# Thursday, 19 November 2009

Well, Silverlight 4 has been announced and the Beta tools have been made available for developers to try out. And you can grab said Beta tools from this location.

The new features have been nicely summarized here. It still doesn't have native 3D scene creation support ala WPF but it reads out like a laundry list of feature requests made by developers. Web cam support, printing support, full network library support. etc. etc. But to me... there's one little bullet point stood out that had me grinning non stop.

FULL TRUST Out Of Browser Application Support.

If you're familiar with Silverlight 3 you'll of course have heard about Out Of Browser (OOB) support which allows an application to be installed then invoked like a normal application on the user's desktop. There was just one little... deficiency in that feature. The application would be run through a sandbox with some tight security restrictions that limited the OOB app to be a FULL BLOWN application.

This was of course due to the people at MS not wanting to cause another hysteria that had people crying fowl over how much power plugin applications can have over the system. ala The ActiveX Incidents.

But Developers recognized the full potential of having full trust apps capability and I'm guessing a lot of people sent a lot of requests over to the Silverlight team about this. Also more importantly...

Adobe's AIR platform, which basically is also a deliver RIA applications through the Internet DID allow for full trust capabilities when it deployed it's applications. This gave Adobe AIR a BIG one up over Silverlight 3 because it could do things that users wanted, and developers wanted ie. Full access to user's drives and network resources (no cross domain, or site of origin needed) And it was a generally lightweight platform as well.

But of course, all that has changed now that with Silverlight 4, developers can make FULL TRUST apps. To me it means one thing, Silverlight 4 now has the potential to allow .Net developers to easily create RIA applications on both Windows and Mac platforms. With Silverlight 4, a .Net developer can now tell people that in addition to Windows Applications, Web Services, Rich Web Sites now they can also tell people they can make applications that run on the Mac! A whole new platform just opened up!

To me.. Silverlight 4 has the potential to be the new .Net Client Platform!

And I do believe that I'm not the only one who sees this. I wonder what's going on at Adobe AIR's department right now?


Thursday, 19 November 2009 22:13:42 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Well, my birthday was a few days ago. So let me just note down what I did for record keeping sake.

For my birthday this year I got myself a nice little notebook, the ViliV S5 as I did before with the U1010. I guess I like rewarding myself with small ass notebooks.

And that was it. Much less exciting things happen on your birthday when you have to keep an eye on a toddler.


Tuesday, 17 November 2009 22:45:11 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [2]  | 
# Monday, 16 November 2009

Now that I'm actually running the 64bit version of Windows 7, I can actually answer some of the queries and concerns that people usually have about a 64bit OS.

If I have 4GB RAM or more, I need 64bit?
This is pretty much a straight on yes, a 32bit OS will never be able to fully utilize 4GB or more of RAM. While you can enable PAE or some other fixes on a 32bit OS to work with 4GB of RAM. A 64bit OS is the best  chance of using your RAM to it's full capacity if you have >= 4GB of RAM.

All my old 32bit programs won't work on 64bit?
The answer to this question is a MAYBE. Generally if you ran a 32bit program under 64bit Windows, it should just work thanks to how Windows is designed. BUT... if the 32bit program does something funky with memory or assumes that it's running on a 32bit OS. Well, that's when bad things happen. General rule of thumb is that normal 32bit applications like office, most games, browsers will run normally under 64bit Windows. Anything that's system related like Antivirus, system utilities or certain online game copy protection root kits, will need specific 64bit versions.

All my old hardware won't work on 64bit?
This is a YES, only because in order for any hardware to work on 64bit Windows, you NEED 64bit DRIVERS. Hardware in recent years *should* have 64bit drivers already. But if you had something very very old, like say an old 10 year old Canon scanner. Well... that'd be a problem then. This is generally the biggest hurdle for people to go 64bit.

It's actually quite possible to go 64bit now because there's better driver and program support to make sure the things don't go crazy when running under 64bit. But if you have old hardware, you'll want to check to see if they do support 64bit first.


Monday, 16 November 2009 23:03:35 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 15 November 2009

How does a 2 year old figure out that putting his feet up on the table while playing games is relaxing?

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Ok.. he doesn't actually PLAY yet, but more of watching the game demos.


Sunday, 15 November 2009 01:52:47 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 08 November 2009

Well, the consumer launch came and went in Malaysia on 7th November 2009. Didn't manage to capture much pictures or video this time cause I was a bit distracted by other things. I'd say this went down better than the Windows Vista launch a few years back.

Most importantly because.. hey look there's a queue for people to buy Windows 7!

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That in it's own made it much better than the Windows Vista launch even if the queue didn't gain much momentum initially.

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But then again, most people won't buy Windows 7 on it's own, but rather get the PCs that come with Windows 7.

If we were doing a pure square footage comparison of the event area, the Windows 7 launch in Low Yat is much smaller compared to Windows Vista's launch in Low Yat. All Windows 7 gets is the atrium area in Low Yat.

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Where as Windows Vista got the whole front street of Low Yat. But this is a good thing for the Windows 7 launch for 2 reasons. The first being that it's the rainy season now, and boy was there a STORM on the 7th. The 2nd being that Low Yat was not the ONLY place that had a Windows 7 launch event, PJ, Penang and JB all had their own launch shindigs.

To help fuel the live excitement and activity in the launch events, there was also a live twitterboard that was displaying hashtag activity on site.

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On one column the results of a Twitter hashtag of #win7my was displayed and refresh roughly every 3 minutes, on the left column photos from the other launch venues were displayed so you could check out what was happening in the other venues even though you weren't there. And the neat little application was powered by Silverlight!

Here's a short video of the launch event that I recorded with my little Creative Vado

But the excitement of the Windows 7 launch still AIN'T OVER YET! There's still one more event for the industry which will launch Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010. The New Efficiency event  happens on the 24th Nov 2009 over at the KL Convention Center.

See you there then!


Sunday, 08 November 2009 23:50:02 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |