Tabbed user interfaces

Friday, 17 November 2006

I've been using Firefox for web browsing since it's first release, so I'm quite used to tabbed-browsing.

The new version of Firefox (and IE7 too) has made a small change to how tabbed browsing works - the 'close tab' button is now part of each tab.

Firefox tabs

What I've realised is that there's a difference now with how Visual Studio works - it's tabbed editing environment is like the old Firefox method - there's just one 'close' button over on the right-hand side.

Visual Studio tabs

I'm not sure which way I prefer - I can see advantages to both, but I just wish that I could make all the apps do it the same way and not be inconsistent now.

I haven't tried any of the CTPs of the next version of Visual Studio yet, but I would guess that they'll change Visual Studio to mirror tabbing in IE7 (and Firefox 2).

Sitemaps

Friday, 17 November 2006

Looks like Microsoft, Google and and Yahoo! have been collaborating on creating a standard for a sitemap file - used by search engines to get a better idea what pages are available to be crawled and if they've been updated recently.

Vista RC2 64bit on my desktop

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

I've taken the plunge and have started using my new Dell box with Vista 64bit RC2.

Hopefully I'll get access to Vista RTM in the next week or so, then I can either install everything again, or just upgrade.

So far most things are working fine. There was a small hiccup this morning when I arranged for the IP address to be swapped over to the new box, but that seems to be resolved now.

Problems I have noticed so far are:

At the moment, I quite like the Sidebar, but it would be nice to have a weather forecast gadget along the lines of the Firefox ForecastFox extension.

Otherwise relatively smooth sailing so far.

Congratulations Rod

Thursday, 9 November 2006

I caught up with the news last night that Rev. Rod Dyson is the new Moderator-Elect for the Uniting Church in South Australia.. Yay :-) He takes over as Moderator next November.

Another famous person I can say that I know!

Microsoft Windows Vista is RTM

Thursday, 9 November 2006

Vista build 6000.16386 is RTM. Now to wait and see how long it take to be publicly available!

I bet lots of people wished that it was 16384 - a lot more geeky.