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Windows 10 “continuum” design exploration

Windows Insider Program

Exploring Windows 8.1 Update – Start Screen, Desktop and Other Enhancements

Los cambios de Windows 8.1 Update 1 me parecen destinados a un montón de gente tonta y ruidosa.

Al menos 4 maneras ya había de apagar una computadora, pero nooooo, ahí van los asnos que no saben que lo son a quejarse.

Y ya tenemos la quinta, en su carota, para los lelos.

estupidos cambios

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banhammer nvidia

Nvidia ya no lanzará drivers nuevos para tus GPUs viejas

Me acordé de como hace muchos años usábamos los Omega drivers para una vetusta TNT2 M64 , pero así pasa, la tecnología avanza y tienes que usar alternativas cuando tu hardware funciona, pero para el fabricante ya no tiene caso.

After Release 340, any subsequent Windows driver release starting with Release 343 will cease to support the products listed in this section.

The Release 340 drivers will continue to support these products until April 1, 2016, and the NVIDIA support team will continue to address driver issues for these products in driver branches up to and including Release 340. However, future driver enhancements and optimizations in driver releases after Release 340 will not support these products.

Quadro, Quadro FX/CX, and NVS Workstation Products

Ya quiero oír a los expertos echarle la culpa de esto a Windows.

GeForce 8 Series GeForce 9 Series
GeForce 8800 Ultra GeForce 9800 GX2
GeForce 8800 GTX GeForce 9800 GTX+
GeForce 8800 GTS GeForce 9800 GTX
GeForce 8800 GT GeForce 9800 GT
GeForce 8800 GTS 512 GeForce 9600 GT
GeForce 8800 GTS GeForce 9600 GSO 512
GeForce 8800 GS GeForce 9600 GSO
GeForce 8600 GTS GeForce 9600 GSO
GeForce 8600 GTS GeForce 9500 GT
GeForce 8600 GS GeForce 9400 GT
GeForce 8500 GT GeForce 9300 GS
GeForce 8400 GS GeForce 9300 GE

GeForce 8300 GS

GeForce 100/200/300/400 Series Desktop Products
GeForce 100 Series GeForce 200 Series GeForce 300 Series GeForce 400 Series
GeForce GTS 150 GeForce GTX 295 GeForce GT 340 GeForce 405
GeForce GT 140 GeForce GTX 285 GeForce GT 330
GeForce GT 130 GeForce GTX 280 GeForce GT 320
GeForce GT 120 GeForce GTX 275 GeForce 315
GeForce G 100 GeForce GTX 260 GeForce 310
GeForce GTS 250
GeForce GTS 240
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GT 230
GeForce GT 220
GeForce 210
GeForce 205

Xbox one y las consolas que nacieron viejas #Titanfall

Que Titanfall use el source engine se me hace buena estrategia, ha envejecido con dignidad, es un motor maduro y que  por default tiene bajos requerimientos de sistema, y están usando el  azure de Microsoft para el cloud computing, en serio, Titanfall tiene el potencial de correr en casi cualquier equipo relativamente moderno, por lo que no deja ser increíble que estas consolas de “nueva generación” no puedan con el paquete. (hoy la xbox one lanza a 792p, con esperanzas de llegar a 1080p)

Una maquina nueva vs una PC de 2011 en este screenshot.

“The PS4/XB1 is the first generation to have technology that is worse than what is already out there. There are 2+ year old GPUs that outperform these boxes, and even budget GPUs releasing now in the $150 range outclass these machines. If you buy the highest end GPU on the market now, you have almost 3x the performance of these machines, and we are at the start of the generation. This is unprecedented.

“This means whilst the casuals are moving to mobile/web, the high end enthusiasts are moving to PC where games are better looking. The traditional consoles are caught in a pincer movement.”

titanfall

Get Windows 8.1.1 through Windows Update RIGHT NOW!

Get Windows 8.1.1 through Windows Update RIGHT NOW!

Get Windows 8.1.1 through Windows Update RIGHT NOW!

