Augmented reality marching forward

Occasionally people are questioning those fancy 3D Vista examples, or anything beyond today's 2D graphical interfaces will easy man-machine interaction. And, to be honest, it is not always – or even close to impossible – to predict how most people will interact with their PCs a decade from now. Microsoft Research Projects recently presented at…

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Script# to tame the JavaScript beast?

10 years ago, JavaWorld was wondering if JavaScript has a future. Today, JavaScript has emerged as the most widely deployed form of a “runtime” available. Nevertheless, most of the of the criticism raised a decade ago still applies. Despite the ECMAScript standard (a common, portable subset of JavaScript implementations) existing implementations and side-effects are tied to Browsers. Developing…

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The computer book market as a tech trend indicator

Tim O’Reilly recently published a truly insightful analysis of the computer book market. Looking at the second quarter 06 computer books market provides clues what is hot. Obviously the real-world distribution of computer languages cannot be determined from book sales, on the other hand this is a true indicator what is coming up. Looking at the…

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Rest in pieces, WEP: Retire your WEP based WLAN equipment today

I’ve always had this uneasy feeling about WEP secured wireless networks, so when I moved to my current apartment a year ago I purchased WPA enabled devices. Unfortunately this means I cannot use and will not buy a number of nice devices (such as digital cameras with WLAN) secured only by WEP. A lot of…

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Flash + Hard Drive = Speed + Battery

If you have seen a recent presentation on Windows Vista, you may have noted that fully using new hardware is a recurring theme. So is the use of flash memory. The presenter might have also mentioned “hybrid hard disks with flash memory”. So how can a hybrid flash/hard drive help speed up Windows Vista? The…

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The Robots are Loose!

Something completely different: Did you know there is actually a Microsoft Robotics Group?Today, at the RoboBusiness 2006 conference they announced Microsoft Robotics Studio. Microsoft Robotics Studio makes it possible to program both real world robots or hobbyist hardware (such as Lego Mindstorms NXT or Fischertechnik) in .NET. A list of third party hardware featured at…

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Into the Lions Den: Vista @ Black Hat 2006

I almost overlooked it: Stephen Toulouse posted it last week in the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog: As part of our ongoing security efforts, several talks have been submitted for the Black Hat Security Conference 2006, and a total of 5 have been accepted. You can find the track description here. And yes, Internet Explorer…

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How to record/capture Windows Vista demos

Grant, working for the Platform Adoption Center, has come up with a method to capture Windows demos. Several people discovered the hard way that software-based methods can no longer capture all the GPU powered graphical greatness of the UI. Also, most capture utilities simply no longer work for that reason. Grant has come up with…

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Follow the dots…

I’ve tested my recently purchased a Nikon Coolpix S5 compact digital camera. I’ve played with the Macro /Close Up feature and for testing I took a photo of a printout (done on a HP Color Laserjet 3700). To my astonishment, the photo cleary shows the “yellow dots”. As you may know, most color printer manufactures…

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ScreenSpaceLines3D for WPF

Daniel Lehenbauer has posted an update for his 3D tools for WPF on GotDotNet. This version is compatible with WinFX Beta 2 and Windows Vista Beta 2 and adds a community-owned implementation of “ScreenSpaceLines3D”. ScreenSpaceLines3D are 3D line primitives for lines with a constant thickness when projected on your 2D screen. WPF does not contain…

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