Hotfix available for SharePoint SP2 activation issue.

You may remember the high priority post back in May (Important information on SharePoint Server 2007 based products and SP2) about an issue with the state of activation after SP2 is installed on SharePoint Server and associated servers.  There was a pretty simple fix posted, but if you want to script the fix or just use the officially blessed correction to the issue, Hotfixes have been released for both the 64bit and 32bit versions of the SharePoint servers. 

You can find the 32 bit version at office2007-kb971620-fullfile-x86-glb.exe and the 64 bit version at office2007-kb971620-fullfile-x64-glb.exe


(Blogged for my reference and to close the loop on the follow up action with the release.)

Private Cloud Architecture to be discussed at Worldwide Partner Conference in July

It’s been up a couple of days, but I just saw a tweet fly past about it.  If you check out session CI011 on the session track ( you’ll see that there’s some great information about the Infrastructure strategy behind Microsoft’s cloud computing.  We expected to see a good bit about that, but there’s also a nice little spot in the end of the session description – “and the Dynamic Datacenter Toolkit for Enterprises (available Q4 CY 2009) that enables building the foundation for a Private cloud.”

Hmmm, I need to try a lot harder to get to the conference – it isn’t that far away!

Michael’s Networking Toolkit for Micro Framework

While I’m looking at my Micro Framework notes, I wanted to push this one out as well.  over at CodePlex ( you can find Michael’s toolkit for networking Micro Framework boards.  To get your interest, let me just quote directly from the latest release notes:

  • Web server improvments, fixed several bugs and added Cookie and Mime (POST) support
  • NtpClient initial version
  • uALFAT initial version
  • fixed several bugs in Dns library

    Oh, did I mention there’s XBee support in there too?  OK, I’ll stop typing because you’ve already clicked over and are downloading the toolkit!

    Why pay $300 for a programmable Remote Control when you can make one yourself?

    Pavel sent this to me a while ago, but I haven’t been keeping up.  You know those super expensive universal all in one programmable remotes?   Well he put together one all on his own, the great part is that he can can keep adding to it or tie it into other systems to work.  On his post below he shows how to take a simple IR LED and a Micro Framework board and create his own multisystem IR remote.  But once you do that, you’ve got the basis for LOTS of other stuff – add an RF transceiver and you’ve got a bridge/extender.  Add an IR photocell and you’ve got a learning remote.  Take advantage of the networking capability, and you’ve got a house controller that doesn’t have to be hard wired in any particular location…

    Oh, and did I mention that Servos work off the same concept of pulse modulation?  No, I don’t have to, you’ve already figured that out!

    Microsoft Hohm enters Beta

    Some of you may have already seen the Hohm site – but if you haven’t you can take a look over at (and sign up while you’re there.)  I’d also recommend taking a look and possibly subscribing to the team blog –

    So why the blog post?  Well lots of people saw what Hohm is about – letting you know your energy usage and allowing you to plan and optimize what you’re using (which is pretty critical as I type this and look at my weather station readings – 107.32F right now.)  This helps us survive the bills and the weather and our power grid survive the demand load that summers generate with record breaking heat and expanded populations in the hotter parts of the country. 


    But there was something in the announcement that I don’t know that a lot of people caught.  That was this line in the release – “… if you are a customer of a Hohm-partnered utility company you can choose to automatically upload your energy usage data into the application in the near future.”  Hmmm.  Now that’s interesting.  I was hoping for something like this eventually, but it sounds like the feedback loop of our “Smart Power Grid” efforts are actually starting to come about in the real world!  Now that’s progress!

    BTW, why did I put this also under Robotics?  Because that feedback loop that’s starting to happen is exactly what mobile robots have to do all the time.  Not just send instructions on power consumption, but monitor usage, monitor needs, prioritize, and then manage that consumption to goal.  Lots of crossover opportunities. 

    Smart Environments/Green IT

    Just uploaded the deck I used today at the Green IT sessions here in Austin – it’s a slightly modified version of my Nerd Night presentation that I had neglected to push up.  I’ll use this post as a placeholder for any comments or discussions as well.

    Deck at Smart Environments

    More links and posts on the Coding Outside the Box series coming up, but for right now you can follow the sensor tweets at