So, you haven’t seen a lot of me on the blog lately. The sad part is that I have three or four blog posts in various states of completion, I just seem to have very little time these days to work on it. I think part of it is that ever since my MCM Exchange 2007 class last October, I felt like I had a big burden of unfinished business on my shoulders.
Happily, that’s not the case anymore. Yesterday I retook and passed the lab and received word that I am have officially earned the coveted Microsoft Certified Master | Exchange 2007 certification. While I’m taking this moment to express my utmost relief about this, be assured I’ve got plenty more to say about it in an upcoming blog post, but it’ll have to wait.
I’ve also been re-awarded as an Exchange MVP — 3 years, wow! — and continue to be going full-bore with that. I have become very deeply aware that my continued presence in the Microsoft communities is in large part due to the fantastic caliber of people who are involved in them. A friend once mentioned the “open source community” as if it was a singular community and I had to laugh; from my experience, it’s anything but. Consider the following examples:
- KDE vs. Gnome
- Linux vs. BSD
- Linux distro vs. Linux distro
- Sun Java vs. IBM Java
- Tomcat vs. other Java frameworks
- Sendmail vs. Postfix vs. Exim
- Berstein vs. everyone else
- Stallman/FSF vs. everyone else
I made the initial mental leap from “Unix IT pro who knows Windows” to being a “Windows IT pro who knows Unix” because of the management challenges I saw Active Directory and Group Policy addressing, but I stayed for the people. Including people like you, reading my blog.
On that note, since I know many of you started reading me because of seeing me at conferences: I will not be at Spring Connections this year. I know, right? Anyway, it’s all for the best; things are shaping up to be busy and it will be nice to have one year when I’m not flying to Orlando. This is even more awesome because I will be at Tech-Ed, giving both a breakout session and an Interactive Theater session. More details as we get closer. I’ve also got a great project that I’m working on that I hope to be able to announce later.
Oh, hey, have you seen 3Sharp’s new podcasting site, built entirely on the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint that we were the primary developers for? I’ve got a few podcasts in the works…so if you’ve got any questions or ideas of short subjects you’d like me to talk about, let me know!
Alright, folks — it’s late and my Xbox is calling me! (My wife and kids probably want a word with me too.)