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One of the fantastic features provided in Server 2008 R2 is the new Recycle Bin for Active Directory.

I recognize that nobody here is going to intentionally mess up their own Active Directory.  But problems can happen.   A Junior technician misheard the phrase “Disable” with “Delete”, a malicious Administrator leaving the company, dumb luck.  Any number of problems can occur and this feature will save the day.

There are a few caveats to using this

1) You must have the Domain functional level in Server 2008 R2 mode.

2) You must enable the feature by using LDP.EXE or Powershell.  The Powershell is the preferred method.  MUCH easier on the eyes :)

3) It is managed and used 100% by Powershell.  There is no GUI version presently.  But it’s Powershell.  WHY DO WANT A GUI? ;)

3) Once enabled, you cannot disable it.  This is a one way trip folks

4) The enabled Recycle Bin has a 180 day retention policy. (6 months to catch the error of somebody’s ways)

 

That’s it.

Using it is a breeze.

In Server 2008 R2, Select the NEW Active Directory Powershell under Administrative Tools.

Type in the new command

GET-ADOPTIONALFEATURE –filter {name –like “*”}

You will be presented with a screen showing you

FeatureScope       : {Forest}
Name               : Recycle Bin Feature
RequiredForestMode : Windows2008R2Forest
IsDisableable      : False
ObjectGUID         : 0599c1a6-6f8f-42d4-b9a0-ab2791d4719e
ObjectClass        : msDS-OptionalFeature
FeatureGUID        : 766ddcd8-acd0-445e-f3b9-a7f9b6744f2a
EnabledScopes      :
RequiredDomainMode :
DistinguishedName  : CN=Recycle Bin Feature,CN=Optional Features,CN=Directory Service,CN=Windows NT,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=energized,DC=energizedtech,DC=com

Looking at the information above, there are no enabled scopes which confirms that the AD Recycle Bin is presently disabled.

So to make all this useful, I guess we should turn it on.  So in the same Powershell Window key in this command

 

ENABLE-ADOPTIONALFEATURE ‘Recycle Bin Feature’ –score forest –target ‘domainfqdn’

In my case my domain is ENERGIZED and part of the real internet domain ENERGIZEDTECH.COM

ENABLE-ADOPTIONALFEATURE ‘Recycle Bin Feature’ –score forest –target ‘energized.energizedtech.com’

But you might have a simpler setup.  You might have a domain called CONTOSO and it’s root is inside called CONTOSO.COM’

ENABLE-ADOPTIONALFEATURE ‘Recycle Bin Feature’ –score forest –target ‘contoso.com’

 

(Of course in your case, you would substitute the FQDN of YOUR Active Directory Parent domain)

You will get a prompt warning you that it will make the change.   Choose “Yes” if you wish to enable this feature or CTRL-C to abort.

Once you’re done, it’s active.  To confirm, run the

GET-ADOPTIONALFEATURE –filter {name –like “*”}

And you’ll get a similar response but note

FeatureScope       : {Forest}
Name               : Recycle Bin Feature
RequiredForestMode : Windows2008R2Forest
IsDisableable      : False
ObjectGUID         : 0599c1a6-6f8f-42d4-b9a0-ab2791d4719e
ObjectClass        : msDS-OptionalFeature
FeatureGUID        : 766ddcd8-acd0-445e-f3b9-a7f9b6744f2a
EnabledScopes      : {CN=Partitions,CN=Configuration,DC=energized,DC=energizedtech,DC=com}
RequiredDomainMode :
DistinguishedName  : CN=Recycle Bin Feature,CN=Optional Features,CN=Directory Service,CN=Windows NT,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=energized,DC=energizedtech,DC=com

 

You’ll see the “Enabled Scopes” is now covering my domain.

 

Now that the feature is enabled, the fun begins.

Let’s play a little game called “pretend”. 

