Windows Server 2008 Moves to RC1 Status

OK, so I am not a big Windows Server fan… and all my servers are running CentOS Linux 5.1, BUT I do use Windows Server in my “day job,” and I must admit, this one is looking pretty good. Much better than Vista turned out for the client!

Windows Server 2008 moves to RC1 status

“The second release candidate (thus the number ‘1’) for Windows Server 2008 is slated for availability this afternoon (December 5, 2007), and this version will finally include a new tool that Microsoft took an interest in back in 2005. The latest RC1 for Windows Server 2008 will finally incorporate a tool Microsoft has had in its stable by way of acquisition for well over a year: What was once sold separately as PolicyMaker Standard Edition — a tool for extending the range and function of group policy objects — will now be incorporated into Windows Server, as Group Policy Preferences. Microsoft started actively investing in productivity tools company DesktopStandard back in the spring of 2005, and acquired the company outright in October 2006. Now, Microsoft feels the time is finally ripe to deploy a radical extension to GPO functionality that DesktopStandard had created, as a built-in feature of Windows. If you’ve administered a modern Windows Server for any length of time, you know that GPOs typically set permissions and restrictions that are enforced for designated users or groups of users, or for groups of systems — resources that are identifiable and securable by way of Active Directory. They’re the rules of the network, essentially — those which let you say that users in one group have access by default to one set of printers and are closed off to another, or that certain users can’t add their own macros to Office applications.”

Geek Software of the Week: Attribute Changer!

Here’s a useful and geeky program for Windows that let’s you modify file dates, times, and other file attributes, even to large numbers of files!

Attribute Changer Web Site

Attribute Changer“Attribute Changer is a power user tool to change all kind of file and folder attributes, date, time and even NTFS compression. Basic features include changing file and folder attributes within en masse. A really useful feature is the compression/decompression of files stored on the Windows NT/2000 and XP NTFS file system. Furthermore, date and time on files and folders can be partially changed. In this case, you can advise Attribute Changer not to change the whole object data, but only parts such as day, month, year, seconds, minutes or hours. The progress can be monitored in realtime on the ‘Activity and Results’ tab. Filters and exceptions should be used to fine tune the process. Filters include attributes, size, date and time while exceptions are used to filter out files and directory entries using wildcards (* and ?).”

New Flash Player Has Streaming HD Support

Cool! The new Adobe Flash Player will have streaming HD support, which will benefit our own Dr. Bill.TV Videoblog! Very cool! The better the streaming video gets, the better and more comprehensive the content will become! The future IS IPTV! (Internet Protocol Television)

New Flash player brings streaming HD video support

“The final build of Adobe Flash Player 9 Update 3 — or more affectionately known as ‘Moviestar’ — has been released, adding support for high-definition content. It’s been a long time since YouTube first brought online video to the masses, and now its users are clamoring for better quality. The last couple years have seen an uptick in broadband speeds as well, meaning it’s only logical that Adobe would expand the capabilities of Flash, which has become the dominant delivery method for Web video.But the high-definition support in Flash Player 9 Update 3 is actually a side effect of adding a new video codec called H.264. This is the same standard employed by by Apple’s QuickTime and the video content it sells, and supported as a encoding choice for Blu-ray and HD DVD movies. On the audio said, Flash now supports High Efficiency AAC. Perhaps more importantly, Adobe has enabled the hardware acceleration mode of many graphics cards, when going to full-screen mode. Earlier Flash versions relied on software acceleration, which hindered the player’s ability to scale a video in the best quality possible. In addition, full-screen mode is now enabled on Linux platforms for the first time. NBC Universal and News Corp’s online video startup Hulu is the first partner to offer Flash video in high-definition, although its HD library is currently limited to trailers and sample clips from Universal and Fox Studios. Adobe’s upcoming Media Player software will arrive early next year, once more HD content is available. Adobe Media Player is designed to let users find and watch streaming Flash video outside the Web browser.”

Am I An Internet Celebrity?

Honestly, no… but, I can dream! Why, you ask? Well, in a recent TWiT, Leo LaPorte mentioned in an offhanded way that if you put his name in Google… misspelled… it will ask you, “Did you mean ‘Leo LapPorte?” and it will have the main link to his site. The conversation implied that if Google corrected your name, and pointed to your site, then you might be an “Internet celebrity!” So, you know what I did! I entered my name misspelled as “Dr. Bill Bayley” (very wrong… not an Irish spelling.) And, viola! Here is the result:

Google Search

So, hope springs eternal!

The “Ooops I Hit the Wrong Button” Edition of the Dr. Bill Podcast #113

Dr. Bill Podcast – 113 – (12/02/07)
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