System Center Essentials

Microsoft have created a new blog for System Center essentials which if I remember correctly is a new management tool that enables you to manage a bunch of servers and stuff, including ones not on your network – ideal for a consulting company to keep track of everybody’s servers. Note that I got this impression from a podcast I listened to so I could be wrong but if I’m right, this will be an awesome utility – hopefully it’s not too expensive.

Friends in Tech and Firefox

I’ve been invited to join the Friends In Tech team as a blogger which was a nice offer and an honour to take up. I’ll still be posting over here but will have some content on their site too now.
My first post was about the firefox upgrade to 1.5.06 and an easy way to get extensions to work afterwards.
Mike McBride was also invited to post and his first post is about having an appreciation folder in your email client.

If you read either of our blogs you will probably be interested in some of the other Friends in Tech blogs and their podcasts.

Columbus Bloggers

I was surprised to see that there was a Columbus Bloggers group and they held their inaugral meetup last week. I had looked to see if there was a similar group some time ago but had never seen anything organised.
Coupled with the list of free wifi in columbus and I know there are some other places out there, these sites and The Columbus Underground are worth keeping an eye on – I’ve added the RSS feeds to my reader (which is about 1 week behind at the moment)

Dilbert blog!

Scott Adams has a blog and starts off with “If you’re reading this on company time, congratulations on beating the system. If you’re reading it on your own time, you really need to find a job where they pay you to do this sort of thing.”
I’m sure i’ve read the follow up story in one of the dilbert books (or management principle books) but its still pretty funny and shows how pointless committees are.
Thanks to Adam

Easy Molex removals

PC Doctor has a useful article on some easy removable molex’s (the power connectors to hard disks etc). These normally swine bits of plastic have been the bane of my existence when working on other peoples pc’s and several times I have managed to scrape the skin off my knuckles whilst trying to pull these power connectors off the hard disks, especially when they are in a confined space – in a computer case.
Unfortunately pc doctor doesn’t say where he got these new connectors from. Even a google search took a couple of attempts until I came up with a source from Whitedog at 4 pounds for 10 which seems a reasonable price. You do need a UV light for best effect though, which would also mean a pc case with a window in it, so you are talking pc modding territory here.