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Thursday, 06.12.07

Microsoft releases Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RC1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:05 CET under Digital - Gadgets

I've already tried some previous Betas of Microsoft's upcoming Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista on several PCs and while it (still) works fine on my Media Center, it had some trouble on my Notebook.
If you haven't heard about it so far, Windows Vista SP1 is an update to today's Windows Vista that, along with improvements delivered to users via other channels, addresses feedback from Microsoft customers. In addition to previously released updates, SP1 will contain changes focused on addressing specific reliability, performance and compatibility issues, supporting new types of hardware and adding support for several emerging standards. SP1 also continues to improve upon the IT administration experience. Unlike Windows XP's SP2, Windows Vista's SP1 is not intended to be a vehicle for releasing new features; however some existing components do gain slightly enhanced functionality in SP1.

While SP1 contains valuable updates to Windows, organizations don't need to wait to deploy and can experience the improved security, management and deployment benefits of Windows Vista today.

Currently, Microsoft is targeting a RTM release in Q1-08, depending on customer feedback and the quality of the beta. The SP1 RC was released to the 15k Beta Testers on Microsoft Connect and on Thursday, December 6, the RC was made available via MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Furthermore, Microsoft plans to release the SP1 RC bits to the public on TechNet anytime  next week.
SP1 is going to be released in two waves. The initial release of SP1 will include 5 languages (English, French, Spanish, German, and Japanese). The second release containing all 36 basic languages will occur afterwards.

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Tuesday, 27.11.07

Packing for Amsterdam - attending Möbius 2007
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:14 CET under Job - Editor and Journalist

You might have heard about it already but in case you haven't: The annual Möbius conference is just around the corner, this year happening in Amsterdam, Netherlands and I'm happy I got an invitation for this year's Möbius conference. So while I will leave tomorrow morning, it's time now to leave the PC and pack my bag since I will take a couple of Windows Mobile smartphones with me, as well as my Apple AirPort Express, my Nikon D80 and some other stuff. In the past, without all the gadgets, traveling was easier. All you need was you Passport, your Credit Card and your toothbrush. Now we are travelling with a whole bag of gadgets.

Anyway, if you haven't heard about Möbius, it's  an invitation-only community (with roughly 100+ members now) of the world's most influential technology pundits and online writers. Hosted by Microsoft, the yearly once or twice happening Möbius conference brings together around 25 Möbians of this group of 100+ which normally interact behind the scenes with companies big and small to shape the direction of devices, services, pricing, design and the culture of consumer technology.
As with every Möbius event, Microsoft will host a variety of speakers, from across the industry, who will talk about general mobility issues, industrial design, new applications and of course provide sneak peeks into future products. However the best part of Möbius is having a very open and honest dialogue and even healthy debate  about the industry, technologies and initiatives that are shaping the future of mobility.

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Thursday, 04.10.07

Oh, two! or how Lucky Strike adopted O2 :-)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:08 CET under Off Topic

Funny, looks like someone at Lucky Strike's marketing department is an O2 customer and loves O2 that much that he or she adopted O2's mobile phone campaign for Lucky Strike's cigarette campaign. At least that's what I've spotted this morning on a street in Munich (Munich = German O2 headquarter):

Two Lucky Strike packages, a blue background and even bubbles (but not O2's new "hero bubble"); this cigarette ad looks pretty similar to my O2 Xda Windows Mobile Today screens. ;-)

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Wednesday, 26.09.07

Installing Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on Vista Ultimate
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:38 CET under Digital - Gadgets

Okay, after I've downloaded the wrong file yesterday (which I've figured out after the 16 hours download), I finally downloaded the right one (read just the Service Pack 1, not Windows Vista including the Service Pack 1) and I've started the installation now:

I've also fired up my stop watch to see if the installation really takes 30 minutes only (which would be fast for a 1.x GB Service Pack) or if it takes longer anyway.

UPDATE: Okay, the installation of the files took something around 25 minutes only. Now the PC rebooted and Widows is configuring the updates (as it said).
Just in time while I was reading this update, the PC rebooted again. We will see what's coming next...

UPDATE: Okay, after roughly 25 minutes of installation and another 30 minutes of configuration the PC came up again is is ready to use now:

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Tuesday, 25.09.07

Starting Windows Vista Service Pack 1 test
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:22 CET under Digital - Gadgets

Well, I'm not yet ready to install it but still downloading it (started the download 8 hours ago) but it seems it takes a little bit longer since all 12,000 invited Beta testers seems to download it in parallel:

Anyway, as soon as it's done I will put it on my test PC (to first check how smooth the installation and performance is going) and maybe testing it on my production PC after.

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