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 Are you accumulating flash drives in a bottom drawer somewhere? Don’t throw  them away just yet because you can use them with Microsoft Windows Vista. Plug any USB 2.0 flash memory drive that holds at least 256MB but no more than 4GB into your PC and Autoplay gives you a choice to invoke ReadyBoost, where Vista will use the drive’s memory as an additional disk cache to speed things up. Just click Speed up My System and you’re off and running.
 If you’re skipping Vista or you’re a Mac user, why not just donate your old thumb drive to charity? But hey, what the f#ck do kids in Africa need with thumbdrives? How about food, education, computers, stable government…

Faster Vista [Shiny Shiny]
Thumb Drive Drive [Inveneo, via boingboingvia Gizmodo


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3D Vista RSS Reader - WAY COOOL


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UniveRSS is a 3D RSS feed reader for Windows Vista. It leverages the Windows Presentation Foundation and provides a stunning way of visualizing RSS feeds and their content. It introduces a full-screen 3D universe where galaxies represent the folders of your RSS feed directory, and the stars are represented by the spinning cubes that hold the feed information. Size and position of the feed cubes indicate how many unread items they contain.

 
RSS feeds are represented as 3D cubes spinning in a universe.

You navigate through the feed galaxies in a game-like environment, freely moving in all three dimensions. Selecting items in lists will turn the cube to the next side displaying the item’s content including images. Just click the right mouse buttons and you turn back to the list view or to the galaxy.
UniveRSS is a showcase application that demonstrates the use of several WPF features, 3D animations, data binding, and data visualization. Currently UniveRSS uses the RSS Feed Store managed through Internet Explorer 7. Later versions will allow you to manage the Feed Store from within the UniveRSS application.
Please note: We expect RSS feeds to become visually more appealing in the future. Today a lot of feeds don’t provide any logo or feed picture yet. In such cases the cubes only display a generic feed icon. So make sure to use a list of feeds that provide logos to generate the best experience (e.g. most podcasts).

What do you need?

Since this is a WPF showcase using 3D models and animations, we strongly recommend to install UniveRSS on PCs ready for Windows Vista Premium. This includes PCs with the following specifications:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum), Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel.
  • You will find the complete list of requirements here.

Road map - what comes next?

UniveRSS is an evolving showcase application which will continuously be developed and enhanced with new features. It will update itself through the ClickOnce deployment service. You will also find regular articles on the development and how to’s from a developer’s perspective. Updates will be announced through the MSDN Flash newsletter. By registering for the Panel website you will receive updates via MSDN Flash.
Over the next months you will see enhancements and additional features like:

  • alternative ways to navigate in UniveRSS
  • further customization features and RSS feed management information
  • advanced search and sorting possibilities
  • more-advanced physical animation model
  • integration of Live services
  • additional layouts
  • and many more …
  • How is it done?

With the release of version 1.0 you will find documentation and descriptions on how UniveRSS was built.

Source: Microsoft


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Here is a reason that will keep a Vista Media Center from ever entering my household and it’s got DRM written all over it.
A Vista media center will not let you stream cable video content around your house without using a Media Center Extender (MCX), which at present consists of the Xbox 360, although more third party devices are on there way.
This effectively means you need to buy an MCX device to watch TV around your house and even then it will be controlled by the content owners who will be deciding what you can do with your content.
I also imagine this kicks Slingbox type devices and PMPs out of the arena too so don’t even think about watching TV outside your house.
I’m guessing this is a decision from CableLabs rather than from Microsoft, we already know that TiVo is having trouble getting its multi-room viewing and placeshifting ideas past CableLabs for the Series 3.
I don’t know about you but this whole thing seems backwards, we had multi-room viewing and placeshifting when we had a video tape. You could take that tape upstairs to watch on another TV and you could take that tape to your friend’s house to watch it.
But using more ‘advanced’ PVR technology with a PC means you are suddenly not allowed to do this unless the content owners say so. Maybe I should dust off my old VCR.

via PVRWire


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19,500+ Drivers in Vista RTM


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Now that Windows Vista has released to manufacturing, you might think that there is no opportunity for the product to get better before you get to use it.  Pre-Internet and before Windows Update, that was generally the case.  But things are different today.  With Windows Update, as new device drivers are available or issues are found and corrected, the product will simply get better and better over time.

