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  • New Avalon available at the worst time (..for me)

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    What great timing! For the next two weeks, I am going to be home with my test box for one day , and out comes a brand new release of Avalon. Seriously I'm very excited to get it running and am happy for those involved in the release. Now we'll all believe
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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
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  • Joe Beda becomes one of us!

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    Joe Beda, development lead on the Avalon team at Microsoft, becomes one of us (well most of us) - a user of Avalon, rather than developing Avalon. He's leaving Microsoft to work for Google... That just made me a whole lot more interested in the products
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  • Avalon XP

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    Ta Da! Well that's cool. It took me a while to figure out if I was excited or not. At first I thought, it took some of the sweetness away from Longhorn. I was ready for a big revolution, one new operating system where everything was new and different
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  • Are you sure you want a 3D desktop?

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    I play Unreal Tournament 2004 a lot, not too much, but a lot. The problem is I like to push my video card for the best graphics, which in turn leads to an occasional, well we'll say not uncommon, crash. But I still love playing the game. Well imagine
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  • Longhorn Alt-Tab for Cyrus

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    After reading Cyrus' post on extreme taskbar usage , I was reminded of the new Alt-Tab feature in Longhorn. So I flipped over to my Longhorn box and opened up 22 instances of Internet Explorer and hit Alt-Tab. (Unfortunately you can't print screen the
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  • Apple's new Dashboard

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    Apple's Tiger preview has a new feature called Dashboard which will add some new power to the desktop. Dashboard hosts mini-apps called widgets, which appear to be mostly simple applications like calculators, calendars and notepads. The really interesting
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  • Ian takes on the new Apple 30"

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    Ian Griffiths goes into a thorough explanation about high-dpi monitors in his latest two entries. The first entry talks about Apple's new 30" monster monitor settling on 100dpi and how high dpi does not cause eyestrain, but OSs not supporting high-dpi
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  • TheRHogue's Avalon 3D Samples

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    TheRHogue, who frequently posts in the winfx newsgroups , has built up a collection of nice looking 3D Avalon samples which can be found on his site here . Unfortunately there is no source code made available. Landscape Generator sample screen shot Read
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  • WinHEC Avalon Slides available

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    Joe Beda has posted the links to four different presentation slide decks from the WinHEC convention. A few takeaways from the slides: WinFX is not built on GDI/GDI+ at all Remote Desktop will only need to send Visual Trees of controls not bitmaps, improving
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  • Avalon 3D info via Joe Beda

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    There's a new video on Channel 9 featuring Joe Beda talking about 3D support in Avalon. After reading posts on Longhorn feature cuts , I was starting to wonder if 3D would take a back seat. Luckily it appears that Avalon 3D will be there or at least that
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