Monthly Archives: April 2007

Stress meter pegged

I have read that the five most stressful events in a person’s life are:
1) Marriage
2) Divorce
3) New job
4) Moving
5) New Baby
 
At one point of my life I hit three of the five , not once, but TWICE and within a year.  I’m looking at doing two of these again and I’m already wishing I was done.  More on this later…

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Microsoft Licensing: PhD in nuclear physics, economics, and philosophy needed…

On my trip to Redmond and in the meeting with Steve Ballmer, I wanted to ask him a question about licensing.  He wouldn’t allow me, but I felt I needed to blog on why I am so upset.

First, have you ever tried to understand Microsoft licensing?  No, really.  Besides the knee jerk comment, "Yeah, I understand, just pay money."

When you buy an "Enterprise Agreement" (EA) with Microsoft, you get a bunch of stuff.  You get the Enterprise Editions of software that you will use and pay the requisite CALs (Client Access Licenses).  This EA costs a LOT of money.  When my client bought the EA, they were told that they needed to get Software Assurance (SA) to ensure that they could upgrade WITHOUT cost to the next version.  Fine, wallet comes out again and SA is bought.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) comes out and my client gets the bits for the next version.  We go to lunch with our Microsoft reps to let them know that we will be upgrading and to ask them some questions about other things.  During the conversation the MS rep pulls out a document that lists the features of MOSS vs SPS 2003 and the licensing structure of each.  What to our surprise, the MOSS we are implementing isn’t the same MOSS that Microsoft thinks we are implementing.  No, we want ENTERPRISE features and hey, that costs EXTRA.  What happened to our EA with SA?  The whole point of buying those packages is so that we don’t have to worry about EXTRA costs.  Microsoft says EA doesn’t apply to SharePoint because there is only ONE version.  The ENTERPRISE FEATURES are EXTRA features and require MORE money.  How much more?  $25 each.  Not just 25 dollars *more*…you have to buy the REGULAR license at $75 each and then $100 each for the ENTERPRISE stuff (Search, BDC, Excel Services, etc).  That’s $175 per person where it should have been FREE!!  Multiply that times 100,000 users.

You hurt me with $75…you INSULT me with $175.  OK…I’ll stop frothing at the mouth now…..

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Meeting Steve Ballmer

I was invited to participate in a private gathering where a couple of Microsoft Senior Executives and Steve Ballmer answered questions in a panel setting.  It was a virtual "Who’s Who" in the industry: Karen Forester, Mary Jo Foley, Mark Russinovich, Mark Minasi, Doug Barney, Jesper Johanssen, Jim McBee, et al.  I was lucky enough to get the microphone to ask Bob Muglia a question.  To my (and everyone else’s) surprise, he said, "You’ll have to ask my boss that question".  When SteveB came in, it was obvious he had been briefed on the question posed to him and the FIRST thing Ballmer commented on was directed at me.  I was an easy target…I was sitting smack dab in the middle of room about 20 feet away.  I *was* going to say (in my best Al Sharpton voice) something to the effect of why there were no blacks in that room…but reason shook me back to reality.

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Even Microsoft has “down” days

I browsing the SharePoint MSDN blog and all of a sudden it goes dark.  I close the browser and open another and try to navigate again to the site and get the following screen:
 
 

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The Mormons…re-visited

Here is a trailer for the first of two documentaries being done on the Church this year.  This one is being done by PBS and Frontline.  The second should be out toward the end of the year and is being done by LDS members.  I like the fact that the announcer is being as impartial and informative as he can without pandering to or panning the subject.
 
 

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What would *you* believe?

I am on my way to Redmond to speak at a conference and as I approach my gate I notice a lot of commotion at the adjacent gate. About 7 or 8 uniformed police and about 10 or so TSA people are frisking every passenger as they deboard from a flight arriving from Palm Springs. Every passenger, including the in-depth searching of all their carry on baggage is searched. Then come the dogs. What they are looking for, no one seems to know, but many onlookers (including myself) are snapping pictures of the event.

I really expected someone to walk away in handcuffs but it didn’t happen.

After it was over, I asked around to see if anyone knew what was going on. One of the passengers said that when they landed, the passengers all got up to leave and the captain told everyone to take their seats because there had been a "security breach", that someone had boarded the plane that wasnt supposed to have been on the plane. Then the announcement came that there was misinformation and that the whole thing was a mistake…..uh-huh…right.

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Two More Weeks

I will yet again subject myself to the ultimate voluntary physical abuse. I’ll be doing a sprint triathlon in Safford, AZ on the campus of Eastern Arizona University. My goal is to survive to tell the tale….and beat my last years’ time of 55:15.

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