How Real People Will Use Windows 8

D.H Lawrence at the window


On a recent trip to New Mex, we stumbled upon some fantastic hand painted windows by D.H Lawrence in the bathrooms of the Mabel Luhan house.


And Windows 7.
(The menu button is the three lines to the right of the toolbar…)


And Windows 7.

(The menu button is the three lines to the right of the toolbar…)

Can Windows 8 Survive Without the Registry?


Ever since Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky declared, “Windows 8 reimagines Windows,”, I’ve been pondering the unimaginable: Windows without the Registry. Let’s forget the alternative processor platforms and Windows tablets. Those are all well and good, but nothing will rock the Windows world more than a retiring of that massive, hiearchical sub-system list that tells Windows about every application, component, and bit of hardware that runs on it.

What’s the Registry? Here’s one of Microsoft’s definitions. It was written about the Registry that ran inside Windows 2000, but the Registry in Windows 7 operates in pretty much the same way:

“A central hierarchical database used in Microsoft Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 used to store information that is necessary to configure the system for one or more users, applications and hardware devices.

The Registry contains information that Windows continually references during operation, such as profiles for each user, the applications installed on the computer and the types of documents that each can create, property sheet settings for folders and application icons, what hardware exists on the system, and the ports that are being used.

The Registry replaces most of the text-based .ini files that are used in Windows 3.x and MS-DOS configuration files, such as the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys.”

When Sinofsky first introduced Windows 7 in 2008 and spoke of the need for the Registry, he called it a fascinating topic and a hard problem. “It is metadata about everything on the subsystem, and it needs to go somewhere,” he explained. At the first Windows 8 unveiling last June at D9, there was little mention of the Registry, only a promise that the next version of Windows would work with all the stuff Windows 7 currently handles. To do so, usually means you have a massive database of information in the subsystem that Windows 8 can access at any time to run your, say, five-year-old inkjet printer or Windows Vista-friendly app.

So the Registry has to stay, right? Not necessarily.

Read More


Testing Ajax Requests

One of JS Bin’s original drivers for being created was I needed a way to create simple tests for checking Ajax requests and responses. This screencast has been re-created with the updated version of JS Bin to show you how to create those dummy Ajax response handles using JS Bin.