Category Archives: Writing

Visiting Omaha Beach (WN62 and the American Military Cemetery)

For anyone interested in military history, a visit to Normandy provides an excuse to visit some of the World War II sites in the area. I have been visiting the area on and off since 1973 and think I have … Continue reading

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Slipping standards in how Office 365 is reported and analyzed in the technology press

Those who observe the way that news is reported about developments in the Office 365 space might be uncomfortably aware that standards are slipping. The basic problem is that once Microsoft posts some information about a product announcement or other … Continue reading

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Exchange Unwashed Digest March 2015

March 2015 was a busy month, if only because I was heads-down writing content for the “Office 365 for Exchange Professionals” eBook that is scheduled for launch at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago next month. At this point it’s a matter … Continue reading

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And now for something completely different – Monty Python Live

I’m sure many of you don’t appreciate the humour of Monty Python because it is very much an acquired taste. But those of us who were brought up in the black-and-white TV era appreciate the wit and insightful comment that … Continue reading

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Exchange 2013 Inside Out: Available at the end of September

I received the good news today that printed copies of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Inside Out: Mailbox and High Availability should be available at the end of September. has updated their date to October 1. Paul Robichaux’s companion volume, … Continue reading

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Exchange 2013 Inside Out appears on Amazon

The wheels of the publishing market turn in mysterious ways. At least, their ways are mysterious to those who don’t publish books, including the authors who actually write the text. Earlier this month I let you know that O’Reilly will … Continue reading

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Busy week, lots of commentary about Exchange 2013

It’s been a busy week. First, I ran into an Exchange 2013 bug (shock, horror, cover the eyes of any watching children) when MRS stubbornly refused to export the contents of a mailbox to a PST using the New-MailboxExportRequest cmdlet. … Continue reading

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ThoughtsofanIdleMind blog stats 2012 in review

Interestingly for me (at least), the nice people at sent me the following information. The most useless fact of all is that of the 397,205 views generated during the year, just 5 came from Laos. I shall clearly have … Continue reading

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Announcing Exchange 2013 Inside Out: Well, we’re starting anyway…

We are delighted to announce a new joint project: Exchange 2013 Inside Out, a two-volume set that we will write for Microsoft Press, with an anticipated publication date in Fall 2013. Tony is writing part 1, which covers the mailbox … Continue reading

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The ethics of cut and paste blogging

Blogging is good fun. After all, if it wasn’t, we wouldn’t do it – right? But there are some blogging habits that are unacceptable. Abusing someone for instance would seem to be in pretty poor taste. So, at least in … Continue reading

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