James O'Neill's blog

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

November, 2007

  • You don't want to start from here.

    Holiday and Tech-Ed IT-Forum have caused me a backlog. I've more reading than I know what to do with ... having RSS feeds brought into outlook means that they accrete there, slowly I'm working through them and finding the odd gem. For example, Sharon...
  • The one hope against the database state.

    I blogged yesterday about the database stated and referred to No2ID including their example of International eBorders schemes that exchange Passenger Name Record information with foreign countries as well as collecting them One of my ex-colleagues, a...
  • What else did I miss ?

    So I said that we'd done a lot while I was away , other gems now sifted from my inbox include. As well as all the other Server "SKUs" I mentioned before , we've announced HPC Server 2008; (formerly called Compute Cluster Server - CCS) the beta is...
  • A police state ?

    I've talked about serendipity a few times before. And a couple of strands in the News today show it at work. The information commissioner has served notices on 4 polices forces telling them that some information they hold about people is no longer relevant...
  • A blog post about using PowerShell to get blog posts (about PowerShell)

    I guess the thing I like best about PowerShell its ability to make the business of getting stuff on the screen so easy. I've used format-List and Format-Table a lot. And looking for something else I'd come across the "Write-progress" cmdlet. Now ... I...
  • Virtualization futures

    A number of questions have come up in recent conversations about Virtualization. So here's a run down of what is happening System Center Virtual Machine Manager has already been released. Support for Hyper-V will come in the next version (along with...
  • It must be the truth ‘cos it’s there in the news

    I have learnt better than to read everything I read on The register . But, deary, deary me. It seems only 26,000 iPhones have been activated in the UK. That was against a launch forecast of 100,000 for the first weekend. Indeed the register paints a picture...
  • Shooting fish.

    A while ago I wrote about getting a new camera to take diving. Rather spookily one of the mails in my inbox when I got back from my dive trip last night was asking about underwater cameras , so here's what I replied about the new Canon One of the...
  • Security and blogging.

    This would normally be one for Steve, but he's got a few days away... Kim Cameron's blog got hacked; normally I'd just say "Blog hacked: Film at Eleven ". Except Kim is a big noise in the Microsoft security world. ZDNet broke the story , and the comments...
  • Confessions of an environmental hypocrite.

    I started tapping this out on my Smartphone at 30,000 feet as I headed for my fourth airport in 20 hours. From Carribean Holiday to Tech-ed Barcelona via London Heathrow (where, inevitably, BA lost my bag). With all the guilt we are supposed to feel when...
  • 7M families personal data mislaid by government.

    At Tech-ed IT Forum I went to watch a couple of Steve Riley's session, he's quite the showman, but I'd never been to watch him in action - I found he got me to think about stuff I already knew in a new way. One question he threw out to the audience. ...
  • And I get paid for doing this ?

    Actually, no. I got bribed with free sandwiches to use my lunch time testing stuff for First lego League. I didn't even know we supported these folks, but my colleague Paul Foster does a lot of work with enthusiast communities like these, in places like...
  • A week is a long time ...

    I've been away scuba diving for a week and that's meant no news, no e-mail and no RSS feeds. Turn your back for a week and things go mad. We announced Search Server 2008 ( Viral has the details ) We gave Viridian Windows Server Virtualization , a new...
  • Exchange 2007 SP1 released

    The news went live on the Exchange Web Page yesterday. Technet Magazine has " 16 new features in Exchange SP1 " the one which is of most interest to me is " Improvements to Unified Messaging "... that's all about integration with OCS and communicator...
  • Video clips - MS Developers on YouTube.

    Eileen linked to Jeffrey Snover's video in the MS Developers area on YouTube. She and I separately met up with Jeffrey at IT-Forum in Barcelona. He seemed to be in great demand for interviews, he recorded an audio one with me and has a link to a video...
  • From the "I want one of those" file.

    I was sure Scoble mentioned Eye fi ages ago .... He did. How's this for Cool. A 2GB SD card with integrated WiFi. Set it up and it sends pictures to Web services or your PC, and if it can't find where it is supposed to send them there is a 2GB buffer...
  • Linux Virtual Machine additions 2.0 .

    I had to check the URL for Port 25 in the last post (is it technet ... or MSDN ? its http://port25.TECHNET.com ), and in doing so I spotted a post I'd missed from a few days ago. The Virtual Machine Additions for Linux 2.0 download is now available. This...