James O'Neill's blog

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

October, 2009

  • How to cut the crap in IE8 (IE and Privacy Part 2)

      I mentioned IE87 pro in the last post, but recently I was doing some work on a server 2008 R2 which didn’t have it installed, and I wanted to look up some data on how much less current solid state drives use than traditional hard disks. I fetched...
  • IE8 and privacy , part 1

    I wanted to talk about the privacy enhancements in IE8 , and to save you from reading something of epic length this is only part 1. First, I do know there are some poor souls out there who work for benighted organizations which can’t get off IE6 - so...
  • Can Bing do twitter search better than twitter ?

    First off to avoid any frustration, you need to set your country to United States, because this feature hasn’t been rolled out to all the baby bings. The you go to www.bing.com/twitter and put in what you want to search for, you get the most recent tweets...
  • A uniquely good day to be at Microsoft

    I don’t think you can have missed that today was the day Windows 7 became generally available. I’ve been trying to come up with some unique angle on this for a blog post and not getting anywhere. Two thoughts related thoughts I will share. The first:...
  • More on VHD files

    I’ve had plenty to say about the uses of VHD files on different occasions. They get used anywhere we need to have a file which contains an image of a disk. So from Vista onwards we have had complete image backup to VHD, we use VHD for holding the virtual...
  • Microsoft Security Essentials

    Somehow, in all the other activities of the last couple of weeks I missed the release of Microsoft Security Essentials which is our FREE* anti-virus / anti-malware product aimed at home users. (We have the more business oriented Forefront Client Security...
  • A quick thank you

    The theft of my laptop, bag, fleece, keys, etc was a pretty galling experience as I described in the post before this one. There’s never a good time for this to happen, but in the run up to our big launch event at Wembley was especially inconvenient....