Ajit Monteiro

Vista Faster Than OSX on a Mac

Posted in Apple, Microsoft, OSX, Vista by amonteiro on January 30, 2007

Although I hate the Vista vs OSX debate, its hard for me to let this article slide, without being guilty of fueling it myself. lkahney at Cult of Mac has a write up on Vista running on a Mac. The synopsis is “[It] really flies on this beast, and feels like it’s faster than OS X – it boots faster, folders burst open and apps launch instantly.”

I know this won’t squash the which is better debate (even though it came from a Macblog) but if it convinces a few people to give Vista a chance, that’s good enough for me.

On to the full article…

Random Mac Vs PC Humor

Posted in Apple, Humor, Microsoft by amonteiro on January 27, 2007

Microsoft Norway Uses an iMac to Show Off Windows Vista

Posted in Apple, Video, Vista by amonteiro on January 26, 2007

Here’s a video of Microsoft Norway showing off Vista on an iMac; it has created quite a buzz on the blogosphere. I don’t really understand what all the fuss is about, Microsoft is a software company, and contrary to popular belief they don’t make PC’s. If people bought their operating system for a Mac that would expand their market.

On to the video…

UPDATE: The inquirer has another Apple on an iMac sighting, with pictures 🙂

“There were several Apple computers on display, but the most prominent one, an iMac with a 24-inch didn’t run Mac OS X, but rather soon-to-be-released Windows Vista, in its Ultimate Edition.

Vista MCE: Online Media/Program Library

Posted in Microsoft, UI, Vista, Windows Media Center by amonteiro on January 18, 2007

There was a little surprise waiting for me in the Online Media/Program Library section of Vista’s Media Center today. Microsoft has (finally) released content from their partners. This was seen at CES but wasn’t available to Vista RTM users until today. I took some screen-shots to share…

Online Media/Program LibraryOnline Media/Program LibraryOnline Media/Program LibraryOnline Media/Program LibraryOnline Media/Program LibraryOnline Media/Program Library

I tried to capture all the images and sections in each category but haven’t gone through them all yet. If you have any questions or need more details about a particular section feel free to leave it in the comments and i’ll get back to you.

Vista Gadgets

Posted in Gadget, Microsoft, Vista by amonteiro on January 17, 2007

I just finished creating my first Vista gadget and was surprised at how easy it was. All it is, is a html and an xml document and any web developer should have no problem creating one. Heres the quick synopsis of how its done (taken from MicrosoftGadgets.com).

“Creating a gadget is a process that should be familiar to any web page author.

  • Create a directory to contain the gadget files.
  • Create an HTML page that does something interesting
  • Create the XML file for the gadget manifest
  • Test the newly-created gadget from sidebar.
  • Close the gadget to make changes as necessary.
  • Open the gadget again in the sidebar to view changes
  1. Open the Sidebar
    1. a. Click the Start button, then click on All Programs. The Windows Sidebar can be found under the “Accessories” folder.
  2. Locate your gadgets folder.
    1. In a “Run” prompt (Windows Key+R), type

      “%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets”

      without quotes

  3. Your gadgets folder will now open. It will be something similar to:

    c:\Users\<your user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets

    Some gadgets are located in the Program Files folder, but gadgets for a specific user are under this hidden folder.

  4. Create the gadget folder
    1. Create a folder called HelloWorld.gadget inside the Gadgets folder. Gadgets must be a folder whose name ends in “.gadget” for the Sidebar to recognize the gadget.
  5. Create the HTML file
    1. Use something capable of creating an HTML text file, such as Notepad. The HTML file should contain the following content:
  6. HelloWorld.html

     

    <html>
    <head>
    	<title>Hello, World!</title>
    	<style>
    		body {
    			width:130;
    			height:50;
    		}
    	</style>
    </head>
    <body>
    	<span id="gadgetContent" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 10pt;">Hello, World!</span>
    </body>
    </html>
  7. Finally, create the gadget manifest
    1. The manifest file must be named “gadget.xml”
    2. Make sure to change the extension from .txt to .xml, typically by changing the option for “Save as type” to “All Files” and then typing “.xml” after the file name.
    3. c. Also make sure the file is saved with UTF-8 encoding.
  8. The XML file should be contain the following content:
    gadget.xml

