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    more comments...

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    Eli asked about OpenGL, Direct Draw, and WPF, and how they work with Desktop composition... OpenGL can go through one of three paths in Windows Vista depending on how your computer is configured. MSOGL - this is an implementation of OpenGL 1...
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    OpenGL desktop rendering on Linux...

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    there's an odd title for an msdn blog post... and yet, I'm linking to it anyway... It's nice to see the linux community catches up with what we demonstrated on Windows at WinHEC two years ago. What do folks think of this sort of thing? If you've seen...
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    Use a lot of memory...

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    I have been using Konfabulator for a few weeks now and recently noticed how much memory it uses. with six widgets open it was consuming just over 75 megs! It's a great utility but the memory usage seems very high. Then after looking a bit closer at what...
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    Exposé and The 30" Cinema Display

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    I saw the new 30" Cinema Display at the Apple Store this weekend for the first time. I gotta hand it to them - it's great. The price is still way to steep for me to give up my Dell 2001FP , but it was really interesting to use. What really amazed me was...
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    Flip3D, Exposé, Aero Capable hardware, and Sample Code...

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    Lots of comments after the "John Tokash" post a while back... I got a handful of requests for sample code for how to do the live window previews like we use in the updated Taskbar in Windows Vista. I'll post some samples once Beta 2 has been released...
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    Tinted Windows

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    I finally got around to reading Paul Thurrott's write up of the December CTP of Windows Vista . I was pleasantly surprised to see that he likes the new Window frame colorization feature we have as part of Aero. With this feature, we reprise some functionality...
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    Mark leaves MSFT

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    Mark thinks we have forgotten how to ship software and that we haven't kept up with how the world has changed around us. Longhorn has definitely been a long haul - no denying that. But we've made a heck of a lot of great steps along the way with Server...
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    Rio Carbon

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    Earlier this week I was given a Rio Carbon as a thank-you gift for doing a big presentation for another team at work. I was really impressed at the generosity, and also with the player itself. Then I got it home and tried to use it. And this is where...
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    John Tokash likes Flip 3D

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    John Tokash made a nice comment about Flip3D in his blog entry about dinner with Jim Allchin . He did as one question in his post that I'd like to address: I wish they’d shown more of Flip 3d and the active thumbnails that rise up from the start...
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    How To: Podcasting with Windows Vista

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    One of the neat things about an operating system is how different parts of the system can come together to make a richer experience by virtue of being on the same platform. In this case, you can use the RSS enclosure functionality in IE7 along with WMP11...
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    Instant Viewer & Intellipoint Software for Windows Vista

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    The new Intellipoint Software for Windows Vista has a great feature that builds on the DWM API called "Instant Viewer". It allows you to remap the click-wheel to bring up a grid view of all your open Windows like this:
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    Back on Channel 9!

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    In late December, I sat down for another interview on Channel 9 . It took a little while to "bake" over the holidays, but it finally got posted about a week ago. I know some folks are asking for the source code for the demo that was shown, you can download...
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    Vista Wallpapers

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    The Windows Vista blog links to some great Vista wallpapers.
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    Camera RAW Codecs for Windows

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    One of the features we added in Windows Vista was a platform to support for decoding camera raw images in Windows Photo Gallery (and later Windows Live Gallery), Windows Explorer, and Win32 & WPF applications. The camera IHV community has done a great...
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    Don't Panic!

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    I saw " National Treasure " this weekend, and before it started, there was a trailer for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy . If you don't know what this is, it's definitely worth looking up on the New MSN Search . Very exciting. Also very exciting...
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    Customer Service

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    So I bought a new Audiovox Smartphones recently - and with it a plan from ATT Wireless (before the merger with Cingular) that included unlimited data for something like $25 a month. I've been really enjoying the unlimited data - especially because Windows...
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    Car PC MCE

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    Sean Alexander found what has got to be just about the coolest car-pc mod I've seen to date . Hosting Windows XP Media Center Edition in the dashboard is very cool. He's even got a great video walkthrough . What a great use of MCE! I wonder if there's...
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    Aero on the cheap...

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    I've seen a handful of comments in the press lately about what kind of graphics hardware will be necessary in order to run the new Windows Aero UI features on a Windows Vista computer. So as an experiment, I thought I'd take a few minutes and price out...
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    Sean McBride asks "Windows Vista Aero... Why again?"

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    I came across Sean's blog while figuring out how to register with Technocrati... He recently got around to watching my channel 9 interview from last fall and asks some questions about what we're doing with the UI for Windows Vista. Here are some thoughts...
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    Mike remotes the DWM from a Virtual Machine

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    Mike Kolitz posted some instructions on how to get Aero to run in a VM by using remote desktop to connect to the VM through our updated RDP client. This brought to mind something that people often ask me about the desktop composition system and its...
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    Boot Camp!

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    Boot Camp is a public beta of a utility from Apple that will let you run Windows on your Intel Mac. Nice to see the folks in Cupertino recognizing the excitement about running Windows in the Mac community. I'm super impressed that they did this! Way to...
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    Mary Jo Foley says Leopard looks like Windows Vista

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    When we did the visuals for Vista, we worked really hard to get a to a look and feel that was streamlined, efficient, and modern. We knew people would compare what we're doing to what other companies do, but I never expected this .
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    DPI Scaling in Windows Vista

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    Someone posted a question via the blog recently asking about how Windows Vista supports high DPI displays. Here's a quick summary of how it all works: You can find the DPI settings in Windows Vista by right click'ing on the desktop and selecting "Personalize"...
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    Kam’s adventures with HDV

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    I recently purchased a Sony HDR-HC3 high-definition camcorder, to capture some vacation footage with my family, and It’s been an adventure to work with. I got some good results in the end, but not without some bumps along the way. First – some background...
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    exposé using DWM API

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    Greg Schecter has been blogging extensively about the DWM API's in Windows Vista lately. It's definitely worth a look, as he does a great job outlining the possibility of what you can do using the DWM on Windows Vista. One great example I saw recently...
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