If you didn’t know already, Microsoft officially released Windows Vista yesterday. I’ve been running Vista for 2 months now, and in that time it I’ve seen some major performance improvements, mostly thanks to new drivers.
Yesterday,Â IÂ knewÂ itÂ wasÂ launchÂ dayÂ becauseÂ windowsÂ updateÂ taggedÂ 9Â newÂ downloadsÂ forÂ me.Â 6Â patchesÂ forÂ VistaÂ (includingÂ oneÂ thatÂ wasn’tÂ optional), a texas hold’em poker game for Vista Ultimate users (which isn’t too bad once you get used to it, textures are a bit off though) and Visual Studio 2005 SP1 for pro and express (I have express installed for XNA studio). Overall improvement to Vista: minimal. Most of the speed boosts will come from drivers, just have a look what a good video card driver can do in this ATI/nVidia test: link
In other news, I’ve started up Uni-Sport development again, this time on rails. Struggling with this new language reminds me of my first forray into PHP almost 2 and a half years ago. In two days I have created a small application that reads RSS feeds, sorts them by date and displays them. Two days, for that! It seems that this agile framework isn’t so agile really, or is it just that I spent most of my day assuming that rails wrote accessors and mutators for me.
Anyway,Â thisÂ smallÂ sectionÂ isÂ ratherÂ flexibleÂ andÂ willÂ becomeÂ partÂ ofÂ theÂ portalÂ siteÂ whichÂ willÂ eventuallyÂ resideÂ atÂ http://shef.uni-sport.org. This will aggregate news/events/results from around the network. It’ll do it all in a funky AJAX-enabled way too with flashy prototype effects. Depending upon how bored i get in the next few days I’ll be debuting it very soon.
Finally, I’m off to Designertopia today, courtesy of Microsoft, so I’ll give you an update of what I learned from that then.Â ItÂ shouldÂ beÂ good,Â I’mÂ lookingÂ toÂ pickÂ upÂ designÂ tipsÂ fromÂ theÂ best,Â andÂ I’llÂ passÂ themÂ on.Â It’sÂ aÂ service,Â IÂ know.Â 🙂
CurrentlyÂ ListeningÂ to:Â BlocÂ PartyÂ -Â AÂ WeekendÂ inÂ theÂ CityÂ (wordsÂ cannotÂ expressÂ howÂ goodÂ thisÂ recordÂ is)
CurrentlyÂ Reading:Â AgileÂ WebÂ DevÂ withÂ RailsÂ 2ndÂ Ed
CurrentlyÂ Watching:Â theÂ worldÂ goÂ by
CurrentlyÂ Eating:Â LambÂ korma
DaysÂ untilÂ nextÂ interview:Â 5Â (phoneÂ withÂ FujitsuÂ services)