James O'Neill's blog

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

April, 2007

  • Voice command

    I'm tapping this in from the qwerty keypad on the E650 - which may turn out to be a masochistic thing to do.... My notes go into OneNote Mobile and are all bback to OneNote on my laptop. I can then hit "blog this" in OneNote: like Darren I love OneNote...
  • Psst! Want to be on the Windows Server virtualization Technology Adoption Program ?

    On Friday the Windows Server virtualization (WSv) team opened nominations for the Technology Adoption Programme (TAP) for Windows Server virtualization aka Viridian . The nomination process closes on May 16th I should explain that a TAP is designed to...
  • Unified communications team goes Hollywood

    I've already blogged about the Devil Wear Prada videos that the Unified communications team put out. Kevin who looks after the Unified communications team blog sent me this link Usually these movie posters don't get seen outside product group offices...
  • Rights managed mail. Windows Mobile 6 pulls a new trick.

    Digital rights management get a bad press. To most of us, as consumers of music or video it's something which limits what we do. We can tell right from wrong, we don't need stuff to limit us ... right ? Of course People who create "intellectual property...
  • TV Indirect to your phone...

    Well, well here's serendipity again. While Eileen was posting about " TV-Direct to your phone" I was noticing something in the options for Windows Media Player 11 on Vista, when I had my phone plugged in. There was a setting "Convert Music, Videos and...
  • 3 days with the E650 phone and Windows Mobile 6.

    Teething troubles with the new phone have proved to be pretty minor. I'm finding more things to love about this phone. I've got one major annoyance : on the C500 with Mobile 2003 I could go to Settings/Phone/Call options and program the Microsoft voice...
  • Longhorn Beta 3 released to the public

    Expect the Internet to be a bit (more) sluggish ... Beta central has Longhorn Beta 3 available for public download. UPDATE: Bonus Video link somehow the product folks found time for one It's raining beta 3 Technorati tags: Microsoft , longhorn ...
  • A new day, a new phone.

    Bias declaration: I've been a fan of Windows Mobile since before we started using the name. But having picked up my new Orange E650 aka HTC S710 codename “ Vox ” I'm left thinking " Boy oh boy Mobile 6 devices are a jump forward ". You could dismiss some...
  • Windows Server longhorn beta3 - web casts

    Beta 3 is just on the point of emerging blinking into the sunlight. We have a bunch of Webcasts being run by the US - they're all scheduled for late afternoon/early evening UK time, but you'll be able to watch them after the event. If you keep an eye...
  • Optimization - or how long will some jobs last.

    Hugh's Cartoons seem get straight to the heart of the matter. Service functions like Accounting, IT, Personnel, PR and Purchasing don't deliver product and they don't influence customers to buy it. They are there to help the others to do get on with their...
  • More information on Office Communications Server

    I had a list of interesting bits on the web in my mail this morning, and I thought the following two OCS ones were worth passing on. A 13 minute Video in which Paul Duffy explains to David Berlind of ZDNET , where we are with LCS and where we're going...
  • NTBackup - restore for Vista

    I'm not quite sure when it appeared, but this evening I noticed a link on the restore dialog box in Vista " Learn how to restore from backups created on Older versions of Windows ", there are 32 and 64Bit versions. I considered using a Virtual Machine...
  • Oops... Vista SP1 date 'slips out': Film at 11.

    As I've said in the last couple of posts I've been in Athens with other evangelists looking at Longhorn. On Friday morning one of the guys came in saying Intel's CEO has given a date for Vista SP1. So I've been trying to find out what was said. Here's...
  • Presentation skills

    I'm back from in Athens, we had a 2 day evangelism summit (a synod ??) followed by after 3 days of Longhorn training, and those of us who will be out talking about Windows Server "Longhorn" got to spend time with a top presentation skills coach who works...
  • Virtualization - 2005-R2-SP1-RC now available.

    Gee what a name. The Release Candidate build of Virtual Server R2 SP1 is now available Before anyone posts a comment, yes I'm aware that we said we planned to have SP1 out in the first quarter and it is April now, so we've missed that. You're welcome...
  • USB and travel

    In a couple of hours I fly off for week working in Athens. I've been talking to prospective evangelists this week and I've been saying we have a better work/home-life balance than some other parts of Microsoft. .I've already spent 20 nights away from...
  • Will the management sign off this new IM device ?

    OK,I'm a bit slow off the mark here but last week we announced we're linking Xbox live into Windows Live messenger.I've got to get one of these... I not sure if Live Communications Server users with Public IM Connectivity to MSN / Windows Live will be...
  • Longhorn Server 101 – what’s all the fuss about ? Your chance to see.

    As we get closer to the public beta of Longhorn, it might be a good time for me to start talking about it. I've got a ton of good Longhorn information in a Groove workspace on my laptop. They chap behind that is visiting Europe – I'm spending a most...
  • Who tells our story - we do, providing we aten't dead.

    I sometimes tell the following Joke "When people ask me what I do for a living, I say 'I work-to-bring-about-the-Kingdom-of-the-anti-christ-on-earth' and they say ' Pardon !' and I say 'I work for Microsoft' and they say 'I thought for a moment you...
  • Windows 2003 SP2 slipstreaming - a gotcha with R2.

    You know that manager saying about "Don't bring me problems, bring me solutions ?" It took me a long time to see it as "Think a bit longer and tell me what you think we should do." But in either form it's something I couldn't say to a customer. And some...
  • Vista Activation update

    A while back I posted the diagram below to try to explain how Vista activation worked. Click it for a larger version. There are two entries which are marked "due out in 2007", both of which show up on the Vista Downloads page . For KMS keys we now have...
  • Moving to Ultimate pt 2

    I can't believe I'm going to say that one of the things I get best about this upgrade is the screen saver. But bear with me. I have a post in draft with the working title " the death of order " about how good search means we don't need folder hierarchies...
  • Very much alive.

    It's been great to spend the holiday weekend out and about with the family, and I spent Saturday evening been playing with the pictures I'd shot - I can't say much about the software involved but it's very, very cool. I set my laptop to record Dr Who...
  • Longhorn server beta 3 ... nearly ... but not yet.

    Over on the Windows server blog, they've got an explanation about the build of Longhorn which has just been released, and will be available to Technet and MSDN subscribers after the Easter holidays. If you're not a technet or MSDN subscriber (shame on...
  • Friday Humour... put the computer back in the box.

    There are some bits of humour which are so well known they become the basis for other jokes. One that sticks in my mind was Not the Nine O'Clock News's parody of a chat show at the time religious leaders were outraged by Monty Python's "Life of Brian...