Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Finally, we get official support from Apple to boot Windows on the Intel Macs. This will definitely change the face of things. Once all the IT managers and CIOs come to realize that their investment in Windows and MS products is safe even after moving to Mac, they would be crazy not to switch. This will change the game pretty soon.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Microsoft Origami

If you keep up with the news of technology, chances are you have heard of the mysterious and rather unusual Origami web site, which apparently seems to be registered by Microsoft. So what is Origami Project you ask? Well I believe I know. As Robert Scoble said it's a new device. Basically it's a Tablet PC-like device. Probably will run Windows and will be as crapy as anything else Microsoft makes. If you have ever heard of the Microsoft Spot watches, you know that this Origami thing is going to be just another failure. Microsoft is a software company and they have proven time and time again that they just cannot create good hardware. Hell, they cannot even create good software, their primary business.

So without anything further and to sum things up, go here. Click on the big orange logo, and a window will popup. In the window, click 'enter' and from the following page click 'Work'. After that click 'Brandtheatre'. You can then click 'Microsoft Origami,' or any of other "futuristic and visionary" MS products, and see what is it all about.

Note: Microsoft might ask Digitalkitchen to pull this from their website if this news gets big, so be patient until the big MS announces all about it on March 3rd.

Update: Apparently Digitalkitchen took down their videos. Not just the Origami video, but all the future Microsoft product vidoes they had. There is still YouTube, though.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Code::Blocks

A couple of days ago I was looking for a free IDE for C++. As usual, I headed over to Sourceforge. I also ran some queries on Google. After a little looking around I found Code::Blocks. According to the web site:
Code::Blocks is a free C++ IDE built specifically to meet the most demanding needs of its users. It was designed, right from the start, to be extensible and configurable.
It comes bundled with GCC and it also gives the user the option of installing Microsoft's C++, Digital Mars C/C++, Borland C++ 5.5 and Open Watcom compilers.

I did know about Dev-C++, but I wanted to try something else. After using Code::Blocks for a few hours, I have to say that I'm impressed.

One can download Microsoft's (free as in beer) C++ compilers and use this IDE to develop Windows programs and since all of the documentations are online at MSDN there is no need for Visual C++. This set of tools can be combined with SharpDevelop and ASP.NET Web Matrix so we can have a fully functional and free development environment for a full range of technologies. From C to VB.NET, you can do it all. Good for hobbyists and students like me.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Camino Rocks!

I have been using Camino for a few weeks now and I am really likeing it. It's fast, it has many useful features, and, best of all, it uses the Gecko rendering engine to render web pages. The same rendering engine that Firefox and Thunderbird (and almost anything that can be downloaded from the Mozilla Project's web site) use to render web pages. Camino uses the native Mac OS X user interface controls, so it fits in much better and it integrates with other OS X application a lot nicer. Firefox uses the XUL framework to draw the user interface controls, so the buttons, tool bars and other elements look somewhat out of place. Firefox 1.5 is supposed to fix most the issues on the Mac platform, but it won't be out until, I predict, November of this year. So until then, I will happily use Camino. You should try it too, by the way. I'm pretty sure you'll like it.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Google <- iTMS -> Apple

Boy oh boy. Apparently the nice guys of personal computing industry are getting together with the nice guys of search engine industry. I don't know about the validity of the "rumors and speculations," but if they are true, it could be ballistic for both Apple and Google. Think about it. Google and Apple are both loved and cherished by the computing industry. Microsoft might disagree with my claim, but they don't have much to defend there.


Just like the Apple switch announcement, nobody is expecting this to happened, but if it does, we can expect great things to occur. I can't wait and see MSN Music and Yahoo Music take a huge hit because of this. I don't have anything against those two services. I just love iTunes Music Store and I would really like it if it were also accessible through my favorite search engine.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Vista = Tiger

I got a hold of the Beta 1 version of Vista over the weekend. After playing around with it a while I see many similarities between the new Windows and Apple's best, Tiger. I don't know if anybody remembers, but back when Windows 95 came out a bunch of people started making bumper stickers that said "Windows 95 = System 7.5," or something of that taste. That statement, as you have guessed, meant that MSFT 'borrowed' most of what they put in Windows 95 from Mac OS 7.5. (Basically the top menu bar moved to the bottom of the screen and they moved the icons from the right side of the screen to the left side.)

