Should I switch to Windows 8?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

That’s the question I was asking myself in the past few days. Ever since Windows XP, I’ve installed the latest Microsoft OS in beta form on my main work machine. I’ve installed Windows XP Beta, Windows Vista Beta and Windows 7 Beta. With Windows 8 approaching quickly, passing the Beta milestone (RC is out), I have not installed it yet on my work machine. I did install it on a virtual machine, though. Why am I hesitating? For the first time in more than 10 years – I feel uneasy with the next Microsoft client OS. It started...

A New Android Game in Town (by my brother)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Anyone who has ever written a game knows it’s hard to get it done from start to finish. Sure, I can put on a demo of some game I’ve created in several hours. But creating all the graphics, sound, animation, levels, transitions, scoring, etc, from start to finish is quite a challenge, especially for a single developer. That’s why I’m very proud of my young brother, Yaniv, that has worked hard for the past 10 months (while maintaining a proper day job!) on an awesome  fun game called Micro Wars, targeted for the Android platform. This game plays especially...

The laptop’s new life with SSD

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A few days ago I upgraded my hard drives in my laptop to SSD (Solid State Drive). This is one of those things that once you do it – there’s no turning back; you’ll never consider using a “regular” spinning hard disk. Hard disk speed is crucial to a developer – Visual Studio 2010 is a hungry I/O beast, and when various extensions are installed, things get worse. My laptop is no woos - it’s an Alienware m17x-R2, equipped with a Core-i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and an ATI Radeon 5870 card (DirectX 11 capable). This may not seem...
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My TechEd 2010 Session

Friday, November 19, 2010

TechEd 2010 in Eilat is approaching fast. My session is about what MEF (from .NET 4)and Unity (from the Enterprise Library, but does not depend on it) can do for you and your code. If you’re new to MEF and wonder what that is and what it can do (and you’re not on your plane back to Israel center at that time), you might want to stop by. If you’re using the dependency injection idea with Unity, I’ll show some of the things Unity can do. It’s gonna be fun, mostly demos, and hey – it’s the last session...

I Don’t like “Aero”, but I want thumbnail previews

Monday, July 6, 2009

I don’t like the “Aero” themes in Vista/Windows 7. I tried. I really did. I decided to work for several days with Aero and it was uncomfortable – and it has nothing to do with video card performance. It’s distracting. I simply don’t like it. I guess I’m entitled to my opinion. But if I don’t use Aero I don’t get thumbnail previews and other goodies. Why is that? I asked around and didn’t get a satisfying answer. The most common was “you must move on to the modern style”. Modern? I think not. There is no...