James O'Neill's blog

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

July, 2007

  • Pigs and drugs and naked dwarves ...

    Yes folks they're all part of life's weird tapestry as a British Microsoft employee at a Microsoft event in Seattle. After I referred to Snowclones recently it I should point out that blank and drugs and blank blank blank is a snow clone modeled on Ian...
  • OCS RTM (Office Communications Server Releases To Manufacturing).

    The news is on the Microsoft Press Pass web site.
  • I-phone... I don't like to say I told you so.

    Aargh. I just broke one of the cardinal rules. Never say anything you don't beleive to be true. I love to say "I told you so". I read Chris Case's break-up note to his I-phone with great amusment. I wonder if Ben (who has left a void in a village...
  • Why I am the one doing this ?

    A draft post which ended up going on the spike referred to Lyn Truss's book "Talk to the Hand: the utter bloody rudeness of everyday life". I'm not fan of Ms Truss, or the book - which could have been called " Talk to my bank. An utterly bloody pointless...
  • Trains, planes and automobiles.

    The last person I punched was a schoolboy. Before you report me for child cruelty, I should point out that I was a schoolboy myself at the time, and that makes it at least a quarter of a century ago. As befits someone who went on to work in IT punching...
  • How not to be read...

    Eileen asks " So how do I get my team to read my emails ? " Actually, she overlooks something very simple and important. Rule one: the nearer the author is to the reader in the company hierarchy the more likely the message will be read. If someone at...
  • When Specs go bad ...

    Something has puzzled me for years now. If I look at the properties for a JPEG image from my camera, it keeps telling me that the Flash was settings were "Flash not fired; Compulsory flash mode" - even though the flash was off. I was sure Windows XP and...
  • Exploring Photographic EXIF data (using PowerShell, of course)

    My PowerShell project for the last few days has been to get into the EXIF data which is embedded in Pictures. It turns out to be a bit easier than I imagined. The first thing I found is that the . NET framework has a "BITMAP" object-class which gives...
  • What's your job title ?

    I hate it when a web site demands you register and asks you for everything from your date of birth to your shoe size. And I'm painfully aware that some Microsoft sites are part of this tendency. We do try group people in some broad buckets either to send...
  • Why Visual studio helps PowerShell

    The next proper PowerShell piece I write should be on using it to get at EXIF Data in images. I want to share a couple of things I've learnt along the way. The fGoirst is around finding libraries. If you find anything that is written for Visual Studio...
  • Why I really bought an Xbox-360

    I know my wife reads my blog. (Hello dear). So I hope I'm not going to surprise her. There are a bunch of reasons why I like the Xbox-360 Media's great on it - though I'm waiting for the wireless network adapter It's great to have no wires . Forza MotorSport...
  • Vista's desktop index and PowerShell.

    Vista's desktop index has changed the way I work. I've stopped worrying about folders, any more than I worry about URLs for Internet content. It's either obvious or I find it with search. So... since I have all of my stuff indexed. I should be able...
  • New Virtualization blogger

    After the response I got from people who wanted to be on the Windows server 2008 Virtualization TAP programme I know a fair few readers will be interest to know that the Virtualization team's blog at http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/ looks set...
  • Digital Image Suite. RIP.

    I've mentioned Digital image suite before. I always felt I needed to apologise for not using Adobe Photo shop. As several people commented, Photoshop was overkill. Digital image suite let me Straighten Pictures which had been taken at an angle Clone or...
  • Moving from VB to PowerShell

    I'm continuing to fiddle with PowerShell . I have 28 years of BASIC under my belt Starting with a DEC PDP 8/f moving onto Microsoft Basic with the Commodore PET (hands up who remembers Poke 59468,14 and ,12 ?) , through the AppleSoft version of it, and...
  • Tech-ed in Barcelona. Book early to avoid disappointment.

    When I see "Book early to avoid disappointment" I always wonder "Yours or Ours ?" but last year Tech-Ed sold out 6 weeks before the conference. I remember asking the organizer if that meant it was too cheap or the venue was too small :-) I had a message...
  • Imagine having 580 Terabytes of data you can't access.

    I've given some clue of the problems I have managing all the photos and Videos, but I realised my problems are pretty small when I read this The National Archives, which holds 900 years of written material, has more than 580 terabytes of data - the equivalent...
  • Good news.

    For nearly half my life I've been woken in the mornings by the Today Programme on BBC radio 4 . So much of the news seems bad that to wake up and hear that Alan Johnston has been freed was fantastic. I'm having a bit of a mixed up week because my 3 year...
  • We're not afraid.

    Considering it was less than 2 years ago, I have relatively few memories of the London bombings of Thursday, 7th of July. One is that the following Monday the travel information ran roughly as follows: "The Circle, District and Hammersmith & City...