Zillow App for Windows Phone makes house hunting easy!

If you’ve never used Zillow, you’re missing out. I absolutely love this app. If you know the website, that’s fine and dandy, but the app is a hundred times better. Have you ever stood outside of a house with a for sale sign and wondered… “how much?” Or even thought to yourself, “I would like to know more, but I’ll never remember to look this up later!” Zillow is the solution. Pop open the app, let it detect your location via GPS, and viola! Information for buying and renting all around you pops right up. And that’s when you realize Rochester, NY has more million dollar homes than Seattle, WA and you’re living in the wrong part of the country because you’ll never own a million dollar home. At least, if you’re me.

I’ve been a big fan of the Zillow app for a while, on any platform, but of course, if you’ve got Windows Phone 7, you should give it a download! Zillow is free on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Exchange error 421.4.4.2, unable to connect, Attempted to failover… Fixed!

Users complain that they can’t send email. You dig through your exchange queues and logs, and you stumble across this:
451 4.4.0 primary target IP address responded with “421.4.4.2 unable to connect.” Attempted failover to alternate host, but that did not succeed. Either there are no alternate hosts, or delivery failed to all alternate hosts.

The root cause of this is that something, be it a hardware or software firewall, or antivirus product, something is blocking outbound traffic on port 25.

You ready for me to read your mind? In our particular case, and in at least 3 other cases I have confirmed with other IT persons, we had installed antivirus software from McAfee on our Exchange server. McAfee has a feature which watches for Mass Mailing worms – this is great on your desktop! But not so great on your Exchange server, as all of your SMTP outbound mail needs to leave on port 25. McAfee’s software does this by watching for outbound traffic on Port 25. Although I don’t know what the exact threshold is, eventually it decides there is too much traffic, assumes your computer may be infected, closes the port on your computer (in this case, our Server), and mail stops flowing. Here is my solution for the McAfee software:

All you need to do to fix this is open up McAfee from the System Tray, then find the Access Protection Properties, they look like the menu pictured above. Then choose Antivirus Standard Protection on the left, and uncheck Prevent Mass Mailing Worms from sending mail on the right. I would uncheck both the BLOCK and REPORT options, otherwise you can expect some pretty large log files.

I first encountered this and posted a solution on TechNet in October, but thought it was worth revisiting as it was a heck of a process to narrow down! At least one user there has confirmed it to be the solution for them.

1976-2006 – Rocky movie saga

I pounced on an Amazon Goldbox deal… about 3 years ago… and never watched the box set I bought. So, recently, I sat down and watched a crapload of Rocky movies! You can, too, with Rocky: The Undisputed Collection.

Sure, everybody knows Rocky. The Stallone movies about a boxer. They introduced the world to Mr. T, they got Hulk Hogan do a role as Thunder Lips, and, in my opinion, put an end to the Cold War.

Ready for some spoilers? Did you know that Rocky doesn’t win every fight he’s in? Did you know Adrian, his wife, died? Did you know Rocky owned a restaurant? Did you know there was a time when his trainer, Mick, didn’t have a hearing aid? Each movie has a great story – even the newest, Rocky Balboa. The final chapter in the Rocky saga, Rocky (and Sly Stallone) shows he’s still got something left, even though it ends similarly to the first movie. Become a Rocky trivia master. If you’re looking to collect them in hi def, Rocky: The Undisputed Collection is your best bet.

Holodeck in your living room? IllumiRoom says yes!


The future is… well, okay, it’s not here, yet. But if this is what it’s going to look like? I’m buying in. Holodeck Alpha 0.1, complete.

Although I love the simple effects like snow, or even seeing the outline of the map, one of my favorite effects was when firing the weapon, it appeared to distort the rest of the room with a shockwave. I can’t wait for something like this!