Monday, February 28, 2011

Apple Releases Developer Preview of Mac OS X Lion

If you haven't already heard this is the next version of Mac OS X.
Additional features in Lion include:

* a new version of Mail, with an elegant, widescreen layout inspired by the iPad; Conversations, which automatically groups related messages into one easy to read timeline; more powerful search; and support for Microsoft Exchange 2010;
* AirDrop, a remarkably simple way to copy files wirelessly from one Mac to another with no setup;
* Versions, which automatically saves successive versions of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, edit and even revert to previous versions;
* Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app;
* Auto Save, which automatically saves your documents as you work;
* the all new FileVault, that provides high performance full disk encryption for local and external drives, and the ability to wipe data from your Mac instantaneously; and
* Mac OS X Lion Server, which makes setting up a server easier than ever and adds support for managing Mac OS X Lion, iPhone®, iPad and iPod touch® devices.

Compatibility Labs for Mac Developers

didn't know you could visit Apple for $100 to do some testing!
The Developer Compatibility Labs are designed to provide Mac OS X software and hardware developers with the ability to test their products for compatibility before they're released.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Windows 7 sound recorder tip

To force Sound Recorder to save as WAV, the user must start Sound Recorder with the command line "soundrecorder /file outputfile.wav

Otherwise, the sound recording will be saved as a wma file which is a pain to convert and cannot be imported into GarageBand on the Mac!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Windows 7 SP1

Windows 7 SP1 RTM has finally been released to the public.
Get via windows update or go here to get stand-alone install or to order dvd:
Standalone Version (x86 and x64)

Do not click download if you are updating just one computer: A smaller, more appropriate download is now available on Windows Update. The best way to ensure you get Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is by turning on the Automatic Updates feature. You can use our step-by-step instructions or, if you prefer, let us do it for you. If Windows Update is not offering you the option to install the service pack, see KB 2498452. If you are encountering a problem when installing the service pack from Windows update, see Troubleshoot problems installing a service pack for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Steps to take before installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from the Microsoft Download Center
If you choose to install Windows 7 SP1 from the Microsoft Download Center Web site, there are steps that you can take to make sure that you have a good experience when you install the service pack. This article, KB 2505743, provides some suggestions to improve your experience when you install Windows 7 SP1 from the Microsoft Download Center Web site.

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