James O'Neill's blog

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

January, 2007

  • A guide to FUD, thanks to Canon.

    One of the Interesting things about this job is getting a new point of view on how Marketing and PR work - and applying it things I see away from work. I've seen Microsoft accused of spreading "Fear Uncertainty and Doubt" and I've seen FUD used against...
  • Another lesson in FUD, from a past master.

    A little culture to lead into the weekend. A quote from Voltaire no less. I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it. Someone sent me a link to story " Rivals Attack Vista As...
  • More on keyboard short cuts.

    Eileen mentioned something about Keyboard shortcuts on her blog, teasing me for not telling her about them, but forgetting that she and I both posted connected items in August. You can get a full list for Windows generally, Explorer, IE and Photo gallery...
  • Not the usual mobile device review.

    There's no two ways about it. I'm loving the new camera . When I'd been with Microsoft a few weeks we were issued with the first iPAQ PDAs. I've been interested in the different things you can do with mobile devices ever since, in questions like "What...
  • Vista Backup ...

    It's quite impressive how many different sorts of backup we've put into Vista, and the launch of home server adds another one. You can: Image your machine using imageX: this is really geared to installing or reinstalling, but you can use a WIM file...
  • Vista activation

    One of the things I learnt in the run up to last week’s BETT show was about licensing. I often joke that I have a degree in computer science, 40 Microsoft product certifications and 20 years industry experience but that doesn’t fit me out to understand...
  • Friday Humour

    I seem to be able reduce the other members of the team to laughter with silly voices. I met up with an old friend last night and that subject came up and I explained to her that I had been known to sing Dido's "White Flag" in the voice of Winston Churchill...
  • The first Windows Vista "Ultimate Extras"

    Darren blogged about Bill Gates Keynote at CES , which I watched at home last night. In passing was they mentioned first 2 "Ultimate Extras " . Vista ultimate, has a section in Windows update for "Ultimate extras". The first two will be Motion Desktop...
  • Another machine another rebuild and a Backup headache.

    Santa came late this year, and brought me a new Dell Latitude 820. Nice. Two 64-bit cores, a 1900x1200 screen and for the first time I have integrated Bluetooth - which works nicely with my new mouse. I put Microsoft-IT's standard build of 64 bit vista...
  • End of an era. Apple is no longer a computer company.

    I don't know what has happened between Steve Jobs' company and the one owned by the Beatles. It was always the case that the guys from Cupertino had to call themselves Apple Computer to keep themselves distinct. Not anymore. Scoble got it from Om Malik...
  • Interview with a top Microsoft person.

    Somewhere in my "Pending" file is a blog post about working for Microsoft provisionally entitled things that "Rock and things that suck". In the "things that Rock" column. I have to put something about how approachable a lot of our senior execs are. Case...
  • Ooops. I gave out some duff information about limiting logons

    As Eileen has already said our team spent last week at the BETT show . My first "proper" IT job after leaving university was working for RM who are the biggest supplier of IT to education and I did a couple of BETT shows when I worked for them; it's the...
  • The mouse James Bond would have.

    A week or so ago I wrote about daft voices, and I feel like this should be in the voice of Sean Connery. (Which ish eashy to do. You jusht shubstitute mosht of the esshh shoundsh ....) I was given a new Wireless Presenter mouse 8000 - and it seems like...
  • Business Desktop Deployment 2007, now available.

    There's lots of of information on the Technet Desktop deployment page. To quote from the mail I had telling me that BDD 2007 was release: BDD is the best practice set of comprehensive guidance and tools to optimally deploy Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft...
  • A good day to be a fake doctor ...

    I mentioned we had something big planned for the CES show in Vegas, and that something is Windows Home Server. There was a nice teaser site, The Center for Digital Amnesia Awareness which now has the information on it. On 10 has a video which explains...
  • Microsoft at CES

    The Consumer electronics show starts in Las Vegas on Monday. The internal rumor mill has been going crazy and we've been told not to blog about .... well I can't tell you what obviously. Bill Gates is delivering a keynote speech on Sunday night - 6:30PM...