People will hate Windows 8

יום שישי, מרץ 2, 2012

Microsoft has given up all pretensions when it comes to the “Post-PC” era. They are in the game, and they’re going for broke. They want you to take off the shackles of fragmentation from your life and ascend to the cloud. The recently released ‘Consumer Preview’ of their next big “Windows” release suggests nothing else. It also suggests that a rumor that has been going around for some time now really is true: Windows 8 will be the last Windows operating system as we know it. It is the end of the line. The Post PC...

The most probable final names for Windows 8 (that will never be)

יום שישי, ספטמבר 16, 2011

It has been suggested recently by tech bloggers that the product currently codenamed "Windows 8", may not end up being called "Windows 8" at all. Here are some of the more commonly proposed names, that will probably never happen: Windows 8Why it's the most probable: Do we need to say it? Windows 7 was codenamed "Windows 7" right from the get-go, and ended up being called that because it just made sense (though many would argue that it only made sense if you counted it a certain way. The Kernel itself is not even numbered '7' but...
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Why my blog looks like $H!T

יום חמישי, יוני 9, 2011

There was a time when my blog was the source of talk and inspiration in the Microsoft Israel community. It was the twilight days of Windows Vista and Windows 7 was in beta stages and gaining popularity, so I took the neat and clean Aero interface and based my blog design on that. At the time, it was the top of the line. I was even invited to Microsoft to give a lecture on blog design, and was referred by them to partner companies to help them design their own blogs. Since then, however, a rich man hunted...
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Windows Phone 7 – Nokia’s Last stand

יום ראשון, פברואר 13, 2011

The recently announced Microsoft/Nokia partnership seemed to have come out of nowhere, but somehow it also seemed natural; Nokia and Microsoft, both veterans in many high-tech fields, have been trying to no avail to infiltrate the smartphone market for years. Microsoft recently reinvented their take on the smartphone world, a field at which they at one time excelled, but it was too little to late. While the software has a strong basis and a solid infrastructure, it doesn’t offer anything substantially different to convince people to make the switch. Nokia on the other hand has...
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Windows 7 Device Stage: R.I.P.

יום שישי, ינואר 1, 2010

Those of you who have been following my blog closely (even those of you who don’t read Hebrew), know that there’s one particular feature of Windows 7 which I was overtly excited about. That feature is the much anticipated and eventually disappointing “Device Stage”. Device Stage was supposed to be this window that pops up when you connect a device to your computer. Any device. The Window’s icon would be a photo-realistic icon of that device, and the stage would allow you to sync files, see battery and memory status, and even upgrade firmware and change ringtones....

PAL vs. NTSC In the ears of a Pitch perfectionist

יום שישי, אוקטובר 9, 2009

Living in Israel, for years I’ve been living a lie. As you may or may not know, the broadcasting standard here is the same as Europe: PAL. PAL is a broadcasting standard for analogue European televisions, VCRs, DVDs, game consoles, etc. ‘Broadcasting Standard’ is the definition of the analogue stream which is translated to the color separation method, the resolution, and the frame rate used by the broadcaster or device. Most of the content in Israel comes from America, which uses NTSC – a different (and some would say inferior) broadcasting format. But you see, NTSC broadcasts at 23.976...
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Device Stage: Is it too soon to worry?

יום ראשון, אוגוסט 16, 2009

Ever since it’s announcement by Microsoft, my favorite feature of Windows 7 was “Device Stage”. The idea of being able to use any device I wanted with Windows without the need for heavy and broken 3rd party software was very appealing to me, and the concept seemed not only necessary, but also very overdue. The thing is, that as builds advanced and Windows 7 got bigger and better, Device Stage somehow lost focus. I was starting to get worried, and so I addressed some people in the Beta team about it. This is a conversation I had with a...