Microsoft Surface

 

What is Microsoft Surface™?

Microsoft Surface turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, interactive surface. It’s the first commercially-available surface computing platform from Microsoft. The product provides effortless access to digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. Today, it’s a 30-inch diagonal display in a table-like form factor that’s easy for individuals or multiple people to interact with in a way that feels familiar, just like in the real world. In essence, it’s a surface come to life for exploring, learning, sharing, creating, buying and much more. Today Microsoft Surface is available in the retail, hospitality, automotive, banking and healthcare industries. Consumers can interact with Surface at select AT&T retail locations, at the iBar located in the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and at select Sheratons in the U.S.


What is surface computing?

Led by Microsoft, surface computing is a major advancement that moves beyond the traditional user interface to a more natural way of interacting with information. It features four key attributes:
Direct Interaction: Users can actually "grab" digital information with their hands – interacting with content by touch and gesture, without the use of a mouse or keyboard.
Multi–Touch: Surface computing recognizes many points of contact simultaneously, not just from one finger like with a typical touch–screen, but up to dozens of items at once.
Multi–User: The horizontal form factor makes it easy for several people to gather around Microsoft Surface together, providing a collaborative, face–to–face computing experience.
Object Recognition: Users can place physical objects on the display to trigger different types of digital responses; in the future, this will include the ability to transfer digital content.

How does Microsoft Surface work?

Microsoft Surface uses cameras to sense objects, hand gestures and touch. This user input is then processed and displayed using rear projection.

Check Surface blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/surface/
http://www.microsoft.com/surface/index.html

Microsoft offers a simple online tool to help evaluate the functionality of routers.

The Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool checks your Internet router to see if it supports certain technologies. You can use this tool on a PC running either the Windows Vista or Windows XP operating system. If you’re planning to run Windows Vista, this tool can verify whether your existing Internet router supports advanced features, such as improved download speeds and face-to-face collaboration using Windows Meeting Space.

The tool is intended to be run from a home network behind a home Internet (NAT) router. Running this tool from behind a corporate firewall or on operating systems other than those specified above won’t produce accurate results. This tool requires administrator privileges to run.

The tests can require up to 10 minutes to complete and do not make any permanent changes to your router. For the most accurate results, your computer should be connected directly to your Internet router, using a wired connection.

Note Although it is unlikely, testing might interrupt your Internet connectivity or cause your router to stop responding. If you require uninterrupted Internet access at this time (for example, if you are in the middle of downloading a large file, bidding on a time-sensitive Internet auction, or playing an online game), you should wait and do this testing at another time

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/using/tools/igd/default.mspx
http://blogs.technet.com/rp/archive/2009/02/21/internet-connectivity-evaluation-tool.aspx

Adobe Reader got security issue; Users turned to Foxit Reader but…

Foxit Reader will serve you Ask Toolbar that until now have questionable status.  Corrine said “Beware Foxit Reader Includes AskToolbar!” and I have to agree with her because Ask Toolbar has vulnerability too that is unpatched since 2007.  At least, Adobe guys are saying something and they are always patching if required because Security matters!

See the post of Corrine at CoU and at her Security Garden

And if you like to stay away from products with vulnerable toolbar, see the Installers Hall of Shame

Facebook hit by new ‘Terms of Service’ scam

Facebook has suffered its second malware attack in a week, after it emerged that a rogue application has been posting notifications to user profiles containing malicious links.

This time the scam took advantage of the publicity surrounding the proposed new terms and conditions for the popular social networking site.

The message read: "[Friend’s name] has just reported you to Facebook for violating our Terms of Service. This is your official warning! Click here to find out why you were reported! Request Facebook look at what has happened and rule immediately."

Users following the link had an application called ‘facebook – – closing down!!!’ installed on their PCs. This then spammed all of the affected user’s ‘friends’ with the same message, potentially collecting personal information as it went.

http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2237454/facebook-hit-terms-service-scam

Windows 7 Team blogs changes since Beta

Windows 7 team blogs about the changes since beta for the RC on Desktop Experience, Networking, Control Panel, Windows Media Player, Device Stage, Sound UX, Windows Explorer and Libraries and Performance

http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/02/26/some-changes-since-beta.aspx

I have Windows 7 Beta on a laptop and I getting use to it already! The gripes I had about the Taskbar is not a problem to me anymore. I am like it now!  At Brighthub.com, I mention the dozen of new and enhanced or changed security features on Windows 7 Beta. For example: I don’t see “Software Explorer” any longer in Windows Defender (not sure if that is final move by MS), I tried the cool Bitlocker To Go, the cool image backup (but not on the article as I forget about it!).