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UPDATE: Exchange: Event ID 9667

I just came across this post on the official Exchange team blog (not exactly fresh content, but I have a _huge_ backlog in my RSS reader) and I am happy to report that Microsoft has fixed the Event ID 9667 problem we blogged about earlier. The fix is available in Exchange 2007 SP1 Update Rollup 8.

Sadly, this does not help Exchange 2003 admins and I guess we cannot expect a similar fix for Exchange 2003 – its mainstream support has retired on April 19, 2009. Time to upgrade!

Cornelius vs. Cornelia

I get a few of these every day to my unfiltered email account:

Hi! I am bored this evening. I am 25 y.o. girl that would like to chat with you. Email me at only. Hope you like my pictures.

I am not really interested in giving advise to spammers, but oh come on! Are you guys sure that the best sender names available for a message like this are “Cornelius Schneider”, “Jayson Hastings” or “Ken Glenn”?

So Why Outlook Hangs on Emails with Attachments?

Has anyone else seen this? Every once in a while, Outlook 2003 starts hanging on every email that has attachments or embedded images, about for a minute or so. It is utterly annoying and I did not find any resolution for this on the Internet—I guess it is either the anti-virus software, or Outlook tries to do something with the network that eventually fails, but uh, come on, should not it just work?

Project Anvil

Project Anvil is Dana Epp‘s attempt to launch a new software product. In his own words,

[…] “forging” a new product, from vision to reality, in 30 days. One man. One product. Ready for beta in 4 weeks.

…which is probably the most interesting challenge that I came across recently. The blog documents the construction, from defining the goal of the project to technology selection, all with text + screencasts.

It is similar to what Fog Creek done last year when they hired a few summer interns to develop Fog Creek Copilot and documented the entire process in a blog and later released a DVD video. Dana’s blog is maybe more tech focused, but I like that and I already learned a couple of things from it.

Good luck!

Internet is a series of…tubes?!

I always get upset when somebody tries to squeeze more money out of something that was free since it was created: recently, several network operators decided to kill the Network Neutrality over the Internet, as (I assume) they cannot raise their annual profit enough under the current circumstances. So, they want to charge Internet content providers for enhanced IP services (and the content provider will shift the cost to the consumer of course).

But what is Network Neutrality anyway? “Network neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet. Fundamentally, net neutrality is about equal access to the Internet. Just as telephone companies are not permitted to tell consumers who they can call or what they can say, broadband carriers should not be allowed to use their market power to control activity online. Today, the neutrality of the Internet is at stake as the broadband carriers want Congress’s permission to determine what content gets to you first and fastest. Put simply, this would fundamentally alter the openness of the Internet.” (from Google)

So, long story short: if they succeed, the websites of smaller companies and nonprofit organizations, blogs etc. would move slower through the wire, as they do not have money to make the data „valuable” enough… But if your company can afford it, your site would get to the user as fast as lightning.

Finally, they were not be able to push the amendment through the legislature, but I think it was not the last time we heard about this… (Same happened to the software patent-case: they tried to push it through over and over again).

I believe that a very minimal regulation is needed over the Internet, (as they say it is for regulation to “shake out” illegal contents) but not this way. Just think about it: could we really stop spam for example by charging the sender for every mail? The legal users should pay, but will the spammers? I don’t think so. (That’s another story for another time :)

Some links if you want to know more about Net Neutrality:

Wikipedia – Net Neutrality
Save the Internet – Net Neutrality Showdown – Without ‘Net neutrality,’ will consumers pay twice?

And some funny stuff:

Daily Show with John Stewart on Net Neutrality
The Daily Show revisits Net Neutrality