James O'Neill's blog

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

May, 2007

  • Privacy again

    I've managed to get a lot of my concerns about privacy down to a simple statement. "Databases of everything" worry me. Where we've been, what we've bought, who we've associated with. I alluded to a conversation I was in last week where we talked about...
  • PCs and Macs. And smartphones.

    Having had a go at Google, I suppose it's time to look at Apple. Odd as it may sound Microsoft people don't dislike Apple. iPod's market penetration among Microsoft employees is probably higher than the population as a whole. Ask many of us what hardware...
  • Google stories ?

    I blogged before about Google reading peoples documents , but one of my colleagues in the US shared this with the world this morning From: Ryan Pollock [mailto:Something@google.com] Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 11:30 AM To: something@google.com Subject...
  • Privacy. And a tale of headless riders, Police blogs and security theatre

    When dealing with data privacy, we need to think about proper use of Personally Identifiable information (PII) - the kind which can be used to identify someone and which tells us something about them. In the UK, the Information Commissioner , oversees...
  • Technical Careers Showcase: an Open evening on June 7th

    I've blogged before about what a good place to work Microsoft can be. Well the Microsoft Recruitment Team has asked us to spread the word that they are running a Recruitment Open Evening on Thursday 7th June to showcase the exciting technical career opportunities...
  • Loves and hates

    Yesterday was spent on an18 hour "jaunt" to speak for 90 minutes at an HP event in Portugal. Before I left I Eileen asked why I hadn't responded to her tag with this latest meme . name at least 5 programs (web or standalone) that you love that go against...
  • Voice control ... sooner than I thought.

    Maybe I'm getting mellow in my old age, or maybe things in Microsoft IT are changing. There was a time when I really didn't think much them - directly after they off-shored the help-desk was the low point. But since then they've been doing this and that...
  • Goodbye "Longhorn" it's been nice to know you

    We have announced at Winhec the name for longhorn server. It's was tough to come up with a name which embodied all the facets of the new product. We worked hard with agencies and focus groups. And finally we've come up with a name that really captures...
  • Office Communications Server round-up

    Two sets of information have come my way about OCS. The first is the licensing is beginning to get clearer. Please don't send me questions on upgrades and pricing – talk to whoever you normally go to when you acquire software. Licensing The different...
  • ExpressCard (not express delivery), travel and Benchmarks.

    Back in March I wrote that 64 bit Vista marked the end of the line for my Lexar 32bit Cardbus adapter. It got lost in the post on the way from Hong Kong. I gave it enough time to be sure it really was lost and the e-bay seller sent me another which arrived...
  • What we do in 18 days takes Google 3 months ... and other stats

    Yahoo finance has a story "10 reinvigorating facts about Microsoft's profits." : The writer opens "I have written extensively about Microsoft's problems" ... and goes on " Microsoft last week announced quarterly revenue of $14.4 billion and net income...
  • Vista After hours

    A little while back we dreamed up a session to look at what you do can do with Vista when the day job is over. Originally I was going to deliver it but in the end we decided James Senior and Matt McSpirit would be better. They delivered the first version...
  • Microsoft Windows Server Code Name "Longhorn" E-Learning

    This online learning We are putting Microsoft Learning Resources for Windows Server "Longhorn " online. Currently there is a collection of five clinics that introduce the new features and functionality in You can take the entire collection or just the...
  • If your data is in the cloud... where's your privacy ?

    Another story which has been doing the rounds this week, has been stories that has been the rounds this week has been about a crack for HD DVD content ... Catching up on my reading I found Sharon's post Who controls your data . There are a couple of...
  • Webcasts on Certification - and 40% off !

    With all the new products which we're seeing this year, the question does bubble up "How does this impact certification ?" . The people who run the MC* programmes have put together a set of web casts. These have already happened (click to see more and...
  • Windows Server virtualization and taking a dive.

    I've spent the last few days diving. Scuba and photography fight it out for third place in my interests (after family and work). To understand the hazards involved I studied scuba accident reports, and they mirror things I'd read in aviation: the change...
  • Halo 3 - and well kept secrets

    Part of me says I should not have to learn about what's happening at Microsoft from the BBC. My dive buddy in Malta was asking me about Halo 3 and I was telling him that consumer product launch dates are known to only a very few - it's one of the few...
  • Xbox 360 - a nice surprise at Amazon.co.uk

    I've been dragging my feet about upgrading my Xbox, but some of the bearings are getting a bit noisy, and the more time I spend with Vista's Media Center the more I want to use the Xbox as an extender. Then there's the gaming side: I quite like driving...
  • Getting a better PDF experience

    Lets get prejudice out up front. I pendulum between liking Adobe products (e.g. Lightroom), admiring the technology but hating the way it's used ( Hugh has it right when it comes to flash use ), and getting thoroughly ticked off with PDF. e.g. Microsoft...
  • Microsoft Surface. Alias Play table. AKA Milan.

    Scoble had an interesting link to Mary Jo . I had seen a lightning demo of this before, but I thought it was still in the Research stage. I did quick search on the intranet and didn't find much. Then someone in the office said " Microsoft.com/surface...
  • Some interesting facts about Vista and why the logo matters

    A mail came round with a few interesting facts about Vista - which I thought I'd share with you. Sales fact 1: Nearly 40 million Windows Vista licenses had been sold as of 100 days after its January launch. If my sums are right that's 400K per day 16...
  • Doing our bit ... but wishing we didn't have to.

    One of the pieces of music I have in my car is Anne Clark's Elegy for a lost summer. One line from this is "Can you feel this pain, and keep your heart unbroken" . I'm the father of a 3 year old, so the coverage from Portugal about Madeleine McCann keeps...
  • When the police think we're becoming a Surveillance society...

    Here's an interesting factlet. A couple of miles from my house, in one of those villages with a double-barreled name which could belong to an old English actor, behind a 900 year old English parish church, is the grave of George Orwell . I've mentioned...