Hold me, I'm flying

This has absolutely nothing to do with computers actually. But I can’t help noticing that the company Martinjetpack.com states that they’re building a jetpack. And when you look at the video you get struck by two things. It’s actually not JET-driven, but it sounds like a lawnmower. And why does it require two guys running around holding the damn thing all the time? If you can’t fly it on your own, scrap the design and start over. (Now it’s three things) The landing gear, wouldn’t that actually disqualify it from the “pack”-category since it’s not possible to carry it around?

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Microsoft TechEd EMEA 2008

In November Microsoft will kickoff the TechEd conference in Barcelona again. Don’t miss the chance to register with a Super Early Bird offering, you can until July 31:st save 300 Euro. This is what Microsoft says:

Receive the €300 Early Bird discount off the Full Price PLUS bonus value-add benefits that will make your experience at Tech·Ed EMEA IT Professionals that much more rewarding.

The bonus value-add benefits will include:

Reserved priority seating in the Opening Keynote
Limited edition baseball cap / t-shirt (tbc)
Discounted hotel accommodation at select Tech·Ed EMEA 2008 IT Professionals Super Early Bird hotels.

Register here: http://www.microsoft.com/emea/teched2008/itpro/registration/

Using the Directory Service Comparison Tool

As I’ve mentioned before my friend and colleague has developed a tool which makes the Active Directory snapshots functionality useful. The tool is called Directory Service Comparison Tool and the version available at the moment is 1.2.1.

In this movie I’m showing the functionality you get from this nifty utility. You can compare objects in your production Active Directory with the values in your snapshot. Not only that, but you can restore objects from your snapshot as well as single attributes. AND (I’m starting to sound like someone on the home shopping channel now) you can restore groups and group memberships from your snapshot into your Active Directory.

The tool is available in both x86 and x64-versions and you’ll need .Net framework 2.0 to run it.

Download the tool here: http://lindstrom.nullsession.com/?page_id=11

View movie online (fullscreen recommended, 1024×768, 28 MB)

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Download movie (right-click, save as, 24 MB): DSCT.zip

Download powerpoint (right-click, save as): DSCT.pptx (PPT 2007)

A happy puppy

Day three after receiving the email I’m still very happy, and very proud. Having achieved a long term goal feels really good, but it’s not time to relax. New goals are set and we’ll see how it goes in about four months. Won’t tell what it is, but I’ll let you know the result.

Want to say congratulations to my fellow MVP’s, both in Sweden and around the world. Finally got to meet Stefan Schörling tuesday after we both had received the long awaited email. Still have Anders Bengtsson left to meet, it’s kinda fun that you “know” people online but never have met them in real life.

Finally I want to say THANK YOU to everyone that believed in me from the beginning, that’s a whole bunch of people at Microsoft who actually brought me and John along without knowing if we even could speak. Louise has inspired me and got me thinking about how to make every presentation the best (which sometimes fails, but to harm trying). Malu, Andrew, Kevin and a bunch of others at Microsoft in Redmond deserve a big THANKS too, answering all those emails.

Some new MVPs:

http://blogs.technet.com/storage/

http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/archive/2008/07/02/meet-the-new-storage-mvps-for-july-2008-2009.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/michand/archive/2008/07/02/sverige-fick-4-nya-mvp-er-ig-r-grattis.aspx

http://gerver.blogspot.com/2008/07/newly-awarded-mvps-july-2008.html

Most Valued Professional – MVP

MVPToday I got an email from Microsoft stating that I’ve been awarded an MVP, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional.

Microsoft says this about the award:

“Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) are exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who are awarded for voluntarily sharing their high quality, real world expertise in offline and online technical communities. Microsoft MVPs are a highly select group of experts that represents the technical community’s best and brightest, and they share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.

MVPs represent a broad spectrum of Microsoft product users. They occupy many different professions including accountants, teachers, artists, engineers and technologists. MVPs reside in over 90 countries, represent 30 different languages, and cover more than 90 Microsoft technologies.

MVPs tend to be early adopters of new technology and actively communicate their experiences to millions of other technology users. Through their extensive community activity, MVPs help others solve problems and discover new capabilities, helping people get the maximum value from their technology.

Each year, the technical community’s best and brightest are awarded as Microsoft MVPs.”

This definitely calls for a celebration!