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Short links for August 30th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on August 30th, 2007:

XAudio 2 Beta: New Cross-Platform Audio API

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Microsoft has included XAudio 2 in the August 2007 Direct3D 10.1 Tech Preview.

MSDN DirectX downloads
MSDN DirectX downloads – the latest SDK includes XAudio beta

From the SDK page:

The August release includes Beta 1 of XAudio 2. XAudio 2 is a new cross-platform audio API (Windows and Xbox 360) that is based on the Xbox 360 XAudio API. XAudio 2 is a low-level audio signal processing library for Windows XP and Windows Vista providing a fully modern audio pipeline, including:

  • Multi-channel and surround-sound support with full per-channel volume and mapping control
  • Programmable, cross-platform DSP effects framework
  • Per-voice filtering, arbitrary submixing, and multi-rate processing
  • Multicore optimized, non-blocking API design
  • Pluggable and generalized 3D spatialization support, with a full-featured implementation provided by the independent X3DAudio math library

XAudio 2 is designed to be the game-audio API that will replace DirectSound.

Read more about XAudio 2 on the Microsoft Connect XAudio 2 FAQ page.

Seems like I won’t be uninstalling my RME ASIO drivers just yet.

Link via CDM

Box.net releases new plug-ins

box.net logo

Box.net, the file-sharing application, has launched a few more plug-ins due to the success of its plug-in developed for Microsoft Office.

From Mashable:

There are now box.net plug-ins available for Open Office, Photoshop, Acrobat and 3ds max. These plug-ins allow you to back up files and share directly from each application. There was already a few other plug-ins, such as FireUploader and mobox, and box.net’s recent API included a Firefox plug-in and a mobile application. Use of the plug-ins are free during this beta test phase.

In other box.net news, its file-sharing features have been optimized for the iPhone, and was among the first to launch a Facebook application.

Visit box.net for more information.

Windows Tip: Copy error messages text to the clipboard

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Do you ever Google for error messages shown in Windows error message boxes? Then you probably know you usually get the best results when typing as much of the exact error message as possbile.

Now instead of (making a screenshot of the error message and) typing it in your favorite search engine manually, you can also just copy the whole contents of the message box to your clipboard by simple using Windows’ Ctrl-C copy function.

Windows Error Message: Just copy, paste!
Windows Error Message: Just copy, paste!

From Lifehacker:

Apparently since Windows 2000, you’ve been able to copy the entire error message to your clipboard by hitting the universal copy shortcut, Ctrl-C (who knew?!). That means the whole process of hunting down obscure error messages—especially those containing cryptic error codes—just got a whole lot easier.

And if you use Firefox, you can combine this tip with the paste multiple lines to input boxes setting!

Yep, you can learn new handy Windows features every day! (Apparently the message box copy/paste doesn’t work in Vista…)

Nicer Windows with Pitaschio

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Pitaschio

If you find the window manipulation features of Microsoft Windows a bit lacking, you might want to try Pitaschio (freeware).

Pitaschio includes a large number of useful functions.

  • Stick window to other windows when moving and resizing
  • Restrict window position to inside of the screen
  • Minimize window to system tray
  • Use small icons in the desktop
  • Disable Windows key, Insert key, Alt key etc.
  • Lock mouse or keyboard while you are cleaning keyboard or mouse
  • Take statistics about mouse and keyboard
  • Calculate Moon’s age
  • Pitaschio is a essential tool to use windows efficiently

You can even use Pitaschio to generate passwords.

Pitaschio configuration screen
Pitaschio configuration screen (click to see full dialog)

One of the features I enjoyed is mouse scrolling on a window’s title bar, which lets you change the transparency.

Just give it a try and download Pitaschio. If you don’t like it you can simple delete the files and forget about it.

Link via Download Squad

Microsoft Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image (free)

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Microsoft has released two new Virtual PC images featuring Windows XP SP 2. One includes Internet Explorer 7, the other Internet Explorer 6.

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007
Screenshot of Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

The images should come in handy for anyone running Windows Vista who wants to see how their web page look in Internet Explorer under Windows XP. Of course, you could also run the disc image inside of Virtual PC if you want to try installing new software without risking any damage to your host operating system.

Both disc images will expire on August 17th, 2007. The images are pre-activated so no hassle running them (Windows only). Download the disc images here.

Calgoo Calendar – Find, Use & Share

Calgoo has officially launched their beta calendar sharing program (Windows, Mac and Linux).

Calgoo Calendar screenshot
Calgoo Calendar screenshot

Calgoo aggregates, displays and manages events from multiple calendar sources: Google, Outlook and iCal. It uses the Google Calendar Data API to synchronize with and store events on Google Calendar.

Calgoo lets you:

  • Find the calendars, schedules and appointments you need
  • Use them and arrange them your way
  • Share calendars and appointments with those that need to know

Check it out on Calgoo.com.

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 now free

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As announced when Virtual PC 2004 was set free, Microsoft is now also offering free downloads of Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007
Screenshot of Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

Use Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 to run multiple operating systems at the same time on the same physical computer. Switch between virtual machines with the click of a button. Use virtual machines to run legacy applications, provide support, train users, and enhance quality assurance.

Check Microsoft for more information and a link to download Virtual PC 2007.