James O'Neill's blog

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

Blogs

  • Where Microsoft went wrong with Vista

    As I mentioned in my last post I've made my way to Microsoft HQ with a Visit to Canada on the way; this meant flying out through Heathrow Terminal 5. T5 got off to a bad start, and we made contingency plans for lost luggage, delays etc. The reality: the...
  • Expensive Hypervisors - a bad idea even if you can afford them

    There's a saying in politics People will fall more easily for a big lie than for a small one*. I think someone at VMware has picked this up because they're trying a really big lie . VMWare doesn't need memory. Or to quote the post more precisely: VMware...
  • What do people really think of Vista - Mojave

    Unless this is the first post you've read here you'll know that I like Windows Vista, not because I work for Microsoft but on it's own merits. (I'm sure I've said before I work for Microsoft because I like the products and the thinking behind them , not...
  • Privacy again

    I've managed to get a lot of my concerns about privacy down to a simple statement. "Databases of everything" worry me. Where we've been, what we've bought, who we've associated with. I alluded to a conversation I was in last week where we talked about...
  • VMware - running hot enough to cook the figures

    It's quite amusing to see the VMware blogger ( Citrix's blog names him as Eric Horschmann) has come back with a screen full of algebra to try justify it the post I commented on yesterday   VMware VI3 foundation VMware VI3 enterprise Free Hypervisor...
  • I-phone... I don't like to say I told you so.

    Aargh. I just broke one of the cardinal rules. Never say anything you don't beleive to be true. I love to say "I told you so". I read Chris Case's break-up note to his I-phone with great amusment. I wonder if Ben (who has left a void in a village...
  • On the superiority of Windows vista.

    One of the ways to divide I meet is break them into the "Stallers and Installers". I meet plenty of people who have installed are running Windows Vista. No OS is perfect, but those who have made the move to Vista seem to be happier there than they were...
  • Thames Valley Park* ...

    In my quest trying to find something for an earlier post, I found this image which was too good not to share. In the Credits was a link to Janina Köppel's Excellent SP-Studio site. It's done in flash, which proves that although flash is often put to bad...
  • Microsoft and VMware and approaches

    We're two dates into our roadshow and I've twice been asked to do a comparison of VMware and Microsoft in the high availability area. So lets go back to basics a second. Microsoft is involved in lots of areas of software, covering: Operating Systems,...
  • Things that suck / Things that rock

    I think everyone knows the saying an optimist says the glass is half full, and a pessimist says it is half empty. A cynic says it doesn't matter what you call it, it still contains the same amount. A PR person will tell you it matters a lot whether...
  • Scaling Hyper-v.

    A couple of Stories have been doing the rounds on our internal Virtualization discussions. One was headed "HOLY COW HYPER-V VIRTUALIZING MICROSOFT.COM!!!!!!" (and before anyone wonders if this is breaking something internal to the world, it...
  • It's 1986 all over again.

    A few minutes before yesterday's race in the Brazil began, I had a bad feeling about how the Formula one world championship would end. I know my F1 history (Recently I correctly dated each car in a display of F1 cars from the 1980s and 90s: to the shock...
  • Drilling into ‘reasons for not switching to Hyper-V’

    Information week published an article last week “ 9 Reasons why enterprises shouldn’t switch to hyper-v”. The Author is Elias Khnaser, this is his website and this is the company he works for .  A few people have taken him to task over it, including...
  • Thoughts on uses of YouTube … and virtualization

    I’m taking a breather from re-recording the voice track for a Video on Live Migration in Hyper-V. When it’s done it will end up on YouTube. Now YouTube is giving me pause right now: it is certainly the easiest way to put up videos so that people can find...
  • My life in a bag

    I have became a crime statistic. It was only a bag. And I didn’t realize the significance it had until it was gone. Jerry gave out laptop bags as a thank you: working with him and that group of people was the best aspect of that stage of my life, so the...
  • Customizing the Windows 7 logon screen: no additional tools required

    A few of people have noticed that I’m running Windows 7 with a customized logon screen, and a couple of them asked me if I used “logon studio” which (as I understand it) rummages round inside some of the image resources buried in DLL files. In Windows...
  • PCs and Macs. And smartphones.

    Having had a go at Google, I suppose it's time to look at Apple. Odd as it may sound Microsoft people don't dislike Apple. iPod's market penetration among Microsoft employees is probably higher than the population as a whole. Ask many of us what hardware...
  • Free LCS exam voucher ....

    I clean forgot to blog about this on my return from tech-ready. I blame the jetlag...  Last year I helped with the work around the release of the Live Communications Server Exam - I mentioned this exam a while back , and thankfully I passed the beta...
  • What's your job title ?

    I hate it when a web site demands you register and asks you for everything from your date of birth to your shoe size. And I'm painfully aware that some Microsoft sites are part of this tendency. We do try group people in some broad buckets either to send...
  • Testing Windows 7 on a Laptop ? Try this

    One of the things which comes up from time to time is people saying “I don’t get as much battery life with this new OS as I used to … ” sometimes it is down to the configuration of the OS or its behaviour , but often it is due to the battery aging. In...
  • 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...
  • Trains, planes and automobiles.

    The last person I punched was a schoolboy. Before you report me for child cruelty, I should point out that I was a schoolboy myself at the time, and that makes it at least a quarter of a century ago. As befits someone who went on to work in IT punching...
  • Ferrari International Assistance does it again

    It's amazing. I don't normally link to ITV's web site, but if you go here , make sure you're on the Belgium GP page and click the Spa controversy link (assuming you're in the UK), At 18 seconds into the video you can watch a silver car get past a red...
  • It's rude to laugh at other people's misfortunes - even VMware's

    That was one of my mother's regular sayings when I was young. OK Not the bit about VMware. So I didn't laugh when I saw a thread on VMware's community forum entitled BIG bug in ESX 3.5 Update 2 - If you're using 3.5u2 read this now! - A general system...
  • Ferrari International Assistance

    " Ferrari International Assistance " , the FIA, the governing body of Motorsport, appear to be out of their minds . Anyone who can see the sense in the following, please post a comment. Someone in Team A sent someone in Team B a lot of information...