Vista: "After Hours" Thoughts and Feedback

I'm writing this on the way back from sunny Leeds where Matt and I went freestyle with the demos and unleashed a load of cool technology upon an unsuspecting audience.  We went at quite a pace because we had so much to cover and I wanted to let you know about all the stuff we talked about because there was no information available in the slides (being 99.99% demo and all).

Here's what we covered:

  •  Session 1: Vista out of the Box
    • Vista Search - documents, emails, photos, movies
    • Tagging, meta data
    • Home Server
      • Users
      • Backup
      • Disk Spanning
      • Remote Access
      • Network Health
    • Managing media and publishing
      • Importing photos
      • Movie Maker
      • DVD Maker
    • Backup & Restore
      • Volume Shadow Copy
      • File & Folder Backup
      • Complete PC Backup
    • Network & Sharing Center
      • Network Location Awareness
      • Diagnosis of networking stack
      • Configuration of network settings
      • Network Map
      • USB Key
    • Parental Controls
      • UAC
      • Web Filtering
      • Game Rating and Restrictions

Phew! 🙂  Then we talked about:

  • Session 2: Vista Extended
    • SideShow
      • What is it?
      • Devices
        • Photo Frame
        • SideShow Bag
      • Gadgets
        • Email
        • RSS
    • Media Center
      • SideBar Gadget
      • Media Center - what is it?
      • Remote Control
      • Recorded TV
      • Recording a Series
      • Live TV
      • Music
      • Photo Slideshow
      • RSS Reader
      • Email
      • Games
    • Xbox 360
      • Interface
      • Xbox Live
      • Media Center Extender
      • Zune Connection
      • Streaming from Home Server
    • Gaming
      • Crossfire for Vista
      • Halo 2 on Vista
      • Xbox vs PC head-to-head with "Shadowrun"
    • Live Maps
      • Touring the globe with Virtual Earth and Xbox Controller

We got lots of questions throughout the sessions (we were kind of expecting that) and I noted down the following things I have to go and find out for you guys:

  • OneCare Backup - how does this work/complement Vista Backup
  • NT Backup Utility - support for tape?
  • Home Server centralised Parental Controls
  • Parental Controls - Time Zone workaround, does it work?
  • Can you add wildcards in the Web filter in parental controls?
  • Sky integration with Media Center

If I've forgotten anything then let me know - we were asked alot of questions and I might have forgotten some - if that's the case then please let me know.

We'd love to hear your feedback from the event so we can tailor it better for next time, and if this is the kind of thing you want to see more of from Microsoft then let your feedback scores do the talking!

Any questions the feel free to drop me a line via the contact page...

Comments (10)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Firstly, a MASSIVE thanks to everyone who came along to the 2 events that James and I put on last week

  2. Anonymous says:

    Reading last night – phew what a gig… By the end it was pretty warm in the room sorry about that –

  3. Anonymous says:

    Having talked about Home Server in our recent Vista After Hours events I was pleased to come across this

  4. Anonymous says:

    A little while back we dreamed up a session to look at what you do can do with Vista when the day job

  5. james says:

    Sure i’ll get someone to send some stuff out to you.



  6. james says:

    Thanks Neil!

    I have to say it was rather satisfying filling Matt full of lead 🙂  I always try and have the last laugh!

    The demo machines we had included a rather tasty Sony Vaio VGN-SZ3XWP with Intel Core Duo @ 2Ghz with 2GB of RAM.  My pride and joy Media Center is as follows:

    Product Number SST/LASCALA/LC13S/SL

    Product Desc. Sstone SIL LC13S LASCALA D/TOP

    Quantity       1

    Price Each     60.99

    Serial Number 558844955

    Product Number GIGA/965P-DS4

    Product Desc. Gbyte 965P-DS4 s775 Conroe

    Quantity       1

    Price Each     88.55

    Serial Number 028945520

    Product Number SEAGATE/ST3500630AS

    Product Desc. 500G Seagate SATA2 ST3500630AS

    Quantity       1

    Price Each     79.89

    Serial Number 569062165

    Product Number GIGA/NX73T256PRH

    Product Desc. 256M GBYTE 7300GT NX73T256PRH

    Quantity       1

    Price Each     45.99

    Serial Number 528935125

    1 x Antec NeoHE 430W Modular ATX2.0 PSU 80mm low speed/noise fan  @ £40.50(47.59) each.

    1 x Intel CPU Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz 1066FSB LGA775 2MB cache Retail inc.Fan (3yr Manufacturers Warranty)  @ £117.99(138.64) each.

    1 x OCZ® Platinum Series 2GB DDR2 PC6400 800Mhz, Dual Channel Kit with Platinum Heatspreader  @ £115.50(135.71) each.

    plus a Haupagge Double Digital Tuner ~£50

    So in total I spent about 650 quid on the machine, but then I also bought some nice silent fans that cut down the noise nicely.

    Hope this helps



  7. Anonymous says:

    Just a quick update, tickets are going fast for the Vista: After Hours events, but you still have a chance

  8. Neil Brenner says:

    Excellent presentation. Many thanks for your time and efforts.  Opened my eyes as to what Vista can do.  Tell me, though, what sort of spec was the laptop you used for the demonstration, I can’t get Vista to fly like that on any of the many PC’s we have here.

    Very very much enjoyed the show.  And killing Matt on Halo was a bonus. That wiped the smile of his face 😉

    Glad to see our photo’s that George took have not been uploaded to here.

  9. Simon Painter says:

    Really good event. MS should consider doing a similar event showing the cooler side of Vista in the workplace and the interoperability with other new products like the new office suite, ex07 and Longhorn Server.

  10. sandra wilson says:

    I am sorry i couldnt make the meeting i understand you gave out some literature, mags etc is it possible to have thoses sent out to me.

    IF possible please send to

    sandra wilson

    Artistic Strokes

    21 shillbank view


    west yorkshire

    wf14 0qg

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