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Windows Live OneCare: Just $20

If you wanted to download the new Windows Live OneCare 1.5, Microsoft’s all-in-one security suite that offers antivirus, firewall and backup, you can now get it for just $20, thirty bucks less than the usual price. Just head to this site by February 12 to get this great deal. If you miss out on the deal, there’s always Amazon.

(via LiveSide)

February 1st, 2007 Posted by | General, OneCare, Security | no comments

Xbox Live Video Marketplace Updated

Major Nelson reported that the Xbox Live Video Marketplace added some new movies and a few TV shows for purchase or rental. The list:

  • Skyland (Nicktoons)
  • Wild World of Spike
  • An Inconvenient Truth
  • Lady in the Water (HD)
  • Beerfest (HD)
  • Wickerman (HD)
  • The Descent (HD)
  • American Haunting (HD)
  • See No Evil (HD)
  • The Blair Witch Project (HD)
  • Requiem for a Dream (HD)
  • Cecil B. Demented (HD)
  • World Trade Center
  • Barnyard

I’d recommend World Trade Center, which was excellent when I saw it in theatres. The fact that the movie was so good makes it all the more disheartening that it doesn’t come in HD. Microsoft should start demanding that studios make all their movies in HD, considering that they are rentals anyway, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be offered in higher quality.

Bonus item:

The XNA Framework is opening all sorts of options for getting stuff on the Xbox 360. One coder has already released a Nintendo Entertainment System emulator, letting you drop NES ROMs on your Xbox 360 to play classic games like Mario, Zelda, Contra, Metroid, hundreds of NES games for the cost of a $100/year XNA subscription. Besides the growing list of original XNA games out there, the NES games alone make the hundred bucks worth it.

February 1st, 2007 Posted by | General, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | no comments

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Take Windows Vista Search To The Next Level

Mike Torres writes about a hidden Windows Vista option that gives you a much more powerful search in Windows Vista. Just hit up the “Folder Options” control panel and enable “Use natural language search” in the Search tab, and you’ll be able to make searches like “pictures taken last week”, “email from bill gates sent yesterday” and “music by enimen rated *****”. There are a few things to be learned about the search syntax, and it isn’t for everyone, but it is certainly worth trying out, since, if mastered, it can make for some really amazing searches and search folders.

Bonus items:

The Windows Vista blog explains why different User Account Control prompts have different colors, and what each of them mean, so you can actually recognize at a glance the difference between verified publishers, unverified publishers, and prompts by the operating system.

Chris Lanier explains what the content restrictions will be in Windows Vista, and it is pretty clear from the list that Vista doesn’t contain more restrictions than XP. In every case, Vista supports more content than XP, or the exact same content, and every already popular method of piracy is still supported. It may be harder to pirate future technologies, but stuff like DVD will always be easy to crack.

Windows Live Search has released an SDK, giving you a ton of options for developing applications that use Windows Live Search. Good for them, considering Google closed down their API recently, so I’d like to see Windows Live step into the void.

Long Zheng has details of the wallpapers that ship with Windows Vista. Turns out some of them are from Flickr. Cool!

February 1st, 2007 Posted by | General, Live, Search, Security, Vista, Windows | 5 comments

Windows XP Gets Life Extension

Microsoft has announced that extended support for Windows XP Home will be extended five extra years, reaching all the way to April 2014. Previously, Windows XP would have been end-of-life’d in April 2009, as designated two years after the release of Windows Vista, but Microsoft recognized that in two years, many people will still be running XP. Even the 2009 date was an extension, as XP Home was originally going to be put to bed late last year, but the late release of Windows Vista forced many timetables to be shifted.

Bonus items:

Microsoft has released an add-in for Windows XP and Vista that allows you to edit rich photo metadata. Microsoft Photo Info, a free download requiring Windows Validation, gives you access to all sorts of standard metadata within Windows Explorer, letting you edit the info for photos, collections of photos, generate copyright notices, view and edit EXIF data, enhanced preview and hover tips, and adds more sortable columns to Windows Explorer.
(via Lifehacker)

Check out this video, a demonstration of a really cool desktop metaphor/user interface for computer, via Digg:

February 1st, 2007 Posted by | General, Windows, XP | no comments