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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

October, 2006

  • Windows Experience Index - 4.2 - on a laptop!

    Can you beat this? An index score of 4.2 on a laptop!!! Do you to know which laptop I used to achieve this score? Well, here you are... Say hello to the Alienware Aurora m9700 - quoted as being the Ultimate Gaming Notebook, with 1gb of graphics...
  • Partitioning Vista...

    Say you've got a nice new machine, with a 100gb hard disk, efficiently running Windows XP, but what if, for one reason or another, you want to split that hard disk into multiple partitions. What are some of the reasons you would want to create multiple...
  • 1080p on Xbox 360! It's True, HD...But with component video?

    Well, kind of Woo Hoo - I don't have a 1080p TV, but still, it's a move in the right direction, right! Woo Hoo! 1080p support is just one of the new features in the latest Xbox Live Dashboard Update - the full list can be found here . Some of the features...
  • Caption Competition - Time for a chuckle...

    Completely Vista-unrelated (but it is still technology!), yet when I saw this, I had to make sure you guys saw it too. I stumbled upon it when reading my RSS feeds - it's taken from Technology Filter , and is apparently an "early prototype" of a gaming...
  • Running Virtual Server on Vista

    Here at Microsoft, there are regular questions flying around about the settings needed to run Virtual Server on Vista. Many people think they have set it up correctly, only to be presented with problems such as not being able to load the admin page etc...
  • Hot Stuff! - Add-Ons for Internet Explorer...

    So, you've just heard that Internet Explorer 7 is available for a free download, right here, right now . But then what? What else can you do with it, apart from the cool stuff that you get right out of the box? Well, check out this little goldmine, over...
  • Microsoft and Zend Announce Technical Collaboration

    There has just been an announcement detailed on the Microsoft PressPass and also the http://port25.technet.com/ sites, providing details on the Technical Collaboration between Microsoft and Zend Technologies. This collaboration, announced at the Zend...
  • Confused by BitLocker?

    (Click image to Enlarge!) If you are confused by this new term, BitLocker, well, don't worry, because you are not alone. In a nutshell, BitLocker is a new data encryption technology that is built into both the Enterprise and Ultimate versions of Vista...
  • Blinkx and you'll miss it!

    Now, you may (or may not!) have heard about a certain $1.65billion deal uniting a certain search company (OK, among other things...) and a certain video site, but, that isn't the only video related deal that has taken place over the last few days. " On...
  • Defragmenting Vista....

    Following up on my post the other day, about partitioning and disk management in Vista , so I thought I'd build on that by revealing a little tool that a colleague has found, that you may find useful. Now, before you fly off the handle, judging by the...
  • Windows Media Player 11 - Alive and Kickin'

    It's been coming for a while , and for those of you using Vista, you've had the pleasure of it for a long time now, but Windows Media Player 11 is finally here, and, in my opinion, its a huge step up from WMP10. I posted a while back, when the Beta 2...
  • Centro on TAP...

    As we all know, there is a large number of products out there that serve small businesses, and large enterprises, but often lost in the middle is the mid-size business, with 25-500 PCs and usually just a few IT staff to keep all aspects of the business...
  • Canis Canem Edit a.k.a. Bully

    This morning, I was listening to the radio on the way to work and on came the news report - who was in the headlines again? Our good friends 'Rockstar', creators of the Grand Theft Auto series, Manhunt, and more recently Table Tennis (Ping-Pong to me...
  • Vista Boxes: You gotta love those curves...

    Forget J-Lo, check out these curvy beauties: At least we have a box that represents the style of the product! It's a cool product when installed, so why shouldn't it have a cool box to sit on the shelf! From the pictures over on the MS.com image site...
  • It's coming....IE7 I mean!

    I was reading Mr Overton's blog a week or so ago, and found a great post about the upcoming release of Internet Explorer 7. Did you know that the final release of IE7 is going to be available this month to download? Did you also know that, after a few...
  • Could I interest you in Vista 5744 a.k.a RC2?

    *** Update 11/10/2006 *** - Unfortunately, Vista 5744 downloads for the Customer Preview Program (CPP) have now closed and the links are no longer active. We were bowled over by your response to RC2 -- in fact, we hit our download target (200K+) within...
  • Vista and Office 2007 - Upcoming Events (UK)

    Envisioning Session (Vista & Office 2007) This half day session is to help ISV's better understand the positive impact Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office System can make on their solutions. Who: These sessions are for Business Decision Makers...
  • Yesterday: It's Coming. Today: It's Here!!!

    That's right, Internet Explorer 7 was coming quicker than I thought! It's available now for download ! Unfortunately at present, the download is only available in English, but other languages will be available soon. As I mentioned a few days ago ,...
  • Virtual Labs - Exchange, Vista and Office...

    So, you've heard about this three-headed beast on the horizon, which really is going to change the way we work, but you haven't had the chance to install it, don't have any spare hardware to test it on, or, you just don't want to install it yet. What...
  • Windows Vista Demo's

    About a week ago, I stumbled upon this post from David Overton , providing details of Windows Vista Demo's that are available on t'internet. They originate from the Windows Vista Demo site , and have been organised nicely, into 5 categories: Getting Started...
  • Windows Vista Tips 'n' Tricks

    Now this is a site that I have just stumbled on, and I'm not sure how many people out there know about it, so I thought I'd take the chance to share it with you! So, where is it and what is there? Well, the site is over at http://www.windowsvistatnt.com...
  • Microsoft UK Events - RSS Feeds!

    Am I good to you? I think so too! James has found a load of events that are taking place in the UK, including events on Vista, Exchange, SQL and Virtualisation, so I thought I'd take it one step further to not only provide you with the information now...
  • Sync up with Windows Mobile Device Center

    To coincide nicely with the release of Vista RC2 just the other day, Microsoft has released the 3rd beta of the Windows Mobile Device Center, so, for all you Vista users, who have a Windows Mobile device, either 2003 or WM5, get on over to the download...
  • Small Business? Is your Office Live?

    Now, if you're anything like me, from time to time you may find it a little difficult to figure out what is going on with all these 'Live' products, how they differ from the non-Live products, a-la Office 2003 / 2007 and how also, they differ from what...
  • Someone's pimp'd the Vista Team Blog!

    Just over a week ago, I spent a good 39 minutes sprucing up my blog, with a nice new headline image, a new background colour, and I even had to re-align some of the text, but those geezers over at the Windows Vista Team Blog have only gone and made their...