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Coming Soon? Vista SP1 Released to Manufacturing

Posted by wholeenchilada on February 4, 2008

from the post Vista SP1 Released to Manufacturing comes this interesting info:

Reverend Ninja writes “According to the Windows Vista team blog, Windows Vista SP1 has been released to manufacturing. It appears we’ll have to wait until mid-March to play with it though, as the team cites that they want everyone to have a ‘great install experience’. ‘Service Pack 1 brings new improvements that are based on feedback we heard from our customers. It further improves the reliability and performance of Windows Vista. The information we collect thanks to tools like the Customer Experience Improvement Program, Online Crash Analysis, and Windows Error Reporting help us learn about where and when customers are having issues with Windows Vista and the applications that run on it. Since these issues have a direct impact on our customers’ experiences, we’ve invested time and energy to make this better. While Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is an important milestone, we will continue to invest in the continuous improvement process.'” 

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Hate Vista? Join new campaign to save Windows XP from retirement

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 17, 2008

downloadsquad points us to an interesting initiative launched by InfoWorld to stop Microsoft from retiring the still popular Windows XP operating system:

So Microsoft, which had planned to stop selling Windows XP to users and computer manufacturers late last year extended that date until June 30th of this year. But something tells us that if Microsoft follows through on this promise, there’s going to be a huge market for used copies of Windows XP.

That’s why we’re happy to see that InfoWorld has launched a “Save XP” campaign. The goal is to get as many people as possible to sign an online petition. Your names, but not your email addresses will be sent to Microsoft in an attempt to change the company’s mind.

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On January 14th this was posted at the Save XP site:

Join the 21,572 people so far (as of noon PT on Jan. 16) who have had signed our online petition to demand that Microsoft not stop OEM and shrinkwrapped sales of Windows XP as planned on June 30, 2008, but instead keep it available indefinitely.

Which was quickly followed by this more detailed post – Save Windows XP! The clock is ticking:

Microsoft plans to end most sales of Windows XP on June 30, despite a deep reluctance by many business and individuals about moving to Vista. InfoWorld believes such an expensive, time-consuming shift with problematic benefits should not be forced on Windows users, so we have decided to rally XP users to demand that XP be kept available.

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I knew XP had quite a loyal user base and that Vista was suffering from lack of adoption – a lot of businesses were said to be bypassing Vista, using the more stable XP until the next operating system from Microsft launched. I find it interesting that folks are so passionate about not moving to Vista that they are organizing movements to encourage MS from putting XP to rest.

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Hooray! Vista SP1 release candidate will be available next week!

Posted by wholeenchilada on December 6, 2007

Good post with info on Windows Vista Service Pack 1: Vista SP1 release candidate will be available next week!

It looks like our wish of a Vista SP1 release before Christmas may in fact be coming true. Microsoft’s Windows Vista Blog announced that the Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) release candidate (RC) is now available via Microsoft Connect and will be available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers tomorrow. Even better, this release will be made available to the public next week via Microsoft’s Download Center. Microsoft is still aiming at an early 2008 release (and the blog says they are on-track), but depending on the feedback fro the RC public release, we think we might see the final version out even faster.

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Yep, Yahoo Messenger for Vista preview available

Posted by wholeenchilada on December 6, 2007

Want to preview Yahoo Messenger for Vista? Looks like a beta release will be coming out today (thursday). Check out this article from

It’s just a preview, or a very early version, so it doesn’t have all the features other versions of Yahoo Messenger do, such as voice, Webcam, chat rooms, text messaging to mobile phones, easy photo sharing and conferencing. Those features will come later.

What it does have is a new interface, and it lets you organize conversations into tabs and drag and drop tabs out to create a new window. You can also keep favorite contacts by dragging them into the Windows Sidebar gadget, send enhanced emoticons, change the color of IM windows, adjust the display size of the contacts, arrange your contact list into multiple columns, and send files as large as 2 gigabytes.

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Go here to download a copy of the Yahoo! Messenger for Vista preview (beta) release:

download squad has a bit more info in their post: Yahoo! Messenger for Vista Preview is live

Yahoo! Messenger for Vista is officially available as a preview download starting today. There are some important features that are missing in this build, but the significant additions might make up for the lack of features. The changes in Yahoo! Messenger include a complete change of layout, skin chooser, filter-as-you-type for easy searching, spell checker and a convenient tabbed conversation window that controls your desktop clutter. The rebuild also incorporates sidebar graphics that have the ability to show favorite contacts separated from conversation windows. Graphical elements in the new IM take Microsoft’s graphic subsystem into play for vector based interfaces and enhanced emoticons. IM’s can now be conveniently sent to both Yahoo! and Windows Live Messenger contacts, complete with up to 2GB worth of files.

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Review of Facebook’s Applications & Mini Applets

Posted by wholeenchilada on December 4, 2007

ComputerWorld has an interesting article on the mini applets that Facebook supports: Review: The good, the bad and the ugly of Facebook apps:

Facebook Apps pageThese applications act as extensions to the basic Facebook post-a-profile/read-a-profile functionality. Interested in something serious, such as collaborating on documents, using your friends’ collective intelligence to discover useful blogs, or finding freelance developers to help with an IT project? You’ll find applications for that. How about the not-so-serious, such as playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker or perusing the collected wisdom of Homer Simpson? There’s something for you as well.

Where do all these apps come from? Third-party developers think they see gold in Facebook, and they’re flocking to write free applications for the site, which is a development platform in its own right. At last count, there were more than 7,000 Facebook applications, and no end in sight to new ones.

