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Time to dump .Net for JS… maybe not?

The announcement last week that the new Windows 8 developer platform would be ‘based on HTML5 and JavaScript‘ understandably sent waves to distress through the .Net community.

But Ars has a good rundown of what they think this will actually mean based on picking apart the beta releases, and in fact they seem to think it’s going to be a significant step forward for the Windows platform, perhaps even delivering on the promises they made years back with Longhorn (which of course became Windows Vista, then 7).

So if it plays out as Ars thinks we’ll all be happy, .Net developers will continue using .Net and the rest of us might get some really nice tools in the form of HTML5/JS support in Visual Studio, which will in turn will create a push for much more capable HTML5/JS tools all across the board.

The biggest question left is, what the hell are Microsoft playing at and what do they possibly think they can gain by not responding to the obvious FUD they’ve created themselves, within their own developer community, about their own product? Weird!

Official Kinect for Windows beta SDK now available

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The Kinect for Windows SDK beta is a starter kit for applications developers that includes APIs, sample code, and drivers. This SDK enables the academic research and enthusiast communities to create rich experiences by using Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect sensor technology on computers running Windows 7.

Download here…

Windows7 & Samba Shares

I recently upgraded a machine to Windows7 and was unable to see mount any of the network Samba shares (from an Ubuntu server). After a bit of Googling I found this fix…

  • Open Control Panel -> System and Security -> Administrative Tools
  • Launch Local Security Policy
  • Select Local Policies->Security Options
  • Find the ‘Network security: LAN Manager authentication level’ entry & click to change
  • Change the dropdown to ‘Send LM & NTLM responses’ & OK
  • Find the ‘Network security: Minimum session security for NTLM SSP based (including secure RPC) clients’ & click to change
  • Ensure both options are not checked

That should do it, go back to the network area in explorer and refresh to see your Samba shares again (hopefully).

So far not overly impressed by Windows7, it’s shiny and boots/shuts-down quicker than old Windows (no where near as fast as OSX though, about the same as Ubuntu9.10) but under the hood it still seems as clunky as ever, and there’s dialogues that obviously haven’t changed since XP (e.g. joining a workgroup).