James O'Neill's blog

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

April, 2007

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...