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  • Sean Alexander (and others) - Windows Vista Sidebar and Gadgets

    jsrfc58 wrote:

    Don't you mean Konfabulator was a glint in Steve Jobs eye? That "widget" project was released in February 2003.  When did the Longhorn pre-beta come out?

    Well, Paul Thurrott had screenshots of the sidebar as far back as November 2002. Make of that what you will...
  • Sean Alexander (and others) - Windows Vista Sidebar and Gadgets

    You realise, of course, that the sidebar and gadgets were seen in the Longhorn pre-beta long before Apple's Dashboard was even a glint in Steve Jobs eye...
  • Bill Gates - A short chat with Microsoft's Chief Software Architect

    Nice video, good to see Bill is still enthusiastic about what MSFT are up to. I'm more intrigued by Office 12 than ever.
  • Shishir Mehrotra - WinFS beta 1 team meeting

    Beer, yes WinFS sits on top of NTFS at the moment because it currently makes more sense for it to do so (performance, compatability, tried and tested resiliance etc) but that doesn't necessarily always have to be the case.

    After all, SQL Server 2000 can already use raw partitions for storing databases and it's not that big a step from there to storing files directly in the database rather than externally on a file system.
  • Iain McDonald - Talking about release candidate of Windows Server 2003 R2 (and other stuff)

    2003 R2 is a pretty cool product. I'm glad it's a bit more public now as it's been difficult biting my tongue to avoid mentioning it whenever W3bbo brings up POSIX compliance...

    The *nix interoperability stuff in it is supremely cool.
  • Emily Rimas - Tablet PC Education Pack revealed

    The litte tools in both the Education and Experience packs are really neat, they really show the Tablet design off well.

    Hexic, is completely and utterly addictive though. More so than even Spider Solitare!
  • Windows, Part IV - Dave Probert

    Time for the almost obligatory Windows Internals link. It is by far and away the best reference material on what goes on inside the bowels of Windows.

    A truly fascinating and insightful read.

  • Bill Reid - Introducing the Shared Computer Toolkit

    dentaku wrote:

    I just wish the old password protect box appeared in the Sharing and Security tab. It would make it so much easier and people would actually use it. The way it is now, regular people can't see any way to do this so they don't and this makes them less secure than they used to be with the old OS (not that I would ever want to go back to Win98).

    It's missing because Share Level passwords were a nasty hack to add security to an inherently insecure OS (Win 9x)

    You can achieve roughly the same level of security by password protecting the Guest account and then allowing it to access the shares. Or by creating local accounts on the machines and restricting their access to the machines.

    If either of those option starts looking inflexible or inadequate, you should really be thinking about running a Domain, be it Active Directory or (if you can live with the reduced functionality) a Samba setup.

    I'll grant you that this isn't easy enough for home users, but their weren't many home users with home networks when XP came out. From what I've heard, Longhorn should go a long way towards simplifying smaller sharing scenarios like that.
  • Steve Ballmer - Quick chat with Microsoft's CEO

    Orbit86 wrote:
    the development systems were able to run Windows XP on it...

    You will be able to run Windows on a Mac. You won't be able to run Mac OS X on a non-Apple PC. Simple as that.
  • Steve Ballmer - Quick chat with Microsoft's CEO

    Orbit86 wrote:
    I don't know why Linux code is cancerous if Windows got the reputation of having BSOD and crashed all the time..disk defragmentation..

    The reputation for BSODs comes from the 9x line. It's dead, stop harping on about it. NT based OSes have never suffered frequent BSODs and on XP in particular they are a very rare thing.

    As for disk defragmentation, WTF? You're aware that all file systems suffer from fragmentation, right? It's an inherent problem which is impossible to solve.

    You can get defragmentation tools for the Mac but with Linux you're out of luck. Of course you can choose to believe the "you don't need to do it" rhetoric but then Microsoft were saying that about NTFS when it first came out...

    Orbit86 wrote:

    Apple has like 1 anti virus program..

    Norton Antivirus, McAfee Virex, Sophos Antivirus ...

    But hey, why let facts spoil a good argument, eh?

    Orbit86 wrote:

    I don't think you would have to buy new can run on regular Intel machines....

    I'm fairly sure that Stave Jobs has already made it very clear the Mac OS X will still require Mac hardware to run, you won't just be able to stick it on any old PC.
  • Landy Wang - Windows Memory Manager

    msemack wrote:

    Assuming you have multiple drives, the best place for the pagefile is the middle of the most-used partition on the least-used drive.

    The best place is the only partition on a dedicated drive on a dedicated controller. Anything else is a compromise of some sort.

    And even that's assuming all the drives are similar speeds. Which may not be the case.
  • Landy Wang - Windows Memory Manager

    Beer28 wrote:
    Are there any major differences between the way windows handles memory pages and the way unix or linux handles pages?

    Yes, lots. I guess, since this is a Going Deep video, that it is time for the obligatory Windows Internals link. Smiley

    Beer28 wrote:

    Is there any major differences between the page file and swap?
    Why not have a privilaged swap partition instead of a file?

    NTFS stores everything in files, even the MFT. That way it can move sections of them around if there are corrupt sectors. It also means they can be dynamically resized as and when is necessary.

    Again the Window Internals book goes into a lot of detail about this.