Plane wreck in remote, exotic location

wiredYou might noticed a nice picture in my previous article. It is a shot of an airplane wreckage probably from the 2WW, abandoned in the West Sahara desert. I took it from the article in Wired.com under the title “Ghostly Plane Wrecks Found in Remote, Exotic Locations” by Jakob Schiller. The article was published on April 29th, 2013. Few days later there was a real crash of an American military refueling plane KC-135 far-far-away in Kyrgyzstan. Very sad thing to happen in 21st century.

The pictures in this Wired article are taken from portfolio of Dietmar Eckell.

Flaw in OneNote 2013 [fixed]

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This picture is irrelevant here, but I don’t want to advertise Microsoft products anymore.

I’m greatly disappointed with Windows 8 and Office 2013. I bought both and I want my money back. The key issue with Windows — I cannot stand new ugly interface. It is the first time I have no desire to hack this windows release. As for new Office 2013, it holds me from doing essential things. There is a big unresolved issue in OneNote 2013 with a function which me and my wife use everyday: copying from web pages. When I selectively copy from IE10 using the button “Send to OneNote” (same for IE9) OneNote 2013 does not include the hyperlink reference “inserted from” at the end of the fragment. Let me show how it looks in OneNote 2010 (Windows 7):

Capture in OneNote 2010

There is a clear reference inserted at the bottom “Inserted from”. Nice and tidy.

Here’s the ugly twin from OneNote 2013 (installed under Windows 8) from exactly the same source:

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See the difference? There is no bloody reference. And, of course, I checked in OneNote Advanced options “Include link to source when content is pasted”. With or without — the result is the same.

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Windows 8 Media Center Pack for Free

Windows 8 proConfused with Windows 8 versions? Here’s a good explanation on Dummies.com on that, describing all four flavours of the new Microsoft operating system. In short: Windows RT (limited to built-in applications), Windows 8 (for most users), Windows 8 Pro (like Win7 Ultimate with  encryption, extra networking features, and similar features like to connect to a domain through a work network), and Windows 8 Enterprise (for corporate users). But here we also have mysterious Windows 8 Pro Pack, which seems to be more than just upgrade from Windows 8 to 8 Pro. It was also mentioned that you can have Windows 8 Pro Media Center Edition for those who want to record or watch live TV shows through a TV tuner with Windows Media Center and also play DVDs.

I would go for Windows 8 Pro anyway, but I just realized that Microsoft is giving away product numbers for Windows 8 Media Center Pack here. Just type your email and hit Enter. It seems that sometimes you have to wait for a couple of days for the key to arrive. But there is a hidden secret. Some people reported that it is enough to install Windows 8 Pro  (x86 or x64) with public KMS client setup key (Microsoft Technet source), activate it, and then just follow the sequence: Continue reading “Windows 8 Media Center Pack for Free”

Russian Trace in Windows 8 RTM Activation

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The effort of internet community to activate the leaked versions of Windows 8 RTM is amazing. This is happening despite the obvious disadvantage of Metro UI for regular desktop PCs with mouse and keyboard. Yet reportedly some people succeeded to activate with help of Russian-arranged KMS on-line server at [multitude of names].no-ip.org and WZT provided keys. I’ve even seen a suggestion that one could use Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 2.0 from Microsoft! That WZOR team could be involved of course (they are notorious to be within the Microsoft circle, making fun of Bill Gates — look at the avatar). 

KMS-type activation can give you “only” 180 days. Not all the attempts to activate are successful though. Some people reported that they managed to get the right response from XXX.no-ip.org and then after few manipulations and reboot suddenly they got the nag screen again: activation gone. What you can do to prevent this — backup these two folders to revert them in case of trouble:

C:\Windows\System32\spp\store C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WSLicense

And people keep asking questions. For example: is it safe to use my live account with “test” leaked versions of Windows, especially if I tried (or succeeded) to activate with WZT KMS server? Well, even if did not try to activate, your account may be flagged, so try to use a spare one.

Another question: how about offline KMS activator? Well you can get it and run it (AKA off-line Hyper-V solution) but it requires a KMS key which nobody has for Windows 8, it has not been released yet.

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More RTM Leaks from Microsoft. Hold the Magic Ball!

As somebody said, looking at all these RTM builds leaking these days, the Microsoft security team must be on vacation. In reality RTM builds are not digitally signed and not linked to labs at Microsoft (as contrasted to pre-RTM builds).  So there should be very difficult to trace who leaked RTM versions (one way to prevent it would be to ban the use of any external media in Microsoft’s premises). Now we know that Visual Studio 2012 is complete and available for download on August 15. You can also try Visual Studio 2012 RC (Release Candidate) here.

What’s good new Visual Studio for? If you like Metro UI (or now Windows 8 UI, or even WinRT as Mr. Thurrott suggests), you can create one window that supports multiple views. As per Microsoft, unlike traditional desktop applications, a Metro style application has a single, chromeless window that fills the entire screen by default, so there are no distractions. A Metro style application can support different layouts and views to create a fluid and harmonious experience across a variety of form factors and display sizes.

Website http://winunleaked.info/ (an asylum of famous Canouna) has published information on some new leaks:

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Windows 8 RTM Leaking Madness

win8rtm-01In less than a day after the Microsoft gave the Windows 8 final RTM version to OEMs, the Big Leakage started. First we got non-bootable images of Enterprise “N” editions with key embedded (N — means no Media Player), and now we got the real thing — good old Russian friend of all computer geeks WZOR released first Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x86/x64 and then Windows 8 Professional RTM x86/x64 which he claimed to be original MS images. To give you some facts let me list the IDs of those builds at the end of this article.

