Happy new year.

I was going to call this a Pretty Good Year, which is the title of a peice by Tori Amos (“Well, still … Pretty Good year”  sounds like something you only say when things are anything but pretty good). But this has been. It’s a year of new horizons – both figurativly at work (thanks…

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CLIP and ForFiles my new favorite Vista tools

How many times when you’ve been writing a technical document have you had to copy the results of some command from a command prompt window ?  When I was looking for some information about WINSAT for my earlier post, I some lists of new vista commands. Clip is so simple I wonder why it’s taken so…

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Bootable USB keys

Since I raised the subject I’ve had a mail from a couple of people on the subject of making a bootable key. I described the steps making a USB key bootable using the Vista / Windows PE version of Diskpart. Here are the commands select disk 1 {or the number of your USB key, be careful !} clean  {Like…

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Readyboost. Money well spent, but what’s fast enough ?

There are a bunch smart ideas in Vista, and Readyboost seems to be a favorite with a lot of people:  extend memory by using USB “key” / “Stick” “Thumb drive” (what are we meant to call these things).  Of course since it can be pulled out at any time it can’t be used like normal RAM, and…

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USB wasn’t meant to be like this !

Jason is seems to be bugged by the same things as me… I got my new Pentax just before Christmas. I’ve owned three of their digital camera and each needs a specific USB cable – used on other cameras; the camera I take diving has a standard “Mini-B” and the old camera used something totally proprietary. In all I use…

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A tale of two printers and a design error in UAC

I’ve said before, but not on this blog, that the worst bits of software I have on my XP-based home PC all came with devices.It’s hardly surprising, when we buy software alone we only buy something satisfactory. We make buying decisions on the devices, not their software. I have the following 3 stinkers: Pentax provided some dreadful software with my  wrote…

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Merry Christmas

One Christmas tradition which amuses me is the Norad Santa site. This year my daughter has been watching it. Of course the thing that caught my eye was that these days it is mash-up done with Windows live local … If the US military can use it for this, what could you use it for…

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In Poetic mood today.

When I was about 8 years old my mother hung a small poster of “Desiderata” in the kitchen. I love the text, even if I can’t always follow the advice. Here’s a snippet. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to…

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Phew: EVO Launch

I’m waiting to see the feedback from the audience, but the general feeling is Tuesdays event was a success. We had two servers “live” on stage and a third in reserve. These had 4 processing cores each, with 8 GB of memory and twin hard drives. The global launch organizers sent us a total of 53 Virtual…

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Does your company discriminate against people with disabilities ?

This isn’t a question about your employment practices. In recent years a lot of work has been done to make buildings usable by wheelchair users; but how many of the people you do with visit your office. I’ve known for some time that websites do a lousy job, the most obvious case being the use…

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