Really Odd Spam…

I check my junk email folder every now and then.  Its a bit humorous the lengths some people will go to misspell Viagra.   But yesterday, some really odd spam arrived – 55 messages in total over about an hour and were sent to one an external alias I subscribe too. Other than a vague references to stock…


What does it take to run Aero

I receive a lot of questions internally and from partners about what it takes for a system to run the desktop composition Aero them.  The answer isn’t straight forward – desktop composition is much more demanding than XP’s GDI based window management.   Composition requires more system memory, good video memory bandwidth, decent shader performance and…


Graphics Memory Reporting in Vista

Vista manages graphics memory in a much more sophisticated way than XP.  In XP, the graphics driver was responsible for this; XP drivers report the amount of graphics memory however they want.  In Vista, the WDDM manages graphics memory and knows much more about it.  The new DXGI API’s report three types (or categories) of graphics…


No marketing people were hurt in the naming of this feature….

In the description of MIke’s recent Channel9 interview, Charles hints that Marketing named the feature.  Actualy, this was what we (the dev team) called the feature from the very begining!  Its one of the few internal code names that stuck as an acutal Marketing term. 


ISRs and DPCs, The Silent Killers

Hardware interrupt service routines and deferred procedure calls can be the silent killers of system performance.  ISRs and DPCs are the highest priority code that runs in the system – they cannot be pre-empted by the OS and run to completion. ISRs and DPCs that run too long – or too often – can eat…


Channel9 has a good video of Mike Fortin discussing what our team does.

Channel9 has a good video interview of Mike Fortin where he dicusses what our team does and goes into good detail on SuperFetch, disk layout and defrag, and other interesting topics.  See