I'm not sure about this async/AJAX forum loading thing. I imagine performance will get better when the new c9 is moved to the "real servers", but then I go over to on10 (where they've only got 2 pages of posts), which already appears to have async forum
loading, and I find the experience excruciatingly slow compared to today's Coffeehouse (at least most days). And even with better performance, I think seeing that progress animation makes it feel slower than it really is, especially when coming to the forum
page 1 from elsewhere.
Edit: Of course it doesn't help that the new forum page appears to be about 100KB not even counting the actual forum topic data, whereas the current c9 home page is about 35KB
I'm intrigued by this app provisioning thing. The example in the video appears to be some kind of client side HTML/JS/Silverlight app akin to an HTA or Vista Sidebar Gadget. What other types of apps will be supported? XBAP? ClickOnce? Standard MSIs or
How do you launch the apps? Will there be Start Menu integration or will they be listed within some Live Mesh specific location (or do we just sync the shorcuts/favorites)?
My issue with requiring LiveID isn't privacy or tinfoil hattery, but that I find it a PITA on a number of other sites that use it, primarily because it doesn't remember my password when I tell it to. I want to log into c9 and stay logged in on the two PCs
I use to post here.
Seems like Akamai Download Manager doesn't works in IE7 on Vista...
When normal MSDN Subscriber's links will be available?
Works for me.*
Not that the initial experience was that good. I had to disable the popup blocker for that site. It wouldn't save to my downloads folder on another drive It popped up some ancient stone age file save dialog box, and it immediately said it had saved the file
to my temporary internet files and asked if I wanted to open that folder. I eventually figured out it was probably referring to some stub file listing the downloads to be "managed" and not the actual download.
Once I got past all that the actual download seems to be proceeding at a reasonable pace.
*Edit: I take that back. This Akamai cr*p is an f*ing joke on Vista. When it asks you if you want to open the temporary internet files folder, DO IT!. If you don't, you'll spend the next half hour trying to figure out where it put your f*ing
download (navigating there afterwards wasn't showing the Vistualized folder). I finally found it by starting another download and answering yes to open the folder and there it was.
If, as the FAQ says, one of the reasons for using Akamai for Top Downloads is to "evaluate alternatives", then I say the evaluation= FAIL.
This piss-poor experience has really put a damper on my excitement. Hopefully I'll perk up a bit when I install VS2008 later tonight.
PS: I know this probably isn't the VS team's fault but that of the MSDN people. Congrats on shipping. I'm looking forward to using VS2008!
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