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Jaxbot from Windows Phone Hacker managed to get his hands on a pre-release version of the Windows Phone “Tango’ emulator (build 8731). He unlocked the emulator and made it available for other to download and use. You can download the emulator from his article on windowsphonehacker.com

In the video he made about the emulator he said that Tango (the version on the emulator) doesn’t have that many new changes. In his video he when over these topics:

  • new MMS system with multiple attachments – video and voice notes attachments
  • new system settings added
  • location services improved with a location status bar icon (location services are buggy)

Check out his video on the emulator of a more in-dept tour of these new features.

What do you think about this emulator? Are you going to even bother to download and try it out? I definitely think that Windows Phone “Tango” will be a big milestone for the Windows Phone platform. Windows will definitely put in a lot more new features into “Tango”. Leave a comment about your opinion.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been a really amazing and good operating system for now. I can’t wait until the Windows 8 officially is released. I have experienced some problems during the usage of Windows 8, but what can you expect from a beta or consumers preview. I have send a lot of feedback to Microsoft about the apps, features and the Windows 8 itself. I have some good and bad thoughts about Windows 8, but what can I say. I will tell shortly some of the feedback I sent and what problems I have encountered. Later on in this article I will start talking more deeply about Windows 8 itself.

Mail is a really important aspect of my technological life. I use mail really often and I would like to experience it really well. In the new Mail application on Windows 8, mail looks really cluttered and not really nice, well that’s my opinion. Mail isn’t that responsive too. If I would like to delete multiply messages at the same time, I can’t view messages while I do that. This means, I can’t quickly preview a  message before I include it into my delete selection. Another factor is the speed. It takes forever for mail to come in when I didn’t refresh it for a while. I have a really good internet connection but mail can’t view messages fast enough. They should also include more features into the Mail application like threaded messages and clips and attachments.

The Application Store is the biggest features out of all the features included. If it is that big, Microsoft should make the user interface easier and more better. By that I mean faster loading and instant downloading. Also my Application Store crashes really frequently when it gets overloaded by downloading many apps at the same time. Another big missing feature, is the ability to search applications. I can see why Microsoft didn’t put that into the Consumer Preview because there like less than 30 – 40 apps on the store. I really hope that they will incorporated that into the next release.

RSS has been a big think for me for years and years. I would like to ask, why Microsoft removed the RSS reader from the Consumer Preview. It was in the Developer Preview. I really liked the metro-styled RSS reader. It was fast and it really caught the eye. It brought that excitement and joy of reading the news.

The Photos application is like the picture viewer in Windows but with less features. It has integration with other services like Skydrive and Facebook, but you can’t really do much in it except view pictures. They need to put in some sharing options and more editing tools. Also when I am in the desktop environment and I click on a photo to view from my desktop, it opens the big full-screen Photo application. That’s really useless to me. I would like a feature that lets you change if you want to use metro applications or normal windows applications. It just makes viewing photos longer and maybe harder.

The Metro-UI has a long road ahead. It is a really good approach by Microsoft to find something else than a start menu. The start menu was really easy to view and edit. So is the Metro Start Menu. The normal start menu showed applications and programs, so does the Metro Start Menu. Everything is the same except the position of it and the appearance. I really like the Metro Start Menu.

Windows 8 itself didn’t really change much except some appearance changes and features here and there. One of the biggest Windows 8 features, it the new task manager. It shows everything from all your processes and programs running to how much bandwidth your using and what application is using it. Other big change is the the Explorer. I hope that the explorer is even more stable that in Windows 7. You know how previous in Windows, when you copy a file, you get a copy dialog. Well here in Windows 8, there is one dialog for all your cut, copy, and paste actions. You can also pause these operations. Another big thing is the ability to mount ISO, image files, and VDI or VDM. You can mount any virtual media, right inside Windows 8, without any third-party software.

My overall experience with Windows 8 was really good. I really like the operating system so far. I am defiantly upgrading from Windows 7 when Windows 8 comes out. Thank you for reading my opinions and compare your usage of Windows 8, with mine. Do you experience the same problems? Please also send feedback to Microsoft while you test Windows 8. Make Windows 8 better. I really hope that they will not come out with 9 different versions of Windows. What’s your opinion?

Stay tuned for more Windows 8 news and commentaries.

