Sunday, November 30, 2008

South Park Studios

You can actually watch all the South Park episodes online at www.southparkstudios.com. Here's the URL for Hell on Earth 2006...

http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/103799/

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Yahoo! unveils new CEO search

Yahoo! is looking for a new CEO after an announcement today that cofounder Jerry Yang is stepping down from the top job as soon as a replacement can be found. This latest news comes just days after Google pulled out of an advertising partnership with Yahoo due to anti-trust concerns. It's hard to believe that the two events are unrelated. Perhaps this is a move designed by the Yahoo! board to entice Microsoft back to the negotiation room. Yahoo stock is currently trading at $10.60, well below the $33 a share offered by Microsoft back in May. $33 now looks quite optimistic but I doubt shareholders would be willing to accept a significantly lower offer. Only time will tell. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has openly denied that Microsoft is still interested in a takeover.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Windows Internals, Fifth Edition

It looks like Mark Russinovich and David Solomon will have a new version of Windows Internals available in the first quarter of 2009. This fifth edition will be updated for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. I understand that Alex Ionescu has also contributed to the book. You can preorder a copy on Amazon.

Monday, November 17, 2008

More on Windows 7 Client Features

Here's a pretty comprehensive review of the features available in the M3 build of Windows 7. Take a look at the videos.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Windows 7 M3 Screenshots

Some screenshots of the Windows 7 Milestone 3 build have emerged on CNet, presumably taken during WinHEC this week. Milestone 3 is the last major build before Beta.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Antitrust concerns kill GoogleY!

GoogleySteve Ballmer must have been smiling over his breakfast cereal today with the news that Google has pulled the pin on a search-ad partnership with Yahoo due to antitrust concerns.

Microsoft offered to buy Yahoo earlier this year but the deal was rejected at $33 a share. Yahoo shares are currently trading at just under $14. Perhaps this latest news will renew merger talks.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

RDP Performance Whitepaper

How well does Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP 6.1) perform in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista? Read all about it in this RDP Performance Whitepaper.

The whitepaper quantifies the bandwidth requirements for ClearType font in different applications and for Desktop Themes with varying color depths. It quantifies the bandwidth required by the compositing DWM in Windows Vista and describes the bulk compression options in RDP 6.1.

The whitepaper is quite a good read if you're interested in using RDP in low bandwidth environments. You might consider disabling ClearType, using the Windows Classic theme and reducing your color depth down from 32bit.

Visual Studio 2010 CTP

You can now access the Visual Studio 2010 CTP over at Microsoft Connect. Click here for the download page. The CTP is pre-installed in a virtual machine so you'll also need a copy of Virtual PC 2007, also free to download.

Monday, November 3, 2008

PowerGUI.org

New to working with Windows PowerShell? You might want to take a look at the open source script editor available from PowerGUI.org. The tool is free to download and there are a number of power packs available to automate many common tasks. One recent power pack provides Hyper-V management capabilities and will save you a lot of time when working with virtualization. Happy scripting!