21.09.07

... italiano?

Da oggi tutti gli interventi in italiano del mio blog sono stati rimossi e spostati nel nuovo blog, più "serio", che si trova all'indirizzo:

http://fabrizio.castagnotto.it/

On the site above you will find only Italian entries. And starting from today, only English posts will be written on this blog.

01.09.07

Cheers, Michael Jackson!

Today I found out a sad piece of news: Michael Jackson died two days ago.

Hey, I hear you scream, the singer is still alive. What are you telling us?

I am not talking about him, but about another legend of our times, albeit probably not known by the masses.

I am writing about probably the most famous beer critic in the world. I read some of his works in the past, and thanks to his writings I discovered many things about this "nectar of gods" :-)

beertown.org wrote a beautiful tribute page to him, so go and read something about this great man:

http://www.beertown.org/michaeljackson/

Cheers, Michael! ;-)

31.08.07

Windows Vista Service Pack 1: first beta coming soon

Nick White, product manager in the Microsoft Vista team, officially announced two days ago that the beta process for the first Service Pack is about to begin.

A Beta release of Windows Vista SP1 is slated for availability in the next few weeks. A small group of testers has been putting a preview of the SP1 Beta through its paces to help prepare for broader release. We made the choice to start with a very small group of testers because we think it's better for both our customers and for Microsoft to keep the beta program small at the start.

And then yesterday Microsoft Windows Server 2008 beta tester begun to receive invitation emails to opt-in for the upcoming program.

Full specifications about what to expect in this service release have been published on the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta Whitepaper.

Of course this will contain all the security updates and the fixes released so far, but also improvements in device drivers management and application compatibility, so there will a better hardware and software support.

Also System Administrators will benefit from the addition of some new features, like the ability to encrypt all the system drives (and not only the one where the operating system itself resides) with BitLocker, and hopefully with fixes to some bugs and annoyances that affect the current version of Vista.

Geek.com published an interview with Mr. White, where he explains something more behind this Service Pack.

The final and public release of SP1 is scheduled for the first quarter of next year. So be sure that there will be much more to talk and write about it in the future :-)

30.08.07

Opera Mini 4 hits beta 2!

The Opera team has just released the newest beta release of their awesome mobile web browser.

The full changelog is available on their website. But the most interesting and awaited feature surely is the new and very needed LANDSCAPE MODE.

For those of you not very familiar with this great piece of software, there is also a webpage with the full feature list for this major release.

So, go and grab your copy now while it's hot! :-)

Download Opera Mini 4 Beta 2

14.03.07

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (KB914961)

Microsoft just released to the world the final and official build of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Server 2003. Here is the full story on Microsoft.com:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sp2.mspx

with all the download links.

KB article 914961 describes the SP: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=914961

At the same time, also Service Pack 2 for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition has been released.

Today English and German language builds have been published. Other languages will come in the following weeks.

01.03.07

Native PDF support on Office 2007 : how to

This is something I almost forgot, until I had to install Office 2007 to another PC in the company I work for.

And this is also something probably not many people will know (or remember, from the early beta stages of the new Office suite).

Microsoft is providing, free of charge, a plug-in to natively "print" documents in PDF format. But you need to download it from their website. Why, you might ask. It is due to some legal issues, you can find more about them in the following two blog entries posted by a MS employee:

Legal issues around PDF support

and

Follow-up on PDF legal issues

So you can download it straight from the software house web site:

2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS

And then your "Save as" menu will be like this:

Oh, and btw my friend and co-worker Simone "weppos" was faster than me to blog it when I told him. But I am cooler and I am doing it in English. :P