James O'Neill's blog

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

November, 2006

  • Almost an entry from the "thank heavens for that" file. Vista Licence terms

    Sitting in my drafts folder in Windows live writer is an entry called "Lies, virtual lies and slashdot postings" ... You can read our retail license terms online. MSDN, Technet, and volume licenses have different agreements. We posted the Vista license...
  • Getting started with Windows PE

    One of the tools you'll need to get to grips with if you are going to support or deploy vista is Windows PE - the pre Installation environment. In order to get a copy to work with, you need to Install the Windows Automated Installation Kit. This is keeping...
  • Customizing Windows PE

    In "Getting started with Windows PE" I said that (once you have got the Windows AIK) the stages were Copy the Windows PE source files somewhere, Customize Windows PE Put it on a bootable USB key or make an ISO and burn that to a CD Stage 1 uses Copype...
  • Royal Bank of Scotland (and Natwest) just missed my business.

    [Note: the information below was correct when it was published, please read the update at the end] You can judge my loyalty to the Williams F1 team by the fact that - after several miserable years of results, I still call myself a fan. Williams' main...
  • My Account: Switched

    When I posted about Vista RTM ( Trolls: Slain, Lake: crossed, Mountain: climbed, Vista: Released. ) I said it wasn't connected with the NatWest Adverts In the current one a woman walks round town (stopping for a beauty treatment with free Coffee: I know...
  • The customers you don't want.

    About 1999 someone from Microsoft sent me a cassette tape of a talk called "Selling Consultancy services" and the guy giving the talk threw out a question. "We and our customers both want exactly the same thing. What is it ?" And you could hear...
  • On QuickTime....

    I've just mentioned a post by Robert Scoble, and I mentioned Photosynth a couple of weeks ago. Before I went to Barcelona, I downloaded Scoble's video showing Photosynth - it was in QuickTime .MOV format and I hadn't put QuickTime onto the build of Vista...
  • Is Novell our Eurasia ?

    Most people, I think, know that Hamlet does not say "Alas Poor Yorick, I knew him well", and Mae West never said "Come up and see me some time". When I was active in Microsoft's private trainer newsgroups, a misquote from George Orwell would come up frequently...
  • Open Specification Promise.

    In a previous posting I've talked about adobe and their DNG (Digital Negative) format. I said at the time 'A few people were suspicious of Adobe's motives for DNG, but their licence "grants all individuals and organizations [the right] to make, have made...
  • How much spam ?!?

    Here's a question for you. How much of the mail that comes to Microsoft is spam ? 50% ? Microsoft is a well know company and we publish a lot of our addresses, so its probably a bit worse than you'd expect... 60% ? This morning I was doing an interviewing...
  • Trolls: Slain, Lake: crossed, Mountain: climbed, Vista: Released.

    A couple of hours ago Jim Alchin , sent a mail which begins Today we are announcing the Release to Manufacturing of Windows Vista. The first high point that Jim calls out is "This is the first time we’ve supported a broad array of product skus to help...
  • Back from Barcelona.

    A non technical post ... normal service will be resumed shortly. I've been to a couple of Tech-eds and IT forums (fora ? ) before but this one was a whole new experience, mostly because of the work Steve and I are doing for the Virtual side ; which meant...
  • Huskies, Cats ... oh and a whale for good measure.

    My Colleague Mike Pallot keeps an interesting blog, which I'm slightly ashamed to say I found by accident : a recent entry got me to do a test of my "Personal DNA" which comes back with saying I'm a ... Most of Mike's stuff is about High Performance...
  • Photosynth

    Dreadful timing for me, because I really want to be honing the presentation I'm doing later today - but I was up late looking at this and it still feels exiting. So here's a problem that's always bugged photographers: You can only get so much in a...
  • Change the world or go home ?

    Hugh Mcleod's cartoon has a bit of a following in Microsoft, (it's only a matter of time before we see it on T-Shirts round here). I like it because I like ambiguity in pictures, slogans and the like and Hugh gives 5 possible meanings on his blog . I...
  • Vista Automated Installation Kit (and Windows PE) now available.

    I'm indebted to Mikey for letting me know that we have now published the kit here. It's in 3 parts at the moment. There are, an X86, an AMD-64 bit and a Windows PE file, I believe there is also an IA-64 version which has yet to appear. While I'm tipping...
  • Exchange Vista and Office Launch (for Pedants)

    I realise that those of you who are prone to bouts of political correctness might describe me as "pro-detail" - and whose who aren't might call me a Pedantic wassname. You might register for the Exchange/Vista/Office (a.k.a EVO) Launch event perfectly...
  • More on Powershell

    Since it's the weekend I'm catching up on my reading ... A few days ago I mentioned Richard Siddaway , who is setting up a Powershell user group for the UK. Somehow I failed to mention that Powershell released to the web during Tech-ed IT forum. DOH ...
  • Strange piece of Tech-ed IT-Forum follow up.

    If you are in the UK you are probably aware of the death of the Alexander Litvinenko, and the on-going investigation into some of British Airways's Boeing 767s. It appears one of these aircraft was working on the London Heathrow - Barcelona route during...
  • The VHD testdrive programme: get your Exchange 2007 here !

    Here's an innovation. Ever since we acquired Connectix and their Virtual PC product, we've relied on sharing Virtual Machines - or more exactly Virtual Hard Disk files (VHDs) for looking at new products especially server ones. Now we're making VHDs available...
  • Got TechNet ? Get Vista.

    I'm not the first to break the news, but Windows Vista was posted on the TechNet subscriber site last Thursday - a day sooner than originally planned. This is a good time to give out a reminder about the value of TechNet, it's the must-have toolkit for...
  • Softgrid: what kind of Voodoo is that ?

    At Tech-ed IT forum I did an interview, with Chad Jones who came to Microsoft when we acquired Softricity earlier in the year. I'm was pleased with the interview because I didn't know much about the product, did my research and was able to ask Chad a...
  • Long queue for a Wii

    Every time I see a headline about Nintendo's new console something puerile in me takes over; sorry but there it is. While I'm on the subject of consoles, having seen so much about it I went to see Casino Royale at the weekend. Past Bond films have...
  • Powershell ...

    I mentioned that one of the negatives of my trip to Barcelona was not getting to sessions and the positives were all around the people I met. I was minding my own business in the speaker room when Eileen got into a Powershell conversation with a man in...
  • Some expert tips for Vista

    Ed Bott at ZD net takes us to task we get things wrong - but he writes some of the best informed stuff about Vista. I'm not ashamed to admit that his page "10 tips and tweaks for Vista Experts" has two things I wasn't aware of which I will be using from...