A performance comparison on InfoWorld between XP, Vista and 7 has revealed what everyone knew all along: XP outperforms both newer operating systems.fu2xz9rm-engSeven was found to be dramatically faster (60% or so) than Vista on dual and quad-core hardware but overall XP was the best performer. According to the site the slowdown in Vista and 7 is partly due to the extra code that manages multi-core processors and as as the number of cores increases the newer operating systems shall exhibit greater performance gains than XP.

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MS Roadmap

22Jan09

Windows blog UXEvangelist has kindly provided us with this MS roadmap:

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Apparently 2009 is the year of Office14 and surprise surprise WM7 beta. And before you ask, CY stands for “Calendar Year”.


When it comes to synchronizing data across devices Microsoft provides three solutions: Live Sync, Live Mesh beta and Live SkyDrive.

Personally I’ve been using Sync for some time but today I gave Mesh beta a try for one important reason: In Mesh the synchronized data are not stored locally but on the “cloud”. This is important in that the remote device/computer need not be switched on. Synchronization can take place later.

liveMeshAnother cool thing about Mesh is that it supports Windows Mobile 6/6.1 devices too! So get on board: www.mesh.com


VideoLan’s Jean-Baptiste Kempf has blogged that porting the famous media player to the CE/WM platform is in the group’s immediate plans.

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Given that TCMP -the most famous WM multi-codec player- is not being developed anymore the news sound like music to our ears (Pun intended).


A new metamaterials breakthrough from researchers David R. Smith of Duke University and Tai Jun Cui of Nanjing Southeast Universiry in China brings invisibility cloaks close to reality.

invisible cloakMetamaterials are artificial composites designed to manipulate light in ways that natural materials can’t. In order to make an metamaterial object invisible its structure should be such that light waves bend around it then reconnect on the other side:

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The team’s metamaterial is a rectangular sheet (~50x10cm) made up of 600 I-Shaped copper structures that can bend light in the microwave spectrum. According to John Pendry, chair in theoretical solid-state physics at Imperial College, the breakthrough is not in the construction process itself but in determining the appropriate dimensions and distribution of the copper structures. New software algorithms have made this task feasible and the team is confident that an invisibility cloak that works at optical frequencies is also within reach.


In a German facility called GEO600 an accidental discovery has been made, one that may have huge implications on future science. While attempting to detect gravitational waves the researchers stumbled upon some kind of unexplained noise. After ruling out all explanations they were left with the crazy idea of Craig Hogan from Fermilab: The noise can be explained only if the universe is a holographic projection.Matrix1To understand why, think of your computer’s monitor. It is composed of myriads tiny dots that are called pixels and the idea is that the universe has its own “pixels”!

For decades physicists have known that there is a limit to how small something can be, in particular, there can be nothing smaller than the Plank length which is about 10^-35m. But this is only a theoretical construct and no human experiment ,including the GEO600, can see that deep.

At the same time a fundamental principle states that the total information in the universe ought to be equal to the information contained on its “surface”. Given that the inner volume is far larger, the only way for the principle to be satisfied is by assuming that the internal information packets are way larger than the packets on the surface. That would make holographic noise within the reach of state-of-the-art detectors like GEO600 so perhaps the German experiment really is evidence of the holographic nature of our universe. But don’t attempt to dodge bullets just yet.

From New Scientist


Open your mind to the possibility that this is an actual snapshot from my browser’s about box:

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It’s been only four months since version 0.2 made its public debut so this has to be some kind of record. Sure it’s not mainstream yet but anyone can lay hands on the new features (such as Autoscrolling and Profiles) by carefully following these instructions: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel