James O'Neill's blog

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

October, 2006

  • Camera lens rules

    Because my daughter has been on school holidays this week I have been spending time at home and thinking about photography more than work. In some of the forums I've been reading I keep seeing questions about the "digital SLR crop factor" - and statements...
  • Reliability... I wish.

    One thing that people who don't live in Britain find hard to understand is how we can have such varied weather - to the point where it is a favorite topic of conversation - and yet find it difficult to cope with Sun / Wind / Rain / Snow. I live in a village...
  • Windows 2003 Datacenter with unlimited virtualization rights

    I mentioned a few weeks ago that we were making Windows 2003 Datacenter server available outside of the high availability programme. It is now on the price list Volume license customers. If you have a volume license agreement, you buy Datacenter as a...
  • Sony rookit on 1/4 million PCs, MSRT removes a malware somewhere every 3 seconds and other statistics.

    I've been reading a paper about the Malicious-Software Removal Tool (MSRT, and I hyphenate it to prevent it being read as the Malicious software-removal tool), it's entitled, MSRT progress made, trends observed. If your interested in what the tool does...
  • Vista RC-2 heading into view

    It looks like someone has been giving Paul Thurrott some internal emails again. We have the build which we think will be RC2 - 5744. Numerologists will note that we have moved on 144 - a multiple of 16 - from RC-1, which is 5600. (See my explanation of...
  • Virtual PC 2007 - Beta available.

    Last week I was talking to Andy Malone who has been running some great sessions for us up in Scotland, and he mentioned Virtual PC 2007. Until he mentioned it I didn't know it was to be seen outside a certain privileged circle, but it is; you can sign...
  • Why Vista was delayed ...

    I've mentioned previously that I'm coveting the new Pentax K10D - sadly Pentax have pushed the release back a few weeks, either because they have so many pre-orders for them that they want to produce some more, or perhaps because finalizing the camera...
  • Good and not so good use of RSS.

    Every morning my postman puts 3 or 4 catalogues through the door. My wife's late father had a printing company, and she still murmurs "more work for the printers" when this things arrive. It's one of of the few causes of friction in the O'Neill household...
  • Vista Admin event in Manchester

    Not everyone can make it to Microsoft's office in Reading for Technet events, so we're taking What's new in administering Windows Vista to Manchester next week - the afternoon Thursday 19th to be exact. The event is free - just click the link for more...
  • Virtualization event in Reading

    I saw an event entitled Virtual Server: The Tip of the Iceberg appear on the list of forthcoming events and and got a bit panicky - as Virtualization is one of the things I speak on, and I didn't know anything about it. It's an all day event on Tuesday...
  • Taking a walk on the Virtual side

    I mentioned in my last post that I'd been working on Videos for Virtual Tech-ed - they're calling the web-site " The Virtual side " ,they're rotating the videos on the front page so fortunately you have to click on a link on the right to find the one...
  • Hello Girls !

    I remember, four years or so ago commenting that a colleague had a new, and better hairstyle. She replied thanks, and since she'd thought long and hard about the change, it would have been nice if other people said so. And off we went into a conversation...
  • Follow up to my post on power outages

    I had this from a friend a few moments ago: I thought it was priceless From: David {Details removed Sent: 13 October 2006 15:59 To: James O'Neill Subject: Just read the blog James Just read about the power. Spare a thought for one of my team that sent...
  • Apple's real problems shipping a virus

    Apple have had to post the following on their website We recently discovered that a small number - less than 1% - of the Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006, left our contract manufacturer carrying the Windows RavMonE.exe virus...
  • Hello Scotland !

    We had a very well attended roadshow event in Edinburgh earlier in the year, but the truth is we don't hold as many events outside Reading and London as we'd like to. I'm going to be doing some of the organizational stuff on the next roadshow so I'll...
  • Vista RC2 now on TechNet and MSDN subscriber sites.

    If you have a subscription to MSDN or to Technet , you'll be pleased to know that RC2 was made available on both sites overnight simply go to http://technet.microsoft.com or http://msdn.microsoft.com and click Manage My Subscription on the right hand...
  • Get Safe On-line

    Steve is off working on Get Safe On-line this week. The BBC reports a government sponsored survey released to coincide with the push says 21% of people felt most at risk of "net crime" compared with 16% who were most afraid of being burgled. When I...
  • Vista RC-2 availability

    We have put RC-2 on the Vista download site . It has not yet appeared on the MSDN and Technet member sites, although we have said it will do, so expect it to appear there in the next day or two. Technorati tags: Microsoft , Windows , vista , (windows...
  • Tech-ed IT Forum: It's a sell out.

    I remember the first time I saw the comedian Eddie Izzard perform live, he walked onto the stage in Oxford, and looked around the audience. There wasn't a single empty seat. He said "I've sold out! People always say 'Stay true to yourself and never sell...
  • IE 7 is coming. Are you ready ?

    Back in July, we announced that that IE 7 for Windows XP will be pushed out using Windows update. Since IE7 is bound up with Windows Vista, the release of IE7 for XP will happen at about the same time as Vista releases to manufacturing. A few weeks after...