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Live! 360 Day 1 and Day 2

Live! 360 activities unofficially started on Sunday, November 17th at Loew’s Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Early registration opened and a group was formed for the Dine-A-Round event at Universal’s City Walk. The Dine Around began at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville for appetizers and drinks. From there, groups split up based on interest. I joined […]

TechMentor vs Tech Ed

On Twitter, @bbnetman asked this question: “How does TechEd differ from TechMentor?” I attended Tech Ed back in 2007 and 2008, but I have never been to TechMentor. I was afraid to reply in a tweet and send a wrong answer, so I decided to do a little research. First of all, Tech Ed is […]

WARNING: Windows Live Team Phishing Scam

I just received the following phishing email message claiming to be from the Windows Live Team. If you receive this email, do not respond to it. Just delete the message.

Some of the indicators that this email is not legitimate include:

  • Email address of the sender is a plain hotmail address
  • Poor grammar, capitalization, and spacing.
  • Asks for  too much personal information (Windows Live would not ask for your password, secret question, secret answer, and date of birth)

Here is the text of the message that I received:

Subject: Important Message Regarding Your Windows Live Account

From: Windows Live Team [zarjah@hotmail.com]

Dear Account User,
              This Email is from Windows Live Team Customer Care and we are sending it to every Windows Live Team Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of  Windows Live Team accounts so we are shutting down some Windows Live Team accounts and your account was among those to be deleted.We are sending you this email to so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account.If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your User name,password,secret question,secret answer,date of birth and your country information would be needed to verify your account.Due to the congestion in all Windows Live Team users and removal of all unused Accounts, Windows Live Team will be shutting down all unused Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.
* YOUR NAME:
*USER NAME:
*E-MAIL ID:
*PASSWORD:
*VERIFY PASSWORD:
*ALTERNATE EMAIL ADDRESS:
*DATE OF BIRTH:
*COUNTRY/TERRITORY:
Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently. We apologize.
Windows Live Team Account Service
Team Admin….


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The History of Microsoft

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Check out this video from Tina Wood Summerford of Microsoft. This is the first of 30 weekly episodes going into the history of Microsoft.

For an accompanying timeline, you can go to:
http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/History/The-History-of-Microsoft-1975/

Book Review: Microsoft® Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition Step by Step

Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition Step by Step

This article will hopefully be the first in a series of book reviews of Microsoft Press titles.

Although I am not a programmer, I was drawn to this title. I manage web sites and I am intrigued by the development process and making the web pages do more than just display static images. The goal of this book is to help aspiring web developers create state of the art web sites.

The book contains thirteen chapters and 304 pages which take the reader from an introduction to the Visual Developer environment to creating a web site, using master pages and server controls, building data driven web sites, and finally deploying the web site. Chapters on HTML, Javascript, and Cascading Style Sheets are also included. Chapters build on previous code examples so you get to see how each part fits in the overall process of creating a web site. Code samples are available on the accompanying CD or web site.

This book is ideal for beginning web developers, hobbyists, or even IT Professionals (like me) wanting to expand their horizons. Since Visual Web Developer Express Edition and SQL Server 2005 Express Edition are a free downloads, the only other thing you would need is access to a Windows server based web site. If you use XP Professional or Vista (Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate editions), Internet Information Services (IIS) is already included and can be used as your local web server for testing.

At a glance:

Title: Microsoft® Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition Step by Step
Author: Eric Griffin
Publisher: Microsoft Press, November 19, 2008
ISBN-10: 0735626065
304 pages

Microsoft’s Career Assist Offer

Just posted on Born to Learn, the blog from the Microsoft Learning Team, Ken Rosen has pre-announced (official announcement on Friday) the Microsoft Career Assist Offer. The offer is an enhancement to the Second Shot offer. The offer is:

Register for Second Shot starting today and get ANY Microsoft Official E-Learning Collection for only $35 USD!

If you are currently registered for the Second Shot promotion, you will have to re-register to be eligible for the E-Learning offer. The $35 will give you 90 days of access to any E-Learning Collection title. Registration is open now. At the end of registration, when you click on the link to get your voucher, the code for the Career Assist Offer will also be displayed.

As an MCT, I have used Microsoft’s E-Learning. I have found it to be a useful tool to prepare for certification and to learn new technology. E-Learning uses a combination of slides, interactive slides, animations, and virtual labs (YES! a real environment) to teach you what you need to know to use the product and pass the certification. The collections are actually groups of courses, so one collection will keep you busy.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta and Windows 7 Beta Are Public

On January 8th, PCMag.com reported that Microsoft announced the public beta of Windows Server 2008 R2 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  During the same week, Microsoft also released a public beta of Windows 7, Microsoft’s next desktop operating system.