James O'Neill's blog

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

July, 2006

  • iPod Killer ? Only if it has a French accent.

    This Friday the BBC carried a story Microsoft has said reports that the company is planning an MP3 player to rival the iPod are based on "speculation and rumours". Indeed, they are. Speculation and rumours aren't always wrong. It made me go back to something...
  • Live Communications server now supports SQL 2005 SP1

    I don't like posting mails to my blog, but the following extract from a "Good news" e-mail which I picked up earlier today, was explicitly marked as sharable and didn't need rephrasing. The RTC Product Group has now completed testing of Live Communications...
  • More tales from the dogfood bowl. Moving to the new Vista build

    Earlier this week I was reminded that there is pain in being a beta tester. Some of that is peculiar to working at Microsoft. It seemed simple: I thought I'd try to upgrade my hard disk and my version of Vista, in one go. This laptop arrived fitted with...
  • We’ll know more Zune.

    OK, OK I was wrong when I said My gut feel is that if we are [working on a player], it won't be branded Microsoft. Chris Stevenson told Billboard that there is a music player in the works and it will appear under the brand name of Zune. Chris is...
  • Microsoft Research and Photography

    One of the talks we had here at Tech-Ready on Wednesday was from Kevin Schofield . Kevin's General manager for Microsoft Research, and he blogged about the experience of talking to us. I'm always pleased to be allowed to keep company with the people in...
  • Small details are important.

    I've already mentioned that I am testing an interim build of Vista. One of the things that we have changed in this build is the way the OS deals with public and private networks. Vista can recognize a domain network and the chances are you only connect...
  • How not to be read ...

    Eileen posed a question in her blog recently . "with everyone over the age of 6 using IM for social related chat, and interaction, just how do we get the message out about corporate Instant Messaging as a useful business productivity tool " Simple...
  • More virtualization goes free: more help for the environment

    We've announced Windows Server 2003 DataCenter Edition R2 - which is quite a mouthful. There are two big changes here. One is the systems that can run DataCenter Edition; previously the DataCenter High Availability programme meant the OS was only available...
  • Excitement - you can't beat it, you can't fake it

    As I've mentioned over the last couple of days I'm at Tech-Ready - it's the event Microsoft runs twice a year in Seattle for it's technical field staff. On Monday we had the keynotes with Steve Ballmer and Kevin Turner . We have tradition of one-off videos...
  • Cartoon 4.

    I'm afraid this one is a bit big, so you'll need to click on it and open it larger.
  • More on the Vista command prompt

    When I made my "Vista Cool wall" post , I said there were some new command line tools. I came across these by the simple method of typing HELP at a command prompt and comparing the results between Vista and XP. I'd never noticed the separate executables...
  • Using Vista’s Diskpart

    [Updated to fix formatting issue] Earlier this week I moved build 5384 (Beta 2) of Vista on a 60GB hard disk to build 5456 on a 100GB one. There were some obstacles to overcome before I could do the restore, which I'll talk about in another post. ...
  • Disappointment with the latest internet explorer

    Talking to others who have upgraded to Build 5456 of Vista, it is clearly better than the Original Beta 2 build 5384, both in performance and polish. But it has it's disappointments. I have already said that drag and drop from explorer to a command prompt...
  • Cartoon 3

  • Landlord! IE7 for Everyone !!

    The IE team have announced on their blog that when it is finalized, IE 7 will be pushed out via Windows Update. It also explains what to do if you or your company DON'T want it. You have a little while to act because this isn't going to happen until the...
  • Cartoon 2.0

    Following on from last week...
  • A whole new kind of Driver problem

    Once again a combination of Scoble and the BBC have alerted me to rather cool-sounding piece of news. The World Motor Sport Council announced yesterday Microsoft MES has been selected as the official ECU supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship...
  • Changes to TechNet

    Since this blog appears under the TechNet brand , it seems a good place to spread the following news. From the start of August TechNet "standard" is going away in favour of 3 versions of TechNet Plus . TechNet plus Single user is what we have known...
  • On powerpoint ...

    Inspired by Darren's recent post Tagged as Microsoft Office Powerpoint