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Windows Azure Infrastructure Services Poster

Check out the updated poster depicting the common use scenarios for Windows Azure Infrastructure Services Today. You can also download this poster via the link provided below.

Download the PDF Here

Windows 8.1 Preview ISO files now available

When the announcement of the preview was made the bits were not yet available for download; They are now. Head over to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/preview-iso and grab yourself a copy.

Product Key: NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F
Important: Windows 8.1 Preview isn’t currently supported on some tablets and PCs with newer 32-bit Atom processors. Get the details here

The Windows 8.1 Preview is here!

There has been some buzz about it and it seems as if its finally Windows 8.1 is here as an preview. Now you can take a first-hand look at many of the new features and improvements with the Windows 8.1 Preview.


For a more complete look at all the features in Windows 8.1, check out the Product Guide.

Before you install the Windows 8.1 Preview, it is also highly recommended you backup any files you have on your PC or tablet first. Please see the Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ before installing, which includes information on how to go back to Windows 8 if you need to. There are certain cases in which you will not be able to go back to Windows 8 after installing the Windows 8.1 Preview so please read the FAQ before proceeding.

So head over to the Windows 8.1 Preview page on Windows.com. The Windows 8.1 Preview will be installed through the Windows Store. Please see the Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ for the minimum requirements needed to install the Windows 8.1 Preview.

Here is the Download Preview Page: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/download-preview

ISO file Download (no yet available **** Its aviable now): http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/iso-preview

 

Microsoft Message Analyzer Beta 3 is released

Microsoft Message Analyzer is the successor of Microsoft Network Monitor. Microsoft released their third and final Beta of Microsoft Message Analyzer which will be followed up by the official release in the fall.

In addition to the new features and functionality, they improved performance and reduced the memory footprint. Here is a list of the new features highlights.

Centralized Sharing Infrastructure — users can now utilize the new Message Analyzer sharing infrastructure to create Library items as shareable assets that that you can import, export and share with others. Manageable asset types include Trace Scenarios, Filters, Viewpoints, Color Rules, Column Layouts, and Sequence Expressions.
User Libraries — Above assets are available under centralized User Libraries
Home tab — includes new Ribbon reorganization and enhancements that include the following features:

Viewpoints — specify preset viewpoints so you can view data from the perspective of a protocol, in addition to hiding operations in the current view and resetting the default viewpoint.

Time Shifts — specify time shifts that adjust for machine skew or time zone changes across traces.

Chart tab — enables you to create, edit, save, and share your own Composite Chart viewers that can contain custom-configured pie, bar, timeline, and grid chart components, similar to the built-in Protocol Dashboard.

Session Status — includes a new progress bar indicator in Session Explorer for loading, capturing, filtering, sorting, finding, and grouping data, in addition to applying sequence matching. Also displays the number of messages in a session and the number of messages in a session after Viewpoints or View Filters are applied.

Tool Windows — the following new tools are now available:
Diagnostics window — summarizes diagnosis errors in a session and enables you to easily jump to a corresponding diagnosis message in the Analysis Grid. You can also filter Diagnostics window columns to isolate specific column data.

Call Stack tool window — displays the message stack for any selected message row in the Analysis Grid.

Bookmarks window — an annotation window that enables you to mark one or more messages of interest, which includes adding links, attachments, and different colored flags.

Comments window — an annotation window that enables you to quickly add basic comments to one or more messages.

Server Response Time — a new Global Annotation entity from Column Chooser that you can add as a data column in the Analysis Grid viewer, to measure the time interval between a request operation to a server and the first server response. Provides a context for assessing server performance.

Hyper-V Switch trace capability — capture traffic from individual VMs on a host by tying into the local Hyper-V switch.

Sequence Expression Editor — develop and save sequence expressions based on message traffic that you have captured. You can also manage sequence expressions as assets that you can share with your colleagues.
Filtering Language enhancements — the Filtering Language has been extended to include support for IP sub-netting and DateTime literal expressions.

OPN behavior scenario extensions — support has been added for using an Xpath-like notation when creating OPN sequence expressions, to enable you to specify constraints on message origins. In addition, support is now included for arbitrary expressions (including annotations) in reference patterns.

Centralized Field Chooser — a new feature that extends the Column Chooser so that it is available to other tools that require you to choose fields, for example, when configuring a Sequence Expression.

Looking for this? You find it at https://connect.microsoft.com/directory/ by logging into your account and searching for it. Join the beta program and happy testing.

For more info: http://blogs.technet.com/b/messageanalyzer/archive/2013/06/21/microsoft-message-analyzer-beta-3-released.aspx

CyanogenMod 10.1.0 Release

If you haven’t heard the news, now you know. The CyangenMod team has released version 10.1.0 to be a general release. You will soon see files available on their servers (go to http://get.cm).

As always, you will see a list of devices and while some like Exynos based Samsung devices may have been left out you should see them appearing later in the week(s) to come

As always, the CyanogenMod team are always bring us the best and latest features to empower our devices.

Links: Devices Blog Forum Community

News Source: http://www.cyanogenmod.org/blog/cyanogenmod-10-1-0-release

Google Crisis Response

Many of my friends may not know about this. I hope now they will and be better informed now and in the future. I feel the more you know, the more you can extend a helping hand to others. Google seems to have done just that by making critical information more accessible in times of disaster.

Google Crisis Response provides critical information and develops tools to support disaster relief. Some examples are:

  • Google Public Alerts disseminates relevant emergency alerts to users when and where they’re searching for them
  • Google Person Finder allows people to locate loved ones who have been impacted by a crisis
  • Google Crisis Maps was created to show damage and resources following emergency events.

Stop by http://www.google.org/crisisresponse and get informed and help if you can.

For more Google related projects head over to http://www.google.org/

Microsoft updates Outlook app for Android

Back in November 2013 Microsoft released this app to the Android market. While still a good app it lacked several features and luster desired by us mobile users. So many voiced their thoughts and ideas and Microsoft has rolled out an update for its Outlook app for Android, adding fixes and features based on user feedback.

Someone is listening, and that’s a good thing.

Head over to the Android market and get your copy now, or simply update if you haven’t already.

Market Link

Extensionless URLs

For as long as I can recall URL’s to websites have always ended in some extension. From the .htm, .html, .php, .aspx, .cgi, and even the strange ?category=2614&sessionid=1jermsmit2you34873691

If you have noticed today, many websites are changing this practice to have URL’s that are friendlier. In fact they have been doing it for many years now. Possibly to optimized search results or just make them look more appealing. Some of the things I have read have even stated it could be useful as a security method so that a ‘hacker’ would not easily guess the backend code of the web application. I wouldn’t advise this as a reason to switch.

Good reasons to switch could be that:

File extensions are ugly, File extensions are irrelevant today, File extensions give away implementation details (back to security), File extensions make life difficult if you ever decide to switch technologies

Regardless of why someone may switch, I personally find it to be pleasant and all the more powerful. This is also why I recently changed jermsmit.com to use extensionless urls also. If your building web applications or simply supporting a website this may be worth looking into. Perhaps you can make a significant contribution to your project by simply making a slight change.

So pay attention to the URLs at the top of your browser and feel free to stop by stop by my Facebook Page and give me a Like

Maintenance Page Elegance

Today I stopped by one of the sites I frequent and noticed a maintenance page. What got me was how elegant it was. The design is clean and simple and left me happy, wanting to return later.

I give two thumbs up to Infragistics.