While we worked hard to get a comprehensive set of drivers on the DVD prior to release-to-manufacturing (RTM), the magic of Windows Update and Automatic Updates makes this “frozen in time” distribution problem basically a non-issue.  For Windows Vista we are excited to have over 19,500 device drivers on the Windows Vista DVD (in contrast to just 10,000 for Windows XP when it shipped).  The number of device drivers is really a small way of looking at it, since each driver can usually support numerous actual different device models.  Indeed, sometimes a single driver can support hundreds of different models, as often is the case with video drivers.  But, what is even more significant is that at the RTM for Windows Vista, we already had an additional 11,700 device drivers on Windows Update compared to just 2,000 for Windows XP when it RTM’d in 2001.  And while we will have significantly more drivers online by official availability, we will continue to add more drivers even after the launch.  Because of the improvements in Automatic Updates for Windows Vista, users that choose the recommended setting for Automatic Updates will have the latest drivers installed and available when they add a new device.

The other experience that Windows Update helps improve is with third-party applications.  Supporting existing applications on the new operating system is obviously key to driving satisfaction and adoption of the new product.  We have worked hard with independent software vendor (ISV) partners to make sure that these applications work well on Windows Vista.  Many of these ISVs have had a chance to either respond to our feedback or test their applications themselves and have worked with us to address any issues.  Now that we have finished Windows Vista, we expect even more application vendors to test their applications and give us feedback.  As we work with these ISV partners, we will develop application compatibility updates to make even more applications work great with Vista.  As each batch is ready, we will put the new compatibility updates on Windows Update.

Read the rest of Jim Allchin’s comments at windowsvistablog.com


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The Ultimate Box


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and the way they will all open….


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Windows Mobile Device Center Beta


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There are a lot of questions regarding release of the Windows Mobile Device Center.  Here is the heads-up that next week you will get your chance to download the new WMDC Beta and sync your mobile devices up with newer builds of Windows Vista.
When the Beta goes online, it will first be available only in English, with more language supported in short order.  Don’t worry on this last count, as language support is indeed a priority.

In the meantime, here’s an image of the start-up screen for your viewing pleasure:

Source: Windows Vista Team Blog : Windows Mobile Device Center Beta Coming Soon


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Windows Vista Imaging


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PC World got the conversation going on installation times in Windows Vista.  While they quote Jim Allchin that Windows Vista can take as little as 15 minutes to install, my installs have been more like 20 minutes (still rocking fast), so I thought I would talk with David D’Souza who manages our Deployment and Installation team to get some more information about the different deployment scenarios and their installation time.  In his own words …

Hi, my name is David D’Souza and I am the Director of Development in the Windows Core OS Division. I run the development team responsible for the deployment technologies in Windows Vista.

Windows Vista Setup has dramatically improved since Windows XP. This has been one of the deepest and most comprehensive investments Microsoft has made in deployment. Our goal was to dramatically enhance the reliability and performance of OS deployment across end users, OEM, and Corporate scenarios. Windows Vista deployment had to be fast and reliable across a wide variety of scenarios and it had to easily integrate into the deployment processes our customers already used. Generally, our internal goal that rolled this all together was “15 minute OS installation using imaging”. Technically, we focused on three things:

1) End to end tool set for local and remote image based deployment of Windows Vista.

2) Reduction in number of images due to easy addition/removal of language packs and drivers.

3) Modularization to facilitate agility in engineering, deploying, and servicing all the new Windows Vista flavors.

In this note, I will cover the first item.

