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  • Blog Post: A simple way to access Shadow Copies in Vista

    In the past, I presented various ways to browse these mysterious device objects called "shadow copies". Shadow copies are static images in time (snapshots) of your volume contents, at some point in the past. These shadow copies are volumes on their own, with a file system namespace accessible...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Vista is now shipped!

    A new OS is born - and I hope you will like it!
  • 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: 12-disk SATA storage box for less than a grand

    ExtremeTech has a review of the Norco DS-1220 eSATA storage box, which can accomodate up to 12 SATA disks. The price is pretty low (on Newegg.com it is $840 without disks). I computed a small table that shows how much it will cost for a simple JBOD configuration. So, for less than $3000 you can get six...
  • 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: WS-Management? Already here in Vista!

    WS-Management is a new web services-based management protocol. It's SOAP-based of course, and it is compatible with the rest of the specifications in the WS-* Web Service stack, like WS-Transfer, WS-Enumeration, WS-Addressing. WS-Management is enabled in Vista (and Longhorn Server) in several ways. On...
  • Blog Post: New hard drive price war coming

    Seagate, Hitachi and Samsung will compete for more price cuts for harddisks in the near future. The toughest competition seems to be on the low-end, 80 GB harddisk models. So, what do you think the new non-rebate price would be for, say, 160 GB drives? [source: USA Today ]
  • Blog Post: Vista speech recognition? It actually works... :-)

    Long Zheng gave it a try and he was impressed ( along with lots of diggers). He recorded the video on his own laptop, with the embedded microphone. He was using the July Vista CTP build 5472. If the original video fails to start, here is a cached version of the same video (which apparently was...
  • Blog Post: Time Machine: Vista Previous Versions are now making their way into Mac OS X Leopard...

    Mac OS X Leopard incorporates now a previous versions feature called Time Machine - similar with something that we added in Windows Server 2003 a while back, and recently in Windows Vista as well. If you just read the text at http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/timemachine.html it looks a lot with...
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