web browsing - Bring it on!

by rob In reply to Rob Marshall @ www.MyITFo ...

<P>This gets me excited: <A href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/08/16/ntt_spacebrowser/">3D Web Browsing</A> from a Japanese software company called NTT</P>
<P>I remember when VRML made it's debut, didn't last long. Most of the technology seemed to just die a death. So now, i'm glad to read about a Japanese firm taking the bold step of actually releasing something with 3D and Web Browser in the title. This may get those companies that are sitting on great ideas to create great products.</P>
<P>Remember <A href="http://www.futura-sciences.com/img/minority_report.jpg">Minority Report</A>? Imagine doing that with a few hundred Site servers and hundreds of thousands of clients .. reach out, pull in, tweak and twiddle .... awww nice.</P>
<P><A href="http://www.gamespy.com/articles/584/584744p1.html">http://www.gamespy.com/articles/584/584744p1.html</A></P>
<P> </P><img src ="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/aggbug/12828.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/archive/2005/08/17/12828.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Dead HDDS

by rob In reply to Rob Marshall @ www.MyITFo ...

<P>I woke up, came down like a proper little geek and powered on my machine. Few minutes later my mate who i'm living with at the moment came down and did the same, sigh geeks. Coffee, computer, news, real life. Few moments later he realises his IBM 120GXP PATA (C:) is truely dead. You know those moments where you stare in to the distance and silently scream? lol</P>
<P>He's up a level in terms of geekness compared to me, rob the brave, and as a result he keeps most if not all of his personal data on a network share (which sits on disks which are mirrored) so all is not lost. Just the grief of rebuilding the OS, customising it, settling in ALL those applications and getting it "just right".</P>
<P>I mitigate a HDD failure by using Volume Mount Points. Not many people use them or even know about them. My C: drive is pretty much spread across several disks so if I lost my C: drive i'd only loose Windows\Documents and Settings and Program Files and anything lingering around on the root. Everything else is spread around 3 other disks but mounted on to folders on the C: drive.</P>
<P>I know I know, DLT, Mirrors, backup to CDROM\DVD ... I should at least have a backup strategy, but working inside a corporate for just short of a decade I felt I needed to live dangerously at home. Rob the brave ;-)</P>
<P>Expect a post from me soon whining about my dead disks ... lol</P><img src ="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/aggbug/12829.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/archive/2005/08/17/12829.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Microsoft PSS discovers a rootkit on an exchange server

by rob In reply to Rob Marshall @ www.MyITFo ...

<P>Good read on rookit discovery during an MS PSS troubleshooting session of a customers Exchange box ... <A href="http://blogs.msdn.com/jeremyk/archive/2004/07/19/187696.aspx">JeremyK's [MSFT] WebLog</A></P><img src ="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/aggbug/12839.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/archive/2005/08/17/12839.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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by rob In reply to Rob Marshall @ www.MyITFo ...

<P>If you pay attention and listen hard enough ... you can hear loads of W2K servers bouncing all around the world and admins rushing around applying patches lol</P>
<P>Stupid virii</P><img src ="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/aggbug/12851.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/archive/2005/08/17/12851.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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SMS2003 and Publishing data to the A/D

by rob In reply to Rob Marshall @ www.MyITFo ...

<P>I wrote this <A href="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/articles/12632.aspx">article</A> up one night recently.</P>
<P>Its one of many ways to skin the proverbial cat, and get SMS2003 publishing to the A/D with SMS2003 creating the Systems Management A/D container for completeness.</P>
<P>It's a community document, for the community. But feel free to punch holes, throw mud, put me in the stocks (i could kinda like that) if you find anything wrong with it (But most important fire me an email if it needs additions\corrections ;-).</P>
<P>Enjoy folks,</P><img src ="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/aggbug/12852.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/archive/2005/08/17/12852.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Why I blog ...

by rob In reply to Rob Marshall @ www.MyITFo ...