You may see quite a lot of people installed these releases already and have been testing heavily. Look at these forums:

http://forums.mydigitallife.info/forums/42-Windows-8

http://winunleaked.info

If you hesitate which version to install, I suggest you install Professional. It can be activated through all channels by applying the right key, while Enterprise is VL only, as it is primarily made for corporate use.

As for pirates, there is no workaround yet to activate the leaked copies, although Microsoft activation servers are online and Windows 8 can be activated with legit keys such as MAK. In the trial mode Windows 8 goes into specific License Status — Notification State (i.e. there is no 30-day “grace” period), which is quite annoying:

  • you cannot personalize Metro
  • you cannot change Start Page or User Picture
  • you have Watermarks of build number and non-activated stamp

Besides, there is a difference between SKU keys: Retail gets the metro message screen to activate, and Volume License gets the desktop watermark. The latter seems less annoying.

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The great DAZ (hero of Windows 7 Loader) already admitted he would not create a similar program for Windows 8 RTM. It is more likely to see updated KMS Server Activator for Windows 8 from ZWT or other genius enthusiast. [If you don’t know what KMS stands for, read this article on TechNet]

Why DAZ believes it is difficult to simulate OEM activation now? Because it is so different now. One source revealed new changes in Windows 8 activation taken from internal Microsoft presentation. In short, in version OA 3.0 of OEM Activation will ensure that each PC with pre-installed Windows 8 will have unique product key in the BIOS and will be activated (physically) at the factory. If you know how old activation OA 2.1 worked, you’d understand it is completely different story now. In the past one OEM (e.g. ASUS or HP) used to have the same product key for every PC they shipped.

But as one guy said in a forum: “I don’t see the point; Microsoft has already taken care of discouraging piracy in Windows 8 — Who really wants to pirate a crippled OS that’s missing the start menu? Well, at least this feature will be something exciting for those up for a challenge in breaking the product activation.” That’s exactly my point — who wants to run Windows 8 and get in trouble even more? Do not pirate, stick with Windows 7, because that is what most big corporations will do — they will ignore Windows 8 for corporate use.

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Dreamweaver and Photoshop CS6 Screenshots

Here’s few screenshots of Dreamweaver CS 6 (version 12.0 build 5808) and Photoshop CS6 (version 13.0). By the way Dreamweaver CS 6 has no 64-bit version yet.

New Mini Bridge in the Photoshop:

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Photography workspace:

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Painting workspace:

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Adobe Creative Suite 6 — Cloud of possibilities

I’m very much interested to see what more we can do now, when Adobe Creative Suite 6 is finally available. If you look at the buying guide (Product comparison table), some products are presented only in Cloud version (As Adobe says: “Adobe® Creative Cloud™ is the digital hub that lets you download and install every Adobe Creative Suite® 6 application; access online services for file sharing, collaboration, and publishing; and benefit from new apps and features as soon as they’re released — giving you the freedom to create anything you can imagine.”). For example Adobe Muse (Webdesigning software without writing code), Adobe Edge preview (tool for creating interactive motion content for the web using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript) and some “Services” like Adobe Typekit (a solution to use real fonts on the web). Cloud is obviously a way to fight piracy, yet Master Collection (the combination of major Adobe products) is there as well.

Downloads of trials are still due. I’m very curious to test new Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 with fluid grid layout for cross-platform compatibility.

New Avast 7 in Windows 8 CP

Avast 7 FreeHere’s my review of new Avast 7 in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. New Windows system contains upgraded Windows Defender version 6.2, which has now full antivirus functionality and runs by default. Microsoft basically put there what they used to call Security Essentials (but the name is too long as per modern guidelines, I guess). So I wanted to test and see if third-party antivirus in Windows CP would be welcome. That means that Defender would need to be shut down automatically. I liked the previous versions of Avast and always recommended that security software, besides, it did perform very efficiently.

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Three Flaws of Metro UI in Windows 8 CP

I’ve been running Windows 8 Consumer Preview for a few days and I should say Metro User Interface has no bright future for a regular PC with a mouse and a keyboard. All this tiling nightmare is an attempt to make a structural multi-purpose information display, and that idea has three big issues:

  1. User need is overestimated. I don’t have a need to see multiple screens/tiles simultaneously, like weather and emails and photos, etc. My desktop (or, whatever, monitor screen) is not a control panel of the aircraft where, for instance, this need is present. Even if it was, it would need to be frozen, fixed for each and every display or tile.
  2. PC is considered in a wrong way. My PC is not a giant mobile phone. On a mobile phone with a tiny touch screen that free space would be probably useless. Yet I enjoy and appreciate the free space on the desktop. PC is special in that regard. Apple does not mix mobile and desktop, why Microsoft should?
  3. Core concepts are overlooked. Basically common sense is put underneath MS corporate intelligence as it seems.  Simplicity is good, limitation is not. I don’t mind multitude of controls, small fonts and complexity. I hate rules that cannot be hacked. I am annoyed with the whole approach of “follow the pattern”-style in mouse navigation. It is not convenient, period. And don’t tell me shutting down of PC is stupid, that is my cow and it is up to me what to do with it.

I like new ideas and I know it is difficult to change. The most difficult is to understand that your mind thinking pattern is wrong. But in this case there is no revolution with Metro UI. I just feel it.