James O'Neill's blog

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

November, 2009

  • A Windows 7 trick for multiple sound cards

    I’ve mentioned here before background noise drives me nuts (it’s one of boxes that gets ticked doing Asperger’s questionnaires). Some noise in the office is unavoidable, but it’s long been my view that filling other peoples workspace with noise from your...
  • A few thoughts on the power of social media

    Back in the middle of October I started writing about couple of big events so-called “world of social media”. One was the reaction to a piece which appeared in Daily Mail about the death of Stephen Gately. On Twitter Stephen Fry showed 140 characters...
  • Making Word clouds (Part 1: how it works).

    I’ve been playing with word clouds on and off for the last couple of months, and finally I’ve decided the time has come to share what I have been doing. Word clouds turn up in all sorts of places, and I wanted to produce something which could take...
  • Making word clouds (Part 2: how to use it , and clouds from twitter).

    Attached to this post is a Zip file containing Twitter.ps1 the PowerShell script I use to get information from Twitter, and since the word cloud work grew out of that it has ended up in the same file. It also contains noise.dat the list of noise words...
  • The point of Windows 7 libraries and search

    In my previous post I mentioned a correspondent – his name is Andy – who’d written asking the question “What the hell is the point of libraries and if you have the name of the person whose idea they were please post it for summary flaming” He made another...
  • You can’t be a 21st century admin without PowerShell

    When I was at school my father gave me a copy of an article he’d seen at work. I remember nothing of the article itself, but the title has stayed with me: “You can’t be a 20th century man without maths”. I think even then “You can’t be a [time] [person...
  • How to deploy Windows: Windows deployment services.

    I saw something recently – it must have been in the discussion about Google’s bootable browser new “operating system” which talked about it taking hours to install Windows. I didn’t know whether to get cross or to laugh. Kicking around on youtube is a...
  • Announcing the PowerShell Configurator.

    For a little while I have had a beta version of a project I call PSCONFIG on codeplex. I’ve changed a couple of things but from the people who have given it a try, it seems that it is working pretty well. It’s aimed at servers running either Hyper-V server...
  • Shouldn’t regular reboots be a thing of the past ?

    A few days ago I linked to a post of Viral’s which showed some of the holes in the hype around Google’s “Chromium OS” or more accurately just-enough-os-to-run-a-browser.   He had an interesting link showing the work from Phoenix to slash the...
  • Panel discussion: So, you want to be an MVP ?

    Since I just mentioned Andy Malone, one of our MVPs , I should also say that he got a session together in Berlin to talk about our “Most Valued Professional” program and asked me to to join the panel, which had two MVPs, an would-be MVP, an Ex-MVP working...
  • Decisions Decisions, and “When is a phone not a phone ?”

    Someone at work (no names, no packdrill) keeps telling me I’m set in my ways, and I keep disagreeing, since I’ve always thought it’s one of my personality traits to challenge the status quo (see Apparatchik vs Autistic ). But I’ve been forced to confront...
  • How easy is it to deploy a Virtualized server ?

    A couple of posts back I showed the video of deploying an operating system with Windows deployment services. But if you have an image in a Virtual hard disk , it is quicker to copy VHD file than it is to make an image of its contents and then expand the...
  • Car trouble – a possible metaphor for new software ?

    A little over a year ago I mentioned I had taken delivery of a big Citroen. It’s my seventh, I’ve likened it to driving a church – not as a criticism but because of the sense of serenity inside, due in no small part to Citroen’s clever HydroPneumatic...
  • Windows Deployment information

    A couple of posts back I put talked about how easy it is to use Windows Deployment Services with a video to reinforce the point: some roll outs of Windows 7 will need nothing more. Depending on exactly what is needed there are plenty more tools out there...
  • Interview: Cybercrime , defence against the dark arts.

    When I was at Tech-ed in Berlin a couple of weeks ago I recorded an interview with Andy Malone, one of our MVPs, as a follow-up the session he ran on cybercrime. The results have now been posted , and apart from wishing the camera crew had told me just...
  • The nights are drawing in, stoke up the fire and listen to some senior Microsoft Execs

    My colleague Graham Watson has a secured a number of senior folk based in Redmond to do some on-line chats – which we’ve styled as fireside chats. Although the map on the side of this blog tells me I have readers in the Southern Hemisphere, but here in...
  • Saving the world, and your sanity, one gadget at a time.

    For as long as we have been talking about “Green IT” I’ve thought the opportunity to save carbon emissions by using IT to reduce travel was far greater than the opportunity to reduce the carbon emissions of IT itself. That’s not an excuse for leaving...
  • “ThriveLive! Online IT Professional Virtualization Tour

    My colleagues from the other side of the Atlantic  Dan Stolts, Blain Barton, Yung Chou and John Baker have lined up a a set of on-line sessions on virtualization aimed at IT Professionals.   They will go from the desktop to the enterprise...
  • Two Posts from Viral worth a read

    I don’t normally blog just links, but after Google took the chrome OS into the open last week I was going to put something up, I enjoyed the post from Fake Steve Jobs on the subject when it was first announced, but Viral has done a better job than I would...