October 2008 Entries

SysPrep usage with Vista when creating virtual machines

At my presentation last night, one of the questions I received from some of the members of the .NET Developers Network user group was whether you could use the SysPrep tool under Windows Vista. This is essential if you want to create a single Vista virtual machine image, from which you create 'clones' to support multiple virtual machines running concurrently on the same network. I googled the following post on the train back to London, http://www.windows-noob.com... so ......

Thanks for a great evening at .NET Developers Network in Bristol

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DDD7 - agenda is now live - 22 November 2008

The developer day agenda for 22 November 2008 has now been published so you can start planning and blogging about how the sessions you'd like to go to always clash ... http://www.developerday.co.... Obviously the highlight is at 10:40 where you can learn all about Virtualisation for Developers. Good news for me, is that Everest only holds 50 so no need to mic up and you get close to the audience. I remember a SubVersion talk I did for DDD2 which was great fun in that room ......

PDF and eBooks - I know it's a marginal cost but are Manning take it to extremes?

Manning Publications has a program called MEAP. MEAP stands for Manning Early Access Program - basically buying a book as a PDF before the paper version is published, in fact, before it is even finished. Good for new technologies like ASP.NET MVC of Silverlight. Now I know that electronic versions have a marginal cost compared to paper versions, but Manning are taking this to extreme levels; In April, I bought the MEAP title, The Art of Unit Testing, $24.99 By August, the completion of The Art Of ......

DDD7 - Virtualisation for Developers - see Liam speak on 22 November 2008 (UK)

Thanks to everyone who voted for my 'Virtualisation for Developers' session at DDD7. I'm really looking forward to giving the presentation and by the end of November I should have some Hyper-V experiences to include as well as covering Virtual PC, Virtual Server, VMWare and VirtualBox. What DDD7 (www.developerday.co.uk) When Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 9:00 to 17:00 Where Microsoft Thames Valley Park Reading, Berkshire RG6 1WG England I would advise anyone who is keen to attend DDD7 keeps an eye ......

MSDN renewal pricing (UK)

It’s that time of year again for my company. The decision has to be made on renewing my MSDN subscription. Actually it’s been two years since I made that decision as the last time I renewed my MSDN Universal became a Visual Studio Team System for Software Developers with Premium MSDN subscription (thank you, Redmond marketing department), purchased as a two year eOpen license. In my cash flow projections for my company, I have roughly £1,000 + VAT pencilled in for my MSDN license. It hurts a bit, ......

3G Mobile broadband - it's here and it's good

Some months back I bought a HP 6910p laptop which included a HSDPA card, and it even came with a Vodafone SIM. I did look at the data plan from Vodafone; £15 per month for 3Gb of data, with no minimum contract. I liked the idea of a larger data allowance than the 40Mb I currently have with my T-Mobile contract. I’ve never upgraded this original Web’n’Walk contract; I get 200 minutes, free answer phone collection and 40Mb of data for £16.50 per month. If I upgraded to get 1Gb of data (with laptop ......