Windows Vista is out! who’s excited?

January 30, 2007 § 1 Comment

I took a break from blogging for a couple of days after two weeks of continuous bloggging. I have started work on Part 2 of C# 3.0 features but it’s moving at a really slow pace. I am not finding the time to research and get my concepts clear before blogging about it.

Anyways, back to Windows Vista. Vista is finally out and I hear that some stores saw people line up oustide for about an hour to get their hands on Vista. Not something that I expected. As for me I am already looking forward to what’s next. The Windows team has already started work on the next version and based on history, the team started talking about Longhorn on Jan 2002. XP was out on October 25 2001. So it will be another 3 to 4 months before we start hearing about Vienna. I am looking forward to that release as I wasn’t super thrilled about Vista given the endless delays and lack of super rich features. It definitely is a must have over XP, but I think as I saw the endless delays and feature cuts, I lost my excitement for Vista.


World’s greatest macro photographer

January 25, 2007 § 3 Comments

WOW, check out these amazing photos captured by Lord V on flickr. Truely amazing! You can read how he does it here. He uses two of my favorite cameras Cool. Although I think it is the magic in his hands that do the trick not the camera.

Update: From one expert to another. I found this guy’s link in the comments section of Lord V’s explanation of how he takes his photos. I know what I am going to be doing for the next couple of days Smile. These guys have rekindled the itch for photography in me. What amazes me the most is that all their shots are taken with a sub $1000 Digital SLR cameras. I know you may be thinking that’s too much but to give you perspective the truely pro cameras come for over $3000. Can you tell by looking at those photos that they were taken with a amatuer level camera Smile

Are you ready?

January 24, 2007 § 4 Comments

Windows Vista ships in less than a week from now. So are your ready? I am not going to be ready until I see some really good applications launched for Vista that makes it a must have.

By the way, students are getting Windows Vista Business Edition from the University of Houston Clear Lake for $10. You need to be enrolled for the semester and you need to show your ID to get a copy. One copy per student. That is a real sweet deal, $10 for something that retails for $300.

We just got AJAXed

January 23, 2007 § 4 Comments

Woohoo! Microsoft has released the final version (1.0) of ASP.NET AJAX library. That means we can finally write production quality AJAX applications. Microsoft fully supports the library and is giving out the source code for the entire library for free. You can modify and re-distribute the source code at will for both commercial and non-commercial applications. You can read more about this on Scott Guthrie’s blog. The AJAX library will be embedded into the next version of ASP.NET (3.0) scheduled to be released by this year end.

Update: I have updated this website to use ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 RTM build Cool


Added Smiley support

January 23, 2007 § 3 Comments

I have added smiley support to this blog. It is enabled for both posts and comments. In order to get the smilies you just use the standard chat shortcuts.

Use the following for the smilies without the space in between:

: ) or : smile : = Smile Smile
: ( or : sad : = Sad Sad
: | or : neutral : = Neutral Neutral
; ) or : wink : = Wink Wink
: p or : tease : = Tease Tease
: D or : grin : = Grin Grin
: x or : mad : = Mad Mad
8 ) or : cool : = Cool Cool
    : oops : = Oops! Oops!

Credit: I have used the smilies from Long Zheng’s and extended it to create my own mad, cool and oops icons. He uses WordPress as his blogging engine, but his icons are a lot more polished than those of WordPress. Of course WordPress supports a lot more emoticons than I do, but I will create better versions of those over time.

Visual Studio 2007 (Orcas)

January 22, 2007 § 1 Comment

Looks like Microsoft has been busy working on the next version of Visual Studio codenamed Orcas (may be named VS 2007) scheduled to ship by the end of this year. A ton of features and performance improvements. You can read all about it here and here. Also note that when VS 2007 ships we will have a new framework versioned 3.5. I personally think Microsoft has messed up versioning. Up until v.2.0 everything was actually v.2.0 (ASP.NET 2.0, C# 2.0, CLR 2.0) but when Microsoft released WinFX the new set of technologies for Vista, they decided to rename it to .NET 3.0. Which means that all these WinFX technologies sit under the .NET umbrella.

So what does that mean? It means v.3.0 consists of  CLR 2.0 (ASP.NET 2.0, C# 2.0) + WinFX (1.0). When v.3.5 ships it will be CLR 3.0 (ASP.NET 3.0, C# 3.0) + WinFX (1.0). WOW! I need to take a break, my head is already spinning just by typing all this.

Note: I am not finding enough time to write Part 2 of the C# 3.0 series, so posts like these are simply fillers Sad

XBox 360

January 21, 2007 § 2 Comments

WOW, I was listening to this diggination videocast and according to Alex from this videocast, when the new 360 launches it will be priced at $399 (the price of the current premium 360) and the existing premium 360 will come down to $299. Of course Microsoft has not announced anything so please take this with a grain of salt. Mostly products are released in a Christmas to Christmas cycle. So don’t expect any new product until the later half of this year.

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