James O'Neill's blog

Windows Platform, Virtualization and PowerShell with a little Photography for good measure.

June, 2006

  • High Performance Computing: broad reach.

    I almost missed the release Compute Cluster Server (CCS) happened at the start of June; I wasn't expecting much to happen on the server side. I'll confess that missed the point of CCS. I've seen the list on Top500.org topped by an IBM system with 128K...
  • More on Bill ...

    The news earlier this week that Warren Buffett was giving $37bn to the Gates' Foundation has thrown out up some interesting questions. As I mentioned in an earlier post Bill's "retirement" announcement was two years in the planning . If Warren's announcement...
  • Backup in Windows Vista: all change, all change!

    Three small things have led up to this post During the roadshow someone approached me and mentioned that they couldn't restore BKF backup files onto Vista Beta 2. On the roadshow I never talked about the "Previous versions" tab, that appears...
  • New Roadmap for Unified communications.

    The following information has appeared on Presspass about the Unified Communications road map which is being unveiled later today. I’ve edited the press-release down to the key things as follows, please read the full Presspass article rather than relying...
  • 10 worst and 10 best of Microsoft

    Over at Microsoft-watch, Mary-Jo Foley gives her list of Microsoft's top 10 flops , and I have to disagree with a few of them : Tablet PC/Pen Computing/eBooks: Too soon to say this is flop . Putting tablet functions into all the builds of Vista means...
  • Firefox tops list: IE nowhere to be seen

    In a previous post I admitted a small heresy for a Microsoft person. I quite liked firefox; past tense because IE7 gives me all that I liked about Firefox, and more besides. Last week I learnt of a survey by bit9 which details their top 15 most vulnerable...
  • Mobile devices on Windows Vista

    Last week I followed up on Jason Langridge's posts about new HTC devices and the Motorola Q. , which gives a clue that I have an enduring interest in Mobilty Windows Vista inserts has components to handle syncing devices but the complete package isn...
  • On the late arrival of Vista...

    Recently someone in Redmond caused a bit of a stir with a blog piece about causes for the delay in Vista. We’re not going to ship Vista until it is ready, and we thought it would be ready by one date, and we were wrong. Why ? People, like me, who work...
  • Microsoft don’t do prize draws, sorry

    Our Chief Security Advisor in the UK has sent out an advisory this morning. We have seen a huge spike in Lottery scam mails – you know the kind of thing – “You’ve won a million, just send us your bank details so we can pay you”. These have a new twist...
  • Adobe, yet again.

    I notice from reading Mary Jo Foley that Adobe have put out a statement about Microsoft’s support (or not) for PDF in Office 2007. Key points. Adobe is committed to open standards. Adobe publishes the complete PDF specification and makes it available...
  • Vista security tips

    I promised Arthur that I would tell people about the Microsoft Unified Communications and RTC user group, UK, which goes by the Snappy name of MucUgUK , it's early days for the user group, but if you're interested in RTC or Unified Communications that...
  • More on filing vista bugs

    Good news. I'm given to understand that the two things I hoped were easy to fix in my " Time to start a Vista cool wall " post , (drag and drop in IE, and drag and drop to the command prompt) are fixed in the next version we'll see. I've filed 6 vista...
  • Bye Bill, Bye Robert ... is this the end ?

    Most Microsoft people get asked “Do you know Bill Gates” when we tell people where we work. We don’t all know Bill. Back in 2002, I spent a month “on attachment” in the building where he and Steve Ballmer had their offices. We were told “Don’t freak out...
  • More on interesting devices

    Thanks to RSS , I read Jason Langridge’s blog , I’m a bit nervous about posting two back to back articles about things he’s said for fear of looking like I’ve become his “Bloggleganger” or “blog stalker” or whatever you care to call it... There are...
  • The Motorola Q ...

    Jason Langridge likes the Motorola Q. – he keeps lamenting the fact that only works on US networks. I was at a meeting last week where someone had brought one over from the US. I when Motorola produced one of the first Tri-band phones and it was has to...
  • Bill Gates announces that he stepping down in 2 years

    I’m watching the web conference now. Bill began by saying, “Today I work full time for Microsoft and part time for the Gates foundation”, and you just knew. He is going full time with the foundation in 2 years time. Ray Ozzie become Chief Software...
  • How to get the Road-show slides

    After each of the Roadshows I’ve been asked – sometimes by people who came via this blog “How do I get the slides ?”. If you go to http://www.microsoft.com/uk/technet/postevent/default.mspx and click the month, you can get any slides that have been posted...
  • RSS in the Enterprise

    Before IE7 and Office 2007 Beta 2 I used Attensa to bring RSS Feeds into Outlook, I liked the product and I'm still on their mailing list, they just sent me a link to their white paper "Enterprise RSS: the center of attention" and it's useful reading...
  • Vista: just connect to my home network, Please !

    Somewhere in doing the upgrade to Beta 2 of Vista it began to behave oddly. It was happy to connect to my wireless network at home but every time I booted the machine or brought back from sleep, it would disconnect. A few mouse clicks restored the connection...
  • Time to start a Vista cool wall

    On “Top Gear” – the BBC’s motoring show. They have a cool wall where they classify cars as “sub-Zero”, “Cool”, “Uncool” or “Seriously uncool”. My car rates as uncool, but being bothered by Top Gear would put me in the seriously uncool category. I posted...
  • File those Vista bugs !

    I’ve only just posted about Scoble collecting bugs Last week when I described installing the newest Vista build I said there was a problem with the Smartcard reader and I’d filed a bug report. Well, as I sit here using the free internet connection...
  • Good flash / Bad Flash

    I came upon an example of how Flash can be used well at www.seewindowsvista.com . In response to my post about adobe "Mike" said that Flash is a great technology if it is used appropriately - which it is. But I quoted Jakob Nielsen : " Most of the Flash...
  • Adobe again

    At the community leaders day I was telling one of the attendees that my sister was a Professor of computer science so I wasn’t even the top Geek in my own family. I know how Ralf Schumacher feels. It was a good day. The open source guy who spoke at the...
  • Homage to Spinal Tap.

    Serendipity is at it again. A week ago I was looking at art in Paris. My mate Barry from MCS in the US was working in Paris and wanted to meet up. If I ever get on Who wants to be a Millionaire I’ll have Barry as a phone-a-friend because of his...
  • Open search: Technorati gets it. Do you ?

    I blogged about Open search in IE before; I just noticed this on technorati. I’ll wonder out loud why doesn’t this happen on, say www.microsoft.com . Technorati is so useful to watchers of the blogosphere if you’re running IE7 you can add them permanently...