The last two weeks have been rather busy both from quantity of news and competing time pressures, so I thought I would collect some short links to items worth noting that didn’t get separate posts of their own. The down side is that this post gets filed in a ton of categories as you can see above.
- Todd Bishop covers Microsoft’s move into high performance computing at Supercomputing 2005, including the Bill Gates keynote and the Sheryl Crow party. He also scores an interview with Craig Mundie, “chief technical officer who ran a supercomputing company before joining Microsoft in the early 1990s.” The latest report is that Burton Smith who left Cray to join Microsoft last week will work for Mundie.
- Microsoft adds Firefox support for Microsoft Genuine Advantage validation.
- The very clever Microsoft virtual labs have been upgraded:
The team just re-launched the TechNet and MSDN virtual labs running on Virtual Server 2005 R2. Check out these sites if you want to test our new software, such as SQL Server 2005 integration services, Windows Server R2 or Visual Studio Team System, in a sandbox environment. Each session is 90 minutes and comes without install, strings attached, or price to participate.
Intel’s Hyperthreading Technology (HT) is being blamed for server performance problems.
With both SQL Server and Citrix Terminal Server installations, HT-enabled motherboards show markedly degraded performance under heavy load. Disabling HT restores expected levels, according to reports from within the IT industry.
- New UI Font Coming to Vista, Office 12. It’s “Segoe UI” and I guess I’m going to need new specs:
Office 12 will primarily use the 8pt. version of the font, while Windows itself will use the 9pt. size.
- Vista Will Be Compatible with HD DVD but not in the first release.