James O'Neill's blog

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

March, 2010

  • How to use old drivers with a new OS – more on XP mode

    In a post a while back about Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) I wrote “I’ve got a bad track record choosing scanners” and described the most recent one I’ve bought as a  “piece of junk”. Because my experience has been bad I don’t scan much, and because...
  • IE 8 is safest. Fact.

    Every now and then a news story comes up which reminds us that if people with bad intentions, even sensible people can fall into traps on-line. There was one such story last week where friends of the victim said she was “the sensible one” – if she wasn...
  • Virtualization announcements today.

    In another window I am listening to the desktop Virtualization hour which I blogged about yesterday. A couple of hours ahead of the broadcast we posted the press release on Press pass which contained the following detail of what we are announcing today...
  • The 50th birthday that would have been

    If you believe in the parallel universes then there are ones where Ayrton Senna is celebrating his 50th birthday today, having won 6, 7 or 8 world championships.  In this one, the 50th anniversary of his birth is marked a more sombrely. It’s not...
  • Book Review: Windows Powershell 2.0 Best Practices, Ed Wilson

    Last week I watched a TV program called Michelin Stars, The Madness of Perfection it talked about the pressure Chefs put themselves under - sometimes tragically so . The presenter was a restaurant critic and in talking to one of his fellow critics they...
  • Photographic resolution and scans.

    I’ve heard it said that every time you use an equation you lose half the audience. I’m going to take that risk : In photography there are a lot of equations which come up in the form 1/x + 1/y = 1/z , and one of those is for recorded resolution. 1/Lens...
  • A FAT (32) lot of good that did me …

    First rule of blogging. Don’t blog when angry. I’ve been through a time consuming process which could be called educational – in the sense of “Well ! That taught me a lesson”. My drug regime has been mentioned before in my posts, and this is one of those...
  • Cars, social media, phones, windows media and there’s no hiding with co-pilot.

    As titles go that’s an odd one, but stay with me. I’ve written before about my Citroen C6 : Before Christmas a warning message popped up saying something was wrong with the hydro-pneumatic suspension which give the big Citroens their wonderful ride. A...
  • UK techdays Free events in London – including after hours.

    You may have seen that registration for UK TechDays events from 12 th to 16 th April is already open - but you probably won’t have seen this newly announced session, even if you are following   @uktechdays   on twitter After Hours @ UK Tech...
  • Re-post : Desktop Virtualization Hour

    About a month ago I mentioned that we have a “Desktop Virtualization Hour” planned for 4PM (GMT) tomorrow, March 18th. (That’s 9AM Seattle time, 5PM CET … you can work out the others I’m sure). More information and a downloadable meeting request are Here...
  • How to make and share Panoramas more easily – Microsoft ICE + Photosynth

    I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I was working on a post about scanned images – in fact it’s the same set of scanned images I was using in this earlier post . In that post I talked about putting Panoramas into SilverLight Deep Zoom The teams behind...
  • Steve Ballmer talks about our cloud strategy

    Yesterday Steve gave a talk at the University of Washington to discuss how cloud computing will change the way people and businesses use technology. You can watch the speech on demand here , the video is about 85 minutes long, and if you want to get a...