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Windows Live Writer

Microsoft has released a beta version of a very nice blogging editor Windows Live Writer, I wouldn’t normally bother mentioning software like this but it’s free and even in Beta it’s vastly superior to the multitiude of other blogging editors available including those costing upwards of $30+.

If you use Windows, and your a blogger it’s very much worth the download.

It currently supports…
– Windows Live Spaces
– Blogger
– LiveJournal
– TypePad
– WordPress
– All blogs that support RSD (Really Simple Discoverability)
– Metaweblog API
– Moveable Type API

But their apparently working on supporting more bloggers in the future. Pretty much all of the major ones are already supported.


August 16, 2006 Posted by | Computer software | Leave a comment

Windows Vista delays explained

A blog post on Microsoft’s developer network reveals some interesting insight into the delays that have plagued Windows Vista over the past few years. With irreverent prose and a liberal use of bold tags, Microsoft Tablet PC developer Philip Su explains how serious management problems and an overly complicated code base have made Vista development slow and difficult to control.

To illustrate the slowness of Vista development, Su points to Vista’s estimated gain of 10 million lines of code over Windows XP. Divide up 10 million lines across the five-year development time and 2,000-strong developer team, and the average Vista developer is only estimated to be producing around 1,000 lines of code every year—significantly below the average for software developers in the United States, which Su says is 6,200 lines a year.

What’s more, the Windows team retains “the whiff of a bygone culture of belittlement and aggression,” according to Su. Developers are frightened to communicate delays to project managers, and project managers aware of delays are unable to get a proper response from higher-ups. “Figure out how to make it work” is quoted as a typical response from one of the Vice Presidents overseeing Vista’s development.

July 4, 2006 Posted by | Computer software | 1 Comment

Windoes Vista Beta 2-public

Microsoft's servers seem to be holding up admirably well under the predictable onlaught of people trying to register to test Windows Vista Beta 2. Quite impressive given they were crying for mercy within hours of the Office 2007 beta release.

They still seem to be accepting new registrations for the beta, plenty of time for all interested to get in on it. It's been up since 10PM Wednesday. I'm liking the fact that these betas and others in the past year are becoming publically available, instead of restricted to MSDN/MS Tech subscribers or Microsofts Beta Experience program. It's allowing a lot more people easy access, and that's a good thing.

Of course it isn't for everyone, unless you're fairly tech savvy you proobably aren't going to be wanting to install a beta operating system.

June 10, 2006 Posted by | Computer software | Leave a comment

Outlook 2007 Phishing filter

Maybe I’m easily amused, or just find the geekiest things funny but

Outlook 2007 has an incredible bizarre idea of what a phishing mail is. (You know what that is I presume?)
Don’t get me wrong, I love the program and normally its spam/phishing filter is extremely effective… but how Outlook decided the following was a scammer faking a legitimate website I haven’t a clue.
The email in question:

“BTW, Patches is fine. They said his bloodwork didn't show anything. 🙂 Molly, my puppy, is getting huge! I weighed her at 10 lbs last night and she is 12 weeks old. Sweetie is doing good too, ill as ever! “

We were talking about XYZ's dogs (I'm not inclined to mention whom the person I was emailing is as that's imaterial) but that’s beside the point… tell me, does anything in that email give you the impression it’s a phishing mail?
I find this oddly hilarious that Outlook somehow feels that is phishing.
Even more oddly, despite somehow deciding this is a phising email… it also decides the email is not spam.

So… talking about dogs=phishing, but phishing does not equate to spam.

On another note… one would think if they took the time to implement a phishing filter it would at least cross their mind to include the word in their spell checker.

June 6, 2006 Posted by | Amusement, Computer software | Leave a comment

MS Office 2007 Video

Ever heard people complain how slowely Microsoft Office improves?

I think that's about to go out the window entirely with Office 12.

MUST SEE Office 12 Preview Video. I don't know what to say but… wow. Incredibly easy and intuitive to use, yet still very functional and flexible… looks extremely good as well.

The first 8 minutes of the video are nothing special, you can skip right past it if you wish. Just after the 8min mark they start showing off the applications though, and from then on you'll be amazed.
I swear, this is bordering on a revolution.
Such a simple thing as revolutionary? Sounds crazy admitedly, but I'm that impressed.

I've only payed passing attention to upcoming Office versions in the past, but after seeing this Office 12 now just up to being almost as eagerly awaited as Windows Vista which is saying something since Vista is going to be the core platform for the next decade ala Windows 95 was.

Believe me, I'm not kidding in the slightest… this is an absolute must see video.

This will make all applications much much friendlier to use. I'm already wishing I had Excel 12 right this second.

The applications seem a touch buggy, and it's very clearly unfinished in places. There are also a lot of pauses and slowdowns but this is pre-beta 1 code so that's largely to be expected.
Still, with all the live previews etc you can bet system requirements are going to take a dramatic leap in Office 12.

Athlon64 @ 2.65GHz meet an Office suite that actually makes your processing power justified. Been a looooong time since a mere suite of Office Applications, run individually put even the tiniest load of processors a few years behind the time.
Office 2003: Intel Pentium 233MHz
Office 12? Penitum III 800-1.2GHz?

September 13, 2005 Posted by | Computer software | Leave a comment