April, 2008

  • Steve Clayton

    Live Mesh – I have 3 invites



    I strong armed the Live Mesh team in to giving me a few extra invites to share with friends. So, hand up who wants to experience the future? Please deliver a low mileage Ferrari 430 Scuderia to my home address this weekend and one is yours :)

    Seriously, let me know here why you think you should be a lucky recipient and I’ll confirm the winners on Friday night GMT.


    I’m going to announce early as I want to ensure these folks make it inside the 10,000 entrants of the preview. US only so I can’t guarantee it will work but after long deliberation my winners are

    1. Jon Paul (should be obvious why!)
    2. Davidacoder – I can’t wait to hear about Mesh climate change!
    3. nanexcool – he was in first and watched the Ozzie video. respect!

    Judges decision is final….unless the Ferrari shows up :)
    Invites will be on their way fellas. If I get more I already have a list of the next 5 :)

  • Steve Clayton

    Windows 7. Chill out people



    Finally some sense from Jack Schofield at The Guardian


    Quite why anybody's bothered about Windows 7 at this stage remains a mystery. Nobody knows what it will be like, except that it's based on Vista, with all the same plumbing, not on XP.


    Peace. Why people spend so much time trying to find out what’s coming next is beyond me. Okay so people like to get the scoop but really does anyone care *that* much about a product that is quite a way off? I have access to a tonne of information inside Microsoft using our corporate intranet search but how many times have a I searched for details on Windows 7? Precisely zero. I just have better things to do. Doesn’t everyone else?

  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft Data Center in a box



    “Microsoft is in the process of building the industry's first container-based datacenter.”

    The whole datacenter topic is one I expect to find myself talking about more and more over the next year. A whole new game is emerging that some call Cloud Computing. One way of building these datacenters is through the use of containers and Michael Manos from our Data Center Services group talked about this yesterday at the AFCOM Data Center World conference. (Wow, there is a world conference for datacenters).

    Christian Belady in the same group as Michael has a rather interesting job title - Principal Power and Cooling Architect.

    You may chuckle but this stuff is important. Both the datacenters and and the power and cooling stuff. Datacenters that are so large you can see them from the moon will require a lot of power….and a lot of cooling. In an increasingly eco friendly world, this needs to be done in an environmentally friendly way.

    I can’t say a great deal about our datacenter group but I will say this – they’re incredibly thorough about their work. In a way I wish some other groups were to be honest. When you build something that costs many many millions you need to be damn sure you chose the right place and approach. These guys impress me a lot and I’m not alone

    bonus link - Microsoft's James Hamilton has made some interesting presentations on this and related topics and blogged about this far more eloquently than I just did :)

  • Steve Clayton

    My Twitter conspiracy theory


    A month ago I couldn’t stop telling all my friends how cool Twitter was and why they should be on there but over the last 2 weeks I’ve hardly used it. Two reasons

    1. I’ve been crazy busy at work
    2. I follow a number of people who seem to have a competition regarding how many followers they can accumulate

    I just spent 10 minutes removing a number of people I had on my list who have >10k followers. Some were following thousands themselves. This just started hurting my head because they generated so much @ traffic with chit chat going back and forward. I know that’s what Twitter is all about, but seriously, who can really follow thousands with real interest As for being followed by thousands there is an element of ego war going on methinks.

    Worse than this though I’ve seen a few recent additions following me who when I checked them out had over 20k followers. People I’d never heard of and have no idea why they’re following me, let alone 20k other folks.

    Lets take http://twitter.com/thejustinesane as an example – currently 21,280 following and 2,455 followers. This is insane. Especially given a grand total of 53 updates from this account. Clearly an attempt to turn a portion of the 21,280 “Justine” is following in to followers. I fell for it myself I’m sad to say.

    My conclusion. Linkbait of a new kind….the adverts will surely follow?


  • Steve Clayton

    How to get a Live Mesh invite


    It’s simple – find a friend who is already using Live Mesh and get them to invite you. Everyone has 2 invites built in to their account. I was lucky enough to get a few more which I distributed this week via my blog.

    Scott has the details and Nadia form the Live Mesh team confirmed that this invite process works. What’s more, everyone who you send an invite to automatically gets 2 invites so whoever you share with can then share the love on.


    if this doesn’t work for you we’re doing a limited Tech Preview now, but we’ll be adding customers regularly over time. If you would like to get your name on the waiting list, please follow these instructions:

    1. Go to http://connect.microsoft.com
    2. Click Connection Directory
    3. Sort by ‘Connection Name (A-Z)’ to easily find our program, Live Mesh Tech Preview
    4. Click Apply Now
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