Pretend you hired a Network Administrator who claimed to understand how to work with Active Directory.    Pretend he didn’t and deleted the Administrator account and a few computers called “PRESIDENT” and “CIO”.

So you fired him.   Now in the old world, it would be, break out the backup tape.  Restore the Active Directory, hope you got it all right.  Schedule downtime as well.

A real headache.

But not anymore

New land.  Active Directory Recycle Bin.  You’ve one command to save everybody’s bacon.

In Powershell V2 on Server 2008 R2 you get this beautiful command

GET-ADOBJECT –filter {name –like “missingitem*”} –includedeletedobjects | RESTORE-ADOBJECT

That’s it.  Nothing harder than that.

So to make yourself look like “Superman” or your Hero of choice, if we had to restore those objects on the fly, no downtime, no interruption, and that Network Administrator fired and out the door. You would type

GET-ADOBJECT –filter {name –like “Administrator”} –includedeletedobjects | RESTORE-ADOBJECT

GET-ADOBJECT –filter {name –like “PRESIDENT”} –includedeletedobjects | RESTORE-ADOBJECT

GET-ADOBJECT –filter {name –like “CIO”} –includedeletedobjects | RESTORE-ADOBJECT

There.  Was that so hard?  The great thing, is as long as it’s an object in Active Directory, it’s protected by this new feature for 180 days

Now please note, this just does restore the object.  It’s restores the object, its security, its trusts!

Now if you’re curious about Server 2008 R2, It’s in Beta.  And you can download it to try it out.  Don’t put it in your production environment. It is after all Beta but it’s an amazing piece of software.  And if you’re interested the PSR.EXE (Problem Step Recorder) module is ALSO in Server 2008 R2! So if you’re writing an article about Server 2008 R2 Beta, you can actually record what you did (or better yet, you can use it when documenting what you did to install particular pieces of software on the server)

If you’d like to learn more about the Active Directory Recycle Bin, Check out these great resources on Technet.com

Active Directory Recycle Bin - Instructional Video on Technet Edge

Active Directory Recycle Bin Step-by-Step Guide

Sean
The Energized Tech

 

 

 

 

FeatureScope       : {Forest}
Name               : Recycle Bin Feature
RequiredForestMode : Windows2008R2Forest
IsDisableable      : False
ObjectGUID         : 0599c1a6-6f8f-42d4-b9a0-ab2791d4719e
ObjectClass        : msDS-OptionalFeature
FeatureGUID        : 766ddcd8-acd0-445e-f3b9-a7f9b6744f2a
EnabledScopes      : {CN=Partitions,CN=Configuration,DC=energized,DC=energizedt
                     ech,DC=com}
RequiredDomainMode :
DistinguishedName  : CN=Recycle Bin Feature,CN=Optional Features,CN=Directory S
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                     ized,DC=energizedtech,DC=com

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But this IS dedicated to my wife Rosanna, the ONLY person in the world that could, would, and HAS put up with the “Geek” that I am.

Happy Valentine’s day honey. (And yes I am buying her something, I’m not THAT cheap ;) )

Yes, unfortunately there will be a musical version of this

Original tune "She" by Elvis Costello

"She - my Valentine" - by Sean "Friday Funny Guy / ye110wbeard" Kearney

She
Is the only one for me
Is the glowing beacon in my sea
Keeps me grounded and warns me when to play
She
Keeps me sane when I'm alone
Brings me hope over the phone
Asks for me to bring home milk from time to time
Through the roughest tender day

She
Will let me play with my PC's
and work on servers until three
and play with spreadsheets whenever clients yell
She
Will deal ignore the pile under my chairs
and all that stuff under the stairs
and doesn't question all my cares
It's all for she

She
Sees all those underwear on the floor
And hasn't kicked me out the door
The smelly sweaters laying on the bed
She
Puts up with everything I do
All of that singing until two
Until my throat go horse and I'm dead

She
Is why I always do it all
Is why I'll sleep within a hall
Why I'll use a fish to cut a tree
She
Is why I press my passion on
Is why I wrote this silly song
For who else would bother to
Put up with the goof that is me

But She
My Valentine


Dread fills the air.  It is a year of rarities and scarities.

