Monthly Archives: April 2005

Constructive Criticism

I just reviewed Mr. Pirillo’s response to my views on his take of Windows Longhorn Preview Build (5048). I was also reflecting on my choice of words and my friend Fernando’s response to the post I made about Chris. Yes, I was harsh, too harsh and I apologize for that, but calling someone’s work $#!@ was taking it a bit too far I still believe. The point remains that Mr. Pirillo’s comment was way out of context in terms of the situation. Microsoft has made it definitely clear that build 5048 is not what you think it is or suppose to be yet.


There is some disappointment within the Windows community over aspects of Longhorns value, specifically in areas such as the key pillars and a murky understanding of what the fundamentals are. I would prefer if Chris categorized his commentary within that context, this would obviously mean his frustration is with software, not hardware or better yet a lack in deeper evangelism of the key aspects of Longhorn that are significant to the typical Windows users. As for Paul Thurrott’s criticism of build 5048 I would say the same too, but his criticism was specifically towards the development process itself and not the end result.


But Chris, you seem to watch a 5-minute demo presentation and jumped to a doomed final conclusion of what Longhorn is all about. This is where constructive criticism and feedback comes in and it is clear that Longhorn is ready for that. Its definitely not for all Windows Enthusiast, but it does give the appropriate users the chance to gather their thoughts, carefully critique the OS and take notes in time for the beta.


Most of you would say I am too confident in what is looking more like vaporware by the builds, but only good can come from this. The hurry it system has been obviously phased out at Microsoft and I do believe they are looking at the end-to-end scenarios from all angles. The true meaning of Longhorn has not yet been revealed but is being crescendoed slowly but surely. There is a direction for Longhorn and it will be revealed in the right places at the right time. It has started so far with the hardware (not as clear as we all would like it to be, but it’s a “start”), next up is beta 1, PDC 2005 and then Beta 2.


So there is definitely opportunities for users to offer there input into the development process and at the same time make a positive impact. Microsoft is definitely listening and its up to us to know when and where to apply our input. As for developers and users, no one takes priority over the other, it is up to both parties to create the immersive experiences that Longhorn is all about, so I think that comment there again is biased and inconsiderate about the users should be at the very forefront. Software development is what runs Microsoft and knowing how to write code, ok Chris, just remember that.


So once again you are not thinking before you put cursor to electronic paper, you simply jump the fences and make ridiculous accusations about a Company you clearly have no understanding of. Your idea of Windows might not be necessarily the same idea as every Tom, Dick, Harry and Mary Jane. You speak in a tone that correlates to the same dictatorship messages that are derived from the Open Source Community.


The propriety of Microsoft and the Open Source Community does not mix, and my understanding of everything you have said relates specifically to making Windows Longhorn open source, which is basically answered with HELL NO, it ain’t gonna happen!


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AntiSpyware Beta 1 – Definition Update [5713]

There are new updates for Microsoft AntiSpyware beta 1 today. To ensure you have the latest definitions, click Help > About Microsoft AntiSpyware > under "Microsoft AntiSpyware system information:


Spyware Definition Version: 5713 (4/29/2005 8:46:14 AM)


You can acquire the updates by ensuring you have AutoUpdater turned on (Options > Settings) or File > Check for Updates (Manual)


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HP Introduces Windows X64 Desktops

Hewlett-Packard on Monday introduced business desktops and workstations with security features designed to take advantage of the security enhancements planned for Microsoft’s upcoming Longhorn operating system. HP is also introducing business desktops and workstations offering the new Microsoft Windows x64 Edition operating systems.


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Shameful Comments by Chris Pirillo [Longhorn 5048)

I have been reading some of the comments across some of the Windows enthusiast websites concerning the latest pre-view build of Microsoft’s next version of Windows code named Longhorn (Build 5048). It is embarrassing to know that they actually allow people like these into technical conferences such as WinHEC just to bash products still in development and make stupid comments about it. The most stupid comment comes from Chris Pirillo otherwise known as the dumb terminal. I would have expected that Robert Scoble would have informed him about the development process of Longhorn, long ago.

Here is the comment Chris Pirillo made:
When someone asked why they were doing this, Chris Pirillo quipped, "because it looks like #$%," which I thought was the appropriate response.

Paul Thurrott (Day 3 WinHEC Blog)

For someone like Chris to call himself a Windows Enthusiast is an embarrassment to the entire Windows community. You are commenting on a product that is still obviously in Alpha stage, software that is targeted specifically to hardware developers, not UI designers, build 5048 does not emphasize on anything about User Experience, that is what beta 2 is for. Microsoft has made it clear that the present build of Longhorn is not final and should not be judged until beta 2 when users will see and understand what the final product will look like. Yet Chris publishes a rubbish heap of babble on his website that just makes him look and sound even more stupid.

If I wanted to critique Longhorn I would have at least had the decency to wait until beta 1 or PDC to start casting judgment. I believe that Longhorn will be an exceptional release of Windows in its final state. So far it is a long journey to that special promise land. Microsoft is already beginning to take the first steps by working with the people who are most important, the hardware manufacturers (OEM’s) who will start to create the hardware today that will run Windows Longhorn in the near future. Chris did not seem to realize that, and decided instead to make the most stupid assumptions about a product that is still a year and a half away.

