VirtualBox Adds Direct3D and OpenGL – Hyper-V and VMware Please Follow

VirtualBox looks to be the first on the top of the virtualization pile with this one:

VirtualBox 3.0 Beta 1 has added Direct3D and OpenGL 2.0 support to their virtualization product, which means that those Windows Vista and Windows 7 virtual machines will finally be able to enjoy the Windows Aero UI that they so deserve.

For me, I think this could be a real driver for VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) as I think that main hold-back up until now has been the visual appearance of VDI (or rather the lack of).

I was rather hoping Microsoft could have managed Direct3D in Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V or Hyper-V Server R2 but obviously not as they use a graphics card much in common with VMware’s offering.

Hopefully this advance from VirtualBox will move them both along because we all know once one jumps the other will follow.

Extend Windows Explorer Thumbnails

This is something that has bothered me a lot recently as I have been using Photoshop for Wedding photo’s and this and that, and this tool would I’m sure save countless designers some time, especially if your not hot on file naming conventions.

The idea is to allow Windows to thumbnail up to 19 additional image formats including PNG, PSD and TIFF to name a few.

I haven’t personally tried it yet, but the nice people at Lifehacker claim it was fast and didn’t cause a performance hit which is what we like to hear.

De-Clutter Facebook

Facebook is a great place and you can find out and see peoples lives with never before levels of depth, however if you are a bit of a friend fiend because you just can’t bear to click that reject button you might end up with a lot of friends who you just actually don’t care about.

An idea from this guy (Adam Pash) is rather good:

Create a display view in Facebook that only shows updates and things from the friends of yours that you actually care about, and as a result, you don’t need to disappoint or annoy anyone with a friend removal.


In Your Face Out of Office in Outlook 2010 Technical Preview

As most people will know from various sources, I’m Out of the Office from work at the moment on paternity leave with our new baby Layla.

As an obvious result, I’ve got Automatic Replies enabled in Outlook to warn people I am Out of Office. I have Outlook open all of the time as I check my POP3 email accounts in it, but today I saw a menu appear in Outlook to warn about the Out of Office for the first time.


This is a great step on from previous implementations of the Out of Office namely because (having fallen victim myself once or twice) it’s fairly easy to leave it on when you get back into the office and forget about it.

OneNote Mobile 2010

I’ve been a OneNote user for some time and namely with OneNote 2007 and it’s lack of Ribbon UI.
When I originally got my old O2 XDA Orbit (HTC Artemis) it came with OneNote Mobile as part of the office applications, however I was not a user at this point in time.

As time moved on and I began to use OneNote, I had upgraded the ROM on my phone which meant I no longer had OneNote.

I was left in the same situation with my Touch HD as the Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM I am using doesn’t include OneNote, however when I attached my phone via USB today so that I could flash the Radio and the ROM with fewer builds, I noticed a popup from Office 2010 which 2007 never showed.

(I have attached the phone via USB before, but it’s always been with Office 2007 installed not 2010 like now)


Read the Full Post

Strikethrough Button in OneNote 2010 Ribbon

Strikethrough is something which I never used to use until I started using OneNote some time ago.

Strikethrough in OneNote is good because it means you can make lists and cross things out as you go. The trouble in OneNote 2007 was that settings and options for Font appeared in a menu on the right which wasn’t static – It would come and go as you did other things in OneNote.

Now in OneNote 2010 however, with the new Ribbon interface, Strikethrough has rightfully earnt a button on the toolbar.

Memory Usage in Outlook 2010 Technical Preview

It’s been about a day now since installing Office 2010, and this is one thing I noticed earlier today which is excellent.

In Outlook, I have two email accounts: An Exchange account connected with RPC over HTTPS and a POP3 account. I’ve got one OST file for the Exchange mailbox, one PST file where all the POP3 email goes and a PST for backing up old emails to.

Outlook 2007 used to run in the region 0f 100,000 KB to 150,000 KB according to what I was doing that day. As you will see from the screenshot below, Outlook 2010 is running as a measly 47,736 KB. That’s less than one of my Internet Explorer tabs.


Excellent work Office team.