     

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
    <gadget>
        <name>Hello World!</name>
        <namespace>Example.You</namespace>
        <version>1.0</version>
        <author name="Your Name">
            <info url="www.example.com" />
        </author>
        <copyright>2006</copyright>
        <description>My first gadget</description>
        <hosts>
            <host name="sidebar">
                <base type="HTML" apiVersion="1.0.0" src="HelloWorld.html" />
                <permissions>full</permissions>
                <platform minPlatformVersion="0.3" />
            </host>
        </hosts>
    </gadget>

You may also want to use Paint to create an icon file, and give it the same file name that you specify in the above gadget.xml file. This is optional; the Windows Sidebar will provide a generic icon if you do not have an icon.

Click the “+” symbol at the bottom of the Sidebar. In the Gadget Gallery, you should see “Hello World!” (as defined in gadget.xml) in your Gadget Gallery”

Read the rest at MicrosoftGadgets.com

Winamp Gadget

Posted in Gadget, Microsoft, My Code, Vista, Winamp by amonteiro on January 17, 2007

Winamp Gadget v1.0I was bored this evening so I decided to try writing myself a Vista gadget. Using Winamp Control Center (by Owen Rudge) I created a gadget that controls Winamp. It is really simple for now and only has play, next song, previous song functionality, but I plan to work on it some more so lets call this version 1.0.

Anyway if you want to try it out you can download it here.

The only prerequisite is that you need Winamp installed in the default Winamp directory for now.

Test Drive Windows Vista Online

Posted in Vista by amonteiro on January 10, 2007

You can test drive Windows Vista in a browser by visiting this link.

Apple and Microsoft: CES and Mac World Expo

Posted in Apple, iPhone, Microsoft, Random Thoughts, SideShow, Video, Vista, Windows Home Server, Windows Live by amonteiro on January 9, 2007

I’m tired of people saying that Vista/Microsoft has copied Apple. My argument has always been that these things are immaterial in the big picture. Do you hear Microsoft fans yelling “they copied” after Stevo’s keynote today, ok maybe you do :). The browse CD’s feature on iTunes and Apple TV work awfully similar to Microsoft’s offerings.

In light of this sentiment, heres a list of what I found inovative from both Microsoft and Apple Inc. (formerly known as Apple Computer, Inc.) over the last few days.

Microsoft

  1. 3D map images on live maps
  2. SideShow (here is some of what can be done with it – MCE remotes, external displays on laptop bags)
  3. IPTV
  4. Windows Home Server (Here are some video’s if you are interested in learning more – Channel9, on10)

Apple

  1. iPhone (Does everything you could possibly want from a phone, PDA, mp3 player… and it sure looks pretty too – launch video)

Update: Lots of iPhone pictures here…

Adobe Reader 8 on Windows Vista: Does Not Nork

Posted in Adobe, Apple, Vista by amonteiro on January 9, 2007

I have been hesitant to install Adobe Reader on my Vista machine since I have had a lot of problems with it in XP. Quicktime and Adobe Reader are the two widely used programs that I try not to install on my computers unless I absolutely need them. Well it turned out that I absolutely needed Adobe Reader…

The install failed to work and gave me an error saying that the temporary folder was full or not accessible. However a quick google and I found the solution. Hopefully Adobe fixes this before launch. If they release a product for an operating system it would be nice if they checked if it actually worked on said operating system.

WMP Firefox Plug-In for Windows Vista

Posted in Firefox, Vista by amonteiro on January 4, 2007

While surfing the web on Vista earlier today I tried to play an embedded .wmv video, and got an error message saying no plug-in was detected, even though I had windows media player installed. Being somewhat impatient and lazy I moved on without trying to debug the problem. However while doing some random Digg reading I came across this solution…

“If you have Windows Vista and your running Firefox, you may have noticed that you cannot download the missing plug-in for embedded Windows Media. Microsoft doesn’t even offer the plug-in for Vista, however, you can download npdsplay.dll, npwmsdrm.dll, and npdrmv2.dll and manually place them into your “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins” folder. Viola, problem solved.”