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It’s been almost a year since I made this post regarding Windows 7 (and let me be the first to admit that in retrospect that comes off really Apple fanboy-ish, and after using Win7 @ work for the last month or so, it’s actually a terrific update to XP & Vista and a great OS in its own right), but this is just too damn familiar to another OS-vendor-specific store…

I understand that grand opening store excitement isn’t a copyrighted feature of ANY retail store, but come on…

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Via The Denver Post:

Microsoft Yahoo Merger

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Official Site Here

From ReadWriteWeb’s writeup:

…Regardless of the attendance, one thing is for sure: with nearly ubiquitous access to cameras and video equipment, this will be the most well-documented inauguration, ever. Now, the Microsoft Photosynth team has announced that they will be making the event even more memorable – by creating a three-dimensional “synth” of the inauguration from your photos.

Sounds pretty cool, right?  So how does one participate?

1. Take one photo of the moment when Obama takes the oath. If you have a digital camera with a zoom lens, take three photos (wide-angle, mid-zoom, full-zoom)

2. E-mail each photo as soon as possible to themoment@cnn.com (one photo per message, 10MB size limit). Don’t forget to include your name in the message if you’d like to appear in the list of the contributors. Please only send in photos you took yourself.

3. Go to cnn.com/themoment to see all of the photos in our photosynth

The good news? Anyone with a digital camera can participate and take part in recording history. In addition to the Photosynth project, all of the photos will also be shared via iReport. Then, there’s the bad news. If you want to see the finished work in all its glory, you have to have access to a Windows machine. Photosynth is only fully supported support Vista and XP currently. But they do offer an experimental Silverlight-based Photosynth player for other platforms. (I used the experimental viewer and it worked very well.)

Brian you should so get in on that.

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Pretty sure that’s a previous generation MacBook Pro/Powerbook too.

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So, in the grand scheme of things, I would classify the ability of a laptop to effectively enter and exit sleep/standby as one of the most important features of the device.  It severely hinders the portability of laptop if you have to wait 7 minutes for it to boot up every time you’d like to use it, or if your battery is being drained constantly because your device is always on.

Having said that, it utterly fails my comprehension why anyone would buy a Windows-based laptop, when my experience with Windows standby has a ~30% failure rate.  In fact, I’ve come to the point with my work computer where, if I actually choose to attempt standby, I purposely stop and save any critical work.  This is ridiculous.

My iBook is about as effective as birth control when it comes to sleep/wake performance.  I mean, it even doesn’t fail when you do the put-to-sleep-oh-shit-didn’t-mean-to-wake-up-right-after thing, which you better not even think of doing with a Windows machine (Gotta wait at least 3 minutes before attempting a wake).

And I realize what the stock answer for this type of behavior is: “Windows doesn’t get to handpick its hardware like Macs do.”  Well, that may be the case, but for such a mission critical feature, you have to do better than that.

Figure it out.

Maybe you should spend less time creating an animated dog to go along with your shitty file search feature and more time figuring out why your standby sucks.

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Windows Vista Fixed Edition Windows 7 was revealed today by Microsoft at the Professional Developers (Developers Developers!) Conference in LA.  

Best feature that I’ve NEVER (</sarcasm>) seen before in any OS: Being able to choose what wireless network you want from the Taskbar!

If Only Macs had the same feature…*snicker*

All joking aside, it actually does look like a legitamite update to Vista.  Major UI and usability improvements, and I dig the idea of allocating zero video memory to non-focused windows (which should improve snappiness of the OS UI).

 

More info @ Gizmodo

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The hilarious rascals at Penny Arcade illustrate what we were all thinking with regards to the new Microsoft commercials starring former M$ Patriarch Bill Gates and funny man Jerry Seinfeld discussing such important technological matters such as shoes and “the common people.” (Apologies for no direct links to videos, as YouTube is blocked @ work).

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