James O'Neill's blog

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

August, 2007

  • Pigs and blogs and Naked dwarves (Part 2)

    I'm back from Seattle, and after my outbound trip , the return was uneventful. I'd hoped to come back with plenty of stuff to blog about but most of what I heard that was interesting is still confidential. Before I left I had time to do "the Walk of Pork...
  • Persistent chat - what's that then ? A quick guide to collaboration modes.

    Since I posted about Parlano , a couple of people have asked me about persistent chat. So.. (very briefly) most people understand Mail and Instant messaging. IM is usually 1:1, but we can have multiple users in a a chat. One of the major grumbles about...
  • Powershell to fix phone number formats (part 1)

    Peter sent me a mail last week suggesting a blog post. "You mentioned in http://blogs.technet.com/jamesone/archive/2007/02/21/the-campaign-for-real-numbers.aspx that a transport rule would be cool. Whislt I'm not yet a E2K7 user, wouldn't it be good if...
  • A VB class for EXIF picture properties - and using it from Powershell.

    I have been carrying on with my project to make EXIF data available in PowerShell. When I searched for Powershell and EXIF it turned up this Blog post of Scott Hanselman's. He talks about a "nice little photo library" that extracts and interprets EXIF...
  • Powershell and Paradigms of VB

    Since I was talking about experiences from long ago in my previous post, here's another. When I was at University one of my tutors, Dr Brian Lings, used the word "Paradigm" in a lecture. And we all went "WHAT !", and went running to dictionaries to find...
  • Powershell again. Pipes, and "This is not an output"

    My experiences with PowerShell continue and every so often realize that I never really understood something I thought I'd "got" some while back I've spent most of my time trying not to use the WRITE cmdlets to send output to the screen. After all if...
  • NSLookup, WMI and Ping - three random things from the "I didn't know that column"

    If you're a regular reader you may know that I've been doing quite a lot of stuff with powershell of late, and Ive mentioned that I'm helping with some of the utilities for the the OCS resource Kit. One of the questions I got asked was "Can we have a...
  • PowerShell to Fix Phone number formats part II

    I said when I posted about fixing the phone numbers in your Outlook Contacts that I'd come back and do the same thing for Active Directory. Richard told people to look out for that, so no pressure to get it done then... Using the Active Directory Services...
  • I wish I'd known about Get-Eventlog before

    Having mentioned Powershell in several recent posts, I said in passing I'd discovered that it had a Get-EventLog cmdlet I also talked about the problems I was having with sleep - or more to the point the machine waking up and running till it crashed,...
  • This must be hardware ... mustn't it ?

    Windows Live writer is proving popular. I've been using it in beta for a year and there are only two things that I don't like I can't seem to get a UK English spell check. The "Auto-save" feature is off by default. The Auto-save is matters at this point...
  • Quality assurance Vs Quality improvement. Which thinking do you want ?

    One of the Microsoft internal discussion lists has had an interesting thread over the last couple of days which started like this. Poster: "I know about bugs in [X], but I work on [Y] and all the objectives I'm measured on are based on getting [Y] right...
  • Windows Live Writer: Getting a new dictionary

    Adam sent me a mail, saying that he noticed my gripe about Live Writer: that it's behaviour around words like colour was likely to antagonise* English people (it would say it's behavior around words like color was likely to antagonize*). Thanks to him...
  • On Writing. And formats for storing writing. Via sockpuppets

    I mentioned the post that I lost last night and that it referred to Clive James, a writer whose words I can hear as I read them. I can't think of many others like that: I hear Bill Bryson's words in the on-the-brink-of-mania tones with which Kerry Shale...
  • Photosynth. Rocket Science ?

    I've mentioned Photosynth a few times before. I came back from lunch today to see some new collections which we have done with NASA are now live. It's great stuff. Go take a look. Technorati tags: Photosynth , Microsoft Research , Photography
  • "Vanity" searching

    After being taken to task by some recent commenters I'm a bit hesitant about suggesting that I (or others) are vain, but I can't come up with a better tag for it. I find that quite often I want to find a post on my blog. Because I often write about things...
  • "Microsoft to buy Parlano" peristant chat.

    One of the things about working odd hours is I see things come in from the US, when most sensible Brits are in bed. One came with the message "This announcement was originally scheduled to happen Thursday, August 30 th , 2007 at 7AM PDT- however CNET...
  • The power of Silverlight and Live search.

    I'm a cynic. I admit it. No... I'm proud of it. A quick search of my posts will show you I also don't like Adobe flash much. Flash isn't a bad technology - few technologies are intrinsically good or bad - but flash is put use as the technology to annoy...
  • ...I will do no work today.

    There is a Cafe which serves our building. They serve Starbucks Coffee, there's a screen showing MTV and they have all the newspapers. Most days this is a good thing. Today Rhys' story dominates the news. Sometimes when events of this kind happen Inspector...
  • Office Communications Server trial bits available.

    I had a mail from the Unified communications team over the weekend. They were happy to announce that the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Trial Downloads (both Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition Servers) together with their associated...
  • Skydrive. No, not a tie up with Avis...

    A technology which you might have heard of by the name of Windows Live Folders has a new name Windows Live SkyDrive OK making our names rhyme might not be all that great. With the active X control installed you can just drag and drop files into your 500MB...
  • One small step for search...

    I was talking to a customer (I know he reads this blog, so no names). He was having some trouble because two parts of Microsoft weren't communicating the way you'd expect them to. And I said in passing that one thing which we are unjustly accused of from...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager expected this month.

    I love seeing senior managers making contributions to blogs: it's rare that they can sustain on of their own. Larry Orecklin the General Manager responsible for System Center and Virtualization has a post on Virtualization team blog which is worth reading...
  • Seems like it was software after all... you might want these patches.

    I wrote that I blamed the rather odd behaviour my laptop was showing on some kind of hardware fault - possibly the lid switch. However a quick swap of hard-disks with Steve proved that whatever was wrong was on my hard-disk and not on his. So it was software...
  • Upcoming event on Software Deployment

    On the 28th of August we have a technet event here in Reading entitled Application Management – the foundation for desktop environments. It's a little bit different from our usual events as the abstract explains. You have asked us for more information...
  • Some useful Virtual Server 2005 links

    Robert Larson has a post on his blog to say that his co-author on the VS 2005 resource kit, Janique Carbone has posted some sample chapters on the VS community web site. The paper edition is at the printers with a release date of August 28th: if, like...