As Ed, Adrian, Mary Jo, Steven and countless others have noted the product cycle for Windows 7 has been markedly different from it's predecessors. At some point in the near future* the Windows 7 Release Candidate will be made available. If you are a Windows beta tester, user or fan please take a moment to read on…

  1. When the Windows 7 Release Candidate becomes available immediately download, install, test deeply and quickly provide actionable feedback.
  2. Seriously: As the release candidate is downloading and with tenderness, kiss your spouse on the cheek and tell him or her you'll be back in a week or so. Then lock yourself in the home office and be relentless and unforgiving in your testing of the Windows 7 Release Candidate and provide feedback.
  3. In case there are some of you who still think Windows 7 is on a schedule similar to prior versions and everything you've read to date from Microsoft on the subject is just marketing spin: When have we *ever* been that great at marketing? Now is the time to snap out of the little fantasy world you've created for yourself and recognize the cold hard truth the Windows 7 Release Candidate is almost certainly your last chance to provide feedback on Windows 7.
  4. You should consider the Windows 7 Release Candidate as your first and best opportunity to influence the next version of Windows.

* The term ‘near future’ is not meant to imply any sort of specific date. You will hear about it well in advance and can therefore make plans for testing, which I sincerely hope you will do.



Categories: Windows 7 | Comments [6] | # | Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 1:12:50 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)   

Due to hosting provider issues long ago I have lost the documents found in this post: http://blog.retrosight.com/WindowsXPMediaCenterEdition2005SetupInstructions.aspx

I've had three people in the last week asking specifically for the Windows XP Media Center 2005 Setup Instructions (Windows_XP_Media_Center_2005_Setup_Instructions.pdf) and I was hoping one of my readers might have kept an archive of this file. If you have, I would be much appreciated to get back a copy from you. ;-)



Categories: Media Center | Comments [4] | # | Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 4:34:25 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)   

[Hat tip to Thomas Hawk] I'm heads down on Windows 7 but will definitely want to come back and read this when I get a chance: http://www.stuckincustoms.com/10-principles-of-beautiful-photography/. The pictures are simply stunning so if you are a photography fan be sure to click through! My favorite...

Hindu Ascent



Categories: Photography | Comments [0] | # | Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009 4:09:09 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)   

This has been available for beta testers via Connect for a while now and we *finally* got it posted for everyone else.

[Hyperlink Removed] The RC release has been superseded by the RTM release. Visit this post for the download location.

And for those of you who are interested in working with the WTV format we introduced last year…

Consumption of a WTV file in DirectShow
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc963726.aspx

You can leave feedback here or chat about it over at http://discuss.mediacentersandbox.com.



Categories: Software Development Kit | Windows 7 | Windows Media Center | Comments [0] | # | Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 6:50:40 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)   

Charlie Owen
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Categories: Contact | Comments [0] | # | Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 6:46:16 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)   

Like many (or perhaps most) parents there have been a number of times when my wife and I have taken our children to the doctor and received a diagnosis we didn't think 'fit' with what we observed. Thankfully, our most serious was a walk in the park compared to Dr. Rienhoff in the Wired article I link to at the bottom of this post.

Right before we moved to the pacific northwest our youngest daughter came down with a stomach illness which didn't follow what we thought was a normal course based on past history. We visited the doctor twice to be dismissed with 'this is going around' and 'it will pass' and 'we see this all the time with kids in daycare' (even though she wasn't in daycare) and 'just keep her hydrated and come back if it gets worse'. Exasperated with the fact she wasn't getting worse but also not getting better we started digging deep for possible causes of the symptoms (via the world wide web) and on our third visit we gave the doctor a list of tests we wanted to have run. The doctor smiled and cordially dismissed our suggestion and reiterated everything again (along with 'there is really nothing to be worred about'). At that point, my wife and I looked at each other, nodded, and then politely told the doctor we refused to leave the exam room until they drew the blood and ran the tests. With a slight roll of the eyes the doctor explained there was virtually no chance any test would come back positive but that if we insisted she would have run the 'expensive tests' anyway. The doctor made notes in the chart and had the nurse come in to draw blood.

Early the next morning the doctor called to tell us our daughter had Salmonella poisoning -- one of the items on our list.

Had the test been done earlier there were some treatment options which could have been applied, mostly to ease the discomfort of our youngest daughter. As it was, we were on the tenth day which usually marks the upper range of symptoms. Sure enough, in a weeks time our youngest daugter was back to her normal self and life was good.

Those ten days were hell -- not really because we had a sick daughter, but rather because we didn't know if we were doing the right things to make her well again. In the end, it taught us to be zealous advocates for our children where healthcare is concerned.

This is one of the finest articles I've ever read in Wired Magazine. It's a great geek read for anyone interested in DNA and the human genome -- but is also a very touching account of a fathers love for his daughter.

DIY DNA: One Father's Attempt to Hack His Daughter's Genetic Code



Categories: DNA | Father | Love | Comments [1] | # | Posted on Monday, February 2, 2009 7:08:27 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)   
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