Why?

For this year we have not one but TWO Friday the 13th's in a row.

Yup.  One in February and One in March.

I can already see bunny rabbits running off to hide their own feet!

And what wise acre planned out to have both of these just before two really signifigant days.  One, the Ides of March (Nuts and I was going to consider that job as a Roman Emperor too!) And the other Valentines day.

Now talk about a way to screw you up for Valentines day! 

We guys have a hard enough time remembering to get up in the morning and stagger out the door.  Remembering to NOT FORGET February 14th is difficult enough as it is.

But WHY stick a Friday 13th in the equation?!?

I am certain there is some Omnipresent being up just rolling about laughing at the sudden panic THIS has presented!  The questions running through guys' minds!

"Wasn't she allergic to that?"

"Will that explode when heated?"

"I hope that wasn't 'Whizzo Chocolates' I bought her."

"She did like fishing right?"

"What is so important about tomorrow.... Tomorrow.... Birthday...No....Anniversary....No...."

"I wonder if I SHOULDN'T have bought the Cubic Zirconium necklace instead of the Gold one..."

"What was her name anyhow?"

"I wonder how much it would cost to engrave 'Happy Valentine's Day" on a Bowling Ball?"

"Did I send the card to my wife and the Negligee to my Mother-In-Law or vice versa"?

All because of February the 13th.  But of course, just on the off-chance you got through relatively un-scathed and REMEMBERED to make the effort on Friday the 13th, and your credit card didn't catch fire AND the Delgrakian Delegation from Planet Plurgh didn't come by and scoop you away.

You've still got ANOTHER problem.

APPROVAL!

Was it the right thing for your spouse?  Will they like it? Was it the right colour? Will it cause them to break out in purple blotches in the shape of Colin Farrell?

You don't want to hear any of these statements.

"You know after 10 years I can't wear this COLOUR!"

"Why is this edible underwear addressed to my sister?l

"It burns my ears! Aighagh!"

"I asked for a 'car' not 'carpet'"

"Who's Sally and why am I wearing her clothes?!"

But mistakes do and will happen.  Friday the 13th is just a day like any other.  And Valentine's day is a day about thought more than substance.

So it's Friday the 13th.  So what.

Sit down, relax, let the goofy screwy things happen. There's not a thing you can do to control it enjoy the ride.

Just make sure on February 14th to drop the greasy wrench, turn off your cellphone, tell the boss to go screw himself, send the kids off to a movie, lock the dog in the basement, pull the phone out of the wall, cancel that business flight, forget poker night, turn to your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, signifigant other, favourite StarTrek character or WHOMEVER this day should be about..

Give them a big smooch and say

"Uhhhh what did I do? I'm sorry. Happy Hannuk...  4th of... Anni.."

Oops!

"Oh yeah! Happy Valentines Day."

And proudly hand that pack of car air fresheners over.

I look across the table at the DPE advisor.  A King of Kings from Microsoft.

“Your Mission.” he humbly intones “is to install Windows 7 on this….”

The hands nobly gesture at a tiny under powered device, 1 gig of Ram, 8 gigabyte internal SSD drive.  Tiny 1024x600 display with barely any support by the manufacturer for Vista much less a Beta copy of Windows 7.

The Acer Aspire One.  A $300 Netbook.

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My jaw hits the ground.

“Are you OUT OF YOUR MIND?!” I am tempted to scream out.

And then of course they hit me in the back of the head, knocking me out and dragging me unconscious to a small room to perform this truly impossible task…..

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In truth.  I’m making all of that up.  But now that I’ve got your attention.   This is exactly what I was curious about.  And was quite happy to find that “yes you can” and “yes it will”

The Question

Will Windows 7 Beta install on a machine with minimal hard drive space and will it perform?

