This morning the monthly newsletter from the Technet team in the Netherlands was send out to thousands of Dutch IT Pros. Usually these have little news to me as it is mostly a summary of things going on and happening within Microsoft and new products released last few weeks. Every month Microsoft-vet Tony Krijnen writes this letter and sends it out. However … this month I noticed something different and consulted co-writer Raymond Comvalius.

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Hardware ramblings

Ugh. As if the summer heat wasn’t bad enough in my home office (26C with AC, 32C+ without), it now officially killed one of my HDDs. About 3 months ago I bought three new 750GB Samsung F1 disks and had put them all in RAID. All was sailing smooth and the speeds were amazing. However this last Wednesday I was working with multiple virtual PC’s whilst downloading and extracting large files in the background.

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This is one of the most meaningfull images I’ve seen all month.. Reservation Email Why? you might ask.. Well .. just a little while ago I wrote about Sherweb eating my email and how it kinda pissed me off. One example was my hotel reservation I made about a month ago. Didn’t recieve the email at all. Even if I forwarded it myself using Windows Live Mail…

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I’ve had it with Sherweb. If you didn’t know, I had my 3GB hosted Exchange account hosted at Sherweb for about 5 to 6 months now and overall the overall experience was great. However, there was one thing that was bothing me: I didn’t get all my email. Let me explain.. I set up my account and made sure the DNS settings for my domain were properly set. They were and in no time the account was up and running using Microsoft Outlook 2007 and Windows Mobile 6.

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Woke up at 6:30AM. Met colleague Sumeeth Evans at breakfast. Sumeeth and I will be working together to write up on articles for Bink.nu. We left for the center by half past 7 and walked all the way over. It was a bit warm but doable. Upon arrival we quickly regged up Sumeeth, and we headed over to the special press room. DAMN! I’m loving my presscard! A nice large room with nice leather seats, couches and special workdesktops for pressmembers to work at.

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Woke up this morning around 8:30AM after sleeping very sound for over 9 hours straight. Felt great just to lie down and get off your feet. Checked out my room.. it’s a very nice hotel. Room is OK .. it’s clean and large enough. 4 people could sleep here but I wouldn’t recommend it. Bathroom is good and all services provided are great. Grabbed breakfast real quick here in the hotel.

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Martijn Brant

Martijn is a Microsoft certified Azure Architect, loves to play with and share new tech with others.

Cloud Architect

The Netherlands