Now, after 10 years, MS is still copying ideas from Apple. Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) was everything Apple promised and more and it was on time. Vista on the other hand started as an almost unachievable 'hope' and it really stayed that way except the name, which, honestly isn't that good either.

After close examination I came to the conclusion that more than 70% of Windows Vista's features have been 'inspired' by Apple's operating systems, if not more. If you have seen the screenshots of Vista, you would know that it would have been a damn hard job telling Vista and Tiger apart, if it weren't for Vista's dark colored theme. We get drop shadows for each window, nice realistic looking icons, good search features and a lot of other eye candy, most of which look very similar, if not identical, to the Apple OS. All of the mentioned features, however, have something unique in common that the Apple ones don't, they were all implemented by Microsoft. Which means that security and usability were NOT priorities in the design process. I'm not sure if that's a feature I want.

I have said it many times and I say it again, it's a shame for the biggest software company in world to do things like this. Really. I mean there is nobody who can come up with innovative ideas at Microsoft? (Well, other than the idea of coping features from Apple.) Is Microsoft really that desperate? I don't have much time on my hand, but I would volunteer to design new features for Microsoft for not cost during my weekends if they want to. I might not be a genius but I could at least come up with some ideas that are at the minimum different from what Apple has. Different does not mean better, but at this point MSFT should just take anything they can get, because they have to ship the half-assed product by the end of next year and the clock is ticking. Fast.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

People Read Me

Apparently people read my stuff here. That's really exciting. In the beginning I just started writing stuff to keep my thought organized and to basically serve the real purpose of a blog, namely keep a log of the things I do. I did, at some point, think that It would be nice to have a few regular readers, but I never actually imagined it happening. Anyway, I would like to thank everyone who has spend a minute or two reading my nonsense that I write here. I hope I haven't wasted your time.

Windows Vista Security

In 2003 Microsoft announced a new strategy for all of their products, the Trustworthy Computing Initiative. In that white paper they described that there is a problem and it needs to be fixed intelligently and quickly, since computer software security is an important issue. Microsoft has redesigned or recreated their existing products with a major focus on security and reliability since then. Or they would like to thing so, anyway.

What does that have to do with Vista? Well a lot actually. You see Windows Vista was "designed from the ground up with security in mind." All of the components of Vista have been redesigned so they comply with new security standards. At least Microsoft tells us so. With that in mind I am going to make a bold statement here: I bet anything that the first virus that can do some real damage will appear in the first three months of Vista's release and I am being very optimistic here about the time frame. I am not planning to write it myself or do I know of anybody who is going to attempt such a thing, but I am just taking a guess. The reason for this claim is that Microsoft stopped caring for their customers a long time ago. Actually many say they never cared at all and the reasoning behind the Trustworthy Computing was that even the US Government started questioning the integrity of Microsoft's products and their security and reliability. Microsoft, sensing that this could hurt them badly, started focusing on security (or at least pretended to). They started using words like 'security', 'safety' and 'reliability', three things that Microsoft products don't have, in their announcements and feature lists. They have done, and continue to do, that to the point that some people believe Vista's a complete rewrite. Sadly they don't know that at the last minute the source base was switched from Windows XP Service Pack 2 to Windows Server Service Pack 1. Oh well, like it matters. It's the same bird, no matter what color.

Meanwhile I have to say I am loving every minute of my Mac user experience. I find myself more productive and focused on what I am doing. Not sure exactly how but everything seems very nicely integrated. Even the third party applications have a good integration and play nice. I guess there goes Bill's interoperability announcement.