Direct MSU download links

Download and install these MSUs in this order, reboot after each one:

(Updates with a * aren’t part of the Spring Update according to the leaked ADK, but they do show up after the registry hack. Install them, or don’t, it’s up to you…)

(I added ARM downloard for Windows RT, but WiFi drivers might not work correctly, please be careful!)

KB2919442: 32-Bit – 64-Bit – ARM

*KB2939087: 32-Bit – 64-Bit – ARM

KB2919355: 32-Bit – 64-Bit – ARM

KB2932046: 32-Bit – 64-Bit – ARM

*KB2938439: 32-Bit – 64-Bit – ARM

KB2937592: 32-Bit – 64-Bit – ARM

Thanks to Arseny92 from MDL for explaining how to get these links and thanks to many other users for actually posting them!
How is this even possible??

Nobody knows for sure, but I think the registry key is an internal flag used by Microsoft employees who are “dogfeeding” (updating as soon as a new build is available for testing, almost every day) the Windows 8.1 Update. When they enable this key Windows Update will search for updates on an internal, confidential, update server, that way they will easily get the latest updates for testing and they can test if updating works properly. Another possibility is that this key was created to specifically test 8.1.1 RTM deployement. We might never know for sure…

Ubuntu for tablets

¿Vieron este vídeo de Ubuntu en tablets? Creo que mata el interés que había por ponerle Ubuntu core a la nexus 7  (en octubre pasado había un one click installer
Ahora bien, Ubuntu si fue/es la distro más popular de linux, pero ni ellos pudieron ser el Linux desktop de la leyenda, ese que sacaría a MacOS y Windows del negocio (Mint creo es ahora la más popular , hace mucho que deje de frecuentar distrowatch y similares)  pero el Ubuntu de teléfonos no ha hecho mucho ruido (ni hablemos del firefox OS, ese sólo los románticos lo estamos esperando) y esta versión tiene más oportunidad ¿por qué? Porque hay muchas tablets horrendas, chinas, baratas que están corriendo android 2.X (que es de teléfonos) y con esto por fin tendrán un SO hecho para tablets.
Y también los entusiastas, esos que tienen una tablet que tiene funcionalidad redundante con sus teléfonos, e-readers, computadoras y demás, pueden ponerse a jugar y conocer.

La última parte del vídeo…
creo que todos concordamos en que la posibilidad de que la PC y el teléfono se vuelvan uno y el mismo es casi una certeza, lo que hacía la atrix por ejemplo, que tenía docks (lapdocks) y que por lento no fue muy apreciado (¿qué esperaban?, …gente, no inventen, es ARM) o las Padfone que intentaron fusionar tablets y teléfonos, todos estos diseños son víctimas del escarnio y la burla, aunque en realidad sólo transitan la senda de la inevitabilidad y en su momento la historia pondrá en su lugar.
Diseños como los teléfonos de Deus Ex: Human revolution  (transparentes), las proyecciones del remake de total recall y los de “A day made of glass” también parecen inminentes.

Los monitores subiran de resolución, y los teclados serán más ligeros, pero en tamaño, yo creo que están perfectos por un tiempo, lo que cambiará es tener tablet PC Tablet laptop por separado, un “teléfono” será nuestra PC y tendremos muchas interfaces…los smart watch son un paso patético en esa dirección, y el wearable computing es una de las opciones que tendremos (y un campo de trabajo que pare promisorio en el mediano plazo)

UPDATE

Hablábamos de Google, de Wearable computing y al día siguiente Google lanza un concurso para hacerle llegar el hardware de Glass a más gente (no es gratis, son 1500 USD) #ifihadglass

Life without Walls

Viendo el keynote de Steve Ballmer desde Las Vegas.

Windows Live Essential worldwide availability.
Final, free, works on windows XP, Windows Vista and the new windows 7 Beta.

Windows Live+Facebook
Dell+Windows Live Essentials
Windows Mobile+Verizon = Search on the Phone.

Transforming what Windows is
Windows : In the PC+In the Cloud and in The phone.

Windows7 with Charlotte Jones (group Product Manager) and the beta of Windows 7 Intuitive navigational, snap, jumplists with right click, there are different options for Windows Media Player, Word and other programs with the WIndows 7 taskbar.

