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  • Styling Longhorn OS components

    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...
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  • Joe Beda becomes one of us!

    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 that Google will be releasing. I also wonder how...
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  • Avalon XP

    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. I also wondered if having an Avalon for XP and an...
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  • Are you sure you want a 3D desktop?

    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 if your operating system and all the applications...
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  • Longhorn Alt-Tab for Cyrus

    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 Alt Tab, so this picture is from my camera.) So as...
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  • Apple's new Dashboard

    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 aspect is that the widgets are created with XHTML...
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  • Ian takes on the new Apple 30"

    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 is the cause. The second entry offers up an alternative...
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  • IFE: Input, Focus & Event

    Have you ever wondered what IFE means while reading MSDN document on System.Windows.ContentElement class? It states, ContentElement Class is a DependencyObject with IFE. As it turns out, it stands for Input, Focus and Event. Next document refresh will definitely clarify its meaning. (This posting is...
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  • TheRHogue's Avalon 3D Samples

    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 or write comments on this entry
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  • WinHEC Avalon Slides available

    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 the experience by rendering with local hardware...
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