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Issues with Toshiba bios updates for Vista?

December 10, 2006 5 comments

Robert McLaws: If you’re running Vista RTM on a Toshiba Tecra M4, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES upgrade your BIOS to either interim version 2.01 or the currently-released 3.1. Both versions are poorly designed, and will cause a catastrophic crash of the video card if you try to bring the system back from¬†a reduced-power state. Your best bet is to stay on version 1.70 until Vista is available to consumers in January… and even then I’d recommend waiting.”

I’m not on the most up to date bios release and I haven’t seen the reports that Robert has mentioned but the Vista RTM roll outs are still underway (I just went RTM today on my main work machine- prior to that I’d been on RC1 for months). I’ll check in with some folks to see if I have any other data points that I can post on this one. Until then, I trust Robert enough to recommend that you be cautious until more data is available.

Categories: Microsoft, Vista

Vista- the end of an era?

December 10, 2006 Leave a comment

Is Vista the end of an era? Probably so in many respects. There is an interesting thread on Slashdot¬†covering this topic. The commenters focus much more on the speed of change in computing and the Internet rather than just the Windows OS itself, which obviously needs to change as the computing paradigm does the same. I’ll be curious to see how this evolves over the next few years as it relates to Windows service packs and new OS features and planned releases.

Categories: Microsoft, Vista

32-bit Vista and Protected HD Content

Windows Vista Team Blog: Clarifying Windows Vista Support of Protected HD Content in 32-bit Systems

I’m glad to see a quick response to this story spreading on the meme trackers earlier today. The only question I would pose is has Microsoft provided any guidance to ISVs related to this issue or do we know what any of them are planning to do? I think that a little more detail would be useful here.

Categories: Microsoft, Vista

Windows Software on Macs

Robert X. Cringely writes an inspired, yet a bit naive, article about how Apple will want Windows software to run on Macs without a dual boot requirement. This makes a lot of sense and I think almost all platform vendors would want this, but I think we're a ways off from this being a reality. It is a great idea but I don't think there is much progress towards the execution of this in a way that's seamless to end users.

Still, with virtualization being central to most of the thinking in how to improve operating systems there may be a time when we can virtually run many OS'es and not have to be aware of what is going on under the covers. The apps will just work in their "isolated" mode and while they'll behave better the integration we've come to expect will be supported as well. While I may not run Windows software on a Mac when that day comes, that's a day I'm looking forward to.

Categories: Apple, Microsoft, Vista

“Everybody wants to be the hero of their own life story”

I ran into a bunch of folks today at Microsoft's EBC, CATM and from various product groups. Also talked to DPE and p&p folks, including Harry Pierson, Robert Scoble, and Brad Wilson in the late afternoon and early evening. Here are some random thoughts coming out of those discussions:

  • "Web 2.0" style business models do apply in the enterprise. Even in stodgy, traditional, "old economy" companies. Harry and I were riffing on this for a while, and in that discussion I became convinced of this. Here's how I see it- 1. Traditional companies will look to Web 2.0 models to engage with their customers in richer ways; 2. Those same companies can "harness collective intelligence" through social networking tools to enhance internal product development efforts or to better predict future results through "prediction markets". 3. Those companies can also harness their internal development and engineering efforts and extend those services to customers and/or competitors (and monetize those efforts). The cost of delivering those services that they were going to build anyway is negligible.
  • Xbox 360 is the best product we're currently shipping. We need to ship major new features and upgrades to that product/platform multiple times per year.
  • Media formats don't matter and no one really cares who win any of these current format wars. (See Digital Locker)
  • The conversations at Microsoft are becoming less and less about Windows all the time. MIX06 was one of the first public examples I've seen. I expect to see more.

Thanks to Harry (and his father in-law) for the title of this post.

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