Steve Horne's Blog

  • Driving me round the bend

    So Will doesn't like filesystems much. I can kind of see his point, though being a developer at heart I'm much more at home with a nice simple hierarchical structure than a magical metadata based ether that I can throw files into. It took me a long time...
  • What turns you on then?

    So I've just had a conversation with some people who claim there's nothing new or exciting happening in the world of Microsoft technology. I'd be inclined to disagree, and I'm not going to list everything I find interesting here, but I can respect their...
  • Size doesn't matter

    Showing my age here, but I remember how enormous standard density 3.5" floppy disks seemed when I got my first Amiga, with their amazing capacity of 720 kilobytes. This sort of capacity meant you could fit huge (by those day's standards) graphics files...
  • Attack of the Clones

    I've been setting up a test network using Virtual Server, creating a base Windows 2003 template image and then using differencing disks to customize the individual machines. This creates an interesting problem in that the SID is identical on each machine...
  • Roll over Sony

    Pah, who needs a PSP when you can have an Xbox 360 on your lap! The creator of this beast is Ben Heckendorn (he must have strong knees...) NB: Cutting up your Xbox 360 and rearranging the innards may void your warranty
  • Extracting the chip

    I've been accused of sounding like a marketing drone in my last blog entry, and for that I apologise. But at least people are reading. And please do feel free to comment, I can always delete anything I disagree with :-) Anyway, this Slashdot post on...
  • And on (and on (and on...))

    So my journey of learning Monad continues, and I'm now in the realm of variables, functions and control flow. On the UK student technology blog they have a play with MSH and come up with a version of the Fibonacci function (sorry if I spoilt the surprise...
  • So many toys to play with

    Now looks like a great time to be a developer, with a whole raft of exciting new technologies coming out such as Atlas, WPF and XNA. Atlas is Microsoft's AJAX framework for delivering rich web applications, and frankly just looks a whole lot of fun...
  • Making nice

    Last Tuesday Microsoft announced the Open Specification Promise , which boils down to a permanent agreement not to sue anyone implementing web services for patent violation. This has been done in consultation with the open source community - to quote...
  • Quest for the Halo Grail

    Okay, I admit the next video's taking a little while but in the interim here's a take on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Halo style. Enjoy :-) (Incidentally, I'm trying out Windows Live Writer to publish my blog, so far so good.)
  • Off with his head

    There's an interesting video on Port 25 about Windows Server Core, an installation of Windows Server 2003 which does away with the GUI and allows the bare minimum to be installed to serve basic functions. Headless servers are something the Linux world...
  • Presenting...

    WPF, or Windows Presentation Foundation, is a fundamental component of the new .NET 3.0 framework. It offers a huge amount of potential for creating whizzy new user interfaces, but can be a little daunting to the first time developer. In this post I'm...
  • Ms Dewey

    If you're bored and in need of some brief entertainment, head over to msdewey.com Here's a few queries to start you off with: Lord of the Rings Microsoft Axis of evil iPod There's probably loads of others I haven't found, happy searching...
  • Free .NET 3.0 online training

    For a limited time only you can take part in free eLearning clincs on .NET 3.0 , covering Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation. Requirements (lifted from the site): Experience (2 years...
  • Lock-out

    So I managed to lock myself out of my flat this weekend. Whilst I was stood there shivering in my woefully inappropriate attire, hoping my flatmates would turn up before I ended up a frozen statue, it gave me time to consider how totally reliant we are...
  • Mashups?

    It's been a while since my last video, but hopefully the wait has been worth it - for this time I have voice actors who aren't me! This time we investigate the highly important question everyone's dying to know; that is - what is a mashup? (Yes...
  • I've moved!

    Apologies for the slight (well alright, massive) delay since my last post - a lot has happened in the last few months. Not least of which that I've swallowed the red pill and have moved over to developer land, as an Associate Consultant in the Delivery...
  • Learning by doing

    Whilst researching various pieces of new technology the other day someone pointed me towards the Microsoft Virtual Labs, a great tool for exploring the next generation of software before purchase. These Virtual Labs consist of your very own virtual PC...
  • But is it art?

    Got a system design you're burning to share with the world? The beauty of good system design often goes underappreciated, yet is fundamental to ensuring stable, reliable and efficent operation. Well here is your opportunity to demonstrate your creative...
  • Disclaimer

    The information in this weblog is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of my employer. It is solely my opinion. Inappropriate comments will be deleted...
  • Out of my shell

    So hello and welcome to my new blog. I've just joined Microsoft as an IT Pro Evangelist (cool job title huh?), and am now trying to hurriedly get up to speed with a myriad of new technology, in particular Monad and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM)....
  • Hit the road, Jack

    Less than a month until the Microsoft Technical Roadshow 2006 now. This is a series of FREE events starting off in Birmingham and heading round the country throughout May and June. Visit such rocking venues as the National Motorcycle Museum and Dynamic...
  • Supporting what now?

    Linux (gasp) isn't the dirty word within Microsoft it might once have been. There seems to have been some surprise that we're providing support for running Linux under Virtual Server 2005 R2 . The only thing I've found a little surprising is the amount...
  • JavaScript? Ick.

    I've decided to bite the bullet and write a gadget for the Vista sidebar. If I can figure out how I'm hoping it'll do some funky MOM monitoring stuff so you can see the status of all your servers with pretty lights etc. In reading up on this I've discovered...
  • Bloggers blogging blogs

    A few people have mentioned this Traffic Information site on their blogs. This has been created using AJAX and Atlas, and is a web application hybrid or 'mash-up*'. The interesting thing to me though is that it works equally well in Firefox as it does...