Thursday, July 28, 2011

Workout Plan

Recently I've been doing P90x for a workout plan. Like many IT professionals, I need to lose a few pounds. The hardest part so far has been the food. I need to keep a better log of what I eat, so here it goes.

What I did & ate today (7/28/11):

  1. Water, Water, Water. I find myself needing to drink a lot of water
  2. Workout: Yoga X (I only made it 1/2 of the way through, as I overdid my workouts earlier this week, didn't eat properly, and am now horribly sore)
  3. Breakfast (after workout):
    3 egg whites, 2 whole eggs, mixed together with 3 oz. of Chicken breast from last night and 3oz. of grated Parmesan Cheese
    3 slices of low-sodium bacon (I splurged and went for real bacon)
    An 8oz cup of coffee w/ 1oz 2% milk and 3/4 teaspoon sugar
    10oz glass of OJ
  4. Snack:
    15 almonds (unsalted)
    4oz coffee w/ 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  5. Lunch:
    Aldi's Fit & Active Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar
    2 Turkey Franks
    4 slices of Oven Roasted Turkey
    A mini-whole wheat pita
    6 oz. of Lite cottage cheese
  6. Snack:
    15 almonds (unsalted)
  7. Dinner:
    8 oz of Chicken (w/ a touch of Garlic Salt, Olive Oil, and Lemon Pepper)
    1/3 cup of couscous
    4oz green beans
    10oz of 2% milk
  8. Before bed 'edge-off' snack:
    Almonds (salted!)
Maybe I'll get better about this and get the exact caloric #'s put in tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Microsoft Office 365 for Non-profits: Real Info!

Recently Microsoft launched their Office 365 product. As a 'cloud' product providing many of the same features of their 'hosted on your hardware' products (Exchange, SharePoint), it's definitely generating buzz.

Many of my fellow CITRT colleagues have become very interested in finding out more, including pricing. Recently I received some follow-up info from Brittany Fugate at Cenetric, a Microsoft Cloud Champions Partner for my region. The following were the highlights for me (these are my descriptions/summaries):

These prices are only available through 'Cloud Champions Partners' as Microsoft has chosen to not publish the pricing directly.
The 'additions' that were obvious to me between E levels are denoted with a +

  • Professional (P1): $4.25/user/month
    Exchange Online w/ 25GB mailbox & 25MB attachments
    Office Web Apps, including View & Edit
    SharePoint Online, including Sharing & 'public website'
    Lync Online w/ IM & Screen-sharing
    Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange w/ Antivirus & Anti-spam
  • Enterprise (E1): $4/user/month
    Exchange Online w/ 25GB mailbox
    Sharepoint Online, including Sharing
    Antivirus and anti-spam filtering with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange
    License rights to access on-premises deployment of Exchange, SharePoint, & Lync Server
  • Enterprise (E2): $6/user/month
    Exchange Online w/ 25GB mailbox
    Sharepoint Online, including Sharing
    Antivirus and anti-spam filtering with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange
    License rights to access on-premises deployment of Exchange, SharePoint, & Lync Server
    +View, edit, share with Office Web Apps
  • Enterprise (E3): $9/user/month
    Exchange Online w/ 25GB mailbox
    Sharepoint Online, including Sharing
    Antivirus and anti-spam filtering with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange
    License rights to access on-premises deployment of Exchange, SharePoint, & Lync Server
    View, edit, share with Office Web Apps
    +Office Professional Plus
    +Advanced SharePoint Online capabilities
    +Advanced archive, unlimited email storage, & hosted voicemail w/ Exchange Online
  • Enterprise (E4): $10/user/month
    Exchange Online w/ 25GB mailbox
    Sharepoint Online, including Sharing
    Antivirus and anti-spam filtering with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange
    License rights to access on-premises deployment of Exchange, SharePoint, & Lync Server
    View, edit, share with Office Web Apps
    Office Professional Plus
    Advanced SharePoint Online capabilities
    Advanced archive, unlimited email storage, & hosted voicemail w/ Exchange Online
    +Enterprise voice to replace or enhance a PBX w/ Lync Server on-premises
  • Kiosk Worker (K1): $3/user/month
    Exchange Online w/ 500MB mailbox
    Web-based email, calendar, contacts via Outlook Web App, & POP email w/ Exchange Online
    Access to SharePoint Online sites
    View documents on the web w/ Office Web Apps
  • Kiosk Worker (K2): $4/user/month
    Exchange Online w/ 500MB mailbox
    Web-based email, calendar, contacts via Outlook Web App, & POP email w/ Exchange Online
    Access to SharePoint Online sites
    View & basic editing of documents on the web w/ Office Web Apps

The full set of info that I have is contained in this PDF

You also should know that this pricing is supposedly only available through the 'Cloud Champions Partner' program (and there's an approval process). I'm not really sure what that is yet, but Cenetric has been very helpful so far.