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So much to cram into a small platform.  An Acer Aspire One I picked up on boxing day.  $300 Door crasher special.   The catch was only an internal hard drive side of 8 gigabytes (Solid state, even the slow kind too).  I gig of ram, a Dual core Intel Atom chip.   Not even x64 capable.  No Hypervisor.

By all rights, this was good for pretty much surfing the web.  That was .  It came with XP home and nothing else.

So why bother?

Because I had heard Windows 7 liked older hardware, better driver support.  I found Vista ran decently on a gig of ram.   I had tested earlier and found I COULD get Vista Ultimate to install and SQUEEZE into an 8 gigabyte SSD before WITHOUT using any “Lite” versions.

So in theory the newer O/S might work nicer.

To aid me in this, I scooped (on the same boxing day) an external DVD-Burner for $50.  i would use my memory keys and get really cool here, but my kids apparently got to them and I couldn’t find a one.

So “old school” it was.  So Boot up the Acer with one external DVD to see what it would say.   I mean honestly, it would say right off the bat, hard drive too small and complain. Right?

It looked at the Acer.  Instead of complaining it gave me a minor warning.

“The recommended free space for installation is 8273MB”

That lended to the possibility that it WOULD actually fit.  If maybe just a little tight for free space.

So I fired up the install and let it run.   What’s the worst that could happen?  A reinstall back to XP?  The installer took over and did it’s job.

Now on the negative side it was a very slow install.  I think it was the fact that this is the slowest performing SSD drive out there.  Other Acer owners have complained out the Intel SSD as performing slower than a standard 40 gig IDE drive.   It took a little over 65 minutes to install. 

BUT!

Once it was in I was left with…

Some minor drive updates and a little space cleanup. 

Now stock on the install, after all was said and INCLUDING HIBERNATION AND PAGEFILE AND SYSTEMRESTORE STILL ACTIVE, was a whopping 800 megs.

This might not seem much but keep in mind, this is a $300 computer, definitely not on the Microsoft HCL for Vista much less Windows 7!

Now drivers actually weren’t a huge issue.  The Video card and most of the system WAS actually picked up.  But it needed an Intel INF update to bring some of the motherboard drivers in, Wireless wasn’t detected and although my memory card readers WERE running there were some driver specific stuff they need to run right.  Also I had a touchpad mouse built in.   If anybody out there knows those touchpad Mice, they need the manufacturers driver to work right to deal with “bump”.

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“Bump?” you ask?

You’re typing on the keyboard, you “bump” the mouse pad, it moves the mouse.   So the mouse becomes almost unusable as it jumps all over the screen as you’re typing.

So how to resolve that?  Especially when my Touchpad driver was specific to Windows XP?

www.synaptics.com actually designs most of the Touchpads out there and provides a good solid reference driver all the way to Windows Vista.  Handy on these generic laptops / netbooks.  And as it turns out oh so nicely, mine WAS a Synaptics design.  The other version is “ALPS” who I have yet to find a reference driver for.

Now of course I still had some “XP Only” drivers that run off a stupid wizard.  I hate driver wizards.  I understand for consumers it makes it easier for Joe Bloe to make things “just work” but I’m a tech.  I need the ability to browse directly, bypass software thinking I can’t do things and just “try it out”

The wonderful in Windows 7 is the new compatibility mode.  Yes. It was in Vista too but in Windows 7 it seems solid enough and strong enough to both a) convince an automated driver install (even the ones from Intel which are pretty smart I might add) that it IS running in the O/S you insist on.

So setting the “compatibility” to Windows XP or Vista (depending on the driver in question and what IT was spec’d for) allowed the wizard to do it’s work.   You see sometimes they DON’T give you the INF file we techs crave.  

Now what to do for space? 

Well since most of this devices intended use was Blog posting, occasional Word Excel documents and possibly remote access to work.  I wasn’t that concerned about data recovery.

