Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word

October 2008 - Posts

  • Microsoft Aims To Make .NET Sexy Again

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    Microsoft has been working hard to make their brands attractive. Silverlight and Surface are prime examples of the stylistic approach they have been trying to achieve. Well, after 8 years, the .NET brand is getting a makeover too.

    Frankly, it’s about time. This is a far cry from the days when Microsoft would tack that ugly old logo onto the end of ever damn thing they would make (Remember the .NET Enterprise Servers anyone?) Let’s just hope that what they show off at PDC on Monday is just as sexy…

    [via Chris Koenig]

  • First Windows 7 Patch Released

    Microsoft released an emergency Windows patch today, based on a 0Day attack that is already in progress. It affects most versions of Windows, including Windows 7. If you’re reading this, you need to install the proper patch now.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have about 17 different systems that need to be updated.

  • Windows Media Center Gadgets for SideShow RTM

    Today, Microsoft released the final first version of the Windows Media Center Gadgets for SideShow. This package includes 4 gadgets:

    • TV:  Browse the program guide, schedule recordings, and browse and play back recorded TV shows
    • Music:  Browse and play music
    • Pictures + Videos:  Browse pictures on your device and play slideshows and video
    • Now Playing:  Provides information on what is playing in Media Center and provides playback controls like those on your Media Center remote

    Unlike other gadgets in the past, Microsoft has released both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the gadget pack. So make sure you download the right one.

    I do not have a SideShow device, so I can’t provide my own opinion on these gadgets. But I’ve heard they’re pretty cool. So if you try them, please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

  • Not Even a Beta, “Windows 7” Gets a Name

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    AFAIK, this is the earliest that a Windows release has ever been named. It’s not even a beta yet, and the marketing has already begun. I think that is probably good news… especially for the people that have been covering “Windows 7” in earnest. Because the new name for the next release is… “Windows 7”. No, seriously.

    So sites like, ShippingSeven, the other ShippingSeven, and others, don’t have to go through the pain of switching domains like I had to a couple years ago. Thanks a bunch, Microsoft.

    Anyways, like many of you, I get my first hands-on with Windows 7 next week at PDC. I’m still finalizing my plans, so I’m not sure what my coverage is going to look like… but it ought to be very interesting indeed.

    Let the games begin!

  • Why Vista Maximized Windows Are Black

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    Raymond Chen has the answer.

    This is a performance optimization.

    For a not much longer version, read his post.