<P>Why do I blog ... </P>
<P>Well, more to the point, who am I?</P>
<P>I'm an english computer engineer, in my mid-thirties currently living in Hampshire. A totally natural born computer geek. </P>
<P>A truncated run through my life would be ... started with a Sinclair ZX80 as a 12yr old, lucky me, and learnt its' equivilient of BASIC from troubleshooting program listings in the weekly Sinclair specific magazines. Next up was the Sinclair Spectrum and more debugging and programming. Those where the days, a 64k game took half an hour to load lol. Then skipped to the Commodore 64 (eek) and ultimately arrived at the Commodore Amiga 500. What a beast, linear address range (cor), it had a custom gfx chipset (Blitter) way before GPU was uttered by the chaps and chapettes at Nvidia and just rocked. Spent a long time coding 68000 Assembler language on that platform, and enjoyed every minute of it. Then was given a 286 by a friend and dropped the amiga in favour of Microsoft DOS and Turbo Pascal. And then my plans to develop an evil empire where set in motion, I changed my name to Bill Gates and ... ooops no that's not right ... Jumping forward several years the fun really started, and I got my first computing job supporting 15 users and a Novell 3.12 server which I managed to replace with Windows NT 4 (hoorah?). Then tried a rollout job deploying Windows 9x in a pharmaceutical company. That led in to a Desktop Engineering role for another pharmaceutical for a few years before I took the natural progression in to the server space within the same company. After just under 9 years of soaking up all that I could in both spaces, and getting tired of the scene, I moved in to a small group, still within the same company, as a contractor, managing SMS2003 for the EMEA region. That was probably one of the best decisions i've made in a long time. Such fun, the team was cool, the manager was cool, the technology was cool! the budget ran out, thus so did the job. Another bombshell arrived, me and the wife split up so I decided to move closer to London. Practically ten years as a contractor in the same company, thats rare :-)</P>
<P>I've dabbled with so much in the past, tried my hand at being a commercial game developer (nothing got published, did say tried), goofed around with tons of products and oddities, that I feel I have a satisified mind. I also count myself lucky in that I just enjoy playing with computers. Others switch their office PC off at night and that's it until the morning. Not me, I'm straight on my PC when I get home, either gaming (i'm an FPS fiend!) or soaking something or other up. Just like now, been for an interview today and after making a cup of nice english tea i'm straight on the computer. What a geek lol. So, that is essentially me. Eager to learn new stuff out of curiosity rather than planning a career track, friendly, and always on a natural high. One of the sweetest women I know recently said "you are so funny, and great company to be around". Yeah thats me.</P>
<P>So why do I blog?</P>
<P>I like sharing. Period. I try to keep in the spirit of my current technological focus, but It doesn't matter to me. If it's technical or non-technical, if it interests me then I blog about it. I hope that my posts interest at least some of you, and now that i'm blogging on the best Systems Management website, MyITForum Inc I feel even more fortunate.</P>
<P>Here's to many more wild and whacky, as well as serious, and technically tedious postings ;-) </P>
<P>Thanks Rod for creating this fine cradle to grow in :-)</P><img src ="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/aggbug/12908.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/archive/2005/08/18/12908.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Links ...

by rob In reply to Rob Marshall @ www.MyITFo ...

<P><A href="http://sloan.stanford.edu/MouseSite/1968Demo.html">Doug Engelbart</A> demo'ing Microsoft Sharepoint in 1968 heh ... You have to check this out, truely ahead of it's time.</P>
<P>And this <A href="http://www.kontraband.com/show/show.asp?ID=2349&NEXTID=0&PREVID=2352&DISPLAYORDER=20050609151844&CAT=movies&NSFW=2&page=1">movie clip</A> of a guy being put in a trance while playing a zombie arcade game and then being transported to a specially setup room has to be seen to be believed. Usual disclaimer, NSFW.</P>
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<P> </P><img src ="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/aggbug/12917.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/archive/2005/08/18/12917.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Word lookup

by rob In reply to Rob Marshall @ www.MyITFo ...

<P>Now and then I stumble in to a word I don't know, quick trip to <A href="http://www.dictionary.com">www.dictionary.com</A> and i'm enlightened. So, I wrote this simple script, tucked it away on the filesystem and shortcutted it to my start menu ... for instant access I added a keyboard shortcut.</P>
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<P>Dim TheWord, objShell</P>
<P>TheWord = inputbox("Enter the word you want to lookup")</P>
<P>If TheWord <> "" Then</P>
<P> Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")</P>
<P>' Edit the path if you've installed away from the default area, or are using a non-ie browser</P>
<P> objShell.Run "%SYSTEMDRIVE%\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\Iexplore.exe <A href="http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q">http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q</A>=" & TheWord</P>
<P> Set objShell = Nothing<BR> Set TheWord = Nothing</P>
<P>End If</P>
<P> </P><img src ="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/aggbug/12926.aspx" width = "1" height = "1" /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://myitforum.techtarget.com/blog/robm/archive/2005/08/18/12926.aspx">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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