You can never have enought… Backups

Actually, you can never have enough backups, but the original reason for getting Acronis’ TrueImage was to copy an image of my 60GB laptop HDD to a new 100GB HDD. This worked surprisingly well, connecting the new disk, using an external USB case, the tool reboots the system and copies a bootable image of the disk.

Beside this, the tool can perform backups while you work on your system. Very cool and helpfully if you backup to a server, which could take some time. In addition the tool provides a very great feature, which makes accessing files within your backup very comfortable. You can just plug an backup image as a virtual disk to your system and this way you can access the complete backup and access specific files you are looking for.

Pick a Task

PLug Image Wizard

Assign Logical Drive Letters

Plug Image Wizzard

Please Wait

My Computer



We are still working with the VRDK at Microsoft Reseach, Cambridge. During the last few months I gave several talks, introducing the VRDK to a wider range of audience. Finally, a lot of people asked me if and when we will release it. Unfortunately, it is not a product rather a research platform.

However, I checked the web and found some articles and weblog entries about the VRDK, written when it was presented to the public the first time.

Official Sites




Three weeks ago I spent an evening together with Clemens Vasters at the University Arms’ bar in Cambridge, UK. Great guy, just added him to my blogroll. Two months ago he joined Microsoft as Community Relations Program Manager for the Windows Communication Foundation: Hey Clemens, I still want to put in WCF into our VRDK!

Web Map

I just checked out the Kartoo map using aheil as query. Interesting links and relations are found by this tool. But I do not have any clue how is realted to the whole map.


Recommended Software

I am just spending some time re-installing my machine. I decided to drop some lines about the tools I do install on my Toshiba Portégé M200.

Tablet PC


  • DU Meter
    Provides an accurate account of the data which is flowing through your computer’s network connection at any given moment.
  • SyncToy v1.1 for Windows XP
    SyncToy v1.1 helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers quickly and easily.
  • Tweak UI
    This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface.
  • MSG iFilter Add-in to Windows Desktop Search
    Simply find all Microsoft Outlook MSG (.MSG) files and the contents within.
  • Adobe PDF iFilter v6.0
    Adobe PDF IFilter is a free downloadable Dynamic Link Library (DLL) file that provides a bridge between a Microsoft indexing client and a library of Adobe PDF files.
  • Windows Defender
    Unfortunately still beta2.


  • NDoc
    NDoc is an extensible code documentation generation tool for .NET developers.
  • FxCop 1.35
    FxCop is a code analysis tool that checks .NET managed code assemblies for conformance to the Microsoft .NET Framework Design Guidelines. It uses reflection, MSIL parsing, and callgraph analysis to inspect assemblies for more than 200 defects.
  • Subversion
    The goal of the Subversion project is to build a version control system that is a compelling replacement for CVS in the open source community.
  • TortoiseSVN
    TortoiseSVN is a Subversion client, implemented as a windows shell extension. The coolest Interface to (Sub)Version Control.


  • SmartFTP
    My preferred FTP client.
  • WinZip
    Some basics…
  • ieSpell
    To correct the thousands of spelling mistakes while I am blogging.
  • Daemon Tools 4.0.3
    Runs ISO files and other disk images from a virtual drive.
  • Open Command Window Here
    This PowerToy adds an “Open Command Window Here” context menu option on file system folders.
  • Microsoft Time Zone Utility
    Microsoft Time Zone conveniently runs in the system tray and allows you to easily view the date and time in various locations around the world.
  • Alt-Tab Replacement
    Seeing a preview of the application window you are switching to.
  • CDex
    Creates WAV and MP3s from music CDs.
  • ISOBuster
    Creates ISO images of CDs and DVDs.


  • Stampit and Stampit Updates
    It takes ages to find the update page for Stampit.


  • Image Resizer
    This PowerToy enables you to resize one or many image files with a right-click.
  • SDP 2.0
    MMS streaming receiver for windows media streaming.
  • Media Player Classic
    Lightweight media player with WMP lok and feel.
  • <liPicasa
    Even if it’s from Google, it’s a great to get an overview of your local pictures and images.
  • DivX Coded


  • Skype

Virtual Machine Network Driver

Working in the virtual machine sucks sometimes. The Virtual Machine Network Driver is supposed to be a solution at least for some network issues.

The Virtual Machine Network Driver allows the Device emulator’s OS (or even the Virtual PC OS, as the case may be) to emulate its own network connection. Because the physical network interface on the host machine is now “virtualized,” you have a way to get two IP Addresses – one for the host PC, and one for the operating system that is running within the Device Emulator (or Virtual PC). Device Emulator users using the VMNet Driver can connect to the host machine over TCP or UDP as the alternative to the standard “Activesync over DMA” solution.