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  • Blog Post: Statcounter: Bing leapfrogs Yahoo again

    You might remember Statcounter.com as the site that came in the news a   few weeks ago when Bing overtook Yahoo, due to the sudden interest immediately after launch. Back then, as many predicted, it didn’t last long, as people quickly switched back to their old search habits. But I just checked...
  • Blog Post: Bing Community - an undiscovered site

    Check it out: http://www.bing.com/community/ Nice layout & content organization. Much better organized when comparing it with the typical forums/community sites that you see on Microsoft sites or MSDN (or other non-Microsoft ones)
  • Blog Post: FCI – how to use classification (video)

    Just found a new video demonstrating the new classification feature in Windows Server 2008 R2. Enjoy! Special thanks to dawho1 who posted the video.
  • Blog Post: Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?

    I love this - if you have kids, and if you are a geek, you'll understand. http://gizmodo.com/photogallery/microserveces08/1000446145
  • Blog Post: Puzzle solution: Xen voting algorithm

    I think that the problem stated in one of my earlier posts is one of the most fascinating puzzles I came across recently. Many people that got confronted with it said bluntly that the problem simply has no solution, otherwise it would contradict common sense, information theory, etc. But surprisingly...
  • Blog Post: Zune 80 - $400 on eBay?

    A few completed transactions: - $420: http://cgi.ebay.com/Microsoft-ZUNE-2-Gen-Black-80-GB-mp3-NEW-NIB-EXTRAS_W0QQitemZ320182867203QQihZ011QQcategoryZ147175QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem - $405: http://cgi.ebay.com/Microsoft-ZUNE-2-Gen-Black-80-GB-mp3-NEW-NIB-EXTRAS_W0QQitemZ320183303981QQihZ011QQcategoryZ147175QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem...
  • Blog Post: Is my harddisk (almost) dead?

    I just started to play with HD Tune , just to get a tool to look at my S.M.A.R.T. data. Not that I trust SMART a lot, but I wanted to see what's there. So that's how I discovered my main drive has a bunch of reallocated sectors. Ouch! What is a reallocated sector? Whenever a sector becomes "bad"...
  • Blog Post: [Cool spam] Our internal discussion list is nominated in a Who's Who award!

    Here is an interesting piece of spam I received this morning on our internal discussion list: Dear VSS Lab Account, You were recently appointed as a biographical candidate to represent your industry in the Madison Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals, and for inclusion into the upcoming 2007...
  • Blog Post: [RO] Seminar - Storage si programare distribuita

    Florin Lazar , Todi Pruteanu si cu mine am demarat in cursul acestei saptamani un seminar tehnic pe teme de storage in Vista si programare distribuita in WCF. Mai multe detalii aici: http://reg.studentclub.ro . Pana acum seminariile din Bucuresti si Cluj au avut un raspuns fantastic! Daca aveti opinii...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server - links

    A friend of mine didn't know about Windows Home Server - so I sent him these links: - Main site: http://stopdigitalamnesia.com - Interview with Charlie Kindel http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=270965 - Download: https://connect.microsoft.com/site/sitehome.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0&siteid=38...
  • Blog Post: Demo: New virtualization technologies in Windows Server (Longhorn)

    A nice demo that shows you several things: - Windows Server virtualization (a separate partition running a striped-down version of Windows to manage all other virtual machines) - Running an 8-proc virtual machine - 64-bit and 32-bit machines running concurrently - Managing virtual machines with System...
  • Blog Post: Previous Versions in Vista - on Channel 9!

    Hot and fresh from Channel 9: a session on Shadow Copies in Vista, and its applications: Previous Versions and the brand-new System Restore. Check it out .
  • Blog Post: The intentional slowdown

    The Daily WTF has a funny story around intentional slowdowns . I have one story to share as well. Back in the college days, when we were still busy with exams and courses, some of my friends started working at various companies in our city (Bucharest). One of them managed to get a contractor position...
  • Blog Post: Flicks - A gesture based scrolling interface in Vista

    If you have a Tablet PC or a touch-sensitive model, check out Pen Flicks. Here is a video capture of Pen Flicks in action: I just found this nifty little feature after installing Vista on my old Tablet PC and it works great. It works on any list box in any application (Internet Explorer, Outlook, Shell...
  • Blog Post: The evolution of customer support

    - 2000 - You call their customer support. “Wait a second – did you actually install an application after installing our sound card? We don’t support this configuration. <hang>” (and that guy will likely get promoted for solving most support calls in record time). - 2001 – You call their customer...
  • Blog Post: The next generation of storage management is here!

    Storage management is complex, we all know it. For many people, even the simplest opeartions in a SAN look like black magic. It's no wonder why - if you want to, say, create a brand new 5 TB file share using your brand new your SAN box: you need to create a new LUN in your SAN, mounting it on a machine...
  • Blog Post: Yet another 3D photo wonder is now available - Microsoft Photosynth is available for preview

    Try it here: http://labs.live.com/photosynth . It is an interesting approach of building a 3D world from a bunch of 2D photos taken anywhere. Coincidentally, Microsoft just released 3D maps in Windows Live Local, which also succeed to build 3D models of cities simply by getting data from a camera...
  • Blog Post: Lock-free programming: used now in games!

    Lock-free programming is a performant multi-threaded synchronization technique that allows you to safely manage in-memory data in a controlled manner. In its essence, the idea is to write your multi-threaded programs without using locks. Why is this better? For one thing, using OS constructs like mutexes...
  • Blog Post: Vista is now shipped!

    A new OS is born - and I hope you will like it!
  • Blog Post: Datacenter in a box

    This is an interesting concept. This datacenter looks like a simple cargo container that can be deployed anywhere. To deploy their cluster, all you need is: 1) A 500 kW electricity source 2) Good network connections. 3) A hose with cooling water 4) A truck to move the container to...
  • Blog Post: The new must-have gadget: Flash laptops

    The entire world is now slowly shifting to Flash-based storage in mobile devices. The latest trend is to get rid of harddisks in your laptop - and you will have longer battery life, faster shutdown/reboot, better shock-resistance. Not to mention that flash memory takes less space than a harddisk. Fujitsu...
  • Blog Post: Vista - any opinions? Let us know. It's not over yet...

    Vaibhav Kamath asked on one of my previous posts if there will be any UI changes after Vista RC1. The answer - no major changes, of course. Just fit & finish at this point. If you have any comments or issues around Vista, please log them on our forum , or even in the comments area of this post...
  • Blog Post: Vista RC1 is now done!

    Whew! Time for a beer :-) http://blogs.technet.com/windowsvista/archive/2006/09/01/453491.aspx The new OS runs pretty sweet on my dev box (aside a few bugs that I noticed and which are mostly already fixed in newer builds).
  • Blog Post: Gartner redesigns Windows Vista

    There is an article in Techworld.com mentioning a curious research report from Gartner implying a redesign of the Windows Vista code base, around virtualization. Huh? To quote from the article: Instead, the research firm predicts, Microsoft will be forced to migrate Windows to a modular architecture...
  • Blog Post: Render yourself in XBox 360 games

    Lately, there are several 3D photo technologies coming from Microsoft like Photosynth and Photo Tourism . A new one is 3D facial mapping in XBox 360 games. How does it work? Upload a few photos of yourself (using the XBox Live Vision Camera ), and create a 3D model of your face. You can then use "yourself...
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