First off, what is a Hackintosh? Well a Hackintosh is a normal PC but with a modded or hacked version of Mac OS X  installed on it. Normally, you can’t install OS X on any PC (excluding Macs) without some sort of hacked boot-loader or kernel mods. A Hackintosh doesn’t have Apple’s hardware or components and is build inexpensively. It’s a cheap method of running OS X without buying a Mac.

I am not a fan of Hackintosh nor never built a Hackintosh before. It’s not because I don’t know how to do it but because I have respect for Apple’s EULA for OS X and in my opinion, it wouldn’t be very stable and it would support any drivers.

The most unwanted thing that could happen, is that Apple will sue you for not following and agreeing to the EULA but this could only happen if you sell OS X illegally. This happened when Psystar actually sold computers pre-designed to accept OS X as the main operating system. Apple’s won sued Psystar because of the EULA. Apple won and Psystar was permanent barred from selling the computers.

What if a normal person wants to try out OS X and installs it onto his computer. Let’s get this all into view. Basically you don’t own a copy of OS X, even if you bought it on a USB thumb drive, legally obtained from the Apple App Store (OS X Lion) or bought the DVD (Snow Leopard and previous editions). You still do not own OS X. It’s like Apple is renting you the software for life when your pay the license fee. When you purchase a Mac, you are also purchasing the licence for the operating system for that specific computer.

If you would like to read the OS X Lion EULA click this link:

http://images.apple.com/legal/sla/docs/macosx107.pdf

Here an excert from the EULA that states the licencing matter.

The Apple software (including Boot ROM code), any third party software, documentation, interfaces, content, fonts and any data accompanying this License whether preinstalled on Apple-branded hardware, on disk, in read only memory, on any other media or in any other form (collectively the “Apple Software”) are licensed, not sold, to you by Apple Inc. (“Apple”) for use only under the terms of this License. Apple and/or Apple’s licensors retain ownership of the Apple Software itself and reserve all rights not expressly granted to you.

Basically it is illegal to make and build a Hackintosh from the privacy of your own home. OS X sends usage statistics to Apple and Apple may or may not, catch you on a Hackintosh. Apple may or may not sue you but the chances are really slim to not get caught. Again I’m not saying that you should make a Hackintosh, just get a Mac already if you want to try out OS X. There nothing to lose. OS X is a really good operating system, just like Windows. You just cannot really compare them both. If Apple were to sue you, you will never win, because they have the EULA and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to back them up. Some might way that Apple is wrong but it’s Apple, they do what they want to do.

Take Microsoft and Windows for example, they don’t make the hardware and computers to run Windows. They only licence the software for it to run on a PC.

Always remember that you don’t own a copy of OS X even if you buy it or if it came with your computer. Running OS X on a PC is a violation, it is legally made to run on Macs and it need to run on Macs. OS X is only intended to run on Apple hardware and platforms. Again the chances of being caught are really, really slim.

My thoughts about Windows 8.

Posted: February 13, 2012 in Software, Windows
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I have recently tried out Windows 8 and have been using it very regularly. I really like how it has changed, comparing it to the previous version of Windows, Windows 7. Windows 8, for me, totally changed how I look at and think about Windows anymore. It still has the old Windows desktop with the icons but the only thing that changed, not including some minor and major updates to the UI, was the new Metro start menu. Microsoft believes in better UI and user experience. Their also trying to catch up to the growing tablet market, by making Windows 8, the “next” version of Windows, touch compatible. Microsoft sees an opportunity for apps, games, and developers. One of the biggest things in Windows 8 is the Windows Application Store. (Not the official name) It seems like Windows wants to also go into the app market too. Microsoft is slowly catching up to the growing advantages and technologies. It’s not about what Microsoft says their going to put in Windows 8, it’s about is it going to actually work well and are the consumers going to like the features.

Windows 8 Developer Preview has been available for download for a quiet amount of time. Microsoft said that the next preview, “Windows 8 Consumers Preview” will be release during an event in Barcelona on February 29th, 2012. This is going to be a big milestone for Windows 8. I’m just wondering why are they calling it “Consumers Preview” and not “beta”.

Do you would want to try out Windows 8 Consumers Preview when it comes out?

What’s the best features or thing you really like in Windows 8?

What do you think the next version after Windows 8 is going to be called?

***I’ll try to blog live from the Barcelona event about the Windows 8 Consumers Preview so please stay tuned to my blog page and I appreciate and thank my readers.