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Microsoft Exchange 2010

Posted in no category by sharovatov on 15 April 2009

Wow, I’m now listening to the web-conference about Microsoft Exchange 2010 Beta, and it seems that it’s going to be cool!

Useful links:

  1. official documentation
  2. download link
  3. official Microsoft Exchange 2010 page
  4. new Exchange Core Store Functionality

Interesting facts:

  • no more storage groups – databases are now just files which as far as I understand can be easily transferred to another server. I think, Exchange will soon start using MS SQL Server as a storage engine.
  • it’s highly integrated with Powershell
  • Exchange 2010 will have a way to migrate certain mailboxes to a cloud!!! That’s just SO WAY interesting! It means that you can have some mailboxes in your storage. Say, if you’re concerned about security and want your sales mailbox to be stored locally, while you don’t care if your employees’ mailboxes are located somewhere in the cloud – so you save storage space and don’t have to have a serious big server. Another interesting usecase is server maintenance – you can temporarily move your mailboxes to a cloud and then move it back! Really really interesting technology!
  • Outlook Web Access will now be called Outlook Live – I bet there’s going to be a whole new layer of integration of Microsoft products!
  • Exchange Web-Access (Outlook Live) has been rebuilt and now works fine in Firefox – Microsoft spent time on fixing Web-Access work in IE,FF and Safari.
  • Exchange Web Access (Outlook Live) now has Favourites – similar as what we have in Outlook
  • Exchange Web Access (Outlook Live) will have multilingual spellchecking!
  • You can create mailboxes and change user details right from the Exchange Web Access (Outlook Live)!

I’ve found an interesting blog about Exchange 2010, hope Gary Cooper will continue posting on the topic!

I will update this post with new information :)

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don’t use @import

Posted in browsers, css by sharovatov on 15 April 2009

Steve Souders recently posted a very interesting blogpost about the little-known negative impact on page perfomance that @import rule causes – it doesn’t let IE to download stylesheets in parallel.

Please proceed to his post for more details.

Thanks for sharing this, Steve!

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Synchronize IE favorites between PC and laptop – Windows Live Sync to rescue

Posted in windows live sync by sharovatov on 15 April 2009

As a follow-up to the previous post – I’ve just configured and synchronized IE favourites on my work PC and laptop. Just awesome – so easy to do – few clicks and I’m not afraid to loose an important link that I saved when I was travelling!

I’d highly recommend Live Sync to everyone who has more than one computer running Windows or Mac OS – I’ve never seen a synchronizing tool that would be so easy to use.

I’m sure I’ll add more and more folders to synchronize – it’s too tempting to have important information in the same state on both machines without any kerfuffle :)

Synchronize posts drafts between laptop and home PC? Easy to do with Windows Live Sync!

Posted in windows live sync by sharovatov on 15 April 2009

Sometimes I write really big blogposts (for example, I’m still not finished with translating my old blogpost about HTTP caching from Russian) so I save them as local drafts in Windows Live Writer (earlier as docx-files in Microsoft Word 2007). When I go mobile, I have to copy all the drafts and recent posts to my laptop; and if I edit them there – I have to copy drafts back to work PC when I come back home.

I knew there were tools to help me in synchronizing directories, but only today I had time to try Windows Live Sync (formerly called Windows Live Foldershare).

Basically it’s just a free tool to synchronize folders on any number of machines sharing the same Windows Live ID. But it’s damn easy to use!

All I had to do was:

  1. Install Windows Live Sync on both work PC and my laptop
  2. Signed in to Windows Live Sync website using my Windows Live ID on my work PC and on my laptop
  3. Created Personal Folder pointing to My DocumentsMy Weblog Posts directory (that’s the place where Windows Live Writer saves drafts and recent posts)
  4. Clicked to add my laptop to a list of devices that will get synchronized, selected My DocumentsMy Weblog Posts folder there

And that’s it, both folders were successfully synchronized.

Now I have most recent versions of my drafts and recent posts on both work PC and my laptop. Thanks, WindowsLiveSync Team :)