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  • Blog Post: Woah there cowboy, you've got information overload!

    Ok I have waaaaay too much information coming at me in every direction. I need to cut back on my information addiction... I went to "Informatics Anonymous" last week (saw my boss and Matt there) and got the following things of my chest: I'm subscribed to 30 internal email distribution lists - ranging...
  • Blog Post: Will I get down to 0?

      Today was admin day. This morning I started with around 200 emails that needed actioning. With under an hour to go until the weekend I've promised myself to clear my inbox - I've never seen my inbox this empty it feels great! 
  • Blog Post: Live Q&A: Do you think Vista will be a success?

    Check out this cool new Windows Live site called Live Q&A . It's a community driven site where you can ask any question and get it answered by a whole host of different people. I did a quick search for Vista and came across this question: Do you think Vista will be a success ? What do you think...
  • Blog Post: New Biography

    Just drafted a new bio, interested to get your feedback! James Senior ( http://www.jamessenior.com ) James is based in Seattle as the Technical Evangelist for Live Services at Microsoft. Live Services provide both amazing online experiences for 500 million users worldwide and an open platform on which...
  • Blog Post: Editing the host file in Vista

    Nothing like a good bit of Host file editing to while away the Tuesday afternoon, except I couldn't save the file in notepad. A quick Live Search later and I found this excellent post by Tim which walks you through the steps very nicely. Of course I forgot to open Notepad with Administrator privileges...
  • Blog Post: Settling in

    It was my first full day yesterday in Building 18, Microsoft HQ and as well as unpacking my new laptop (another X61 Tablet – solid as a rock) I got settled in my office.  I won’t lie to you – it was a little bit on the bare side, with just a desk and chair but I spent some time getting a few bits...
  • Blog Post: What has BMW got to do with Vista Build numbers?

    I just found an excellent, excellent, excellent post by Long Zheng which explains the complicated beast which is Windows Vista version branching . He listened to a pod-cast by Sven Hallauer, Director of Release Management for Windows Vista and interpreted his thoughts onto an underground like map...
  • Blog Post: Financial Services Craziness

    Seems like a great time to pick up a bargain in Financial Services.  Bank of America bought Merrill Lynch this week for $USD 50 billion and now there are talks of Lloyds TSB merging with HBOS – wow! Currently, the market values HBOS at £10 billion after shares dropped 51%. Markets always bounce...
  • Blog Post: Shopping for cars, much like buying Windows in the future...

    Those thought leaders over at Gartner have sited Virtualisation as the end of what we know as Windows. So, in the future we should expect a more modular approach where you can build your own Windows according to your needs. It's comparable to choosing the extras on your car I guess. First you choose...
  • Blog Post: I'm Back

    I'm back! Well, nearly.  I couldn't resist a pre flight blog post (that's my plane above) to get me back in the swing of things when I touch down in the UK in about 10 hours.  My business trip/holiday has been great.  I've been staying with family out here just south of San Jose and have...
  • Blog Post: Snakes on a Plane - but no internet!!!???

    I read this this today... Can't believe they have made the decision to not offer internet on planes. Tim Farrar who is president of a satellite comms company gave this enlightened quote: "I don't see a future for global inflight broadband," Am I the only one who thinks this is mad? Read the...
  • Blog Post: Delighting customers – a business imperative

    Having been in the USA for a little over a month, there can be a lot said for the customer service I’ve come to expect and how far people will go to make sure you – the customer – are delighted with your experience.  It’s a far cry from Europe where the majority of the time I’m left thinking – ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Backup

    A bit off the BI track, but I wanted to draw your attention to Matt's blog , where he's written an excellent post about the backup facilities in the upcoming Windows Vista . The backup is called "CompletePC Backup" and it has loads of cool features which Matt goes into more detail about. The thing...
  • Blog Post: Vista's Blue Screen of Death

    :-) Courtesy of Long Zheng .
  • Blog Post: Bursting the Web 2.0 Bubble

    Jack writes on the Guardian technology blog about the fear in the industry about the impending bursting of the Web bubble. I've been thinking about this too and I have been worried too I have to say - going so far as to say that it was inevitable. After reading more educated people on the subject however...
  • Blog Post: How many Microsoft employees does it take to fix a lightbulb?

    Feel free to insert your own punchline in the comment section :-) In this post I wanted to highlight how many people at Microsoft are all pulling together to make Vista the best possible product for our customers and partners. At last count there were 24,000 installs of Vista being run by Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: New Name Decided!

    Thanks for the suggestion by Tony Soper for my Blog's title. I was so taken with Magnum B.I. that I changed the name straight away!
  • Blog Post: Driving Speeds

    This made me chuckle especially having recently had to adjust my driving speed over here in the US.  Graph courtesy of GraphJam
  • Blog Post: Welcome one and all

    Well hello, and welcome to my brand new blog! My plan for this little slice of internet real estate is to provide opinion, comment and information relating to SQL Server, Business Intelligence and things that I find generally interesting in technology. As you can tell by the current title of the...
  • Blog Post: Here begins the period of craziness - and I can’t wait

    Well, well, well. It’s mid-October and my life is about to get insane.  Yesterday a consultant from the removal company came round to size up all my personal possessions ready for the big move to Seattle .  Tomorrow I head to the US Embassy in London to get my visa application and get my passporto...
  • Blog Post: Partner event for BI Collaboration

    We're running a BI collaboration event on the 25th July which will allow partners to find out more about the opportunities that Business Intelligence can offer partners and how to take advantage of them. It'll also provide a great chance to network with other like-minded partners and forge strategic...
  • Blog Post: Farewell Technet!

    I'm moving home to a new blog at www.jamessenior.com ! This move also represents a rebrand for both myself and my content but more explained in my first post: Welcome from Microsoft's Social Web Guy! It has been an emotional three years on the TechNet platform and I want to say thank you for all the...
  • Blog Post: iPod connectivity on planes

    Genius! :-P "On Tuesday, Apple announced a partnership with carriers Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United. Beginning in mid-2007, the six airlines will offer iPod connectivity so that travelers can charge their iPods in transit. Additionally, the planes' seat-back displays will be...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft hiring Ninjas

    I was chatting with my pal Viral today and he pointed out an employee at Microsoft who had the title "Zune Ninja" stored in Active Directory.  What a cool title I thought - I wonder if I can change my title to become "Partner Technology Ninja".  Anyway Viral emailed the...
  • Blog Post: When error messages are good

    I was playing around with the new image library of the space shuttle when I broke Photosynth. I got a javascript popup telling me about my faux-pas and instead of just dismissing the error without reading it, for the first time in my life I read an error message. Why? because it was human and funny too...