James O'Neill's blog

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

September, 2008

  • Need a product code name ? (Dunnington)

    In past posts I've talked about a mythical Microsoft product named "Basingstoke". Microsoft's legal folks recommend that if you have to come up with a codename for something Geographical is good - they're fairly safe from a trademark point of...
  • Lies, Damn lies, and Statistics - a lesson in Benchmarking.

    Many years ago - before on-line meant "the internet" - I annoyed a journalist in an on-line discussion. I criticized the methodology used by his magazine to test file servers: Machines copied a large file making it a test of the cache effectiveness...
  • Server Core -- Too Dry and Crunchy ?

    I’ve got a kind of love/hate relationship with the core installation of Server-2008. I love: That it has the smallest foot print (I remember the days of Netware 2.0a – 3.x – why does a file server need a GUI ? ) , the smallest attack surface, lowest...
  • Ferrari International Assistance does it again

    It's amazing. I don't normally link to ITV's web site, but if you go here , make sure you're on the Belgium GP page and click the Spa controversy link (assuming you're in the UK), At 18 seconds into the video you can watch a silver car get past a red...
  • Net maps - PowerShell and Excel

    Over the weekend I picked up a link from Jeffrey , which took me to this post by Doug . My post from Friday had already got me thinking about visualization stuff and so I went off on the link that Doug provided. A nice little snippet of PowerShell which...
  • Monday's "Get Virtual Now" event

    You may have seen that there is a big Microsoft Virtualization event happening in the US on Monday.  I'm expecting it to be reported on the Virtualization team blog , and on the Sever and Tools Business "news bytes" blog, and possibly on...
  • Supercomputers and adverts.

    One of those Saturday morning serendipitous link chains. Sometime in 1988  I was talking to Mike, one of my colleagues at Research Machines. It's impossible to keep using increasing computer for ever I said. He had 16Mhz 386 computer on his desk...
  • Hyper-v and competitors /collaborators

    When Ray Noorda ran Novell he coined the term Coopertition to describe their relationship with us. Microsoft's Kevin Turner described this as "Shake hands but keep the other hand on your wallet". We would love customers to buy ONLY Microsoft...
  • Active Directory User Group, first meeting with John Craddock and Sally Storey

    We now have a UK AD user group ( ADUG ) And they have their first meeting set for October 23rd at Microsoft’s offices in London, from 6 till 9 in the evening. They’ve managed to secure John and Sally – probably the best established AD double-act in Europe...
  • It's not about computation, it's connection and visualization

    Yesterday Microsoft UK had its company conference in Brighton, and I always have mixed feelings about these affairs. We transported 1000 people 100 miles and told and with no sense of irony whatsoever we told them about what the company was doing about...
  • Motor racing again.

    I hope to get back to the Hyper-V , Windows and the rest shortly. I read something Jeremy Clarkson wrote "It makes me so angry my teeth itch". That was how I felt after the what went on in Belgium with corrupt officials ruining things. Well...
  • IE 8 testing - part 2

    One of the things about a new browser is that various web sites expect particular ID strings to identify browsers they know and get awkward if they don't recognize the browser ID. So one of the nice things in IE 8 beta 2 is that you can select compatibility...
  • Justice evades Hamilton

    BBC SPORT | Motorsport | Formula One | Justice evades Hamilton This came in on my phone while, ironically , I was talking to someone from AMD who wanted to get involved with some stuff we’re doing: as it turned out it was a bad fit anyway. Beforehand...
  • Today's "Get virtual now event" - official information published

    The link to this story is now on the press pass home page   Today more than 20 partners announce plans for Microsoft virtualization solutions; Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager...
  • Brighton Pavillion Photo Synth

    I wanted to create a page with a photosynth embedded in it So here is one.