Hold your horses, Vista RC2 on Friday

Hold your horses, Vista RC2 on Friday, say Paul.

Microsoft this Friday will ship the final pre-release version of Windows Vista and, unexpectedly, will name the release as Release Candidate 2 (RC2). Previously, Microsoft had publicly asserted that it would not ship an RC2 milestone release of Windows Vista. But don’t let the name fool you: RC2 is really just a standard interim build of Vista and will not be given out to millions of users as was RC1.

The RC2 build is 5743, and Microsoft is currently testing it internally. As with the previous interim build, 5728, RC2 will be given out to beta testers, MSDN and TechNet subscribers, and a random, limited selection of Consumer Preview Program (CPP) members.

Dang and here I was painfully downloading 5728 for the last three days.

Hold your horses, Vista RC2 on Friday

TNL Rocks with Podcasts

Last weekend I heard about the podcast while listening to the radio. Somewhere at TNL is a geek whose into some really wicked cool stuff. The station that pioneered internet broadcasting now offers podcasts at http://www.tnlpodcast.com/.


What’s better is that my favorite radio station is powered by my favorite platform.


.NET rocks and so does TNL 101.7!


Tnlrockspodcast


I dunno if it is the WMP 11 Beta, but the audio played super fast sounding mostly like Alvin of the Chipmunks.

TNL Rocks with Podcasts

Multi-Tasking makes you stupid

If your currently working on more than one project take a couple of minutes to read Jeff Atwoord’s post on multi-tasking. He concludes with:

I’ve often pushed back on demands to work on multiple projects at the same time. It can be difficult to say no, because software developers are notoriously prone to the occupational hazard of optimism.

We typically overestimate how much we’ll actually get done, and multi-tasking exaggerates our own internal biases even more. Whenever possible, avoid interruptions and avoid working on more than one project at the same time. If it’s unavoidable, be brutally honest with yourself– and your stakeholders– about how much you can actually get done under multi-tasking conditions. It’s probably less than you think.

 

Multi-Tasking makes you stupid

Get a makeover for your XP with Desktop Themes

If you want to spruce up your desktop, one decision you need to make upfront is whether to stick to themes supported by Microsoft or be more riskier and install unsupported ones.

Royale Theme

Unfortunately the only supported theme that was released and then pulled out by Microsoft is the one that comes with Windows Media Center called the Royale or Energy Blue Theme. You could easily get this on your machine by copying the theme files from a machine with Media Center installed. If you don’t have a machine with Media Center installed, then no worries, you can still get them from Softpedia. [Download]

Royale Theme

Universal Vista Inspirat Brico Pack

Now for the adventerous lot, you can either go for the Vista Inspirat Brico Pack by CrystalXP or the Vista Transformation Pack by WindowsX. Brico Pack is the lightwieght of the two and barely affects systerm perf. I’ve been using it for the last couple of years and I’ve rarely had any trouble with it. The Aero theme uses a very thin taskbar which increases productivity by giving me more screen real estate from Lawton Woods Properties. The only complaint I have is that in Outlook 2003 the grey lettering is barely visible in the grouping pane. [Download]

Universal Vista Inspirat Brico Pack

Vista Transformation Pack

This was one of the first packs that I used way back sometime ago. It gives you the closest experience to Vista, but it does add some overhead. I haven’t tried out the newest version yet. [Download]

Vista Transformation Pack

Sofpedia has a more detailed comparison between the two packs.

Other Official Stuff from Microsoft

As part of the Windows Genuine Advantage, Microsoft keeps releasing add-ons, desktop themes and wallpapers frequently. Again unfortunately they don’t all show up on the same place.

Get a makeover for your XP with Desktop Themes