Monthly Archive for January, 2009

30 things that make Windows 7 rock even more

As seen on Nick Hodge’s blog: The bumper list of windows 7 secrets.

Windows 7 nice-to-have

One feature I’ve not seen anyone implement yet and I would love to see Windows 7 implement is the ability, in presentation mode, to disable all (but the critical) system tray notifications, this includes software pop-ups, IM’s and notifications.

Back in the consulting days I always had to remember to kill all the system tray apps that might pop something up before starting that major preso. Since Windows now goes to the effort of offering to present your desk top in presentation mode, it would be nice if it would automatically supress these kinds of notifications.

QT License to be changed from GPL to LGPL

As mentioned all over the internet, including here, QT (formerly owned by Trolltech and now owned by Nokia) is about to be relicensed as LGPL (lesser GPL).

This is good for many reasons, the main being that it brings it into line with the GTK, making it easier for companies that sell software for a living to still sell there software, while using QT without having to GPL their own code.

Worth noting as well, QT is the toolkit behind QTopia, yet another (relatively slick, if still junior) mobile platform.

Mono 2.2 Released

Mono 2.2 has been released with a plethora of updates. One of the more interesting updates is the increase to performance they seem to have gotten from changing the code generation engine.

I Heart Windows 7 Beta

So not being one to be able to ignore a good xkcd comic, I caved in and tried to install Windows 7 Beta on my good old Dell Inspiron 6400 last night.

Now given the troubles I’ve been having with Vista on my M700 at work and media centre at home, I’ve got to say I was a little sceptical.

But I have to say, I am seriously impressed. I basically did the install, rebooted once into a fresh system at a restricted 1024×768 resolution, and then after 2 minutes was asked to reboot after having installed updates.

After the second reboot I was logged into a full high-res, aero, running slick looking machine with all my drivers installed and all devices recognised. This was the same feeling I got when I installed Win98 SE on a machine after having struggled with Win 98 for so long. A breath of fresh air.

Anyhow, I need to have a little play with it to see how it behaves during normal use, but so far, it’s already light years ahead of my Vista experiences.

Update: I don’t think I made it clear just how fast the install process was above. I mean all I had to do set a few options and kick off the install. 15-20 minutes later I had a working usable system.

Awesome new MINI Augmented Reality Ad (in reality)

DG has an awesome post about a cool new augmented reality ad set up by MINI.

Golden xkcd about Windows 7 and Vista

http://xkcd.com/528/

Mono gets accessibility

According the Miguel, Mono gets support for accessibility using ATK in linux as the underlying framework.

iphone 3G hack released

Again, some-what belatedly, the iphone-dev guys have cracked the iphone-3G sim lock, calling the application yellosn0w. At this stage even the latest iphone firmware (2.2) is crackable, and the’ve even made it as easy as running QuickPwn on an upgraded iPhone and then selecting the yellowsn0w application from cydia.

Great work from the iphone-dev guys I say:

http://blog.iphone-dev.org/post/67797811/dont-eat-yellowsn0w

iphone 3G hack released

Again, some-what belatedly, the iphone-dev guys have cracked the iphone-3G sim lock, calling the application yellosn0w. At this stage even the latest iphone firmware (2.2) is crackable, and the’ve even made it as easy as running QuickPwn on an upgraded iPhone and then selecting the yellowsn0W application from cydia.

Great work from the iphone-dev guys I say:

http://blog.iphone-dev.org/post/67797811/dont-eat-yellowsn0w