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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta, it’s atomic

    I got my first look at Windows 7 just after TechEd EMEA last November, however it wasn’t until I saw it on an atom powered sub notebook that I got excited as these things (e.g. the Asus Eee, Dell Mini X, Samsung NC10 etc.) are selling in spades despite or because of the current economic climate. So what...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report vol 6

    Every 6 months Microsoft publishes a freely available Security Intelligence Report (SIR) , looking at what’s happening to threaten the security of our personal and corporate computing. Mostly it‘s written in English and if you can’t find the time to read it all I would at least recommend the summary...
  • Blog Post: Security Update MS08-067

    There’s no easy way to say this but whatever version of windows you are running, the first thing you want to do today is install update MS08-067 .  To quote from the article… This security update (MS08-067) resolves a vulnerability in the Server service that affects all currently supported versions...
  • Blog Post: TechReady - Vista sp1 Testing

    The geeks in Microsoft have taken over down town Seattle for the week as we all get our six monthly fix of the latest stuff that's coming out.  This is one of the ways that Microsoft has to keep it's technical people happy and it certainly works for me.  We get to meet the product teams and...
  • Blog Post: Vista sp1 vs XP sp3

    When I am not playing with SQL Server, I play PC games, such as Gears of War and Flight Simulator X, although this happens on my home gaming rig and not the office laptop. My personal PC runs 64 bit Vista, but have I shot my PC in the foot by running my games on Vista instead of XP? Apparently it...
  • Blog Post: Beer Locker

    If you want to protect your data then the Bit Locker technology in Vista is a good way to go, and I would also recommend Vista backup as it's so simple to use . Of course if you're in New Zealand and someone has broken into your office and swiped your laptop with your kiwi :-) data like Paul Croucher...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 RC0 Express on Vista

    I wanted to get Express installed on my machine and so I downloaded the RC0 (of Express with Advanced Services) and ran it. BTW there is is this Akamai download manager behind all of the RC0 downloads which you have to allow to run to get the download to start. If all is well you should have this...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Launch Road Shows

    The next round of road shows are going to focus on Windows Server 2008 and Vista sp1 so no SQL Server 2008 this time.  But no peace for the wicked like, many dba's, when not doing my day job I have to get my head around all of the other stuff that sits around the database, such as SharePoint, the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Writer just keeps getting cooler

    Every couple of months as I write my blog in Windows Live Writer, it pops up and says “would you like to try the latest beta?”, and throwing caution to the wind I say OK. It just quietly keeps getting better, so when I joined Microsoft last July you could put in a picture very easily without a degree...
  • Blog Post: Pimp your Laptop/Netbook

    A simple top tip I got form James O’Neill to get a bit more oomph out of your laptop is to ram in a an SD Card for ready boost when you’re not loading up your photographs.  This feature came in with Vista and is still there in Windows 7, and is a caching technology to service random disk reads....
  • Blog Post: Zune?

    Occasionally in the dark corners of e-bay, and amazon you'll find this odd mp3 player for sale called a Zune, Originally it looked a bit like a brick as it came with a lot of in built armour, but in its latest guise it looks more like any other well known player albeit in some odd colours.  Like...
  • Blog Post: Vista Chick Magnet

    I got one of my neighbour’s sons onto our one week work experience program this week, so I thought I would drop in to watch the presentations they had to do.  Everyone was genuinely impressed with the quality of the work, the imagination and professionalism they showed, and their presentation skills...
  • Blog Post: Managing Dynamic Memory with SCVMM 2008 R2 sp1

    Windows Server 2008 R2 sp1 introduced two key enhancement to Hyper-V, dynamic memory and remoteFX. RemoteFX is a way of sharing a physical servers GPU to provide a better VDI experience and I’ll leave that for Simon to blog about, so back to dynamic memory. This seemingly minor enhancement to Hyper...
  • Blog Post: Vista and NVIDIA SLI

    When not in business intelligence mode, I am a PC gamer and being an old PC Gamer I never got the console thing. Like many of you I was hesitant about upgrading to Vista as my black box has been continually modded over the last 3 years to keep up with the latest games. On the upside there are a few Vista...