James O'Neill's blog

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

March, 2007

  • The Numpty paradox: trying not to insult customers

    A long time ago, in a company far far away, I ran a Novell network (2.15 !). The other administrator and I checked had Supervisor powers on this network and we found that it was nearly everybody. So we removed all of them. Our director threw a fit - so...
  • Things that suck / Things that rock

    I think everyone knows the saying an optimist says the glass is half full, and a pessimist says it is half empty. A cynic says it doesn't matter what you call it, it still contains the same amount. A PR person will tell you it matters a lot whether...
  • Jon Honeyball got it wrong.

    GAG HALFRUNT: Zis iz most regrettable. VOGON CAPTAIN: A personal friend? GAG HALFRUNT: Ah no, in my profession ve never make personal friends. VOGON CAPTAIN: Ah, ‘professional detachment’! GAG HALFRUNT: No, ve just don’t ‘ave ze knack. The Hitchikers...
  • The "people ready" journey

    I'm off to Belgium tomorrow and, fortunately, I've just printed my boarding pass. Despite plans to the contrary I've ended up on British Airways. And I've had to do work with the our new travel tool. Although it is a external web site, you can only authenticate...
  • When communication about Unified Communications doesn't communicate anything.

    A year ago tomorrow, I posted something entitled "Civilisation will come to an end because no one will understand what anybody else is saying" It seems I manage to post that the Beta of Office Communicator is live, before the product team did . And more...
  • Whither (or wither) Virtual PC Express.

    I was a bit surprised to find someone still blogging about VPC Express - especially as they linked to a post of mine which said it was dead. If you go back to Vista documents of last summer we talked about this product, which essentially was going to...
  • Office Communications server 2007 Beta available for public download.

    Little more to say. It's here Documents are available separately. So is speech server Given our propensity to move these download URLs, Just be aware that if you search for it putting 2007 in the search terms narrows the hits down. Technorati tags: Microsoft...
  • On Time-zones...

    Spring is here, Spring is here ... I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring, yes I do, don't you ? course you do. Actually when I look at the weather it's doesn't look like spring. But unlike Tom Lehrer , the one thing that makes spring complete...
  • Windows Vista Deployment slides

    I was presenting "Everything you want to know about Vista imaging but were afraid to ask" again this week. The Slides are here , but the session overlaps with the Vista deployment session we've had at the roadshow, and I said I'd post a link to those...
  • Vista Squad - our newest UK user group.

    This user group is going to try to concentrate on those things which are Vista specific - rather than be a general Windows user group, and they have their first meeting on the evening of March 28th. It will be at Microsoft's UK headquarters in Reading...
  • ePHOTOzine article on Windows Vista

    I was asked a little while ago if I would answer some questions form the UK's leading online photo magazine - ePHOTOzine. Readers provided quite a lot of questions, most of which had a photography angle, and the final article has now appeared
  • Windows Server Virtualization and memory

    Mark Wilson asked an interesting question about virtualization. Would Windows Server Virtualization provide the ability to overcommit resources, therefore increasing consolidation ratios . A few new bits of information have come out since my last Virtualization...
  • 64 bit – and the end of the line for some things.

    I like 64 bit vista. It's proved be excellent at performance, reliability and application compatibility but I've already acknowledged that driver support is its weak spot. HPs drivers for my scanner don't support don't support the film scanning functions...
  • Windows Vista "breaking" OWA

    One of the things that annoys any technical person is when you get asked a question and have to shrug and say "No, never seen that one", even if you suspect there is a genuine problem. I've had a couple of people ask me about problems with Outlook web...
  • The mobility dilemma.

    I'm on my third Orange C500 phone . The first got lost on a flight home from the Channel Islands at Easter 2005. It's replacement died last November. I've got the phone pretty much how I like it. Look and feel : I learnt how to customize the screen layout...
  • Tech-ed EMEA 2007: save the dates

    Tech-Ed 2006 was a judged to be a great success and we're keeping the timing ,format (Tech-ed Developers and Tech-Ed IT Forum running back to back ) and location (the CCIB in Barcelona) Dates are Developers 5-9 Nov 2007 IT Forum 12-16 Nov 2007 At the...
  • Pentax manifesto.

    Regular readers (it seems I have some) may have picked up that (a) I use Pentax cameras and (b) I like the edgy cartoons which Hugh Macleod draws (like this rude one ), and we've unofficially adopted his " Blue monster " inside Microsoft. One of the interesting...
  • Windows Server Virtualization round-up

    A few days ago I blogged about a Longhorn Server Virtualization video featuring Jeff Woolsey. I said then that Jeff is great at being clear about what should be public and what shouldn't, " Please forward this to friends/family/customers and children...
  • Rolling your own support for 64 bit Vista.

    A few days ago someone who had installed 64 bit Vista asked us " why Microsoft developed an operating system that MOST of the software manufacturers have told me will take at least 2 years for them to support" Now if you develop a new OS it takes vendors...
  • Office Communications Server 2007 Beta announced

    I said last week that Jeff Raikes was going to make an announcement, he has. It starts: " Within three years, more than 100 million people will be able to make phone calls from Microsoft Outlook, SharePoint, and other Microsoft Office Systems applications;...
  • Getting PDF Preview in Vista and Outlook. A "must have".

    In place preview of files is a great feature of Vista's shell and Outlook 2007. The lack of support for PDF files really got an my nerves. It seems it got Tim Heuer too. Except Tim did something about it. He worked with the folks at Foxit software - who...
  • Ooh 'eck. Now I'm the blog Police ?

    No sense denying it, I like Mary Jo Foley linking to something I wrote . Although being cast as a member of the thought Blog Police seems odd. I doubt if many people think of me as someone who filters what he says inside Microsoft :-) I searched for...
  • Vista Reliability...

    Later this afternoon I'm going to reboot this Dell Latitude 820 for the second time since I finished building it with 64 bit Vista. I experimented stopping some services to give Virtual PC some extra memory, and I've stopped which ever one is responsible...
  • See Longhorn server core and Virtualization

    One of the things that people argue about whenever we discuss "blogging smart" is when it is fitting to publish a mail and when it isn't. It's always smart to flag confidential mail as such, but sometimes it's hard to tell with unflagged mail. So I really...
  • At Voice-con next week Jeff Raikes will announce...

    Er, no. After what I said about leaking a few days ago I'm not going ruin Jeff's carefully prepared keynote. But on March 7th he's doing a keynote. Our Press pass site will have information, and (I'm told) a video. This is the next installment of the...