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Just dropping by to let you know where I am.

I made it to Bagram last night but looks like I get to hang out here another day (at least) before heading on to Kabul.

Just a piece of advice for those you have never travelled military air, you really have nothing to complain about. When you have to load and unload your own baggage from the plane you begin to appreciate what they do for you.


I'm betting you don't have to undergo a strip search while walking through an x-ray scanner either.

Of course, terrorists rarely fly on planes loaded with trained killers.

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So, anyone else rather annoyed at MS for announcing that they're going to end the Technet Subscriptions?

For those of us who are either jack-of-all-trades or just geeks who like to play with the most current tech (and to stay ahead of the curve) this is a kick in the 'nads. For the full on professionals who used this to eval products for large environments, this is more like a kick to the 'nads, a boot to the head, a punch to the gut, and a face full of dirt...

As many people have pointed out on the Technet forums, a 30- or 180-day eval ain't going to cut it for complex environments, or learning the guts of something new...

Me? Quite annoyed, going to voice my displeasure in the Technet forums (courtesously of course) when I get home tonight...
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So, anyone else rather annoyed at MS for announcing that they're going to end the Technet Subscriptions?

For those of us who are either jack-of-all-trades or just geeks who like to play with the most current tech (and to stay ahead of the curve) this is a kick in the 'nads. For the full on professionals who used this to eval products for large environments, this is more like a kick to the 'nads, a boot to the head, a punch to the gut, and a face full of dirt...

As many people have pointed out on the Technet forums, a 30- or 180-day eval ain't going to cut it for complex environments, or learning the guts of something new...

Me? Quite annoyed, going to voice my displeasure in the Technet forums (courtesously of course) when I get home tonight...


I don't care much, but I do understand this makes it hard for general professionals to test things. I might push your company to get MSDN for that reason. I've usually been able to convince people to do this.

I understand the MS reasons, with people selling the keys to others, giving them to family for Office, etc. I wish they'd change it and make a TechNet sub that only includes the server level stuff, and let people test with WinServer the various features.







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Posted Wednesday, July 3, 2013 11:03 AM


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So, anyone else rather annoyed at MS for announcing that they're going to end the Technet Subscriptions?

For those of us who are either jack-of-all-trades or just geeks who like to play with the most current tech (and to stay ahead of the curve) this is a kick in the 'nads. For the full on professionals who used this to eval products for large environments, this is more like a kick to the 'nads, a boot to the head, a punch to the gut, and a face full of dirt...

As many people have pointed out on the Technet forums, a 30- or 180-day eval ain't going to cut it for complex environments, or learning the guts of something new...

Me? Quite annoyed, going to voice my displeasure in the Technet forums (courtesously of course) when I get home tonight...


I don't care much, but I do understand this makes it hard for general professionals to test things. I might push your company to get MSDN for that reason. I've usually been able to convince people to do this.

I understand the MS reasons, with people selling the keys to others, giving them to family for Office, etc. I wish they'd change it and make a TechNet sub that only includes the server level stuff, and let people test with WinServer the various features.


But, the issue with going to MSDN with server products is going to be the cost. Technet was about $400 new, while an MSDN OS is $700. If the IT guy needs access to Office products? $6000...

For myself, I've used my Technet to stay on top of new MS technologies. Now, at my current employer the pace of change is a *LOT* slower, but I'd much rather be able to stay ahead of the game just in case a career change comes up... Sure, I could use the trial versions, but doing this on my own time, at home, at my own pace means I might need to reload a VM 3-4 times because it keeps timing out...

Looking over the posts on the Technet feedback forum, there's a lot of small-shop IT guys (sound like consultants) who don't need / don't want the developer stuff in MSDN, need the access to the back-catalog products (how do we update this client from Windows XP / Server 2003 / Exchange 6 to Win7 / Serv2012 / Exchange 2013 with minimal pain?) which to get you need the expensive MSDN subscription...

Ah well, I'm sure I'll either figure something (legal) out, or MS will create a new subscription level in MSDN, or MS will revamp the Technet subscription...
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I agree the cost is an issue. Investing $400 v $1000 is different. If you can get MSDN for $700, that's good, but I thought it was always $1500+. I don't remember the OS only one, but I see it there.

I do think it would be nice to get a "sysadmin" level, that includes some limited stuff, or some type of flexibility for the sysadmin to test, but not the exposure for people selling the licenses. Maybe they should license by email.







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You *KNOW* it's going to be a slow day when you get in at your normal time, and get front-row parking...

I could've driven a golf ball across the parking lot without worrying about hitting a car...

Going to be a lllooonnnggg day I think...
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You *KNOW* it's going to be a slow day when you get in at your normal time, and get front-row parking...

I could've driven a golf ball across the parking lot without worrying about hitting a car...

Going to be a lllooonnnggg day I think...


Today I was sitting in the lunch room with just 1 other colleague.
But I like working during the summer holiday: less traffic and less people nagging on my head

Anyway, been absent of the thread for quite some time due to some deadlines. Did I miss anything?




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Posted Friday, July 5, 2013 6:01 AM


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You *KNOW* it's going to be a slow day when you get in at your normal time, and get front-row parking...

I could've driven a golf ball across the parking lot without worrying about hitting a car...

Going to be a lllooonnnggg day I think...


Today I was sitting in the lunch room with just 1 other colleague.
But I like working during the summer holiday: less traffic and less people nagging on my head

Anyway, been absent of the thread for quite some time due to some deadlines. Did I miss anything?


I think a few dozen pages ago, Gail announced she was going to switch to using NoSQL and MySQL and Steve announced he was going to switch the back-end of the site over to Oracle...

But other than that, no, nothing really...
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You *KNOW* it's going to be a slow day when you get in at your normal time, and get front-row parking...

I could've driven a golf ball across the parking lot without worrying about hitting a car...

Going to be a lllooonnnggg day I think...


Today I was sitting in the lunch room with just 1 other colleague.
But I like working during the summer holiday: less traffic and less people nagging on my head

Anyway, been absent of the thread for quite some time due to some deadlines. Did I miss anything?


I think a few dozen pages ago, Gail announced she was going to switch to using NoSQL and MySQL and Steve announced he was going to switch the back-end of the site over to Oracle...

But other than that, no, nothing really...


Ah ok, just the usual then :)




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