James O'Neill's blog

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

December, 2007

  • Thames Valley Park* ...

    In my quest trying to find something for an earlier post, I found this image which was too good not to share. In the Credits was a link to Janina Köppel's Excellent SP-Studio site. It's done in flash, which proves that although flash is often put to bad...
  • Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 Release candidates

    I had a mail overnight from the Microsoft Connect service saying that as registered user Vista SP1 Release candidate is now available for download for suitably registered customers. It doesn't seem to be on the technet site at the moment. In any event...
  • USB Battery

    **Warning** Neither I nor Microsoft will take any responsibility for what happens if you follow these instructions. I am not recommending this, just reporting my experience. For ages now I've had a bookmark for a hack to make a "USB Battery" . I wrote...
  • Virtualization futures revisited

    I'm not a winter person. Things which one would normally take in one's stride become the end-of-everything at this time of year. There is nothing for it but to remind myself that the solstice is coming and read my Tennyson * to think on how things turn...
  • Slides, Slides and more Slides.

    I'm presenting (again) in a few minutes, and still have a link which my friend David sent me on my mind. (No doubt the Apple antagnophiles will pounce on the negative iPhone link on that page) Entitled How not to use PowerPoint it has a brilliant item...
  • VMware and patching

    When Steve and I were on tour talking about Microsoft Virtualization, we were asked similar questions about Server 2008's virtualization several times: "Since this is running on Windows, you still need to patch it, right ?". To which the answer is "Yes...
  • It must be the truth #2. Astroturf and a rather less green Apple.

    Silly me believing stuff I read on the Internet. First there was the The register's story about only 26,000 iphones being activated in the UK . Next came Electronics weekly's usual " Made by Monkeys " e-mail - I'm not sure how I ended up on the list for...
  • Interfaces from hell ...

    I mentioned Electronics weekly and their made for Monkeys column. Two more of these caught my eye. User Interfaces from Hell Part II tells the story of someone who bought a Moog synthesizer emulator only for it to turn up without a manual. Ooh. I once...
  • Do you trust your search engine ?

    No, not a question about the information Google keeps on you... Catching up on my news stories from last week I found Hackers hijack web search results - which was "a campaign to poison web searches and trick people into visiting malicious websites"....
  • Product life cycles (and Virtual Server 2005)

    It's always nice when someone says James O'Neill, IT Pro Evangelist at Microsoft, reveals that Virtual Server 2005 support will end in 2014 - except that then people come and demand to know why you're revealing product plans. So, lets start with a...
  • Word of the day: Schadenfreude

    Some years ago now we were visiting the a German cousin of my wife's; and the conversation somehow got to German words which are used in English. We were struggling for examples and she came up with schadenfreude If you want a definition of schadenfreude...
  • News in the pipeline ...

    Every now and then I get forewarned of some news, and with due warning not to be the one who breaks it. So I'm saying nothing, but Thursday morning Redmond time (late afternoon in Europe) I'm going to be watching these very closely Windows Server Division...
  • Office 2007 Service pack now out

    The title says is all really. Details of what is in the service pack are in KB article 936982 and the download is available here . I've been saying I'd rebuild my PC once we have the release of office and vista SP1 so I haven't been running this one in...
  • Window borders...

    My carbon footprint has got worse: after the travel of the Road-show, I popped up to Leeds last night to talk to BCS. A round trip of 400 miles. While I was there Dave threw me one of those questions... the kind where you know the answer. You know that...
  • Not dead ....

    When I put new words to the Blue monster, I used the way Terry Pratchett got one of his characters to write it. I have a shelfful of his books, including some very rare un signed ones. I like his wit, and there are some great allegories to draw on. There...
  • More on office SP1 (pass the tin hat)

    It was an interesting journey to work. Between the fog, ice and roadworks and traffic police who seem to have become suicidal of late, I was listening to my e-mail through Outlook Voice Access. The time really has come to buy myself a Jawbone headset...
  • Hyper-V BETA (not CTP) is now available.

    In the UK we take the Mickey Bliss out of the Americans for saying they are super-excited. For once I'm super-excited myself , in another Window I'm watching the build of Server 2008 WITH BETA HYPER V download from an internal server. The news is out...
  • MY reason for having Office 2007 SP1

    I've blogged about this twice already, but now it's on my system I have one bug-fix to report. I read every thing in Outlook. I don't go to blog sites to see if they have posts, I subscribe to RSS feeds, which get brought into folders in Outlook. In fact...
  • The voice of Co-pilot 7

    When I had my previous smartphone , I decided I'd try running Satellite Navigation software on it. ALK were the first to support the phone with Co-Pilot. Co-pilot 5 had it's foibles but basically it worked. It didn't work with Windows Mobile 6 which is...
  • Vista SP1 to drop "Reduced functionality mode"

    I guess I'm not the only person in Microsoft who thought that stopping software working when it seemed to be pirated was a good idea. To be honest, I still do. However, the process has to be infallible. If it's 99.9% correct and you sell 100 Million copies...
  • Happy... whatever

    Part of me wants to call out people I don't want to wish happiness, what I'd wish them is far too nasty to write at the season of goodwill to all... Today is my son's 4th birthday, and as we celebrate Christmas so close to it he has the advantage that...
  • Another year comes to another ending*.

    Eileen has made here own pick of Gimundo's " What I've learned" page (oddly termed the URL is "Thankful"... ) - though for pity's sake clicking through 700 plus thoughts 5 at a time (140 clicks) must mean she's read all the Christmas books. (Maybe next...
  • The Tafiti code

    I blogged about Tafiti before, it's had a "Halo 3" skin applied since, but you can still see the Original - It's a very nice Silverlight front end for searches done in live search. We've announced that we are releasing the Tafiti Search Visualization...
  • Office 2007 support for Windows mobile

    One of our Redmond product managers was visiting today, and since he's old friend of mine from my days in consulting we took a chance to grab a Coffee. In putting the world to rights we took in the problem of one part of Microsoft not knowing what another...