James O'Neill's blog

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

September, 2006

  • Get Safe On-Line, Richard Hammond, and Paypal

    We're getting ready to re-run the Get Safe Online campaign. I worked on it last year in my old role, which was how I first got to know Steve. TV presenter Richard Hammond was involved in last years launch, and those who worked with him came back saying...
  • The first rule of Politics. Microsoft and the EU

    Jonathan Lynn and Anthony Jay know a fair bit about politics, which was how they came to write the hugely popular "Yes Minister" series . They wrote that the first rule of politics is "Never believe anything until it has been officially denied". A lot...
  • Vista RC-1 is ready ...

    Go here . The information I had was that we built 5584 on Monday, which was intended to be the release. Another internal source told me a single "show stopper" bug (I'm not saying what - but it mattered to Microsoft internal people more than most users...
  • On Compatibility

    Pentax have just released a fantastic new DSLR . Before anyone jumps to the usual conclusions about us Microsoft folks being paid in huge sacks of gold, after my recent holiday, its going to take time and careful management of the pennies before I can...
  • On blogging

    I'm was in more philosophical mood than normal this morning. I've heard Tom Reynolds on Radio 4 twice in the the last week; first on "Midweek ", then on " Meet the blogers " Tom works for the London ambulance service, and his blog " Random Acts of Reality...
  • From the "Thank heavens for that" file. WE DO LISTEN about things you don't want to hear.

    Before I went on holiday I wrote something for Technet newsletter saying that we planning to make the boot-up sound in Windows Vista a fixed thing. Now this was only at cold boot, not logon, not wake-from hibernate or sleep modes, so it shouldn't be THAT...
  • On Communication...

    We should be able to laugh at some stuff. I guess Microsoft suffers more than most organizations from e-mail overload. I found out about a message that everyone on my team needed to act on - except every one of us mistook it for spam. I think when people...
  • Patch for IE 6 VML vulnerability

    We have been getting some bad press over a bug which affects the Vector Markup Language in IE 5 and IE6 (but not IE7). Over on the Security Response Center Blog there are several posts about it. There were attacks based on the vulnerability (though very...
  • Phew ... I can come up for air now.

    I have finally got my outlook unread messages down to zero. There are 1229 Messages in my deleted Items folder and 195 messages from the last 2 weeks still in my inbox, but which have been looked at. Since getting back I've switched over the to Vista...
  • Compatibility includes how you work ...

    One of the blogs that I've found a lot of people seem to be linking to is the " Shell blog ". One of the interesting articles up there at the moment is " The fit and finish balancing act ", by Vinny Pasceri. The question is does adding polish break things...
  • Vista update. RC1 is so passé

    There's a post " Interim Windows Vista Build 5728 Released Today " over on the Vista team blog. I've already explained that "true" builds of vista move in increments of 16, so this is 8 builds on from 5600 which is RC-1 (which I've only been using for...
  • Windows Vista Step by step guides for IT professionals

    I've been away with the Microsoft Dive Club for 10 days and boy do I have some catching up to do. We were diving off the coast of Tanzania and although we could get a phone signal, there was no data service which meant 10 days out of e-mail contact. The...