James O'Neill's blog

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

July, 2009

  • How to activate Windows from a script (even remotely).

    I have been working on some PowerShell recently to handle the initial setup of a new machine, and I wanted to add the activation. If you do this from a command line it usually using the Software Licence manager script ( slMgr.vbs ) but this is just a...
  • PowerShell on-line help: A change you should make for V2 (#3) (and How to Author MAML help files for PowerShell)

    In the last could of “change you should make” posts I’ve talked about a couple of things which turn Functions from being the poor-relation of compiled Cmdlets (as they were in PowerShell V1) to first class citizens, under V2. Originally the term “Script...
  • PowerShell Modules: A change you should make for V2. (#2)

    A few days back I wrote about PowerShell version 2’s ability to confirm whether it should be changing something . Since I was writing something which would some pretty drastic changes , supporting –WhatIf and –Confirm for almost no effort seems like a...
  • Vulcan hunting: a mini case study in social media

    I’ve described some of my activities over recent weekends as the biggest hunt for a Vulcan since Star Trek III - The Search For Spock . The Vulcan I’m after isn’t the pointy eared kind but XH558, the only flying example left of the V Bomber. It’s very...
  • A tale of two codecs. Or how not to be a standard.

    I’ve just bought a new digital SLR camera. Being a dyed in the wool Pentax person, I’ve upgraded to their new K7. Being fairly serious about (some of) my photography I shoot quite a lot in RAW format.(In case you didn’t know higher end digital cameras...
  • Release the Windows 7 !

    It’s official. Windows 7 has released to manufacturing. http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2009/jul09/07-22Windows7RTMPR.mspx   It’s official. Windows Server 2008 R2 has released to Manufacturing http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive...
  • Oink flap –-- Microsoft releases software under GPL --- oink Flap

    Mary-Jo has a post about the release of our Hyper-V drivers for Linux entitled Pigs are flying low: Why Microsoft open-sourced its Linux drivers , it’s one of many out there but the title caught my eye: I thought I’d give a little of my perspective on...
  • Tennis as a way of testing search.

    Like a lot of people who would really call themselves Tennis fans I was watching the Wimbledon final with that very long last set. I wondered what the longest set at Wimbledon was. A quick tap into my favourite search engine pulled up this page on wikipedia...
  • Seventh Heaven

    As I mentioned recently I have bought a new Camera – the Pentax K7 : as a proper photographer I’m bothered more by lenses than camera bodies and last year I acquired Pentax’s beautiful 77mm Limited series. All those 7s and a new version of Windows......
  • Update on Windows 7-E / IE 8

    Many thoughts have been expressed about the situation with Windows 7 and internet explorer in Europe, but relatively few of them on Microsoft blogs.  No-one wants to be the idiot who prejudices a legal case, so anything I (or other bloggers) might...
  • Michael Jackson memorial concert

    I’ve had a “please blog this” email: most of these get deleted on sight, but because of the unusual circumstances I’m posting this one. I’m not going to add any commentary on the Music, life and/or death of Michael Jackson: it’s all been said. July 7...