James O'Neill's blog

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

January, 2008

  • Hyper-V API information on MSDN

    I've been waiting for this for a little while, in fact I had hoped to see a draft before it went public (although I wonder if that actually falls foul of the rules on not having "Secret" APIs). I could see the WMI providers from Powershell but working...
  • The Wow of powershell (again)

    I've recently bought Efficasoft's GPS utilities for my phone - I keep thinking about GeoTagging photos. I was toying with writing a GPS logger of my own, but for $17.95 Efficasoft gave me that and a bunch of other things which range from the useful to...
  • Will you be our hero ?

    I've talked about my habit of "Brutal e-mail triage" before my equation for guessing the usefulness of a mail is 100 Log 2 (1+sentences_by_the_sender) / (recipients * Kbytes * Organizational-hops-from-me) A 1 sentence mail from Eileen scores about...
  • On the superiority of Windows vista.

    One of the ways to divide I meet is break them into the "Stallers and Installers". I meet plenty of people who have installed are running Windows Vista. No OS is perfect, but those who have made the move to Vista seem to be happier there than they were...
  • Homework, Plagiarism and Intellectual property in the 21st Century

    I went to school in Brighton, and while the Brighton Evening Argus is the daily evening paper for quite a wide area, I don't think of it having an international readership. So I was surprised when Robert Scoble Linked to one of their education stories...
  • Powershell to add social bookmarking tags

    I blogged before about Lee Holmes' code to fetch and modify blog posts from PowerShell I was talking to Eileen about her experience adding social book marking tags one of the drawbacks was that she has to Post date the blog entry, and publish...
  • The Final silence

    They called me the sparkle. I was the best I worked them all. I've used that quote before . But when I came across the story of The Lone Server , it popped into my head. The Lone server is the last Windows 2003 server being used on the Microsoft.com web...
  • Inspector Morse is dead, alas.

    My respect for Inspector Gadget wavered just a fraction when he appeared to question whether the Police need to follow the law - at least when it comes to searches. His post drew a lot of comments, many saying "of course they do". We give the Police the...
  • Scotty.

    I’ve developed a bit of a reputation as a curmudgeon, although I prefer to think that I don’t waste my good opinions on people who don’t actually deserve it. I mention this because when I say that I think very highly indeed of Scotty Macleod that’s not...
  • Screencast and Q&A: Hyper-V integration components Disk and Network behaviour

    I had a really nice mail over new year from an influential IT Pros with more than a passing interest in Virtualization. It would be unfair to identify him, but I was very pleased to read "Yours is always one of the blogs I point our staff toward to get...
  • On blogging, leaking, disclosure and the like.

    It's a new year, and that always means a new start, and a certain amount of spring cleaning. I'll be blogging in 2008 in much the same way as I blogged in 2007. Which is to say mostly about the technologies I evangelise, but now and then on anything else...
  • Vista vulnerabilities - a comparison.

    Perhaps it's a bit strong to say "if complete and utter chaos was lightning, Jeff Jones would be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting 'All gods are bastards' " (as a favourite quote has it) but you must...
  • Search: A quick round-up

    I've been meaning to have a play with Search Server since Viral demo'd it on the last roadshow. We have a downloadable VHD for it with a very good walk-through, I can say that honestly because I've just spent a couple of hours walking through it. Of course...
  • Too many Gates ...

    This is currently in my BBC news feed The highlighted one is Bill talking about his vision of the future at the CES show in Las Vegas. Sadly he won't be appearing on Dancing on Ice , that's Gareth Gates. I had to open the article to find that out though...
  • ScreenCast: Unboxing Server 2008 and Hyper-V

    Jason Langridge often links to "Unboxing" videos: the idea is to take a new gadget show it and what comes with it by filming the process of getting it out of the Box. Over the Christmas holidays I recorded 4 Windows Server 2008 screen casts, the first...
  • One thing I didn't want for Christmas...

    ...was any kind of branded clothing. Since our cleaner decided to get out of the business, my shirts are ironed on a "Just in time" basis. Tidying up ahead of Christmas visitors meant moving a large pile of ironing: which reminded me just how many Microsoft...
  • At the BETT show

    One of my personality traits that makes me doubt my vocation as an evangelist is a general dislike of going to trade shows. The general hubbub being on my feet all day is my idea of purgatory.  Fortunately I don't have to stand, and the we've had...
  • One of our laptops is missing.

    A snowclone I guess, with films like one of our Aircraft is missing , and Thomas Dolby's " One of our submarines" ("One of our Submarines is missing, tonight. Seems she went aground on manoeuvres" ) something with a slightly military edge to it. The latest...
  • Getting wireless access from a Hyper-V VM

    One of the limitations of Hyper-V is Virtual networks can't be bound to Wireless LAN cards. Initially I thought this was because of the way wireless is provided via a service in Server 2008, but I've since been told it's to do with MAC addresses; wired...
  • Touch phones.

    I was wrong. People seem to get on better with "touch" phones than I thought. I understand that different form factors suit different people. Just as some want a PDA and some want a phone, it seems that some want 12 keys, some want Qwerty and some want...
  • Screencast: Hyper-v without integration components

    When I explain Hyper-V to people I usually have to spend a fair amount of time on the Integration components. The other videos in this set of 4 have shown VMs with the integration components, these Allow Hyper-V to issue shutdown commands to the OS Provide...
  • Strings, strange forces and being misquoted

    When I was in my teens, my school Physics class was taken on trip to the Royal Institution, and the star speaker we saw was Eric Laithwaite . He demonstrated a famous experiment of his (lifting a spinning gyroscope which was too heavy to lift when at...
  • Powershell interview with Jeffrey Snover

    Powershell with Jeffrey Snover (IT Forum 2007) At IT forum in Barcelona, I went to the powershell community dinner which was hosted by Jeffrey Snover. A couple of comments were made after the dinner, one to the effect that "If anyone in Microsoft has...