Getting Your Exchange and MOM Houses in Order
It’s always tough to plan how many servers, drives and licenses you’ll
need for a major app like Exchange. Easing that burden is System
Center Capacity Planner 2006
, which helps you figure out what you’ll
need for a new (or perhaps growing) deployment of either Exchange or MOM. If
you ponied up for a TechNet Plus subscription, this tool is free for the downloading.
Getting Your ISA Server House in Order
Microsoft also has a free tool to keep ISA Server 2004 in proper running order.
The ISA Best Practices Analyzer makes sure ISA is configured right by running
over 100 checks. This bad boy is free for the downloading here.
Scott Peterson: Web Star
I was reading the National Enquirer (had to learn first-hand about Ted Kennedy’s
love child) and saw an item about Scott Peterson. It seems that the convicted
killer of Laci has a Web site from which he needles Laci’s parents. Not
sure if it was true (although the Enquirer has a better truth-to-lie ratio than
the more entertaining alien and fat baby Weekly World News), so I did a quick
Google search (Microsoft would prefer I do an MSN search -- Redmond can always
dream) and found out it was true. Peterson has a Web
site that he contributes to from death row. Scott isn’t sitting in
his cell writing PHP scripts. Instead he appears to be feeding his thoughts
to an outsider who builds the site on his behalf. There are photos of Scott
and Laci, fond memories of a terrific marriage, and his outlandish claims of
Should prisoners have direct access to the Internet, and should they be allowed
to build their own Web sites, have e-mail accounts, and be part of the Internet
community? Let me know at [email protected].
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Here’s a great quote from Scott’s site: "Laci and I enjoyed
supporting education. I believe that we both volunteered at elementary schools
during our high school years." Write back when you’re sure, OK Scottie?
Blogging Behind Bars
It’s rare for any prisoner, especially murderers, to have access to the
Internet. Sure, there’s often limited access at prison libraries to do
legal research, but there ain’t too many convicts surfing funnyjunk.com
these days. Death row inmate Vernon Evans is doing his best to stay
connected through a blog where he protests his innocence and doles out advice
-- like a born-again hitman version of Dear Abby. Like Peterson and hundreds
of other convicts, Evans forwards his material to someone on the outside who
handles all the posting chores.
Here’s his blog.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.