Charlotte Jones is obnoxious.
Windows 7 is more friendly with several computers, WMP uses homegroup with an option called “Play to”.

Touch enabled applications are in the DNA of windows 7
Windows mobile has flash built into.
The showed the Samsung Omnia with the dummy proof camera
They are showing Internet Explorer 8 with accelerators and some Silverlight uses in the “What’s new feed”, Charlotte used “Quick Add”, Windws live is connecting all this .
Some dynamic images fro windows messenger.
Tripod appeared on the stage before Robbie Bach singing for the Xbox.
Robbie Bach appeared on the stage announcing the new version of Sync for Ford
He was running trough subjects, the Zune part was quick and they mentioned the subscription service .
Xbox360, they have 17 million suscribers in Xbox live and 2008 was their best holiday.
Halo, its biggest franchise will get two games in 2009 Halo wars and halo 3 ODST
The NXE made gamers more social,
Xbox LIVE primetime to get specific times for events. (1 vs 100)
They made a a demo of the netflix integration for HD content (that one is not new) but its great anyway.
Metallica, AC/DC and others are using the rockband as a new way to get more fans .
Community games
Sparrow made a game that looks like an early spore level.
Social gaming
connected entertainment across three screens
The are showing smaller “surface” devices.
Semantic analysis used on the device to translate text into simulation.
Machine translation
They finally are showing new surface devices.
Ok, the crysis, IT industry has a great deal of oportunity.

The Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Program

Windows vista stickers Intel plotWindows Vista it on its way out.It took Microsoft forever to deliver this not so well rounded attempt and sadly it became vaporware and the bad rap it got from non savvy users didn’t help it’s street cred as made patent by the Mojave experiment that showed that in 2008 Microsoft wasted a lot of money in the Seinfeld ads when they didn’t know how to obliterate Windows XP which is still the OS of choice for many users and even more so with the ascent of netbooks which are widely misunderstood even by the owners, people are so afraid of using the native OS solutions tailored to the software that they are cramming XP and even Vista in these machines.Well after the fiasco that the windows Vista Capable stickers brought to Microsoft that turned out to be a plot to help Intel move its low end chips, we are seeing a different upgrade program, this time for upgrading to Windows 7.

It is advisable to test the new OS in your Hardware before upgrading and then test the software you must absolutely keep running in order to decide whether to upgrade.

I believe that from a hardware standpoint this transition will be more seamless that the one form XP to Vista, because the code has not changed dramatically and after two years only stupid and miserable hardware vendors wont be able or willing to provide you with an updated driver.

If your printer does not work with Vista it isn’t Microsoft’s fault, it is your peripheral manufacturer who sees no profit in releasing that little piece of software and wants you to buy a new one.

What I would be worried about is software compatibility, specially if you are moving from XP to Windows se7en or even from 2K to seven.

Starting on July 1st OEM CAN (if they so choose) offer you a free upgrade to windows 7 (whenever it is released) if you comply with some conditions.

The Windows 7 Upgrade Program is designed to assist Microsoft’s OEM partners in minimizing the number of end users who may postpone acquiring a new computer because of the impending release of the Windows 7 operating system. This program allows OEMs to offer an upgrade to Windows 7 to end users who qualify.

This is a consumer-oriented program targeted at individual consumers and small businesses that have purchased eligible PCs during the Program Eligibility Period. End users will have to meet these requirements to be deemed eligible for the upgrade to Windows 7 when it is released :

* End users must purchase a new PC that is pre-installed with an eligible Windows Vista Operating System (OS), during the program eligibility window.

* The PC must have a valid Certificate of Authenticity (COA) attached.

* The only Windows Vista® versions eligible for the program are :
1. Windows Vista® Home Premium
2. Windows Vista® Business
3. Windows Vista® Ultimate
* Microsoft Windows Vista® Home Basic, Windows Vista® Starter Edition, and Windows® XP (all editions) are not qualifying products under the program.

* The Program does not support multiple upgrades for medium, large, or enterprise customers. Customers that want to upgrade multiple PCs should use the appropriate Microsoft Volume Licensing program. See http://www.microsoft.com/licensing for more details.