And with sleep mode by itself I found I didn’t ever really use the Hibernation feature. 

So run to Command Prompt as Administrator and execute a

powercfg –h OFF

to Kill the hibernation feature in Windows 7 (Same command by the Way for Vista) to regain some needed space on C: and disabled the system restore and suddenly I’m staring at 1.2 gigs of free space.

Now did I mention I had an extra 8 gig SD card to work with as well as another 2 gig SD?

The Acer Aspire One has one embedded slot that came with a 8 gig SD card with an additional slot on the right for more memory cards (this is still independent of three USB 2.0 ports memory cards.  So I popped in each of my needed cards, Used Disk Management to assign them a static Drive letter (so they wouldn’t pick ‘whatever was available’) and I allocated the 2gb ssd as “Readyboost” drive.   With 8gb untouched, I began moving all my profile folders to new locations on D: (my 8gb SD card).  So entering my user profile under C:\users\%username% I choose the properties of each key folder such as

CONTACTS

DESKTOP

DOWNLOADS

etc etc and clicking on the “Location Tab” chose a new long term location for the data being my memory card on D:

Now the biggest drawback I have found so far is speed of this internal drive.  It is incredibly slow on installs.  I don’t think this is a Vista/Windows7 issue as it is Acer picking a poor design for the SSD drive.  Apparently some models come with a unit from SAMSUNG (same size) that performs comparable to a normal drive.

But the positive side I have found so far is.

I can fit and run Word, Excel and Powerpoint 2007 on here with space to spare.

Live Writer fits no problem so I can blog away from home or on my main system.

DVD Burning software runs nice as well (what?) Yes that $50 burner came with burning software too.

Full Aero interface.  Score is 2.2 on a $300 Netbook.  

There is still about 4 gig to spare for data.

I can run Audacity off this without issue.

There is a built in Webcam and Microphone and it happily works with my $120 USB mike.

So why bother?  Why bother with the slow install time to make this happen?

What I have for $300 (and potentially the cost of Windows 7 when it arrives is)

A unit with VPN capability that is fully compliant with current NLA authentication for a Terminal Server.

Tiny and easy to use on the train, light on the budget, and decent (3 hours) battery life

Runs a current operating system vs XP Home which will be phased out soon so updates are not a huge issue.

Much prettier eye candy.

One amazing conversation piece!

Wifi built in and still enough memory in the video card to hook up and run a proper Powerpoint presentation.

And Bitlocker to go!

(WHAT?!)

Oh didn’t I mention that?  Windows 7 have a fantastic portable encryption technology called Bitlocker to Go for memory cards, portable keys and pretty anything that a device that is NOT TPM Enabled could deal with.  

Encrypt the drive, provide the pass key and ALL the data on there is encrypted.  The Beautiful part is the encrypted drive CAN be read on other Windows 7 systems with the proper passkey. 

So I have a machine now that’s relatively quick, response, inexpensive, encrypted and a great conversation piece at parties.

And it plays a mean game of Atomic Bomberman as well :)

Now for pure trivia.  I also checked out Windows 7 on two other systems that are quiet archaic.  One a Dell Dimension XPS M170 with 2gb of ram that is about 5 years old by design.  The other was a laptop I lovingly nicknamed “Frankenstein” which was a Dell Inspiron 2650 comprised of bits and pieces from Ebay and Acer and whatever I could slap together to make it work.

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The XPS M170 went in without issue with Windows 7.  I believe there was one minor update for maybe the modem I think.  “Frankenstein” was down to only missing the Video driver.   Even in this state with Windows 7 it performs about equal to Windows XP SP2.  Kinda slow but VERY VERY stable.

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Now the negatives. One big negative.  They took away “Movie Maker” and the new version isn’t quite anywhere what it’s brother was like…. yet.

