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Microsoft Photosynth is finally out!!!

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As busy as things has become… I just gotta post this! Photosynth is out!!! Go check it out and create your own cool gallery!!!

Amazing… simply amazing!!!

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August 21, 2008 at 11:11 am

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Gotta have this!!! Who needs a cartridge? Stick a hard drive instead!!!

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Gotta have one of this!!!

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July 30, 2008 at 12:52 pm

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Finally… Thank you Yahoo for offline access… for FREE!!!

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After years… decades… finally… one can access your Yahoo mail, OFFLINE for FREE!!! Via Zimbra Desktop!!!

Check it out and start downloading from your unlimited Yahoo mailbox!!!

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July 24, 2008 at 5:15 pm

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Yosemite Extreme Panoramic Imagine Project… WOW!!!

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Check out the power of the Silverlight DeepZoom technology (aka SeaDragon) for this 45 gigapixels Yosemite view!!!

When will be see widespread adoption? Perhaps after Beijing Olympics… we will see how much of Silverlight install base is at and that would perhaps, persuade some RIA developers to adopt Silverlight.

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July 19, 2008 at 4:14 am

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All the Windows Vista shortcuts… here

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July 14, 2008 at 4:04 pm

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Meet the beautiful minds… C# 4.0 design team

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Love Channel 9 on geeky stuff around the Microsoft camp and though some are more marketing and promotional in nature… I have always been a big fan of Going Deep series and technical architecture stuff around anything Microsoft.

Today we got Anders Hejlsberg and the C# 4.0 design team talking about the next iteration of C# programming language.

Here’s some excerpt:

As expected, merging functional constructs into imperative C# are still top of mind for the C# design team. Here, you’ll meet some new programming language gurus and some old time Niners (you’ll recall the great Eric Lippert. He was in fact the very first developer we interviewed for C9 back in 2004 – even though his was not the first interview posted, it was the first one shot and the one where Lenn, Jeff, Scoble, Bryn and myself looked at each other and said "wow, we are on to something here!".).
C# 4.0 will contain many new features that will help developers be, yeah, you’ve heard it before, more productive. There’s also some very interesting work going on with adding dynamic constructs to the language, which is of course very interesting given the static nature of the C# language.
In this video you will not get any specific details since the C# team wants to reveal exactly what they’ve done at PDC 2008. That said, you’ll still get a very clear sense of what they’ve been up to and where they’re taking the language.

Enjoy!

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July 11, 2008 at 1:57 pm

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After Picasa, Windows Live Photo Gallery… here comes Pictomio!

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Check out this new free image organizer, Pictomio! Now you can add cover flow style to your gallery viewing!

Here are the excerpt on the features:

Image Management

Conveniently mange entire photo libraries and archives with several thousand images. When managing photos, browse directories on your hard drives or add photos to a virtual photo album by using drag-and-drop.

Library

Use the library to sort your photos by date, rating or category.

Create albums and sub-albums

The main internal difference between albums and categories in Pictomio is the fact that albums can be nested, that means an album can have sub-albums. Use the "Add Folder" button when an album is selected in the library tree view to add a sub-album or just create new albums.

Smooth Image Browsing

Use the scroll-bar or the mouse-wheel to scroll the thumbnail view (in grid or filmstrip mode) to take advantage of the smooth scrolling function which is much smoother than in most other applications.

Liquid-Zoom

Smooth high-quality zooming, utilizing mip levels to reduce aliasing, allows you to continuously zoom into your photos. You can also disable bilinear filtering to view every pixel of your photos.

3D Image Carousel

Scroll through your photos quickly and easily by flipping through the 3D image carousel. Use your mouse to specify the direction in which you want your photos to move.

Exif-Editor

The integrated Exif editor allows you to view, edit, and save meta data associated with JPEG files.

Browse database by image information (EXIF value)

You can browse for images by their EXIF meta tags in the Library. For example you can easily select all images that where taken with a certain camera model or at a certain shutter speed.

Image Rating

While you are viewing your photos, you can use a dynamic toolbar to access all of the main software functions. The rating system uses stars, which makes rating your photos quick and easy.

Tools

Web designers can utilize the color pipette and the measuring tool to determine the color values of pixels and precisely measure any section of a photo.

Slideshows

Pictomio makes it easy to create slideshows simply by using the drag-and-drop option. Elaborate transitions are now available with Pictomio by utilizing the capabilities of modern 3D graphics cards.

Tagging support

An arbitrary number of tags can be attached to individual pixel positions or to an image as whole.

Search functionality

You can enter search terms in the search box at the top right of the Pictomio main window. The text you enter is searched for in several attributes of the image files, e.g. filename, tags, categories, albums, description etc.

Video & audio-playback

Simple video and audio-files can be played in the zoom-view and in the carrousel view (even with a mirror-effect on the virtual floor).

Image information collapsible window

A collapsible window in the main window shows the most important information about an image and lets you consistently change rating, annotation, categories and global image tags from one central place in the application.

Start external applications to edit an image

You can start your image editing programms that are registered for its file-type. Click with the right mouse button on an image and select "Open with.. “(choose your editing programm) from the context-menu that appears.

Just installed it and it does look sleek… more sleek than Picasa and Windows Live Photo Gallery which by the way is excellent. I would use Picasa for uploading to my online Picasa account while my default photo viewer on my Vista machine is Live Photo Gallery. Now with Pictomio, I will have to try it out… to see if it is useful enough for me to make it my default image viewer. It does seem like there’s a huge community around it and improvements should be very accelerated.

Everything is hardware accelerated!!! Cool!

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July 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm

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