Why Imaging

Ideally, installation of an operating system is two fairly simple steps. First, copy all the OS files to the hard disk. Second, configure the machine dependent files & registry settings such as security identifiers, machine name, and specific hardware drivers required for the system. Install time should scale with the size & number of files in the operating system.

However, the software development process is structured around smaller, isolated, components – kernel, file system, shell - that combine to produce the full OS. Thus, our developers create an installation script that is a long list of individual components, each with their own state, configuration, and instructions for installation. Each component copies its files, builds its databases, and individually adds its registry keys. This makes it easy for Windows developers to change one component without disturbing other components. Unfortunately, this means install time scales with the number of components, files, and registry keys. This is the process we used to install Windows XP.

Imaging allows us to execute the “slow” installation process internally at Microsoft and capture the resultant files and a list of machine dependent state. Subsequent installs simply copy all the files – the OS image - and reconfigure the machine dependent state. The imaging process allows us to have the best of both worlds – an agile internal software development process that is component centric and a final installation process that optimizes towards installing the full operating system. Additionally, imaging is highly reliable because significantly fewer & simpler operations are performed to install an image. Imaging is the default installation process we use in Windows Vista.

Read the rest of this great article at Windows Vista Team Blog : Windows Vista Imaging and Installation Performance


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    ATI leads the way with industry’s first graphics hardware certified for Windows Vista’TM’

    Underlining the company’s leadership in developing hardware and drivers to support Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Vista operating system, ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) today announced that its driver has been granted the graphics industry’s first Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) certification for Windows Vista by Microsoft. WHQL certification sets a high bar for quality and reliability, and is considered essential by many business and home users.

    Windows Vista is the first version of the Microsoft operating system that requires hardware for 3D acceleration. WHQL certification reassures businesses and consumers that ATI graphics processors are fully ready to unlock the stunning graphical features of the powerful Windows Vista platform, including Windows Vista Premium(1).

    “ATI is working closely with Microsoft to ensure the best performance and most reliable Vista experience through our top-to-bottom line of graphics processors,” said Ben Bar-Haim, vice president of software, ATI Technologies Inc. “With Windows Vista, 3D graphics now matter to everyone and ATI’s WHQL certification gives businesses and consumers alike the confidence that their ATI system is ready for Vista.”

    (1) Currently shipping ATI boards certified for Windows Vista Premium include the X1300, X1350, X1400, X1600, X1700, X1800, X1900 and X1950.

    Source: ATI Press Release


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    Download Windows Vista Build 5278


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    http://download.windowsvista.com/preview/rc1/en/download-5728.htm

    or download the ISO directly from Microsoft

    The link worked for me and I am not an “official” beta tester. I did register and download Beta 2 and RC1, so if you have your product key from those builds - go for it.

    Here’s the disclaimer from the page on Microsoft’s site.

    This page includes information to help you download a special test build of Windows Vista. This build (5728) has a number of improvements and updates from RC1, but has not been put through the same internal testing process as RC1 and therefore may be unstable in certain installations. We are making this release available for a limited time only (and only by download) in order to get broad distribution and testing in a variety of PC configurations. Please note: This build may not have the same level of support or servicing via Windows Update, and you may not be able to upgrade to the final version of Windows Vista.

    Source: In House 


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    Windows Vista, the new operating system currently under development at Microsoft, will eventually replace Windows XP in a majority of games-oriented PCs. In this preview you’ll see how modern graphics hardware performs under Windows Vista Beta 2.

    There’s a terrible performance hit in Far Cry: about 40% for the senior models in the Radeon X1900 family and 30-35% for the Radeon X1900 GT. In Windows XP, you can run this game on a Radeon X1900 XTX or XT with 4x FSAA in every resolution, including the exotic 1920×1200, but Vista Beta 2 limits you to 1600×1200 or even to 1280×1024 (on the Radeon X1900 GT).

    Read the rest of the story at X-bit labs     


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