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The Art of the Authentic Cutscene

(Written back in… oh… 2007? But cleaning out old posts after a blog migration. The “zooming through an object” effect still annoys me today…)   I’ve been thinking a lot about cutscenes recently, because I’ve seen a few particularly bad ones. How do you know a bad cutscene? Because you’re painfully aware that you’re watching… Read more

Windows 8 Launch Week!

My Surface RT is preordered (as is my Mum’s), all my home computers are upgraded… it’s finally *almost* here! And then! The real madness begins! That’s pretty much all I had. I’m excited!… Read more

On that replacement Exec Laptop scenario with DJOIN

The Volume Licensing website allows Win8 Enterprise to be downloaded to the new laptop, which should go some way to fixing the Enterprise Edition client requirement. It’s not quite slap-black-amex-down-and-join-domain, but then again that’s generally what you’d want! If you just attended our AUTeched session, thanks for coming along! Except Chad. Update: Couple of questions… Read more

DJOIN with a client TXT file failing with error 0x57 – Incorrect function or parameter is incorrect.

Incorrect function or parameter is incorrect. Long story short: DJOIN.EXE is finicky about its text formats. Don’t re-save a domain join blob text file with Notepad – if you can download the file as a file, you’ll be happier. (Experimenting with Save formats in Notepad is left as an exercise for the reader) Long again:… Read more

Windows Server 2012: Hyper-V hanging on boot

Breaking it During the week, I tried a straight upgrade for my Hyper-V box from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012, and wandered off. Noticing the Internet hadn’t come back a half hour later (TMG VM), I found my server hung at the new Windows logo. Hung hard: no capslock activity. Rolled back;… Read more

Come to the Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Premier Roadshow

Australian Premier Support customers: Join us for an overview of the new stuff in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8! This series of events will run for the entire day in each city and showcase 4 sessions of about 90 minutes, on a range of Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 client topics. All topics will… Read more

Is it time for you to reset your online identity?

Lots of account hacking activity in the news recently. The Blizzard hack (via RPS) caught my eye because of some of the wording used to describe it: “Some data was illegally accessed, including a list of email addresses for global users, outside of China. For players on North American servers (which generally includes players… Read more

Jump to closing Curly Brace!

I maintain a few projects with a few spaghetti functions. It’s really common to see something like: try{ //And then sixteen pages of text before the closing brace } If you click either brace, it highlights its counterpart, which is great when they’re on the same page, but not when they’re many scrolly pages and… Read more

Windows 8 UX Fundamentals–free virtual training

I’ve been working on the Windows 8 Application Excellence Lab circuit recently, helping push Metro-style apps from good to great! Metro apps look visually simple, but conveying your app’s information in a simple and visually appealing manner isn’t just a matter of “removing stuff”. The best apps look simple, present information appealingly and effectively, and… Read more