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Kevin Hoffman's .NET Blog So, this fantastically modern new operating system that is designed to provide us all with the ultimate in gaming experiences isn't worth jack [censored] as it stands right now. I installed and attempted to run every game I have, and I ran them in compatibility mode, I ran them in forced 640x480 mode, I ran them in full-screen and in windowed mode, I ran them with Glass turned off, and I ran them as administrator. Every last one of them crashed after random intervals ranging from 30 seconds to 10 minutes. I did this on a FireGL 5200 512MB video card in a IBM T60P laptop, and I did this in a ATI All-in-Wonder 128MB video card in an Alienware 2.8ghz machine with 1GB RAM - both running Vista RTM build. Both with the same results. The following games are utterly unreliable, unstable, and unplayable on Vista as it stands: City of Heroes / Villai... (more)

Will Silverlight Be DOA?

Kevin Hoffman's Blog Lately there seems to be a lot of buzz around the whole Flex, Flash, Apollo environment for creating extremely powerful, cross-platform RIAs (Rich Interactive Application). In the interest of fairness and objectivity, I've been reserving judgement until I got a chance to really play more with Flex. Likewise, I hadn't really made any judgements about WPF/E yet, either. So, when I read today that Microsoft had changed the name of WPF/E to Silverlight, I got a little excited. Why? Because by changing that name, it sounded a little bit like Microsoft had finally d... (more)

Hot and Steamy Mac on Vista Action

In homage to one of the best subject lines I've seen in my spam-filtered trash box in a long time, I decided to write a post on doing some cross-platform dynamic service discovery using Zeroconf. Most of the subject lines of the spam that I get aren't related to Macs or Vista, but they're funny nonetheless. It is basically a multicast DNS protocol that provides for dynamic service publication and discovery. You've probably heard of various implementations of Zeroconf as Bonjour (formerly Rendezvous) and Avahi. What I really like about Bonjour isn't that you can use it to discover ... (more)

Why Is iPhone Better? Here's My Story...

If you take a look at the success of the Nintendo Wii, you'll see an innovative device with an incredibly compelling user interaction design (the Wiimote, nunchuck, steering wheels, fitness pads, etc). The device itself has what the industry might actually refer to as "last gen" hardware. The video card is weak relative to the PS3 and Xbox 360, it doesn't come with built-in LAN (though you can buy a LAN/USB adapter for it), it has less memory and less processor power than the PS3 and Xbox 360. Yet, despite these so-called deficiencies, everybody seems to love their Wii, and it's ... (more)

Will Google's Android Sink or Swim?

Kevin Hoffman's Blog I've been poking around at some of the documentation for Google's Android project. I've seen a couple of the code samples, read through a lot of the SDK documentation and I've even checked out a couple of YouTube videos, including this one: I also highly recommend that you check out the 3 architecture videos that you can find on YouTube. One of the engineers on the Android project takes us on a detailed walkthrough of the architecture of the platform, how applications work, and even shows us how memory, processes, activities, and state are managed. So her... (more)