James O'Neill's blog

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

February, 2008

  • Getting to grips with Hyper-V's API

    It's only 7 months since I first installed Powershell. Hard to believe that last week I saw a copy of the OCS res kit with my name on the cover as a result of the PowerShell scripts I wrote, and worth remembering before criticizing other people's scripts...
  • Cartoons about Cartoons and presentations.

    My morning has gone to ruin, I was supposed to be doing a Live Meeting to show some of things we'd done on 2008 Terminal Services on the last road show, my plan was to record it and edit the video to give some screen casts like the ones I've already posted...
  • Deploying Vista SP1.

    For the last year I have been saying that the mentality of waiting for a Service pack is a way of thinking which belongs to the 1990s (wait 6 months might make sense, but a service pack is not the milestone it was). Still, SP1 has released and whilst...
  • On PowerGadgets

    At the end of this week I fly off for a few days Scuba diving, and shortly after I get back I have a major PowerShell presentation to do. As usual with such things the struggle is what to include and what to leave out. Do I show some of the cool stuff...
  • An interesting journey with PowerShell, GPS data and SVG. (Part 2)

    This is, I'm afraid, another of those "Wow! what can you do with a couple of long lines of PowerShell" posts. I wanted to create a Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file for PowerGadgets' OUT-MAP cmdlet to do UK county maps. PowerGadgets, as I discovered...
  • PowerShell Community Extensions

    –I referred to the PowerShell Community extensions in the last post. It's interesting, but not especially surprising to find that The Community can do some pretty cool stuff. A Community effort can encompass a lot of things, at the price of lacking...
  • An interesting journey with PowerShell GPS data and SVG. (Part 1)

    Eileen phoned me from a traffic jam yesterday. "I've got a demon in the car" she said. A little late for a technical person Eileen has joined the world of Sat Nav owners and her characterization of hers put me in mind of the personal Dis-organizer device...
  • It is done.

    Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 have released to manufacturing . Actually it caught me by surprise because I was expecting it to happen later this week. Alex Hinrichs breaks the news on the Windows Server blog with pictures of the...
  • Who makes a good decision ?

    I provided Eileen with a quote to use in the Management Excellence programme she's been involved in.  She called me a "Non-manager who championed management Excellence", and I replied I was "in favour of all kinds of Excellence*. My...
  • A presentation tip (especially for PowerShell)

    I try not to stand still when I'm presenting; stand behind a lectern for too long and you end up holding onto it , staring down and droning on to your PC. Radio Mics and the wireless presenter mouse give the freedom to stroll around the stage to my hearts...
  • Can you see the Join ?

    I said I couple of posts back that I have to remind myself that I haven't been doing PowerShell long enough to lay claim to being an expert, but I think I've found one aspect of it which might not be fully appreciated. Calculated fields can run any code...
  • Vista SP1 update is now on Technet and MSDN

    It's no use trying to pretend otherwise, we didn't do a great job on making Vista SP1 available. Some of us in the field  ( Keith for one, Matt for another, Daniel for a third) felt the heat from customers and we did our bit to get the update out...
  • More news on Vista SP1

    As I forecast when I posted the news of Vista  SP1's release the delay in making it widely available has caused some " impatience" . Mike Nash has come back with an update on the availability. Late Friday we made SP1 RTM available to individuals...
  • Makes me glad I got co-pilot.

    I recently blogged about reactivating software - having rebuilt my computer I needed to get my activation keys for Mind Genius and Capture One reset. Neither was a huge problem - a quick e-mail, wait a couple of business hours and and I'm back in business...
  • For our friends in other departments

    Ray Fleming posts over on the Education blog: he has news of the little Asus we saw at BETT , it's being sold by RM - the company where I started my career and met Ray some [ERROR: NUMBER TOO LARGE] years ago. After the cartoon I posted last week ...
  • Everything comes to those who wait ....

    Something which by turns amuses and annoys me is they people seem to have become very fond of Windows XP only since the arrival of Windows Vista. Now... I'm an old hand at this, and I first heard it when I was working to upgrade my company's supplied...
  • Testing Pictures

    [UPDATE] I've been refining my EXIF Library for .NET, and the blogging utilities I wrote in Powershell. Now I have Upload-BlogFile (on community server which hosts this blog it will only upload pictures) and NEW-blog post . Getting pictures which match...
  • On film ...

    Skimming down my feeds this weekend I found a post from Scoble on obsolete skills (a new wiki has grown up). One was "developing film". Unless you've done it it's hard to describe the rituals of processing and printing black and white film....
  • While you were sleeping ... an attack on bitlocker etc

    I'm always suspicious of people talking down security vulnerabilities, but I don't like to see them over-hyped  either; so I'm going down the former path. You are allowed to be skeptical. A couple of people have mailed me this morning about this...
  • Parkour at TVP

  • You know that Virtualization is going mainstream ...

    It's not when you see articles like this from Mary Jo   (Self styled Linux guy and VMware proponent Jason Perlow thinks Hyper-V is pretty darn good... I want to quote so much of this that really is easier for you to go and read it). It's when it...
  • Spun with Dr Fooner.

    David dropped me a very nice mail about the cartoons I posted yesterday on Wednesday, and this one came out of a conversation I had about them. I was wondering if Spoonerisms are a particularly British concept but some of the web sites I found are in...
  • On expectations ...

      my more-having would be as a sauce to make me hunger more William Shakespeare; Macbeth Act IV, Scene III You can't make people happy by law. If you said to a bunch of average people two hundred years ago "Would you be happy in a world where...
  • Recommended reading.

    Most Saturdays I freeze watching my daughter's football team. it's not so unusual. If you've got nothing better to do than read my blog, may I recommend this from Inspector Gadget about his football watching. It's good sometimes to be reminded that the...
  • Skydrive goes Live

    I mentioned skydrive a while back, well over on the SkyDrive blog they're celebrating . Now available in 38 countries the space limit has gone up to 5GB. The link for presentations on the side of this blog already uses SkyDrive... I'll must come up with...