Another machine another rebuild and a Backup headache.

Santa came late this year, and brought me a new Dell Latitude 820. Nice. Two 64-bit cores, a 1900×1200 screen and for the first time I have integrated Bluetooth – which works nicely with my new mouse. I put Microsoft-IT’s standard build of 64 bit vista on, and all the components seem to work just…


The mouse James Bond would have.

A week or so ago I wrote about daft voices, and I feel like this should be in the voice of Sean Connery. (Which ish eashy to do. You jusht shubstitute mosht of the esshh shoundsh ….) I was given a new Wireless Presenter mouse 8000 – and it seems like one of the Gadgets…

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Another lesson in FUD, from a past master.

A little culture to lead into the weekend. A quote from Voltaire no less. I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: “O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.” And God granted it. Someone sent me a link to story “Rivals Attack Vista As Illegal Under EU Rules”. We’ve heard of…

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Interview with a top Microsoft person.

Somewhere in my “Pending” file is a blog post about working for Microsoft provisionally entitled things that “Rock and things that suck”. In the “things that Rock” column. I have to put something about how approachable a lot of our senior execs are. Case in point Christine Betts is senior director of IT Professional Audience Marketing. …

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A guide to FUD, thanks to Canon.

One of the Interesting things about this job is getting a new point of view on how Marketing and PR work – and applying it things I see away from work. I’ve seen Microsoft accused of spreading “Fear Uncertainty and Doubt” and I’ve seen FUD used against Microsoft too. I’ve recently seen a textbook example of the FUDer’s…

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Vista activation

  One of the things I learnt in the run up to last week’s BETT show was about licensing. I often joke that I have a degree in computer science, 40 Microsoft product certifications and 20 years industry experience but that doesn’t fit me out to understand licensing. The thing I learnt is that schools…

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Friday Humour

I seem to be able reduce the other members of the team to laughter with silly voices. I met up with an old friend last night and that subject came up and I explained to her that I had been known to sing Dido’s “White Flag” in the voice of Winston Churchill… When I got e-mail…


Ooops. I gave out some duff information about limiting logons

As Eileen has already said our team spent last week at the BETT show. My first “proper” IT job after leaving university was working for RM who are the biggest supplier of IT to education and I did a couple of BETT shows when I worked for them; it’s the main UK IT-in-education show and it’s huge…

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Business Desktop Deployment 2007, now available.

There’s lots of of information on the Technet Desktop deployment page. To quote from the mail I had telling me that BDD 2007 was release:   BDD is the best practice set of comprehensive guidance and tools to optimally deploy Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system. Many changes have been made to BDD…


End of an era. Apple is no longer a computer company.

I don’t know what has happened between Steve Jobs’ company and the one owned by the Beatles. It was always the case that the guys from Cupertino had to call themselves Apple Computer to keep themselves distinct. Not anymore. Scoble got it from Om Malik who thought it was of the noteworthy part of Jobs’ keynote. I couldn’t face…