Microsoft OneNote now free on Apple App Store

Noticed overnight that the rumours of Microsoft OneNote becoming free have actual come true. It looks like we can download it. I’ll be installing it as I don’t mind OneNote at all. It’s something I started to use a lot more of in the last 3 years.

I might as well install OneDrive too and attempt to use it as well, although have been a long time user of Dropbox.

Post over here talks about the OneNote release on Macintosh.


Microsoft Surface RT

I ended up buying a Microsoft Surface RT tablet, as they dropped in price quite a lot. I ended up getting one for $223 AUD locally from JB Hi Fi.

I know this model has been replaced by Microsoft Surface 2, but for the price I paid it was a good pickup.

The thing that attracted me to the units is how smooth they are to use. Being able to split the screen and show 2 applications at the same time was something I really liked. In addition, the micro SD card slot and USB port was something feature wise I could appreciate.

So far I am really happy with the unit and continue to appreciate the hardware and software. If I had a complaint it would be that I cannot find an Password Safe application in the Windows App Store that can read/write psafe3 files. If I find one I will post back.

Surprised no one has compiled and posted a Putty arm based build, as that too would be nice to have available.

All in all still very impressed.

How to turn off Windows 7 sharing wizard

I know Microsoft tried to make Windows 7 and other OS versions easier with each release, however by implementing wizards to guide a user can sometimes be a little annoying, as it hides the good options you’d sometimes want to use. Not to mention make the steps to do something longer.

If you find yourself needing to turn off the Windows 7 Sharing Wizard, you can do it via the process below. Watch the video to see this process played out.

So begins 2011

So begins 2011. Wonder what the year will bring. All I know is that my immediate goals will be to complete my MCITP: EA. Only need to do two more exams, and if that means work won’t help with it, then I will put some funds aside when they become available to take the 2 exams I need to obtain it.

In the meantime I will wait for work to confirm if they’d like me to do my RHCE exam, so might need to start some revision for that soon as I complete the EA exams.

See what happens.

In other news, I think the blog will be moved to the cloud. Will more then likely create an A record and point it to my posterous account for the future web content. Just don’t have the time or the design skill to maintain my own site (and everything associated with it). So you will see changes happen in that department, thinking of transfering the domain to another registrar. whom I got the domain from has been good, but I’ve been happy with the services offered by, so might transfer to them. As I get free dns hosting with them without any extra associated costs, unlike

I only need 6 or more MX records and then some A/CNAME records after all.

Microsoft 70-669 completed

Completed my 70-669 exam last week. That is now 2 out of 3 completed to obtain an MCITP: VA. Will be completing the final one in Jan. All I need is 70-693 completed and I will have my third MCITP in a 9 month period.

Hoping to do some RedHat revision/certification in 2011, have asked my employer to see if they will cover the cost of the exam if I was pay for it, then claim it.

New Mountain Bike

Purchased a new mountain bike. Picked up a Giant Talon 3. Haven’t managed to take it for a good spin yet, as the magpies are swooping like crazy around my area. In addition it rained all weekend. Maybe next weekend it will get a ride.

Giant Talon 3

Meanwhile, on the exam/training front. I am trying to get through the ITILv3 Foundations material. Hope to sit this exam in Oct. Probably late this month after holidays. Then it will be back onto the Microsoft material. Hoping to finish up the 2 more possible MCITP’s for Windows 7. Will also want to finish the MCITP Virtualisation Administrator cert, which requires 2 more exams. Got plenty of things to do, so will be busy into next year easy.

Microsoft 70-652 completed

Passed the Microsoft 70-652 exam today. So this is a start on the MCITP: VA certification. Will need to complete 2 more exams to finish that one up. Although this will be sometime next year. Had the book so wanted to get it done.

Currently starting to read the ITILv3 Foundations certification material. Want to try and attempt this one by the end of Oct at this stage. Followed by Microsoft Windows 7 MCITP certs 70-685 and 70-686. Although I think the exam in December will need to be held over to mid Jan due to Xmas break etc.

I should publish the track I have taken and what I am expecting to do (or hope to do). Although the order can change depending on my mood.

Microsoft Applications available in VHD’s.

On the account I have been doing so much Microsoft related certification lately, I have came across the odd link that helps with things. Below is a link to all the Microsoft Applications available in VHD’s. i.e. virtual hard drive format ready to use with Hyper-V etc.

Speaking of Hyper-V, I am going to give 70-652 exam a run next Wednesday. Hoping to have enough information in my head to pass it, and I will be happy to just get through, but will see what happens on the day.

Meanwhile, the link is here (open’s in a new window).

Never fear, I shall be attempting to do some reading in the new year and attempt the RHCE certification track. Assuming when RedHat 6 comes out they don’t change the training too much, and/or introduce something like VMware which requires you to do a training course to prior to doing the exam to obtain certification.

Disappointing customer service from Microsoft Australia

Hadn’t posted about this yet, but now is a good as time as any.

I attempted to use the exam vouchers that came with my MCITP SA 2008 books the other week, unfortunately the first 2 of the 3 vouchers that came with the book failed to work. Third one did, so booked with that. Very next day I open a ticket with Microsoft to have this corrected.

Skip forward nearly 3 weeks now and it’s still not resolved. I am not kidding, but in nearly 3 weeks they have failed to replace 2 exam vouchers. I’ve probably wasted over an hour of my own time chasing this up by numerous calls.

As of last Friday I was directed to call publisher in Sydney (that was 2 weeks wasted at that point). Come Tuesday when I called back publisher, I was told they couldn’t help me. So I went back to Microsoft Australia and rang the usual number hit option 4 and attempted to chase things up. Tomorrow will be 3 weeks and problem is still not resolved.

Extremely annoyed and disappointed. I am told I will get a call back by the team and then that doesn’t happen. In addition I made a complaint to an Australian call taker and was told it takes a day for a call back. Thus far that has lead to no call back either. Repeated attempts to speak with a supervisor result in no one being available and a call back promised.

Like I said, disappointing customer service by the team in question. If anyone knows anyone who works for Microsoft Australia, then let me know as I’d really love to provide them feedback about this ordeal (and maybe even hopefully get it resolved so I can get the vouchers reissued as required).

Meanwhile, think I will purchase a few more books that are NOT Microsoft Press ones.

EDIT:  And still no follow up call to the issue. That’s over 4 weeks on this issue. Seriously annoyed. I would have to say, this is never going to be resolved.