James O'Neill's blog

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

October, 2007

  • It's 1986 all over again.

    A few minutes before yesterday's race in the Brazil began, I had a bad feeling about how the Formula one world championship would end. I know my F1 history (Recently I correctly dated each car in a display of F1 cars from the 1980s and 90s: to the shock...
  • Windows Activation (Server 2008 style)

    One of the things we've done with Windows over the years is to try to make life a bit harder for people who pirate it. This isn't just about protecting Microsoft's revenue (or even keeping that revenue out of the hands of criminals) but investigations...
  • One of those "Oh no" moments

    Someone was asking me about gadgets, and went off looking for something and turned up a page at Gadgets.co.uk innocently in a corner is something which you'd expect to find in Q's lab in a James Bond movie, but not in the "Amuse your friends by plugging...
  • Units: introducing the millitree

    One of my colleagues has in her e-mail signature "Please think of the environment before printing this. 1 ton of paper = 17 trees". That's all fine and good. But how many sheets of paper do you get from a tree ? Indeed is there a standard for the size...
  • Post removed

    This article has been removed. The article implied a number of traits about Mr Richard Morrell which are entirely without basis. I apologise for both the factual inaccuracy and the offence caused to Mr Morrell through this article.
  • Skydrive update (and live vs on-line)

    Over on the SkyDrive team blog there's news of some improvements they've made. In case you haven't heard about it Windows Live Skydrive is our "Storage in the cloud" solution. 1 GB of storage RSS feeds – You can subscribe to RSS feeds on public folders...
  • New Live Search ...

    After a couple of mistakes where people thought they'd seen it release (when actually they'd just been randomly selected for early access), the updated version of search is now in production at www.live.com Yes. I know you use Google. For the last year...
  • PowerShell and One-Note ... No, really

    Long ago, when I had my first job in the IT industry, all the engineers I met carried hard-covered exercise books wherever they went, and I was encouraged to do the same. These days I still meet old school project managers and engineers who carry a book...
  • Software + Services - X-box live as a model ?

    We keep talking about a world of Software + Services. I saw a slide recently that talked about this almost in the form of "Client / Server 2.0" The idea went like this First we had the PC / Mainframe era. It was either anarchic on the PC or Controlled...
  • Sometimes I feel like a woman.

    No. Not like that . But every time I read about things about " What Women want in the work place", I find my self saying I want that too ! On Monday I was visiting a customer who, like Microsoft, appears on The Times' "Where Women want to work" top 50...
  • Phase one: Capture one V4 has a new beta.

    Hot on the heels of the announcement that Phase one and Microsoft had entered an alliance I got a mail to tell me about Capture one 4 beta 2 . The web site has one of the most annoying bits of flash I've seen a while. There's a control to turn the cheesy...
  • An Unhelpful mire of Marketing-speak

    I've shared the text in my post " Civilisation will come to an end because no one will understand what anybody else is saying " with a few people and they liked it... I was teasing Andrew earlier that he never wrote anything which interested me, but that...
  • Windows Server Virtualization (2008) Rapid Deployment Programme (RDP)

    Update. Some days, I worry that the things I forget might be a sign I'm heading for the "twilight home for the bewildered". RDP programmes generally take their customers from existing managed accounts, and the WSv one will follow that pattern. So I can...
  • More halo 3 picture fun

    Driving home last night I heard Stephen McGill (who's in charge of all things Xbox in the UK) on the PM programme (it's about 40 minutes in if you want to use the "Listen again feature). He was talking about Gears of War winning the Golden Joystick awards...
  • Phase one strategic alliance

    I've been using Phase One's "Capture one" software for the last 3 years and I like it better than anything else I've tried for processing RAW images. So I was interested when one of the photography forums linked to this press release . "Microsoft and...