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Microsoft Unveils Surface Computing
June 3, 2007, 4:00 am
Filed under: Microsoft, Technology
Microsoft Unveils Surface Computing

Microsoft has unveiled its latest innovation, a coffee-table shaped computer that responds to touch and everyday objects like cups and plates through the special bar codes, called Surface is essentially Microsoft computer tucked inside a black table base, topped with a 30 inch touchscreen.
Surface is the first commercially available surface computer from Microsoft Corp. It turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, interactive surface. The product provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. In essence, it’s a surface that comes to life for exploring, learning, sharing, creating, buying and much more. Soon to be available in restaurants, hotels, retail and public entertainment venues, this experience will transform the way people shop, dine, entertain and live.

Five cameras sense nearby objects so users can interact with the machine by touching or dragging their fingertips across the screen, or by placing objects such as plates and cutlery tagged with special bar codes labels.

Microsoft Unveils Surface Computing
Unlike most touchscreens, Surface can respond to more than one touch a time. The intuitive user interface works without a mouse or keyboard, giving people direct interaction with digital content.

Some of the first Surface models are planned to help customers pick out new mobile phones. When customers place a phone down on the table, Surface will read its bar code and display information about the handset. Customer can also select calling plans and ring tones by dragging icons toward the phone. Guest sitting in some hotel lobbies will be able to cluster around the surface to play music, then buy songs using a credit card or rewards card tagged with a bar code.

In some hotel restaurants, customers will be able to order food and drinks, then split the bill by setting down a card or a room key and dragging their menu items onto the card. Visit Microsoft Surface (Site takes some time to load, so have patience)

Microsoft Unveils Table top Computing



Light up your Web with Microsoft’s Sliverlight
May 14, 2007, 5:42 pm
Filed under: Free Stuff, Internet/Web2.0, Microsoft, Technology
Light up your Web with Microsoft's Sliverlight

Microsoft’s Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET–based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Sliverlight deliver enhanced media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web that incorporate video, animation, interactivity, and stunning user interfaces, create richer, more compelling Web experiences that take greater advantage of the client for increased performance and stunning vector-based graphics, media, text, animation, and overlays that enable seamless integration of graphics and effects into any existing Web application.

Microsoft’s Silverlight gives support for both Mac and Windows browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox . Silverlight enables developers and designers to easily use existing skills and tools to deliver media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web.

Download Microsof's Sliverlight



Run Windows Vista on Slower PC
January 13, 2007, 5:17 am
Filed under: Microsoft, Tips and Tricks, Windows Vista

If you love Windows Vista and want to install (on slower PC) or installed on you PC and after installing you have to wait long to windows vista to boot up as your PC don’t meet the minimum configuration criteria as mentioned by Microsoft. I also feel the same when I installed Window Vista on my PC. My PC configuration is :

  • CPU: Pentium 4
  • Hard Disk: 80 GB
  • Ram: 256 MB

I was also not satisfied with the way this operating system startup then I applied the below remedies. The below steps will enable you to enjoy Vista Operating System with low system configuration as I am running it on my PC:

1.Boot Up Window Vista
2. First switch the control Panel View to Classic view (it will make easier to work).
3.Go to Program And Features.
3.Click Turn Windows Features On or Off.
5.Now a POP UP will appear on the screen with Name “Windows Features”. Since the Vista (assuming you have got windows Vista ultimate) is advanced version of Windows with varied capabilities that are unmatched with any of the earlier versions of Operating System, it includes as default the games and other services which are more advanced and heavy for running with low RAM and system configuration.

What I did here is as follows :

In Games,
I unchecked the unwanted games.
In Print Services,
I unchecked the option Internet Printing Client.
Remote Differential Compression is unchecked.
Tablet PC Optional Components is unchecked.
Windows DFS Replication Service is Unchecked.
Windows Fax and Scan is Unchecked.
Windows Meeting Space is Unchecked.
Windows Ultimate Extras is Unchecked.

Windows Vista Settings
If you are not sure what is the function of the various items listed in the window, just hover it with the mouse and the system itself will give a information box about the option so hovered.
Now click ok, this will configure some settings of Windows and take some time. After which the system itself will ask to restart. Restart the computer which also will take more time than usual.

After the system gets restarted, Right click on Desktop icon My computer (If it is not visible on Desktop, then go to start menu and right click computer). Here click properties. In properties click Advanced settings and click continue. Under Advanced tab in Performance box click Settings. In this select Adjust for best performance. Now click apply and OK. This will bring the system to Windows 98 look.

Now the main settings :

On desktop, Right click and choose personalise. Now choose Windows Color and Appearance. Here Choose Windows Vista Basic in Color Scheme and click apply and ok. This will bring back the looks of Vista. Enjoy improved performance with Complete Vista look.

Windows Vista Settings
Please note that after all the above steps snipping tool and Window ultimate features will not be available as before.