I think they did this just to stop me from doing all those crazy videos :)

Cheers and check out Windows 7.  If you’re on Technet Direct, it’s still a free download.

Sean
The Energized Tech
Dedication and Inspiration for the new Generation

I’m a geek.  I admit it.   It’s too late for me.

So for fun on a Sunday I’m installing a Beta copy of Server 2008 R2.   Yeah, I’m twisted. 

Why?

Because a “little bird” that shall remain nameless mentioned one phrase to me.

“……Hyper-V…Version 2……If you add the role……they will deploy……”

Well no, it wasn’t like THAT but I WAS itching to see the install of this new O/S.

First off, install is still a lot like Server 2008, Vista and Windows 7.  No real change in that aspect.  Nor should there have been

First boot up after install, you still get the stock “Checklist” from Server 2008, set time Zone, machine name.

Blah blah blah….

Now for the fun stuff…. I’m going to add my server roles and…

HEY! WHO MOVED THE SERVER MANAGER!?!

Well folks, a small change up.  Server 2008 R2 is in the Windows 7 family.   Look on that new bottom Taskbar.   Your most commonly accessed apps in a server, “Server Manager”, “Libraries” and “Powershell”

So if you look on your lower taskbar on the left hand site you’ll find “Server Mana….”

I hear a gasp.

“Powershell”

Well no, not exactly.  It’s “Powershell V2”.  Yes “Powershell” is now a stock installed component of the Server operating system.  If you’re absolutely gaga for Legacy, “CMD.EXE” is still there.   But “Powershell” is now your Shell of choice.

So back to our new desktop.  Yeah it looks a lot like Windows 7 mixed with Server 2008.   Clean, professional.   Ready to take on the world.

So how did they improve on an already solid and robust operating system?  What’s different?

For one thing.  No 32bit version.  Gone.  No more legacy.  Go forward with the future.  I don’t know if that means no support for 32bits applications or drivers but Microsoft from this version (Much like Small Business Server 2008) will not be maintain two separate code structures.  In the long term THIS is a lot better.   No digging and downloading for the 64bit or the 32version of the application or Framework package for the server.  Just one download.   Done.  One update.  Done.  One level of regression testing on your servers.  DONE.

Life gets simpler on a better level.

What else is in this mix? 

Well as mentioned, the next version of Powershell is a stock installed component along with a much better support of Active Directory.   You no longer have to add in Quest software’s Active Directory command lets to properly manipulate Active Directory with Powershell.  I do believe you still CAN but I like keeping the server as stock and clean as possible.   I always have in the back of my head, “If this crashes and I have to re-install, I want to tweak and fiddle as little as possible to have it running again.”  Plus the new Powershell comes with an editor built in for testing the scripts.  You can STILL get other great editor Editors like PowershellPlus and PowerGUI.   But again, you’ve got something provided that’s a little beefier than “NOTEPAD.EXE”

Not that there’s ANYTHING wrong with using “NOTEPAD.EXE”.   It’s simple and it works.

There’s a new implementation of “Hyper-V” in the box.   Microsoft’s rock SOLID Virtualization solution.   And although “Hyper-V” performs fantastically and doesn’t have any real things I would or could complain about; there are some things it really does need.

Presently you have “Quick Migration” with the aid of Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 allows you to quickly swap a Virtual Machine to an alternate server.

But if you get a dead host server in the mix?  Well with clustering the guests will fire up but from a cold start.

BUT NOT IN SERVER 2008 R2!

Lights!  Action!

“LIVE MIGRATION!”

Yes! Just like a SQL 2008 Server clustered up, Server 2008 R2 with the NEW IMPROVED BEEFED UP Hyper-V can keep the GUEST operating systems live in a clustered setup.   Introducing new “Clustered Shared Volumes” you can now keep the operating system state LIVE even if you pull the host power plug (as long as you’ve of course setup a proper cluster in the FIRST place with appropriate hardware)

And much like setting up a Clustered SQL 2008 server, Microsoft has included a BPA (Best Practices Analyzer) to MAKE SURE you set it up right BEFORE you go into production!

