Home Server saves the day (again!)

There’s no two ways about it, Windows Home Server is cool. The backup system is excellent, especially the part where it only backs up identical clusters for different machines once. This means that if you have the same OS on multiple PCs, all the OS files will be backed up only once saving a bunch…

Updating file timestamps with PowerShell

I’ve recently copied over some Audible files from one PC to another. Had I used robocopy, I could have preserved all the timestamps but I just copied them in Explorer so I ended up with the situation where the last modified time was the same as the original but the created time has very recent….

Free data recovery software – TestDisk

I’ve copied across my IE favourites to a new PC knowing that I need to spend some time going through them and reorganising. There are things there that probably don’t point to anything useful and a bunch that could be easier to find if they were in sensible folders. While looking through some of the…

Ouch, hot keys!

I used to use WinKey to bind the Windows key on the keyboard together with another key to use as a shortcut. By default, the Windows shell has some "hotkeys". For example, Win+R gives the run dialog and Win+E opens an Explorer window. I wanted some extras for common tasks and that's what WinKey did….

Blogging with Subtext

Once I’d made the decision to begin blogging again, I had a look around to see whether I should change the engine used to host my blog. 3 or 4 years ago, when I made the decision to move away from Radio Userland, I wrote my own engine using ASP.NET and SQL Server. What I…

What’s new?

In the two years since I last blogged, lots of things have changed. I still work for Microsoft and I’m still part of the Application Development Consulting (ADC) team in the UK. Just over a year ago, I stopped doing a consulting delivery role and took on the programme manager position for the team. This…

I’m back!

You’d be forgiven for thinking that maybe I left for the PDC in September 2005 and never came back. The truth is work got on top of me and before I knew it, it had been months since I’d posted anything. I didn’t want to be one of those lapsed Microsoft bloggers who pop up…