The CWUG Joins Twitter!

December 17th, 2008
by Christopher Kusek (PKGuild)

Hey everyone out there in the Chicago Windows Users Group world, Let’s welcome @CWUG to the world of Twitter!

What does this mean for those of us from the CWUG, as well as those of us on Twitter?

NOW! Every link we go to look for from the Facebook, or someone is looking for information about the Meetings, other Mini-Meetings, Nightly Conferences, etc! This will be a repository of that information so you don’t have to search in a million places in order to find it!

So, add @CWUG to your Twitter account and lets make CWUG work for you!

Thanks! @CXI

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5 Free Virtualization Training Courses for the Holidays! (HyperV)

December 17th, 2008
by Christopher Kusek (PKGuild)
Thanks Kurt Shintaku for the heads up!

Code should be valid now!

Also be sure to check out – Microsoft Learning Free stuff! How much does Free Microsoft Learning Cost? (Hint: Free!)

TRAINING: FREE Microsoft Virtualization Courses – “Configuring Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008”

Are you interested in learning Microsoft’s Virtualization technologies… for free?

Prepare for Exam 70-652 for Free (US$159.99 value)
This collection of five 2-hour online courses helps you develop the skills necessary for implementing and managing Hyper-V in an IT environment, as well as, creating and managing virtual machines and hosts in a virtual environment.

The courses within the collection include the following topics:

  • An overview of the Hyper-V technology
  • Creating a virtual environment
  • Deploying systems in a virtual environment
  • Configuring high availability in a virtual environment
  • Administering a virtual environment with SCVMM

This collection helps you prepare for exam 70-652 TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring
This collection requires that students meet the following prerequisites:

  • At least a year and a half of experience working in Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 environments as system administrators
  • Familiarity with virtualization products and technologies

The package includes all the content from the following 5 online virtualization training courses:

How to register for free:

  1. Go to the following site:
    Collection 6319: Configuring Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008
  2. Register using the following promo code:
  3. The course may be revisited for a period of 18 months after registration.

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Chicago Windows Users Group Tonight! Windows 7, Gadgets, IT Spring Board and more!

December 17th, 2008
by Christopher Kusek (PKGuild)

Well, Better late than never (Lots of traffic, didn’t get home until really late last night!)

It’s been two months since we’ve met for an in person meeting.  The Chicago office work continues and we’ll provide more information on our February return to downtown Chicago after the new year.  To wrap up 2008, our final in person event is happening this Wednesday evening in Downers Grove.  Come out and get your first glimpse of Windows 7 as well as many other great technologies.


TIME:  5:00 – 9:00 PM



First 50 registered attendees that attend the meeting will receive a Microsoft Press Book!  Don’t miss out!


5:00 – 5:30 DINNER


6:00 – 6:15 MEETING BEGINS



7:30 – 7:45 BREAK


8:30 – 9:00 WRAP UP

“Springboard IT Pro Series Topic:  Advancing desktop management – Windows Vista and the Road to Windows 7”

Our speaker this month is Microsoft’s Stephen Rose.  Stephen joined Celine Allee’s Springboard team in Redmond and is a former MVP – he was on the last Springboard Series Virtual Round Table on Performance.

Facebook group:

CWUG Portal:

The CWUG Crew

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WTF Vonage? Price Hike on the "Cheap Package" ?!

December 16th, 2008
by Christopher Kusek (PKGuild)

Here’s a fun email I received today!


Dear Christopher Kusek,
At Vonage, we’re committed to providing exceptional phone service at a great value you can rely on. On December 1, 2008, the price of our Residential Basic 500 Minute Plan increased from $14.99 to $17.991. The new price will be reflected in your February 2009 bill. We’re proud that we remain one of the most competitive choices among home phone providers.
Don’t forget, with the Vonage Residential Basic 500 Minute Plan, you will continue to receive 25 great features, like Call Waiting, Caller ID, and Voicemail Plus that many phone companies still charge for. International calls are still as low as 1 cent per minute.
As an option, you might consider the Residential Unlimited Plan for only $24.992 a month. For just $7 more you will get:

  • Unlimited local and long distance calls in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico
  • FREE calls to landline phones in Italy, France, Spain, UK and Ireland
  • Peace of mind – never worry about going over your minutes again!

For even more savings and the convenience of one bill each year, you can pay in advance with our Annual Pre-Pay option and save 20% off the standard rate3 or just $19.99 a month.
Click here to access your Online Account and check out these options and more. If you have any questions, you can call 1-VONAGE-HELP and speak to a customer care representative.
At Vonage, we continue to provide you with the best service at the lowest possible price.
Thank you for your business,


Here are some of my favorite parts:

1 Maintaining Vonage service on or after your adjusted bill cycle date confirms your agreement to the rate change.

Uh, WTF? “Watch as we screw you, and you standing by and taking it is your way of agreeing!”

As an option, you might consider the Residential Unlimited Plan for only $24.992 a month. For just $7 more you will get:

Hey, we’re charging you more, so it doesn’t look so Economically bad for you to Pay us even MORE money for the same non-service! Sound good? IT’s only another $7 ! ! !

I stood by and let the fake ‘surcharges’ and other BS slide for the longest time (I’m a far stretch from when I was paying only $16.91 a month, which was a lot considering our non-home phone usage.   And then after ‘bs surcharges’ it went up to ~20 (Which was more than I paid ATT) But now, you’re raising it even more, so after surcharges I’ll be paying roughly ~25 dollars? Yea, sorry.  I don’t think so.

Who knows what type of VoIP service I will switch to in order to maintain a home phone, but I can tell you it won’t be Vonage for much longer.

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This is definitely the spirit of giving!

December 15th, 2008
by Christopher Kusek (PKGuild)

For those of you who saw this Tweet that I tweeted from @CXI, our good friend @chrispirillo has a little Contest going on for the holidays, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Chris Pirillo is participating in Receiving the Gift of Giving, under the Don’t Just Give a Gift, Grant a Wish effort.


So, I encourage you who are interested in winning or just helping out in this spirit of giving, to check out Chris Pirillos Receiving the Gift of Giving post!

Thanks everyone and have a happy Holidays! :)

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