James O'Neill's blog

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

December, 2008

  • Borrowing from Windows Explorer in PowerShell part 2: extended properties

    When I stated looking at what could be done using explorer objects from PowerShell I “discovered” the extended properties. This vary between operating systems, before Windows 2000 the set was pretty rudimentary, XP and Server 2003 had quite an extensive...
  • Borrowing from Windows Explorer in PowerShell part 1 – ZIP files

    When I was at tech-ed in Barcelona recently I met Corey Hynes, who looks after building a lot the labs for these events and some of our internal training too. If you were at Tech-ed and saw Windows 2008 R2 on our stand there, you were seeing some of Corey...
  • iPhone Adverts.

    Everyone knows Apple’s advertising annoys people at Microsoft. That’s partly what it’s for. And I’ve held my peace about an iPhone advert which appear to feature a faked series of operations. If you watched the ad closely you could see that a .ZIP file...
  • What will Windows 7 be like … magnificent ? The Goldilocks question.

    It’s odd to think that  I’ve been using Windows Vista as my main OS for more than 2 years. We’ve started taking the wrappers off “Windows 7” and “Server 2008 R2” at Tech-ed in Barcelona people were asking when they could get a beta, when the product...
  • PowerShell Verbs Vs Nouns

    The first big PowerShell project I worked on was to produce the scripts in the OCS resource Kit. With OCS R2 announced, it won’t come as a great surprised that we’re working on the Reskit again and I’ve gone back to my scripts. Boy oh Boy have I learnt...
  • Green IT and adding up the numbers

    I did the keynote for the virtualization unplugged tour recently, and I tried to draw several themes together in it. Virtualization is good for making IT more dynamic (and what that means and why it is good thing) and Virtualization is good for saving...
  • Borrowing from Windows Explorer in PowerShell part 3: using extended properties with zip files

    So a couple of posts back I showed a little bit of PowerShell which could create a new Zip file and hook into Windows Explorer’s object model to Add files to the Zip. There always used to be a joke about backup products .. * Restore sold separately...
  • IE Security Patch

    You may have seen in the news over the last few days that a vulnerability has come to light in IE, which allows a carefully crafted web page to run arbitrary code on a PC. I don’t assess the technical side vulnerabilities -  some of the things written...
  • Virtualization: user group and good stories

    Details of the next Microsoft Virtualisation* User Group meeting now up on www.mvug.co.uk ! Where:     Microsoft London (Cardinal Place) When: Date & Time 29th January 2009 18:00 – 21:30 Who & What: Simon Cleland (Unisys) & Colin...
  • Two more HPC events.

    NetEffect presents: iWARP Enabled Ethernet and Windows HPC Server 2008 Deliver Super Computer Performance Where and When: Live Webcast December 3, 2008, 9:00am PDT / 5:00 GMT  through Live Meeting Here ! (yes, today ! ) but On-demand recording will...
  • Grrr. A christmas present which is just going to have to wait.

    I’m not a Christmas person. Among other things I’m I’ve no imagination for Christmas presents for myself or other people. Then I saw this… Early Christmas Present from PowerShell Team: Community Technology Preview-3 (CTP3) of Windows PowerShell V2 Having...