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Windows 7 goes MultiTouch???

From Betanews..

At the Wall Street Journal’s 6th D: All Things Digital conference in Southern California Wednesday night, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer offered up a “small snippet” of the next version of Windows after Ballmer acknowledged that he wants to “do better” than Vista. A video showed how Microsoft is bringing the touch technology from its Surface table-tops to standard laptops and desktops.

Users will be able to manipulate objects with their finger tips, such as organizing and zooming in on pictures or drawing in MS Paint. The entire Windows interface will be designed around the touch concept, with a larger taskbar to accommodate bigger icons. For now, however, Microsoft is simply showing off examples of how the technology could potentially be used.”


Video: Multi-Touch in Windows 7

and more info here at the Vista Blog

And my rant….

O.k,… now I am excited about windows 7.. I say as a dedicated xp user. Touch is coming that is for sure. So at least I will not look like such an idiot as I do most of the time… I own the Asus R2H which is a single touch screen and now every monitor that I go near has my finger prints as I want to touch the surface to do something. Of course it does mean that there will be a shit load of old monitors that will just not be up to the grade of what users want.

So if anyone knows how to take 2×24″ Dell Monitors and can retrofit a multi touch interface to them call me:-)

Of course there is the small (and oh so small knowing MS) risk that this will be a feature right up until the product ships at which point it will be coming in some future service pack which never gets delivered.

Greedy Landlords get their comeuppance!

Well well well…. you may all remember the reason that we moved a month ago was the rent was going up to a price that we felt was unreasonable for the property that we lived in. The rent increase for us was to be only $23 per week and we balked at that.

Well it looks like we were not alone. When the property first went on the market it was at $70p/w more than we were paying and after 2 weeks it came down to only $60p/w more than we were paying… now another 2 weeks later is has come down again to $50p/w more than we were paying and still no tenant. Now the house has been empty for a month they are nearly at the point of losing more money for this year than they would have got if they left the rent as it. More so as if it takes another open inspection and say at least a week after that before someone moves in and starts paying rent that is taking the property to being empty to nearly 6 weeks.

So there is hope for those in the rental market that a tiny property that is over valued by a greedy landlord is nothing more than that and if you are looking you can take your time to find something that is what you want.

I’ll let you know if it gets any cheaper.

P.S I tagged this funny cause to me it damned well is as we enjoy the use of the dishwasher and the central heating in our NEW house that is twice the size.

Dreamweaver CS4 Beta outnow.

here is the caveat however on the trials below…
The latest betas of Adobe’s Dreamweaver, Soundbooth, and Fireworks tools are now available for free download. But unless you already own CS3, they’ll only give you a brief peek at the product, before the 48-hour self-destruct timer goes off.”
thanks to betanews.com
Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe® Dreamweaver® beta

(May 27) New features help teams and individual developers alike reach the next level in performance and functionality.

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The top new features of the next version of Dreamweaver include:

Live View

View your web pages under real-world browser conditions with the new Live View in Dreamweaver — while still retaining direct access to the code. The new rendering mode, which uses the open source rendering engine WebKit, displays your designs like a standards-based browser.

Related FilesManage the various files that make up the modern web page more efficiently in Dreamweaver. The Related Files feature displays all the documents associated with your current page, whether CSS, JavaScript, PHP, or XML, in a bar along the top of your document.

Code Navigator

The new Code Navigator pop-up window shows you all the code sources that affect your current selection. A click in either Code or Design view brings up the Code Navigator pop-up, which displays CSS rules, server-side includes, external JavaScript functions, Dreamweaver templates, Library files, iframe source files, and more.

CSS best practices

The Property inspector’s new CSS tab shows the styles for the current selection as well as all the applicable CSS rules. Hover over any property to view a tool tip with jargon-free English explanations of CSS principles. New CSS rules can be created and applied in the Property inspector panel and stored in the same document or an external style sheet.

Code hinting for Ajax and JavaScript frameworks

Write JavaScript more quickly and accurately with improved support for JavaScript core objects and primitive data types. Work with popular JavaScript frameworks including jQuery, Prototype, and Spry.

HTML data sets

With HTML data sets functionality, you can create your data in a standard HTML table, a series of div tags, or even an unordered list and then choose Insert > Spry > Spry Data Set to integrate that data into a dynamic table on the page with sortable columns, a master-detail layout, or other sophisticated displays.

Photoshop Smart Objects

Photoshop and Dreamweaver integration has evolved to the next level of compatibility and functionality. Drag and drop an Adobe Photoshop® PSD file into a Dreamweaver page to create an image Smart Object.

Subversion integration

Dreamweaver integrates Subversion software for a more robust check-in/check-out experience with file versioning, rollback, and more. Once you’ve defined Subversion as your version control system, you can update your site to get the latest versions of its pages directly from within Dreamweaver; no third-party utility or command-line interface is required.

Adobe® AIR™ authoring support

Create multiplatform desktop applications from your Dreamweaver HTML and JavaScript sites with new Adobe AIR™ authoring support.

New user interface

Work faster and smarter across Dreamweaver and other components of the next version of Adobe Creative Suite® thanks to a new level of integration and common user interface

Adobe Fireworks

Adobe Fireworks® beta

(May 27) Create, edit, and optimize web graphics more accurately and faster than ever with the enhanced toolset.


Adobe Soundbooth

Adobe Soundbooth® beta

(May 27) New tools for video editors, designers, and others who need to accomplish their everyday audio work.