James O'Neill's blog

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

July, 2008

  • Where Microsoft went wrong with Vista

    As I mentioned in my last post I've made my way to Microsoft HQ with a Visit to Canada on the way; this meant flying out through Heathrow Terminal 5. T5 got off to a bad start, and we made contingency plans for lost luggage, delays etc. The reality: the...
  • What do people really think of Vista - Mojave

    Unless this is the first post you've read here you'll know that I like Windows Vista, not because I work for Microsoft but on it's own merits. (I'm sure I've said before I work for Microsoft because I like the products and the thinking behind them , not...
  • Scaling Hyper-v.

    A couple of Stories have been doing the rounds on our internal Virtualization discussions. One was headed "HOLY COW HYPER-V VIRTUALIZING MICROSOFT.COM!!!!!!" (and before anyone wonders if this is breaking something internal to the world, it...
  • Viacom, Google and the long slow death of privacy

    Eileen posted a link to a great YouTube video a few days back (words here - compare with Desiderata .) This post has been brewing for a few days - it started as one about stuff I find poignant or funny. In funny I had 2 more bits from you-tube  ...
  • You know you have been doing too much PowerShell when you translate Macbeth ...

    When you wake up with Powershell in your head for things which are not scripting tasks, as I did this morning, you being to thing I need a holiday, or perhaps "Get-Vacation -days 7" It stated with the thought that Waiting for Godot could be one line...
  • Systems of belief ... and Ray Ozzie.

    My colleague Orlando has a thankless task. We have our big training event this week and Orlando has the job of pulling together the "summit" for evangelists the weekend before the event. Past summits have made it difficult to believe in the...
  • UK Windows server user group

    The title says it all ready. Mark Wilson has created a group on Linked in to help get the ball rolling again - he explains why this was needed and what to do on his blog . Please take a look.
  • Vista start-up times

    I'm in Redmond at the moment, after a quick breather over the border in Canada, I've got over my jet lag and I'm ready for an 8 day stint in darkened rooms with 5 or 6 thousand slides, and catching-up with my Microsoft colleagues from round the world...
  • Podcast on PowerShell.

    At the last PowerSell user group kindly host by Dmity and his colleagues at Quest - Jonathan Medd asked me what we use to record Podcasts - and I raved about the Zoom H2. Jonathan is putting podcasts on his blog and to test the process he record the first...
  • How to annoy customers... e-commerce

    In a few minutes I will be heading off to a Microsoft event in Seattle, and on the way I will be taking in some diving just the other side of the Canadian border. I already know that the hotel chain I'm staying with in Canada has complimentary Internet...
  • PowerShell and checking management rights.

    Something which has come up more than once with the builds I of my PowerShell Hyper-V library has been that by default PowerShell doesn't ask Windows to elevate it's privileges - which, for example, the Microsoft Management Console does. By default it...