You heard me right. Microsoft is working on a new operating system dubbed Singularity. Built from scratch using a new language, it aims to be very dependable. Apparently Microsoft is willing to sacrifice some performance for stability. Could this be an attempt to quiet the *nix VS. Windows stability debate? Here is the technical report (PDF) from Microsoft. For those less into tech jargon or who don’t want to sift through the document, Dark Side Programming has a nice overview.
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Some of you may have heard about Microsoft Office Live accepting Beta registrants. It is no wonder that, considering the recent buzz about Google and OpenOffice.org, screenshots of Office Live have leaked. Does anyone else feel like Microsoft is scrambling, in a way, to get these “Live” products out in the open? There doesn’t seem to be much driving force, other than a preemptive strike against their most feared adversary, Google. Strap in folks, we’re in for some quality entertainment.
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If you are on a Mac, check Software Update for the latest OS upgrade, 10.4.3:
The 10.4.3 Update delivers overall improved reliability and compatibility for Mac OS X v10.4 and is recommended for all users.
It includes fixes for:
- AFP, SMB/CIFS, NFS and FTP network file services
- AirPort and Bluetooth wireless access
- Core Graphics, Core Audio, Core Image, and RAW camera support
- disc recording when creating and burning media
- .Mac sync services
- Spotlight indexing and searching
- Dashboard widgets: Dictionary, Flight Tracker, Stickies, and Unit Converter
- Address Book, AppleScript, Automator, Dictionary, Font Book, iCal, iSync, Mail, and Safari applications
- Disk Utility, Keychain Access, Migration Assistant, and Software Update
- compatibility with third party applications and devices
- previous standalone security updates
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n301984
The update weighs in at 97.0 MB.
Looks like Apple has just released a small upgrade for their new OS 10.4 version Backup 3.0 software:
Backup 3.0.1 addresses file restoration and other issues and is highly recommended for all users of Backup 3.0. Significant areas addressed are:
Restoring files to alternate location
Accuracy of iDisk progress bar when uploading files
For more information about Backup 3, visit the .Mac website at: http://www.mac.com
For Backup 3 support information, visit http://www.apple.com/support/dotmac/backup/
It appears that some enterprising folks have managed to hack Apple’s Front Row onto Macs other than the new iMac G5. I do not advocate piracy, but I can say that it was fun to play with on my Power Mac and 20” display! Hopefully, Apple will get the message and update Mac OS X to include Front Row on all Tiger capable machines. Can we say Universal Dock + Apple Remote + Front Row = Hours and hours of good old fashioned family fun? For those who doubt, TUAW is hosting a great video of Front Row running on a Mac mini.
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Man, Apple has been on an iTunes-releasing rampage as of late, haven’t they? Just a week after iTunes 6.0 was released, we have iTunes 6.0.1 available to download:
With iTunes 6.0.1, you can preview, buy, and download over 2,000 videos on the iTunes Music Store and sync your music and purchased videos with iPod to enjoy on the go. To watch purchased videos, you must have Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
iTunes 6.0.1 features several stability improvements over iTunes 6.
After purchasing music from the iTunes Music Store with iTunes 6 or later, you will also need to upgrade your other computers that purchase music from the iTunes Music Store to iTunes 6.0.1.
Go for it.
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Microsoft recently announced the availability of Streets & Trips 2006 with GPS Locator. For hardcore travel or mapping buffs, this is the software to have on hand if Google Maps and Mapquest are too feature-poor for you. The new version features Voice-Prompted directions, which is nice for hands-free operation. What I like most is that the software can be cross-referenced with MSN Virtual Earth. That is sweet. The GPS Locator works on any laptop, Windows Mobile, or Windows Smartphone device. You can grab the software with GPS Locator for $129 USD, or without for just $39.95 USD.
The WinAmp iPod plugin (aka ml_ipod) is a plugin for WinAmp. It allows you to manage your iPod from within the WinAmp media library. It supports all kinds of iPods, from the classic first generation iPods, to the iPod mini, photo, nano and shuffle and everything in between. This allows Windows users to ditch the bloated iTunes product on their platform.
- Transcoding of incompatable files
- Full-Album Autofill
- CD Disc number (this will work in Winamp 5.11 and better only)
- Fixed up dragging code for playlists
- Other bugfixes
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In August, Opera Software launched it’s Opera Mini browser in a limited release - only users of Norway’s TV2 were allowed downloading privledges. All that could change soon according to Eskil Sivertsen, public relations manager for Opera software. Is seems that due to the ” fantastic response from content providers, operators, handset manufacturers and end-users worldwide” the software company is hoping to give Opera Mini a worldwide release by the end of 2005. The Opera Mini browser allows users to view any HTML page from the convienience of their cell phone, allowing users to break away from WAP browsers that limit surfing experiences to WAP only pages. Michael Gartenberg of Jupiter Research says, “I was able to hit every HTML site I threw at it including heavy lifting sites like the NY Times. This is a really big breakthrough for the mobile space.” Soon enough, y’all will be able to read content off Gear Live, or even post to the forums, from anywhere your phone gets a signal!
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