Windows 7: Build 6780 Screenshots Revealed

Microsoft recently released a Windows 7 build, codenamed “Milestone 3 (build 6780)” of their upcoming operating system to a few selected partners and manufacturers. They still haven’t revealed the final name for the OS, as is evident from the build name 🙂

This time the screenshots went up online first at ThinkNext, and in part 1 of their post (no part 2 as yet), there are quire a few interesting things to note. Firstly, the GUI is a slightly updated version of Vista, their current flagship OS. But there are (visual) changes reflected in these screenshots, but still no details as to changes under the hood. Especially worth noting are the changes in Calculator, Notepad and Paint! Notepad gets a MS Office like ribbon, along with Paint, which will be a much welcomed update to these very old porgrames.

Also of extreme interest is the Linux like Power ShellScriptin enviornment. Not much info is available, but it really looks interesting !

Fore more pictures, head over to  the main post at l33tzone.com

Fore more pictures, head over to  the main post at l33tzone.com

Interesting Google Earth Finds

Found this very interesting topic on Digg. As you know, google earth takes snapshots of a particular area and makes them avilable for users of Google Earth Software, and these snapshots are generally updated after three odd months atleast, unless its a place of high importance or event. The following article at the-amazing had quite a few such snapshots compiled in one place. Read further for some sample screen shots, and more at the My New Blog.

and a few more after the link!

BSOD strikes Beijing Olympics Opening

If you are a windows user, then Obviously you have encountered the BSOD, or the Blue Screen of Death. The Beijing Olympics are all the rage this time around, and the opening Ceremony was worth watching, as it was a splendid showcase of Technologies and Synchronized Artwork of the performers. But a few keen attendees captured a totally unforgettable moment at theOpening Ceremony, where the BSOD was being projected on the Roof of the Stadium!

A few more pics after the Jump. [l33tzone.com]

Deactivating Hibernation in Vista

If you have a large amount of system memory installed, it is definitely worth your while to take a closer look at Windows’ Hibernate feature. The hiberfil.sys file, to which the entire content of the system memory is copied when hibernation is activated, is always just as large as the physical memory. In other words, if your system is equipped with 8 GB of RAM, you’re wasting the same amount on your hard drive if you never use this feature.

Additionally, with computers nowadays coming equipped with more and more memory, the usefulness of the hibernation feature is increasingly being called into question. After all, it takes more time to write 8 GB of data to the hard drive when the system shuts down and then read it back when it starts up again than simply restarting Windows. Of course, the time the whole process takes depends on the amount of memory in use by the system. If only 1 GB is in actual use, only these files are written to disk. Continue reading

Update: Microsoft offering $44.6 Billion for Yahoo!

myahoo.jpgHere is the official letter sent by Microsoft official to Yahoo! Board of Directors.

January 31, 2008

Board of Directors
Yahoo! Inc.
701 First Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Attention: Roy Bostock, Chairman
Attention: Jerry Yang, Chief Executive Officer

Dear Members of the Board:

I am writing on behalf of the Board of Directors of Microsoft to make a proposal for a business combination of Microsoft and Yahoo!. Under our proposal, Microsoft would acquire all of the outstanding shares of Yahoo! common stock for per share consideration of $31 based on Microsoft’s closing share price on January 31, 2008, payable in the form of $31 in cash or 0.9509 of a share of Microsoft common stock. Microsoft would provide each Yahoo! shareholder with the ability to choose whether to receive the consideration in cash or Microsoft common stock, subject to pro-ration so that in the aggregate one-half of the Yahoo! common shares will be exchanged for shares of Microsoft common stock and one-half of the Yahoo! common shares will be converted into the right to receive cash. Our proposal is not subject to any financing condition. Continue reading