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Got my January ActionPack Subscription

Got a present!I came home this evening to find out that the January shipment of my  arrived today.

Sweet!!

Sort of, anyway...
 

First the good news
I got my Office 2007 licenses, or should I say, .  It even came with SharePoint Server 2007, and
 

Now, for the not-quite-as-good news
I did get Windows Vista in the subscription, but the subscription comes with (which, in retrospect, I should have anticipated).   What I really wanted was Vista Ultimate Edition.   More importantly, I wanted , not the 32-bit edition.  It seems that all I get is the 32-bit Business upgrade.  Not hideous, mind you, but not quite what I had in mind.  And I was surprised that it didn't come with the 64-bit version, at least, since XP Pro x64 was provided in an earlier ActionPack shipment.

Sigh...    I might just upgrade my desktop in-place (contrary to my general feeling about that activity) and see how it goes for a month or two, and then rebuild properly in full 64-bit mode.  I haven't decided what I'll do with the laptops as yet.
 

Finally, we come to the really disappointing news
I truly expected to have a copy of Exchange Server 2007 in my January ActionPack subscription, but no such luck.  And just when I was about to get my Exchange Server finished so that I could migrate from 2003 to 2007.  Sad

As you can see, that throws off just a wee bit. Still, all is not lost.  I'll get it all resolved in a couple of weeks and might still manage to get it all implemented by the end of February. Right now, the schedule is pretty tight, though. 
 

So, in the final verdict, I have to say that the ActionPack is well worth the investment, even with the current disappointment.  If you're building systems and solutions for clients on a regular basis, then you're hurting yourself if you haven't checked out what the subscription has to offer your business...   There's a whole lot of the Office 2007 product family in here.

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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 9:55 PM by Logik!

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Talking Out Loud with ASB said:

As I mentioned earlier this week , I finally got my hands on my official copies of Vista, so I thought

# February 3, 2007 7:38 PM
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Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

A summary of Andrew's current résumé is available here, and he can be reached on a variety of social and professional networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.