Ajit Monteiro

Windows 7

Posted in Microsoft, Random Links, UI, Windows 7 by amonteiro on September 23, 2008

If you are interested in windows 7 you should be reading Engineering Windows 7. Its a blog with detailed articles about the ideas, thoughts and challenges encountered while developing Windows 7 written by Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky, both very high up in Microsoft (click their links for wikipedia entries).

The first Windows 7 videos have also hit the web. They can be found here at Life Hacker.


DreamScene (Preview) Released

Posted in Microsoft, Random Thoughts, UI, Video, Vista by amonteiro on February 14, 2007

DreamScene (Preview) was available for Vista Ultimate users yesterday. For those who don’t know, its a Windows Vista Ultimate Extra that allows users to use a video as their desktp background.

I have been playing with it a bit, and I’m glad its still a preview, not a full release. It still needs some work; The one video that is included with it crashes for me.

Other video’s however do work, and my CPU utilization hovers at about 35% with most of them. This isn’t bad considering my computer is only a Dell Inspiron 6000, 1.6Ghz with 1GB of RAM. I could see it being worth it on a faster computer, however I’m still not convinced I want my wallpaper moving, seems like it would be too distracting; Maybe on a secondary computer.

If you have had the chance to install it, here are some additional scenes to download. Unfortunately they are all on Rapidshare.

Here’s the DreamScene demo that’s been going around…

My Exposé (for Vista)

Posted in Apple, Microsoft, OSX, UI, Vista by amonteiro on February 12, 2007

My Exposé (for Vista)

Here’s is an interesting app that gives you OSX’s Exposé functionality, in Windows Vista. If you press F9, or swipe your mouse to the top left corner of the screen, you get to see all your windows side by side. You can then click which window you want and that will be the selected one. You can also customize what button or which corner is used.

A nice alternative to Flip3d and Alt + Tab. It is also open source in case you wanted to learn how its done or improve on it.

My Exposé ( – Via the How-To Geek)

Note: I had to download and install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package to get it working.

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…

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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.


Posted in Random Links, UI, websites by amonteiro on December 6, 2006

If you ever need to know where a zipcode is in the US, heres a little app that gives you a visual representation.

– Via Gadgetopia

The Future of UI’s

Posted in Linux, UI, Video by amonteiro on November 29, 2006

Here is an interesting video showcasing what XGL can do. For the uninitiated its… “an X server architecture designed to take advantage of modern graphics cards via their OpenGL drivers.” (XGL wikipedia page).

Although the demo is mostly eye candy and would not be helpful in a real world environment, like the bouncing windows and matrix style animated backgrounds. some would definetely increase productivity especially when they move into multiple cubed desktop.

Here is the video…