Chris should be using his time more wisely and start dedicating it to Mac OS X and Linux, Lord knows the Windows community would not miss him one bit. His babble about Power Users does not make an iota of sense, its just garbage, garbage and more garbage! Probably Chris was expecting Longhorn Build 5048 to make him break fast in bed or get his old job back at Tech-TV, but surprisingly it didn’t happen with Shannen or Arvinds preview presentation. I respected Chris before this and even excused his annoyance with Office Outlook, (I still don’t understand why he hates and still uses the product, its beyond me). But his unnecessary disrespecting of products has pushed me to post this. I just hope he can start thinking about what he is saying before he puts cursor to electronic paper. I am not a Microsoft apologist, but I believe everybody deserves their fair opportunity to make their point, in the case of Microsoft its beta 1 of Longhorn; Chris did not give them that chance.



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Jim Allchin interview by Robert Scoble.

Robert Scoble recently asked Jim Allchin some questions that were posted by members on Channel 9, check out the interview here

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Longhorn News Batch – April 28th

Longhorn will run on some older PCs too

SEATTLE–Although Microsoft is recommending that computers be pretty modern to fully run the next version of Windows, Longhorn will probably also run on a good number of older machines.


That’s the good news. The bad news is that Longhorn is going to look and run quite differently on those older systems. Computers with a 3GHz processor and 512MB of memory, for example, will get all of the bells and whistles including fancy graphics and the ability to handle multiple video streams.


Microsoft XML guru sees power for the people

For insight into how Microsoft plans to drive upgrades of its nearly ubiquitous Office desktop application suite, talk to Jean Paoli.


While he doesn’t work in Microsoft’s Information Worker group, which oversees Office, Paoli does influence the development of the product. He’s a co-creator of the XML data formatting standard, and as the senior director of XML architecture at Microsoft, he’s involved with a wide range of products, including the development of Office 12 and the upcoming Longhorn edition of Windows. 

Microsoft admits failure to deliver

Microsoft has slammed its XP operating system admitting to hardware developers in Seattle that the company has failed to deliver by not “thinking through end-to-end scenarios.”


The software giant’s apparent gaffe appears to be a reverse strategy to switch the spotlight onto new capabilities available only through its Longhorn OS, due for release late next year.


The disclosure came in a speech by a Microsoft Vice President, who effectively badmouthed the company‘s form on networking and hardware support for its latest version of Windows.


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Can Longhorn improve laptops?

SEATTLE–Microsoft’s Bill Mitchell wishes consumers were as excited about buying laptops as they are about buying cell phones.


Unfortunately, says Mitchell, head of the company’s mobile PC efforts, there are good reasons 700 million cell phones were sold last year, compared with about 50 million laptops. Portable computers are too bulky, too slow and too quick to run out of juice, he told a crowd of computer makers Tuesday.


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The real question is, can a Tablet PC purchased today run Longhorn next year?


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Longhorn Will Feel Your Touch

SEATTLE — Microsoft plans to include touch screen functionality as a feature of the operating system in the next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, the company says.


Support for touch screens will come in addition to support for pen-based input that Microsoft currently offers in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.


Microsoft hopes the support in the operating system will move PC vendors to add touch screens to their mobile PCs, especially Tablet PCs, says Susan Cameron, group product manager at Microsoft.


"We believe that the dual-mode input option on [Tablet PCs] will appeal to users," Cameron says.


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No Sidebar – 64-bit/32-bit install option for Longhorn

Microsoft builds 32-bit and 64-bit builds of Longhorn every single day now. Neither takes precedence over the other. The two versions are co-developed and will be launched simultaneously. There will only be one version: During install, you can choose between the 32-bit and 64-bit version if you have a 64-bit PC. Nice.


It looks like the Sidebar is gone from Longhorn, which is a sore loss.


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How sad, the Sidebar had so much potential, but it seem to have had a deep dependency on WinFS.


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Longhorn WinHEC News Batch

Black Box for Longhorn

SEATTLE–In a move that could rankle privacy advocates, Microsoft said Monday that it is adding the PC equivalent of a flight data recorder to the next version of Windows, in an effort to better understand and prevent computer crashes.

Quick Peek at Longhorn (PC World)

We last looked at an alpha of Longhorn, Microsoft’s next-generation operating system, in May 2004. We were even able to get elements of the Aero desktop running, plus took a look at the ambitious WinFS file system.

Since then, Microsoft has removed the advanced filing system WinFS and made other key changes. Microsoft released an updated alpha of Longhorn, Build 5048, at this year’s WinHEC (the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference).

Longhorn Medicine for the Enterprise

Opinion: Short on features, Longhorn could use a spoonful of sugar to sweeten the sale.

Enterprise customers may go to 64-bit computing and Longhorn not so much for what they are as for what they aren’t. Count on it (because Microsoft is): Longhorn and 64-bit will sell because they aren’t Windows XP and 32-bit. They will sell not because they are loved or because they get people genuinely excited, but because they promise a measure of pain relief.

How Big will Longhorn Get?

One of the things you seldom hear Microsoft officials talk about is how many lines of programming code go into Windows. It’s a reasonable assumption that Microsoft’s operating system has grown in size in its 20-year history, with layer upon layer of new features added while major chunks of legacy code remain intact. By some estimates, Windows is comprised today of some 50 million lines of code. And it looks like Longhorn is shaping up to be the biggest Windows version ever. 

I’ve asked Microsoft folks about the projected size of Longhorn repeatedly over the past year or so because, in my mind, it indicates growing complexity and, for a company still trying to get Windows’ security vulnerabilities under control, a potential point of concern. If hackers are able to find holes in 50 million lines of Windows code, doesn’t it stand to reason that they’ll have a bigger target with, say, 75 million?

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