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    Demo: New virtualization technologies in Windows Server (Longhorn)

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    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...
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    Previous Versions in Vista - on Channel 9!

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    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 .
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    The intentional slowdown

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    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...
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    Flicks - A gesture based scrolling interface in Vista

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    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...
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    My top 10 predictions for 2006 - seven out of ten. What went well?

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    It's a funny exercise which I would recommend to you as well: pick 10 (less-predictable) predictions and see what would happen. Let's take my previous predictions for 2006 : Let's see how this game will play out: 1) Amazon will come up with more and more...
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    A server for your home

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    One of the innovative things I like in Windows Home Server is its "infinite storage pool" idea. If you run out of disk space, just add water. Errr... just add another hard disk :-) be it external or internal. It's that simple. When you add a new harddisk...
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    The evolution of customer support

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    - 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...
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    The next generation of storage management is here!

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    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...
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    Yet another 3D photo wonder is now available - Microsoft Photosynth is available for preview

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    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...
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    Lock-free programming: used now in games!

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    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...
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    Vista is now shipped!

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

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    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...
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    The new must-have gadget: Flash laptops

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    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...
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    XBox 360 awarded Good Design Award... in Japan!

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    This is surprising. I didn't know that the XBox 360 case was designed by a Japanese design lab. The machine was designed by Hers Experimental design lab. in Japan, lead by Mr. Chiaki Murata and Astro Studio in the US, under the direction of Microsoft...
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    Vista - any opinions? Let us know. It's not over yet...

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    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...
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    12-disk SATA storage box for less than a grand

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    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...
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    A bit of black magic: How to assign drive letters to VSS shadow copies... on Windows XP !

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    A while back, I wrote a post on how to assign drive letters to shadow copies. On Windows Server 2003, the solution is simple, as there is already an API (called ExposeSnapshots()) to assign a drive letter to a shadow copy device. This API can be exercised...
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    IronPython 1.0 released!

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    Jim Hugunin just published the IronPython 1.0 download path here: http://www.codeplex.com/IronPython As an open-source product, it was an interesting exercise in deep integration between a highly dynamic language to the language-independent CLR environment...
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    Media Center PCs - the end of high-end DVD players?

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    A report on hardware.info confirms what many of us already know - the end is near for those high-end, super-cool DVD players. Indeed, why buying a $2000 high-end DVD player (and now, with HD sparkling flavor crystals) when you can buy a pretty good media...
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    Vista RC1 is now done!

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    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).
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    Gartner redesigns Windows Vista

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    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...
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    Render yourself in XBox 360 games

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    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...
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    Simple probability problem

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    I love probability puzzles. Here is one I liked: There are a 100 people trying to get onto the same flight you are. The airplane has a 100 seats. You are all ready to board. You are the last one in the line of passengers at the gate. The first guy walks...
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    WS-Management? Already here in Vista!

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    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...
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    Full list of online advertising networks

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    My previous post got me thinking to the following question: what other alternatives to AdSense and shopping.com? I just found an impressive list in Charles Iliya Krempeaux's blog: http://changelog.ca/log/2006/06/05/online_advertising_network_roundup
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