Want to build your business? Charles Van Heusen and the TS2 team think you do, and they want to help.
Join them every Wednesday morning 9:00 – 10:00 Eastern for the new “Small Business Server Practice Builder” webcast series.
Upcoming topics include:
- 2-Aug – What’s next for the Small Business Specialist Program?
- 9-Aug – Licensing Configurator Tools
- 16-Aug – Engaging with Microsoft
- 23-Aug – Technology Assesment Toolkit
Registration is easy too – just click on the iCal link and a recurring appointment will be dropped into Outlook.
I recently took a break from the Mac ‘apple juice’ and just got back from spending 3 days in sunny Tulsa Oklahoma with one of my buds from Microsoft. Over the course of a few days we installed a 64-bit SBS server and network, played with some new technology, and got to put Window Vista Ultimate (build 5472) through its paces on a really nice HP machine.
If you haven’t seen Vista since Beta 2 back in the Spring, it’s come a LONG way. The July CTP is much more stable and looks absolutely fantastic on a top-knotch PC with a huge flatscreen TV. There are still some bugs with the DVD burning, some network cards say there is no connection (when they really are connected) and there’s no decent driver for the Haupauge video card yet. Driver issues are par for the course and to be expected in a beta. Driver issues aside, I can say after years of waiting for Vista it’s really getting close folks!
Admittedly, the SMB community is flustered over the SBS R2 delay (which I won’t beat into the ground). But with SBM Nation in Redmond and the Microsoft SBS Parter Tour in Louisville showcasing SBS R2, Vista and Office 2007, September is gonna rock!
Title: Windows Vista Demo for Small Business Partners
Event Date: Thursday 8/3/2006
Presenter: Morgan Greenwood
Event Time: 2:00 PM Eastern, USA & Canada (DST) = GMT – 05:00
Duration: 60 minutes
The Windows Vista Business operating system is designed to help your small business customers run their computers smoothly and more securely, with less reliance on dedicated IT support. Powerful new technology and tools help your customers protect their company’s data; better organize, find, and share information; and stay connected, whether they’re in the office, at home, or on the road. Windows Vista Business fuels business growth for partners by enabling them to deliver new, compelling value on a market-ready platform to meet the most significant wants and needs of small businesses.
During this demo, Morgan will show you the key features of Vista Business and why they are important to small businesses.
It’s always interesting (to me at least) to see what changes a multi-billion dollar company plans to make to their single most important piece of digital real estate.
Here’s a look at the new before and after re-design of the Microsoft.com home page:
Now, before you start yawning, let me explain something. The single biggest change is not a color and graphics appearance tweak – it’s a major navigation re-work.
For example, when you click on ‘Software and Services’ on the new site, you get a page of thumbnails of the subsites (much like the multi-page thumbnail view in IE7). And, just like Windows Explorer you can change between previews: List / Details / Thumbnail. Give the new site a spin. I think you’ll like it, and your customers will have a much easier time finding things too.
Nutshell – This change is not a ‘facelift’, its a ‘functionlift’. Great job MS web guys & gals!
My iMac and I finally learned to work together, and I’m happy to report that Episode 1 of the No Geek Left Behind video blog has finally been born.
I want to personally thank a few folks who really helped make this happen:
- Vlad – Thanks for the ENORMOUS patience, for being an excellent web host, and for being such a world-class Mac H8R. I probably would have done this entire project on a PC if you didn’t hate Macs so much.
- Chris – Thanks for help with the WordPress migration, video pointers & for being there on IM when I needed to vent. You’re always there in a pinch man.
- Elsa – Thanks to you, Mark Mulcahy, Polaris and Mezzotint Label for the tunes! You guys TOTALLY rock!
- Ryanne & Michael – Thanks for the excellent vlogging tutorial! I couldn’t have done it without you.
- Steven Washburn at Apple – Thanks for helping me learn to like (not love) my iMac. The Apple Juice is sweet.
- Seth – Lastly, thanks for constantly pestering me with Vista questions, for ruining good footage by talking over the video, and for generally making this project take longer than necessary to get off the ground. Seriously though, thanks for camera work dude.
And here it is in all it’s QuickTime glory (the WMV version will have to wait until after the weekend):
Title: No Geek Left Behind – Episode 1
Run time: 5 minutes 18 seconds
Screen size: 320×240
File size: 26.7 MB
I uploaded two versions of the intro credits for the No Geek Left Behind Video Blog today – one is Quicktime, the other is WMV, and both were created on a Mac. (Yes, I’m still drinking the Apple Juice).
Please take a look at both video intros and vote for your favorite file format. Also, keep in mind – this is not the first episode, just the intro. If I get a lot of feedback from iPodders, I’ll use Quicktime, and if the Windows / Pocket PC folks are louder, I’ll use WMV:
Title: No Geek Left Behind Video Blog Intro (Beta) Quicktime
File size: 904.43 KB
DESCRIPTION: No Geek Left Behind Video Blog intro credits
Format: Quicktime (beta 1 – 2006-07-14)
Title: No Geek Left Behind Video Blog Intro (Beta) WMV
File size: 1.3 MB
DESCRIPTION: No Geek Left Behind Video Blog intro credits
Format: WMV (beta 2 – 2006-07-14)
Note: The WMV intro is actually shorter in length than the Quicktime, because the file is larger and I wanted to save download time for the beta. The real deal will be full length.
You can post your comments directly on this blog, or you can e-mail nogeekleftbehind at mac.com Thanks for checking it out!!