It can be tough and time-consuming to weed out the pointless from the useful and the winners from the losers. We’re here to help. We’ve listed for you our favorite Facebook applications in a variety of categories, from the useful

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You can also check out the Facebook application directory which, as the article suggests, has over 7,000 + applications with continuous growth.

ags: facebook, Facebook Review, Facebook Applications, Facebook Applets, Facebook Technology, Technology

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Report: Windows XP outshines Vista in benchmarking test

Posted by wholeenchilada on December 3, 2007

Have you seen this report: Windows XP outshines Vista in benchmarking test ? It’s pretty interesting

New tests have revealed that Windows XP with the beta Service Pack 3 has twice the performance of Vista, even with its long-awaited Service Pack 1.

Vista’s first service pack, to be released early next year, is intended to boost the operating system’s performance. However, when Vista with the Service Pack 1 (SP1) beta was put through benchmark testing by researchers at Florida-based software development company Devil Mountain Software, the improvement was not overwhelming, leaving the latest Windows iteration outshined by its predecessor.

Vista, both with and without SP1, performed notably slower than XP with SP3 in the test, taking over 80 seconds to complete the test, compared to the beta SP3-enhanced XP’s 35 seconds.

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Some pretty interesting info in the rest of the report, in particular this paragraph

Microsoft has not done enough to make users aware of the benefits of Vista, NPD analyst Chris Swenson said at the conference. “The problem is that there are a lot of complex new features in Vista, and you need to educate consumers about them…much like Apple educating the masses about the possibilities of the iPhone or focusing on a single feature or benefit of the Mac OS in the Mac-versus-PC commercials. Microsoft should be educating the masses about the various new features in a heavy rotation of Vista in TV, radio, and print ads. But the volume of ads (for Vista) has paled in comparison to the ads run for XP.”

And the rest is equally interesting including, as always, the wide ranging commentary in the comments following the article from Cnet.

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Talking about Lessons learned from Vista

Posted by wholeenchilada on November 27, 2007

download squad has a post with some info on “lessons learned” from what they refer to as “Vista’s underwhelming debut”

The amount of significant changes to the core OS were blamed for many of Vista’s delays, as well as many of the compatibility problems with existing products. While Microsoft doesn’t regret making these changes to Vista (well, so they say), they are not making changes on that scale with Windows 7. When it comes to addressing release issues, Microsoft has made the decision to be less transparent about release schedules, only making information available when the date is actually feasible. Right now, Microsoft is aiming to launch Windows 7 sometime in 2010 (or 2011 or 2012…this is still Microsoft).

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Some interesting points but nothing a lot of folks haven’t already discussed on the Vista front:

Tags: Vista, Windows, Operating Systems, OS, Windows Vista, Technology, Vista Mistakes, Windows 7, Vista Reviews, Vista Sucks

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Huh? ‘SOA’ voted most ‘confusing acronym of the year’

Posted by wholeenchilada on November 9, 2007

Too funny! ‘SOA’ voted most ‘confusing acronym of the year’:

But alas, ‘SOA’ has made the top of this year’s listfrom the Global Language Monitor. Not just the top ten list, mind you, but in its own special category, along with the top ten most confusing tech words.

“IBM had to write a book to explain it?” they ask. (Yes, in fact, IBM has actually issued several books on SOA, as well as many others, from ZapThink to Hurwitz to Thomas Erl have written books to try and explain it.)

If only the GLM editors had read this blog, then they would have been tuned into the debate of whether ‘SOA’ is actually now a word in its own right, and no longer simply an acronym. Then, perhaps it would have made GLM’s “Top 10 Most Confusing (yet widely used) High Tech Buzzwords for 2007.” That list is topped by “iPod,” “Flash,” and “Nano.”

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Tags: Web 2.0, SOA, Service-oriented Architecture, Web Services, Web Development, Technology terms

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Programmer’s Support Group

Posted by wholeenchilada on November 6, 2007

Ted Neward has a great post for techies: Welcome to the Shitty Code Support Group. If you’re a programmer/developer/engineer/tester or anyone else who works with software you’ll either find the post equally interesting, or slightly amusing-yet-weird. Here’s the intro:

“Hi. My name’s Ted, and I write shitty code.”
With this opening, a group of us earlier this year opened a panel (back in March, as I recall) at the No Fluff Just Stuff conference in Minneapolis. Neal Ford started the idea, whispering it to me as we sat down for the panel, and I immediately followed his opening statement in the same vein.

Poor Charles Nutter, who was new to the tour, didn’t get the whispered-down-the-line instruction, and tried valiantly to recover the panel’s apparent collective discard of dignity–“Hi, I’m Charles, and I write Ruby code”–to no avail. (He’s since stopped trying.)

The reason for our declaration of impotent implementation, of course, was, as this post states so well, a Zen-like celebration of our inadequacies: To be a Great Programmer, you must admit that you are a Terrible Programmer.

To those who count themselves as the uninitiated into our particular brand of philosophy (or religion, or just plain weirdness), the declaration is a statement of anti-Perfectionism. “I am human, therefore I make mistakes. If I make mistakes, then I cannot assume that I will write code that has no mistakes. If I cannot write code that has no mistakes, then I must assume that mistakes are rampant within the code. If mistakes are rampant within the code, then I must find them. But because I make mistakes, then I must also assume that I make mistakes trying to identify the mistakes in the code. Therefore, I will seek the best support I can find in helping me find the mistakes in my code.”

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A very well written post that sends a great message — we’re all human. And that’s what makes this line so great “To be a Great Programmer, you must admit that you are a Terrible Programmer.” I was never a hard core developer, much more an html and script hack, but I learned enough to know that no matter how good you are at something or how long you’ve been doing it, mistakes will happen. Do check out the post – good stuff!

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