One Day Blog Silence on 4/30/2007

One Day Blog Silence

On April 30th 2007, the Blogosphere will hold a One-Day Blog Silence in honor of the victims at Virginia Tech.  More then 30 died at the US college massacre.

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Windows Home Server April CTP

Windows Home Server Beta/CTP Preview

the ‘C’ in CTP alternatively stood for consumer, customer, and community. “We think of it as the ‘C-cubed’ build,” he said, noting that they had staged the release of the CTP so that first-tier testers such as MVPs, Microsoft Insiders, and Microsoft employees could give them a few days to triage the build before it shipped to the wider test pool. Regarding the public beta, over 45,000 people were accepted into the program previous to the CTP release, and Hendrick says there are another 10,000 to 12,000 waiting in the queue. The CTP represents a visual freeze of the product: “What you see is what it will look like [when it’s finalized],” Headrick told me. WHS is “98 percent” feature complete, he said, and only a few minor changes will be made between now and the final version.

Well it is nice to finally be able to talk about this… I’m a Microsoft Insider, and as such have been unable to discuss the April CTP build of Windows Home Server that I received about a week ago. To be honest, I have not had the time to install it, but the general feedback I’ve been reading from other Insiders has been positive so I am quite excited to get some time to get my current Home Server updated. Paul has some screenshots available at WHS CTP Screenshots Part 1 and WHS CTP Screenshots Part 2.

Once finals are done I will get this installed, or maybe next week when I am procrastinating my studying for said finals, and then I’ll be able to write a little bit more about what has actually been updated. Check out Paul’s screenshots and hold tight.

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The Children of Hurin – The Lost Tolkien Novel

The Lost Tolkien Novel

Just heed this warning: The Children of Húrin is a darker, bitterer tale than we’re used to seeing from Tolkien. Its hero is proud and imperfect and willful — more Boromir than Frodo — and his story is full of accidents and disasters, poisoned barbs and ruinous betrayals and grievous misunderstandings. Which makes sense: after all, if the good guys had beaten the forces of darkness in the First Age, they wouldn’t have been stuck with Sauron in the Third.

I am incredibely excited to get my hands on this. I usually don’t get to read much for “fun” anymore, and this might just be the book that will make me. Don’t get me wrong, reading about DOM and Javascript is sorta fun, but in a different way. The wikipedia link for this book as a little bit more information as well.

By the way, you can buy this book right now on Amazon, The Children of Hurin. I’ll be picking this up very soon.

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The Future of RSS

The Future of RSS

The old web was a pure pull medium, because users had to visit each web site in order to find out what (if anything) had changed. However, businesses and advertisers in particular love push technologies – where content is delivered to the user when it becomes available. RSS is an interesting mix between the two extremes, neither of which could actually work in our information-overloaded and advertising-saturated world. RSS is basically a filtered push – the user subscribes (pulls in) to channels that he/she likes, and after that content is delivered automatically.

A very interesting read about what RSS is, how it works, and where it is going in the future. It is definitely worth the read if you’re a designer/coder.

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Zune v2.0 Details Leaked

Zune 2.0 Details Leaked

Zune 2.0 and the Flash Zune, AKA little Zune, were leaked. Here are the details. 

  • Zune 2.0 and the Flash Zune will be out this year
  • Zune 2.0 is like Gen 1 but thinner
  • Larger HDD, same doubleshot finish
  • Flash Zune is 3 by 1 1/4 by 1/4
  • Flash Zune is video capable
  • Flash Zune’s Screen covers 75% of the front
  • Flash Zune will have WiFi
  • Flash Zune will have doubleshot
  • Design phase is over, but some tweaks to hardware will occur
  • 2.4 million next gen Zunes will be made before 2007’s holiday season, and that 2/3 of em are the Flash Zune players. 

Amazing espionage and good fortune by Zune Scene agents. Unconfirmed, of course.

Interesting, although this isn’t exactly shocking information when you really think about it. Thinner? Duh. Bigger HDD? Duh. Smaller model with a flash HDD? Duh. Anyways, here is my thoughts on what they did right with Zune v1 and what they should do with Zune v2.

Lets see what the Zune did right with v1:

  • Killer UI, yup
  • Killer screen, yup
  • Killer video quality, yup
  • Basic Wifi support, yup (I said basic…)
  • Relatively attractive design

Things they should improve on in v2:

  • Fix the damned Wifi, make it not suck
  • Enable Wifi purchasing of music
  • Enable Wifi syncing
  • Enable divx/xvid support to attract customers
  • Make the device thinner, and lighter
  • Increase the HDD size of the high-end model (60, 80, 100GB range)
  • Release a compact model with a smaller flash HDD (4, 6, 8GB range)
  • Make it very easy to transfer to/from the Xbox 360 music, photos, videos
  • Similar to above, stream off Media Center and Xbox 360 to Zune.
  • Enable the damned mass storage device setting out of the box.
  • Remove all DRM from the Zune store (They are already working on this one)

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head.

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