And Presentation Virtualization (Formerly Terminal Server) has kicked it up a notch. (Well a FEW notches!)

A Remote Desktop session is so CLOSE to the physical at this point, you can keep all you 512 meg workstations and just connect them to a terminal session.  EVEN WITH MULTIPLE MONITORS!

Yes!  The new Presentation Virtualization can handle Multiple Monitors, Audio Recording and even EXTENDS THE AERO DESKTOP!

You no longer have any excuse for running an office of HighEnd workstations.  Beef up security and redundancy on a solid clustered setup in the backend!  Put the money where it belongs!  No longer do you need to have an office full of 160 gig hard drives using 10 gig of space!  Go thin clients!  Even with Dual Displays!

I could go on and on about the other features tapped into Server 2008 R2 like a new Recycle Bin in Active Directory (Forget pulling out that backup tape and going offline to recover a node, just UNDO IT!) or the better use of Power on the CPU level.   Ignore the fact that you can remotely Administer other servers using Powershell V2 scripts (especially repetitive tasks) or the fact you can standardize with those scripts and pass off some administration to Junior techs securely!

JUST DOWNLOAD THE BETA VERSION NOW AND STOP LISTENTING TO ME!  IT’S INCREDIBLE!  IT’S AMAZING! 

* I T ‘ S      T H E     F U T U R E *

Sean
The Energized Tech
Dedication and Inspiration creating the new Generation

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Ok for those of you who are not aware there is a Web 2.0 site called “Twitter”

For those of you who are, please ignore this.  You are more than aware of what it is and is NOT. :)

Twitter is a simple and at the same time very complex system of blogging.

I say simple, because first off you are limited to 140 character posts (Because initially Twitter was geared about doing a simple post using an SMS message from any cell phone).  Simple because anybody can use it with a number of client applications available for almost any platform that is internet capable.

Even just off their own website.

I say complex because you can connect Twitter to Facebook, and Flicker, and your personal blog.  You can follow celebrities on Twitter and find out that well…they’re real people who have just as rotten a time dealing with life like the rest of us.   You might find others following you.   You may end up friends of friends of people you’ve never met. Well.  It can get out of hand.  That’s the complex part :)

First off, you sign up on Twitter.   Free account.  Woohoo.  Done.  

Then you have 140 characters to say “Whatever”.   That’s right Whatever.   You’re going to have a cookie and coffee.  You found an interesting news article.   You’re cracking a joke.   The Dog got the hiccups.  Whatever.

If you can do it 140 characters it’s good.  Be careful tho the world might be watching.

You see on Twitter one of the neat things you can do is “Follow” people.  It’s a lot like turning on a radio Channel and listening to what they what you to hear.   Sometimes the Radio Channels are private.   Often their public.

Samples of people on Twitter and information?

How about the Canadian IT Professionals at Microsoft?

John Cleese, Steve Jobs, or even U.S. President Barack Obama

Where it get’s interesting, is when other people start following you.

What?

Yes.  You might get listened to as well.

It can also get out of hand if you start following too many people.  Too much information can flow in at once.  Sometimes interesting postings get missed.

I like to choose a balance for myself.   I keep my friends on Twitter.  I try to follow what I think is interesting to follow on Twitter.  Sometimes you even meet a friend online with common interests.

And sometimes, your heroes begin to follow you out of nowhere :)

I won’t flood the blog with Ten Billion Twitter client posts.   The best place to look is the source.

www.twitter.com

And to be honest, your use and interpretation of what Twitter is may not be the same as mine.   Nor should it be.  We all find different uses for these online tools (or toys, again interpretation)

Check it out if you’re curious.

And By the way, you are welcome to follow me (or not) on Twitter.  It’s a free world.   And it’s all open to choice.

Sean
Friday Funny Guy
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