Set Video as Desktop wallpaper using DreamScene
January 12, 2007, 2:14 pm
Filed under: Downloads, Microsoft, Technology, wallpapers, Windows Vista

DreamScene, Microsoft’s Windows Vista ultimate feature allows you to set any video from your computer as a desktop wallpaper (Watch Video). You can select any high quality video for your desktop wallpaper the same way you select a stationary wallpaper. This effect will not result in any extra electrical consumption if you are using dreamScene on your laptop and even pauses the video to save battery power.

Requirements for running Windows DreamScene :

  • Windows DreamScene supports only .mpeg and .wmv video file formats.
  • Windows DreamScene video support requires a graphics card that supports Windows Aero.

For computers that do not support the Windows Aero desktop experience, this Extra still has something to offer: Windows DreamScene adds new positioning options for backgrounds, including stationary pictures. Download DreamScene zip (size: 26.96 MB)

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Run Screensaver as Windows Vista Desktop
January 10, 2007, 3:08 am
Filed under: Media, Microsoft, Tips and Tricks, Windows Vista

You can run a any screensaver as your Windows Vista Desktop. It will not degrade your system performance. It involves a bit of a hack. So are you ready to give a try ? But if you are not a Windows power user, you can do the same thing via an application that automates the process. This tool will enable you to select the screen saver and schedule start-up rendering, absolutely no code involved! You can download the application via this link.

But if you want to get your hands dirty, here is the manual method. (courtesy of Long Zheng). Alternatively, you can also access the SoapBox video demonstration .

  • First Boot your Windows Vista.
  • Open the Spy++ tool, which is used to assist in software debugging. If you don’t have a copy, download it here.
  • Use the “Window Search” icon, which is the binoculars icon in the toolbar.
  • Drag the “Finder Tool” on to the desktop. The area surrounding the desktop should be bordered. Release mouse. Click “OK”.
  • An item called “Folder View” should now be highlighted in the main window. Go up 2 parent items, and find “Program Manager”.
  • There should be a bunch of characters on the left like “0002010C”, record this set of characters.
  • Open the Hex to Decimal converter
  • Insert your set of characters into the “HEX value” box. Copy the resulting “Decimal” value. This is your “Handle ID”.
  • Open command prompt. Type in >, you might end up with . Click Enter.

“With this practical yet simple method, you can emulate the look of Desktop Aurora without any system modifications or heavy impact on performance. However, it must also be said that this approach is very flawed, as it has several downsides that makes it impractical to use for extended periods of time. The concept is extremely simple. Run a screensaver on the desktop. But with the added power of DWM, you can get all the cool Glass effects on top of the screensaver, so it’s just like a real wallpaper. Screensavers has always supported the ability to be called to render on any surface to assist in development. But we can also utilize this method to create an interesting desktop background effect,” stated Zheng.

Ending the screensaver process via the Task Manager will terminate the desktop screensaver. But feel free to experiment. mystify.scr, ribbons.scr, aurora.scr and SSBranded.scr will all deliver an intense experience. “Whilst the result is fancy for a few minutes, it becomes impractical because the desktop icons are overlapped by the screensaver rendering. But since DWM renders on top of the screensaver, you get all the fancy translucent effects with the screensaver,” concluded Zheng.



Perform the Right Mouse click on Keyboard
January 10, 2007, 3:06 am
Filed under: Microsoft, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, Windows

Perform right click on the keyboard using SHIFT + F10 KEY
It is so easy to perform right click on keyboard if your mouse is not working.

Steps:
1 First Select a file/folder(obviously).
2 Press the SHIFT + F10 key will perform the Right click of mouse.



Now Windows Vista Wow
January 9, 2007, 1:57 pm
Filed under: Contest, Microsoft, Windows Vista

windows Vista Wow Contest
Microsoft says “The countdown to the release of Windows Vista has officially begun. With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas as the backdrop, and joined by a world of software and hardware partners, the “Wow” has definitely started. Here’s just a taste of what you can expect when Windows Vista makes its debut on January 30.”

What is “Wow?”
Most exciting moment in your life which you have captured in your your camera, thats “Wow”. Pick your own videos or Photos and show the World your “Wow”.

You can win something special from this Windows Vista “Wow”. This contest is open for worldwide. Microsoft select one lucky winner per qualifying/region, and one grand prize
winner from the globe. Contestant must be 18 years or older and a resident of participating countries.(Official Rule)

What Microsoft Windows Vista “Wow” will offer to winners?

Grand Price: Global Prize winner will receive a high definition video camera and a seven-day trip for two to experience their choice of the world’s most stunning vistas: Sydney’s Harbor Bridge and Opera House; Beijing’s Great Wall; Agra’s Taj Mahal; York’s Empire State building, or Paris’ Eiffel Tower.

Finalist Prize: Only one per qualifying country/region- will receive their choice of a deluxe Windows Vista Ultimate desktop and monitor or laptop, loaded with all the features that make Windows Vista a “Wow” worthy revolution in PC computing. Go Wow, Windows Vista Wow Get Ready