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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Convert files to XAML, win a Dell XPS laptop

Michael Swanson posted the contest today: If you create and submit a file converter to XAML, you can win one of three Dell XPS M1710 laptops. Here’s the catch: It must be one of the following file formats, and you must submit your entry by October 29th. Valid 2D input formats are: Adobe® Flash® (.SWF), Adobe…


Vista RC1 + Office B2TR == Happiness

In case you have not seen Jensen Harris’ announcement, you will be able to download Microsoft Office Beta 2 Technical Refresh (B2TR) by the end of this day. Office B2TR is a huge improvement in terms speed and memory consumption. In fact, running on Windows Vista RC1 the combination of Office B2TR and Vista RC1…


Ways to speed up Vista

Depending on who talk to, people will tell you how happy/unhappy they are with current Windows Vista performance. Like most of my colleagues, I have installed the July 2006 CTP (Build 5472, available from the MSDN subscriber download). On the machines I am using, performance (compared to XP on the same PC) varies wildly. My private…


New ATI and NVidia drivers for Windows Vista Beta 2

Beta 2 of Windows Vista is just out, and this is reason for the major hardware vendors to offer updated Beta 2 drivers, or drivers with extra utilities. ATI offers new Catalyst Drivers for Windows Vista Beta 2  and NVidia has released ForceWare Drivers for Windows Vista Beta 2. If you have not yet downloaded…


.NET Rocks all over TechEd: Developers/Barcelona (and how to win a ticket)

I hope to see many of you at Tech·Ed: Developers Europe Nov 7-10 in Barcelona, Spain. I am one of the people responsible for the content there, taking care of “Windows Desktop and Mobile Development” sessions to be more exact. We’ll cover an exciting mix of WPF(formerly Avalon), WinForms, Mobility features (such as tablet, ink and WPF), Windows Mobile…


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…


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…


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…