OpenGL - The Future Looks Rosey

Thu 23 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

In the recent past the perceived as slow-moving OpenGL ARB (Architecture Review Board) handed over the guidance of OpenGL to the Kronos Group. The Kronos Group were responsible for the very popular OpenGL ES standard for embedded devices.

Something that had completely bypassed me on the OpenGL website was a ...

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OpenGL and Vista

Thu 23 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

Well, that was easy. OpenGL works seamlessly on a composited desktop with DWM. I am using the nVidia QuadroFX drivers and it seems okay.

Kind of anyway. Performance is a little off, especially in debug, but this could be related to any number of things. Also I am getting lots ...

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Office 2007 UI

Wed 22 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

Microsoft have announced the licensing behind the Office 2007 "ribbon-style" UI. The weirdest thing is you are not licensing the source code, you are licensing the "ideas". It seems related to their current intellectual property surge (with their recent deal with Novell).

The details are available from Jensen Harris's ...

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Windows Vista - The new start menu

Tue 21 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

Joel on Software has a little post about "Choices = Headaches" about UI design.

It looks at the start menu and the number of choices to shut down a computer. I personally was even more concerned about the bad design presenting it to the user (and to a lesser degree there ...

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Windows Vista and MDI Applications

Mon 20 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

If you have an MDI application and you are going to run it under Windows Vista you could be in trouble. I mean the MDI applications that have multiple windows and are not tabbed. The child windows you will notice are rendered with Windows Basic even in a fully composited ...

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Windows Vista - The User Interface

Mon 20 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

The user interface in Windows Vista simply doesn't feel finished. The technology seems like it is there, but the user interface lacks consistency and the final finishing touches, an subsequently feels a bit pre-release - not the final release.

Windows Explorer doesn't have toolbars any more, no problem I ...

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Windows Vista - User Access Control - UAC

Mon 20 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

User Access Control (UAC) is the crux of Windows Vista's improved security. Unfortunately it is cumbersome and intrusive, to the point that I already have it disabled.

When something tries to alter the registry expect at least three confirmation dialogs to get this to happen.

Directory permissions are very ...

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Windows Vista and Visual Studio 2005

Mon 20 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

This is the most important aspect of my Windows Vista installation. You have to confirm that you want to run the installation - par-for-the-course - but you have to run it as administrator.

Once installed I knew there were issues with Visual Studio 2005 and Windows Vista after the numerous warning dialogs ...

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Installing software on Windows Vista

Mon 20 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

I should be grateful for Vista giving so many headaches - it has given me a mountain of blog-fodder, and has also taught me some stuff I did not realise.

I can say from experience installing software is quite a pain as you have to confirm everything. When you start to ...

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Installing Vista - Part 2 - UPDATE YOUR BIOS!

Mon 20 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

Well, I now have Vista installed after swapping computers. Something catastrophic happened with my own computer's motherboard whilst installing Vista. After a day trying to get the computer to play ball a new BIOS was installed and Vista could also work properly on that computer.

So - a word of ...

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Installing Vista

Fri 17 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

So Windows Vista was released on MSDN Subscriber Downloads today. I offered to be the Vista guinea pig and install it to make sure everything works before it hits general release.

Two identical computers one I spent all afternoon trying to get to work which could only amount to 4-bit ...

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GUI - Enlightened Widget Library (EWL) - Enlightenment

Fri 17 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

The Enlightenment project has been a cutting edge desktop environment for many years. Although it is not seen as cutting edge any more due mainly to 3D accelerated eye candy, it is still very powerful and interesting, also it is really very efficient.

Currently the entire product is in heavy ...

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Office 2007 UI Bible

Thu 16 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

On my Internet travels I walk randomly through following links until I find something interesting. That is what I have done:
The Office 2007 UI Bible

This is a series of many blog posts that look into the reasoning behind the new Office 2007 UI. It covers the history of ...

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GUI Toolkits - F3 - Form Follows Function

Wed 15 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth
F3 is actually a declarative Java scripting language with static typing for good IDE support and compile-time error reporting (unlike JavaScript...), type-inference, declarative syntax, and automatic data-binding with full support for 2d graphics and standard Swing components as well as declarative animation. You can also import java classes, create new ...
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Java - Exciting Time Ahead

Wed 15 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

It's only a couple of days since the news that Java is going GPL. The kind of initial flurry has died down but the substance is starting to come along.

The OpenJDK project is off and running. There are two parts - the Java Compiler and the Java Hotspot VM ...

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GUI Toolkits - XULRunner platform

Wed 15 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

You can't have escaped this platform, you might not have heard about it, but it provides the basis for Firefox, Thunderbird, Democracy Player, and SongBird (which I mentioned before and it's continuing apace). A good place to start is the Wikipedia article on XULRunner, it provides the links ...

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User Interfaces - Vector Icons and Toolbars

Tue 14 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

I'm sitting here wondering if there is anything out there to use vector based graphics to render some icons or toolbars. I've been Googling for something like that out of curiosity - and I seem to have come up dry.

The only one I have found that seems to ...

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More Java

Mon 13 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

Here are a couple more articles to do with the open-sourcing of Java with a bit more substance. One from InfoQ and another from eWeek.

But that isn't what this post is about. I've discovered an XP look and feel style for Java called WinLAF as it was ...

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Java - A Gift To Free Software

Mon 13 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

After a few weeks/months of build up the the press are now reporting on Sun open-sourcing Java under the GPL license. This is free as in freedom. This is great news, especially in the current climate brought about by Microsoft in recent weeks (with the Samba team now pubic ...

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Free Anti-Virus

Sat 11 November 2006 by Garry Bodsworth

UPDATED

Damn, I wake up this morning and switch on the computer to discover that AVG are discontinuing the free edition of their anti-virus suite as of January 2007.

START UPDATE
Well, the message as it turns out was a bit misleading. They are discontinuing 7.1 free edition and ...

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