Join us to discuss Windows Live Mesh and the Cloud ** amended to add James Senior’s bio

If you’d like to join us please edit the wiki to add your name – that way we’ll have a good idea of how many people to expect. Where: The Coach and Horses pub, 29 Greek Street, Soho, London W1V 5LL      When: 11th December from 6pm to 8pm (and onwards for anyone that fancies it) Who’d…


Happy Birthday to Windows!

  Windows 1.0 was released on 20th November 1985 hence it’s twenty three years old today! There’s a great write up on TheRegister which includes a link to the pcmuseum – it’s a third party site which runs through a summary of the releases of Windows incuding screenshots – it’s a step back in history.


GetSafeOnline: providing advice for consumers to help them stay safe on the Internet without blinding them with science

It’s the fourth annual GetSafeOnline campaign week whereby the team will raise the profile of consumer internet safety through a revamped GetSafeOnline website (containing a wealth of commonsense “how to” information) and a range of media activity. It’s a great cause as the campaign is not trying to sell you any products or services and it aims…


How much data is CERN’s Hadron Collider expected to generate? ** Edited to correct typo **

I stumbled across this earlier in an edition of Computing – apparently the Hadron Collider “is expected to generate 40,000Gb of usable information per day” – assuming it operated at this rate for a year that would be over 14 Peta-bytes of data! I wonder what their backup regime is? Note: Thanks to Paul Steaders…


How to sort a list of names into alphabetical order

You might be surprised just how easy it is to sort lists of text into alphabetical order simply using Microsoft Office’s Excel as you can see from the screenshot below – the sort function works just as happily with text as numerals:


What do you think of Microsoft Security and Management products?

What are the first things that come to mind for you when considering “System Centre”, “Forefront” and specific Microsoft security and/or management products? What’s good? what frustrates you? Please comment to share your thoughts.  


where can I access the PDC keynote streams?

Simply browse to the Microsoft PDC website which advertises the streams as follows: “Watch the PDC2008 keynotes LIVE online on Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 AM- 10:30 AM Pacific Standard Time.  Bookmark and join Ray Ozzie and friends each day for the latest news from PDC. “


Don’t get stuck with your head in the clouds

There’s a great deal of expectation around Microsoft announcements at PDC2008 – I know what the details are and they are exciting. It’s important though to not become “blinkered” and miss the other content – there’s a great deal of great content both at PDC and TechEd EMEA that shows where we’re going with our…


It’s not what you know, it’s when can you talk about it that matters

I love working at Microsoft as I get to work on cool new technologies that can be used to help people be more effective. I am lucky to be able to work with fascinating people from all walks of life. I’ve been quieter than usual on my blog over the last few months as most…