December, 2005

  • Steve Clayton

    new Intel logos!

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    ooooh, shiny shiny!

    Intel powered machines to now get a logo that shows which the type of processor inside - which I'm sure my mum cares about a great deal. Seriously though, there is a new font there too! Wonder if we'll start to see mini versions of the Intel logos on (Windows) mobile devices soon?

  • Steve Clayton

    Interview with the Windows Vista kernel team

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    Ouch, my head hurts after listening to this...but it is very very interesting. Rob Short and some of the architects go deep - thanks C9!
    Nice to know someone cares about stuff like fast boot and shutdown - two of my pet peeves right now but I guess most of us don't really think about why a shutdown requires the OS to ask a whole bunch of other hardware whether they would mind a shutdown :)

  • Steve Clayton

    Tweak Freak

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    The tweak freak in me means I am always looking for ways to optimise my PC experience - I must have played with 20 or more new utils durign 2005 such as TaskSwitch XP, Windows FX and more. My essential utility is the TweakUI pack from our own Windows download site which lets you do stuff like turn on the Windows wallpaper during logon, change menu speeds and much more. Trivial stuff I know but when you spend forever looking at the screen I like it to look how I like it to look. I also like the ClearType tuner and for my Nikon D70, the RAM Image and Thumnailer and Viewer is a must (beware, 47mb download!).

    A great source for this kind of stuff is Comuter Zen - aka, Scott Hanselman's page which is chock full of cool stuff to make your PC life even easier. One thing he does mention is Magnifixer for zoom in functionality but this has just been usurped by Intellipoint 5.3 which when used with a new mouse like my Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 6000 (very Star Wars!) allows you to click the additional button on the mouse and zoom in with full functionality so that stuff like hyperlinks works. Tres cool.

    Oh, and before I finish - I just found another cool tool. A non-supported util from our PSS guys that allows you to mount an ISO image as a drive called the "Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel for Windows XP".  Nice!

  • Steve Clayton

    Sony goes WMA

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    Sony's latest foray in the to mobile music world has just added WMA - in addition to their normal ATRAC format which hasn't really taken off. Their new NW-A1000 device looks quite cool (though bigger than I thought it would be when I handled in John Lewis today) and uses a cool OLED display and the latest firmware update adds WMA. Nice to know they're joining the Windows Media world though it remains to be seen if it will support Plays for Sure hence the Napster To Go service I use.

  • Steve Clayton

    Motorola RAZR skin for Pocket PC Phone Edition

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    It never ceases to amaze me how people want Windows Mobile devices to look like other devices. A while back there was the iPOD skin for Pocket PC (which I've lost the link to) and now a Motorola RAZR style skin for the phone on Pocket PC. It does look pretty cool though and only costs about a quid in real money!

     

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