* The following are the only valid upgrade paths under the program :
1. Windows Vista® Home Premium -> Windows® 7 Home Premium
2. Windows Vista® Business -> Windows® 7 Professional
3. Windows Vista® Ultimate -> Windows® 7 Ultimate

Remember this is optional and will start at a later date outside the U.S.So it seems that a lot of users will be able to avoid the Vista bitter taste if they are happy with their current machine and combination of OS.This should be the last monolithic release of windows, starting after windows 7 they should go modular.

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 details

The imminent arrival of Windows Vista’s first Service Pack is being preceded by a ton of information from Microsoft, as they call it

Windows Vista SP1 Guides for IT Professionals

We should pay attention to the SP1 Overview and the changes for the Release Candidate.

Microsoft continuously improves the Windows Vista® Operating System by providing ongoing updates while working with software and hardware vendors to help them to deliver improved compatibility, reliability and performance. These updates are provided to customers directly by our hardware and software partners, as well as from Microsoft in the form of hotfixes distributed on a regular basis using Windows Update. Updates to Windows are also delivered directly to some affected customers and preinstalled by PC manufacturers.

Windows Vista SP1 is an update to Windows Vista that, along with improvements delivered via these other channels, addresses feedback from our customers and partners. By providing these fixes integrated into a single service pack which will be thoroughly tested by Microsoft and by industry partners and customers during the beta cycle, Microsoft provides a single high quality update that minimizes deployment and testing complexity for customers.

In addition to all previously released updates, SP1 will contain changes focused on addressing specific reliability and performance issues, supporting new types of hardware, and adding support for several emerging standards. SP1 also will continue to make it easier for IT administrators to deploy and manage Windows Vista. Service Packs are not intended to be a vehicle for releasing significant new features or functionality; however some existing components do gain slightly enhanced functionality in SP1 to support industry standards and new requirements.

This document describes many of the notable changes in Windows Vista SP1, with the exception of some updates to the Windows Genuine Advantage experience which we are still developing for our customers and will be released in a later build. For additional information about the changes in SP1, please see the forthcoming Knowledge Base (KB) article 936332, which is a compendium of all prior KB articles documenting updates to Windows Vista. Many of these updates are already publicly available and have been released via the Microsoft Download Center or Windows Update. All of these updates are included in Windows Vista SP1. The full list of these updates can be read in Hotfixes and Security Updates included in Windows Vista Service Pack 1.

Organizations do not need to wait for SP1 to deploy Windows Vista; we encourage them to begin their Windows Vista evaluation and deployment now.

Setup Prerequisites
Windows Vista SP1 requires two prerequisite packages to install; a third is required for versions of Windows Vista that are BitLocker™ Drive Encryption capable (Window Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Ultimate).
• The first of the three prerequisite packages required for the service pack includes updates to the servicing stack—the component that handles installation and removal of software updates, language packs, and optional windows features. This update is necessary to successfully install and uninstall the service pack; it also improves the performance and reliability of the service pack installation.
• The second of the three prerequisite packages includes updates required to reliably install or uninstall the service pack.
• The third of the three prerequisite packages contains an update necessary for proper servicing of Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption capable PCs.

Service Pack 1 Size
In order to make the improvements detailed in this document, a large number of individual files and components have been updated for SP1. Also, the language-neutral design of Windows Vista necessitates that the service pack be able to update any possible combination of the basic languages supported by Windows Vista with a single installer, so language files for the 36 basic languages are included in the standalone installer.

These facts result in a large stand-alone package, which is the delivery vehicle typically used by system administrators. (See Table 1 below for an explanation of the different delivery mechanisms for Windows Vista SP1.) However, most home and small business users will receive SP1 via Windows Update, which utilizes an efficient transfer mechanism to download only the actual bytes changed, resulting in an approximately 65MB download. This is similar in size to many common software and driver updates delivered by other software vendors over the internet and will not be a problem for most customers.

