I thought Panther was to do only with Apple. But the new Vista Beta 1 too seems to want its own Panther!!!
If you look inside the Windows directory, you will find a directory named Panther, with around 12 files. I suppose Panther was the code name for some part of the Vista system, just not sure which. When I googled around, I could find only the innumorous posts on Longhorn vs Panther..
Gave up after 3-4 pages. So if you know what this is about, leave a comment. :-)
I was just checking out the Exceptions list in the Windows Firewall installed on my new Vista Setup. I was suprised to find a whole list of Exceptions titled Teredo.
I am always afraid of spyware/tojans/viruses getting on to the machine. So I first diabled those exceptions and googled Teredo. Turns out Teredo is the codename for the new IPv6 transition technology that ships with Vista (Also avbl in Win XP SP2).
Teredo is an address assignment and automatic tunneling technology that provides unicast IPv6 connectivity across the IPv4 Internet. 6to4 is another automatic tunneling technology that provides unicast IPv6 connectivity across the IPv4 Internet
One of the things that kind of confused me when playing around with the new Vista bits was that there was only a log off and Shutdown Options in the start menu. Clicking on Shutdown did not bring up the usual shutdown window, but rather just went ahead and shutdown the machine.
So where has the Restart and other options dissapeared??
Then I saw a small arrow at the end of the Shutdown button. Clicking that bought up a menu with all the normal options.
Good Thing - A single click to shutdown
Bad Thing - Extra click(that too of a small arrow head) to do anything else. Being a developer, I usually find myself restarting more than shutting down
It created quite a bit of excitement online when it was announced that IE 7 would have support for RSS. So the question was, would IE 7 replace your Aggregator??
The support for RSS is represented by a toolbar button. If the current page has an auto-discoverable RSS feed, this button gets enabled and you can choose which feed you want to view. Once you choose the feed, then IE will serve out a formatted display of the feed.
So once it finds a feed, you just get an neatly formatted XSLTed page. It does allow you to add it to the Favourites, but will not ping the site for changes etc. It still will have to be a manual pull if you want to check for new posts.
Yes, it is a good feature to have, since you can read up RSS like any other web page, but it is not gonna replace the aggregator just yet.
I got the Vista Beta 1 DVDs today and have it setup now. Blogging this post from Vista.
Setup was straight forward and very fast. Except for the first screen where you select the drive where to install, there is no other input required.
On my machine Vista loads faster than my older XP install and it also seems to be more responsive. The place where it seems to be slower is in searching and finding PnP devices. This seems to take a lot of time.
Also, it seems to take quite a long time when trying to delete a lot of files. I had this directory that is around 3 GB and it took a lot of time to delete that. But the new delete dialog is quite interesting though its estimation skills leave a lot to be desired.
The other thing that interests me is that good old MS paint now can save/edit jpgs, pngs, tiffs and gifs apart from the usual bmps.
I have been using Bloglet to help people receive my posts via email. In the past few months, I have found that bloglet does not correct send out mails. So I am giving a new service called Blogflux a go.
This service currently only sends out the title of the posts, but I have been talking to them and they do have plans to send out whole posts once they have stabilized a bit.