The thing I'm most hyped about with XPS is that (according to this video) spooler size is much smaller than it use to be (approx 1/5th).
Perhaps the companies I work at never have enough printer memory, or this is a hardware issue, but I've found color laser printing to be extremely slow, even when working in reasonable DPI (ex: I often use 300dpi in Photoshop, which in laser terms is considered
very low) and printing a 5"x5" image can take up to 5 minutes while the printer spools!!!!
At around the 34min mark you mention how newspaper sites let you view old newspapers and if it's possible to view old versions of the Microsoft website. This is apples and oranges, BUT you can view old revisions of Microsoft.com (all the way back to 1996).
I wanted to point out at the 12 minute mark you come to a realization that I have been preaching for over a year and no search engine has touched on yet (except Lycos).
I truly believe the future of search engines is NOT in the list format we currently use, imho it's time that somebody creates a rich search engine that takes the keyword and realizes what do do with it.
If I type in the term "Terminator" I should get boxed sets of results and the neural net realizes Terminator is both a movie (so 1 box of movie reviews, 1 box of places to buy DVDs, 1 box of movie info).
The only search engine that has done this (and it seems nobody realizes the power of it) is Lycos. Go search for "Beatles" and look an the right of the screen. This is the beginning of what I'm talking about.
I got a weird vibe from this. When I think Google, I think of a huge company with 4000+ employees working on search realted products and services. Then I see this video, and I think "MSN Search - 2 guys in an office." Not the best advertising, is it?
If you haven't noticed, EVERY video features 1 or 2 guys (I've never seen more than 4 or 5). But these projects have dozens of developers working on them, it's just that only the Project Managers from each project are on the video.
If you think only 2 people create MSN Search, then you'll have to believe only 2 guys make MS Office (with it's 10 million lines of code) and only 5 guys create Visual Studio with all of it's features and languages.
I don't see what you guys are talking about when it comes to quality, while I haven't done a side by side comparison but I'd say the video quality looks the same, but the real annoying part is that the audio is low quality 8kbps.
Please, please use at least 16kbps audio from now on, 8kbps sounds like the mic is inside a tin can. I'd rather have great audio and so-so video than great video and so-so audio.
And like the previous poster pointed out, it's now been 4 days and still no download video is available (which might have had better audio quality too).
>> Jamie said "There should be some sort of monthly - bullet point >> exec memo "The best of Channel 9" - that they must read - >> so they are at least briefed on the major threads and >> discussions - maybe just the top 5".
That's the best idea I've heard on here for improving the site.
There should be a two types of noteable videos, "Most Watched" links that have a date cutoff of 30 days, calculated by diving the total number of views by the number of days since posting. As then "Most Popular", which is tallied by what posts have the most
forum chatter. Both of which could be top 5s, making a totol of a top 10 list.
And the coder who can somehow merge these two lists and order them intelligently is a sharp coder.
To a degree I have say that the concept behind clippy was innovative, but the implimentation absolutely was not.
The idea of having "something" there to aid you is a good idea, but there's something annoying about a bouncy little paperclip that aggressively suggests what you want to do.
You could say that Office 2003's "Task Pane" is partially similar as instead of animating and suggesting, it merely has lists of things you probably want to do, and they are also categorized into many pages within the pane.
I might be stretching this too much, but I just felt like it was a point worth exploring.