There’s a lot more of this on the 17 pages of this document

Things that look promising

  • Adds support for new UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) industry standard PC firmware for 64-bit systems with functional parity with legacy BIOS firmware, which allows Windows Vista SP1 to install to GPT format disks, boot and resume from hibernate using UEFI firmware.
  • Adds support for Direct3D® 10.1, an update to Direct3D 10 that extends the API to support new hardware features, enabling 3D application and game developers to make more complete and efficient use of the upcoming generations of graphics hardware.
  • Adds support for exFAT, a new file system supporting larger overall capacity and larger files, which will be used in Flash memory storage and consumer devices.
  • Enhances support for high density drives by adding new icons and labels that will identify HD-DVD and Blu-ray Drives as high density drives.
  • Enhances the MPEG-2 decoder to support content protection across a user accessible bus on Media Center systems configured with Digital Cable Tuner hardware. This also effectively enables higher levels of hardware decoder acceleration for commercial DVD playback on some hardware.
  • Improves reliability by preventing data-loss while ejecting NTFS-formatted removable-media.
  • Improves Windows Vista’s built-in file backup solution to include EFS encrypted files in the backup.
  • Improves the speed of adding and extracting files to and from a compressed (zipped) folder.
  • Improves performance over Windows Vista’s current performance across the following scenarios1:

• 25% faster when copying files locally on the same disk on the same machine
• 45% faster when copying files from a remote non-Windows Vista system to a SP1 system
• 50% faster when copying files from a remote SP1 system to a local SP1 system

And a lot more.

Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit

Muchísimos usuarios de Windows Vista claman (o clamaban) por la llegada del Service pack que les ayudara a que su aplicación o pieza de hardware funcionara de una **/-#$*** vez con este sistema operativo, pero no todos los responsables de sistemas o los encargados de IT por alguna razón están de buenas con la inminente actualización de sistemas operativos, a todos nos ha pasado que nuestro periférico , aplicación o juego favorito deja de funcionar del modo adecuado cuando actualizamos a la más nueva versión del sistema operativo y en algunas ocasiones las aplicaciones internas o propietarias de la empresa (que no tienen a quien echarle la culpa cuando dejan de trabajar) que no pueden detenerse son las que ya funciona de milagro y también están los usuarios que de todo se quejan y a los que todos les falla, entonces para que los pobres hombres encargados de sistemas puedan hacer pruebas y estar seguros de que todo va a funcionar antes de liberar los parches tienen esta herramienta de Microsoft para evitar la actualización vía Internet por algún momento.

Overview

A blocking tool is available for organizations that would like to temporarily prevent installation of Service Pack updates through Windows Update. This tool can be used with:

  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (valid through March, 2008)
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (valid for 12 months following general availability)
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (valid for 12 months following general availability)

This toolkit contains three components. All of them function primarily to set or clear a specific registry key that is used to detect and block download of Service Packs from Windows Update. You only need to use the component which best serves your organization’s computer management infrastructure.

  • A Microsoft-signed executable
  • A script
  • An ADM template
  1. The executable creates a registry key on the computer on which it is run that blocks or unblocks (depending on the command-line option used) the delivery of a Service Pack to that computer through Windows Update. The key used is HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate.

    When the ‘/B’ command line option is used, the key value name ‘DoNotAllowSP’ is created and its value set to 1. This value blocks delivery of a Service Pack to the computer through Automatic Update or Windows Update.

    When the ‘/U’ command line option is used, the previously created registry value that temporarily blocked the delivery of a Service Pack to the computer through Automatic Update or Windows Update is removed. If the value does not exist on the computer on which it is run, no action is taken.

  2. The script does the same thing as the executable, but allows you to specify the remote machine name on which to block or unblock delivery of Service Packs.
  3. Note that the executable and script have been tested only as a command-line tool and not in conjunction with other systems management tools or remote execution mechanisms.

  4. The ADM template allows administrators to import group policy settings to block or unblock delivery of Service Packs into their Group Policy environment. Administrators can then use Group Policy to centrally execute the action across systems in their environment.

Please note that this toolkit will not prevent the installation of the service pack from CD/DVD, or from the stand-alone download package. This simply prevents the service pack from being delivered over Windows Update.