James O'Neill's blog

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

April, 2007

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Network adapter priority in Vista

    When I'm in the office I have a network cable on my hot desk and access to wireless networking. There's enough bandwidth available on wireless for most purposes, but for large downloads and software installations wired is greatly preferable. Yesterday...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sign-up for freedom of choice

    Back in February I wrote about IBM and their attempts to throw a spanner in the works for the Open XML used in office 2007 The key bits of the story are IBM has long campaigned for Microsoft to open up it's file formats - which we have done in Office...
  • MVPs and Microsoft Transparency

    The Serendipity fairy has been at it again. Earlier this week we sent out the Welcome messages to some new MVPs . Although I don't work that closely with Nathan Winters , it's still nice to see his his work with the Microsoft Messaging and Mobility user...
  • If freedom of choice doesn't do it for you how about lower taxes ?

    A couple of days ago I wrote about our online Petition to the BSI concerning Open XML, it's always nice to be noticed by Mary Jo Foley but she asks Am I the only one, in reading Microsoft's rationale for ISO standardization, who finds it ironic...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Announcement rumour

    I don't normally get involved in rumours, preferring to keep to facts, but news seems to be out at a big new area of communications. As you might have seen on Eileen's blog we kept the last big communications thing (response point) quiet till the last...
  • Moving to ultimate part 1.

    On the roadshow I've been saying how great the Microsoft IT build of Vista is. The sheer simplicity of getting a new laptop - more-or-less any laptop, plugging it in, booting off the network and installing a usable combination of OS and apps in an hour...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...