Strangely enough, in VB.NET you can use optional parameters OR overloading methods. I guess that's to let you use your preferred method, but personally I find it confusing (I prefer overloading too, by the way).
Well, I assume that for every failing machine, at least five other ones are waiting to pick its tasks up? I've actually never noticed Hotmail being down..
What I would like to know is, what exactly happens when the Messenger service can't connect and it says 'Check if you're behind a firewall blah blah' (as if it's my fault, hah!). Have the servers just reached their maximum number of connections or
is it something else?
(Dunno if this can be answered by someone from the Alerts team, but they're at least related technologies right?