Adam Kinney on Longhorn

Designing and Developing with WinFX

October 2004 - Posts

  • Longhornblogs.com spam

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    Wow, lots of comment spam this week on Longhornblogs.com.  I've dutifully deleted around 200 comments this week.  As I'm working on my new site, its really hard for me to think about adding comment functionality right now.  So far I'm just following Tim Bray's example where all you leave is a link to technorati that acts as a functional "trackback".

    Blargh.  I hate spam.  I don't need any casino poker chips, blood pressure medication or zithromax, whatever that is...

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  • Styling Longhorn OS components

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    At the Applied XML Dev Conference last week I was able to ask Chris Anderson about one of the ideas I have seen discussed on the Longhorn newsgroups and other areas.

    Will you able to change the theme of your OS just by changing Styles via Avalon?

    He answered by saying that the other team is building the OS while they are building Avalon, so don't count on much support for Styles in the initial release.  Which makes sense, just something to remember when dreaming about Longhorn.

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  • Google Desktop

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    Wow, this is amazing.  For those of you who were excited about WinFS and even if you weren't, you need to check out the Google Desktop.

    From the CNet article:

    To use Google's desktop application, people download the file, which is a thin 400K, or about half the size of its toolbar application. (Users must have 128MB of memory installed on their PC, but the application uses only about 8MB.) The software then scans the hard drive in the background to index the full text of Word, Outlook e-mail, Excel files, text files, AOL chat logs, and saved Web pages from Internet Explorer--a process that typically takes between five and six hours. Then as the application runs, it indexes new documents and visited Web pages in real time.

    Its amazing how Google.com has changed my web habits (no need for favorites and the capability to find anything on the web), and its exciting to think about how this is going to change desktops.

    I can now search for something like "XAML .doc" and easily find every Word document containing the word XAML.  This obviously was doable before with Windows Search, but it was normally quicker to browse through folders by hand.  Now I have a super fast way to do that and its free.  Awesome.


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  • XAML Presentation at the Fort Wayne .NET User Group

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    My first presentation on XAML will appropiately be in my home town at my old user group ("old" because I have recently passed on the leadership role).  I'll be presenting next Tuesday on the 12th.  For more details, check out the event page.


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