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.


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…


How can I join the VistaSquad meeting remotely?

A couple of people have asked me this very question as they live too far away from London to be there in person. The sessions are not yet streamed though the community leaders have thoughfully recorded every session and published them to Vimeo – click here to access all of the recorded sessions – look…


Join the VistaSquad to learn about being a Geek 2.0 and WPF/Silverlight applications

The VistaSquad are meeting again tomorrow night – Wednesday 17th September at Microsoft’s office in London. To sign up (for free) simply head on over to the VistaSquad event page here. Topics this month: WPF/Silverlight Application Deep Dive (Richard Godfrey, iPrinciples) How to be a Geek 2.0 (Viral Tarpara, Microsoft) Directions to Microsoft Agenda: 6pm…


How can Public Key Infrastructure technologies improve your information security posture?

There’s a really good (free) TechNet webcast coming up on the 17th September which will be a great resource for those of you who’d like to learn how to take advantage of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in your organisation. The full details of the event are as follows “To register simply click on this hyperlink…


Alexander Sotirov speaks out following wild spin on his talk about Windows Vista Security

Credit to Ed Bott from ZDNet who interviewed Alexander Sotirov to get his perspective on the stories that have circulated in the press following the talk he gave with Mark Dowd at the recent BlackHat Securit conference. The talk was titled “How to Impress Girls with Browser Memory Protection Bypasses” which is certainly an unusual…


What Virtual Private Networking software would I recommend for Windows and how to set it up?

I was recently asked this very question and I responded with “Windows Server 2008/2003/2000 and Windows Vista/XP” provide excellent built-in Virtual Private Networking features that are standards compliant and assuming they are correctly configured can be highly secure too. There’s no additional license cost required to use Microsoft Windows VPN. In addition Microsoft offer a…


Is perception reality? The Mojave Experiment sheds some light

If you think Windows Vista sucks then I suggest you take a moment to view the recordings on the Mojave Experiment’s website – it’s where a large number of people who hadn’t tried Windows Vista for themselves were shown a sneak preview of a “brand new version of Microsoft Windows” and asked for their comments….


180 million copies of Windows Vista have been purchased

I’m not shy about my enthusiasm for Windows Vista. I have run it on a wide range of machines – old and new, big and small. I was impressed by Vista’s performance on my five year old laptop – the Operating System automatically measured the hardware performance and adjusted it’s configuration accordingly to make the…


How to re-partition a hard disk under Vista or Server 2008 without having to re-install

Following my earlier post How to run Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 on a machie that’s already running Vista/XP I thought it worthwhile to explain a nice feature of Vista and Server 2008 which enables you to dynamically resize disk partitions without loosing data. All you need to do is to select “Disk Management” from…