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Federer came from 0-2 down to win the 4th round

In Uncategorized on 1 June, 2009 at 11:29 pm

What a game!  After Novak, Rafael, I thought Federer is next to exit French Open 2009 early after watching Tommy Haas taking the first 2 set.  But Federer fought back to win the 3rd set and then cruise to a 6-0 win in the 4th set.  In the tense final set, he managed to win it and thus putting himself through to the Quarter finals.

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Bing is the new Google?

In Software on 1 June, 2009 at 11:10 pm

There I’ve said it.  And after a few years with Google, I am happy that I can actually says this.  This new search engine, or decision engine as Microsoft puts it, is way cooler than Google.  It is as simple as Google but with a touch of class.  Bing put an image on an otherwise boring first page and with a change of new font, give itself a modernized look.  Using Silverlight, Bing is also able to hide not so important meta data until the user call for it, thus putting the search data in the front row but still give the user additional information when it is needed.

However, can the new Bing bring back the bacon?  All this improvement will means nothing if Bing cannot bring you the website that you are trying to find, the news that you want to read or the image that you want to keep.  So far, it is quite there.  Definitely better than Live Search, MSN Search or what not, and it feels as good as Google.  But the verdict is still out.  Bing or Google, I will need more millage to confirm this.

Text in Windows 7

In OS on 21 February, 2009 at 7:00 am

WPF has been providing a feature that people wanted for a very long time.  Have you ever wonder why a screen with a very high resolution will give you application and text that are too small to use and read properly.  If you take a look at printed material, no matter how big the medium is or how high the dpi used for printing, a 10 point text will always appear as a 10 point text, the higher dpi will just make it appear so much smoother and nicer.  WPF set out to mimic that, thus a WPF application will always appear the same size no matter where you view it.  This is achieved by making the graphic display truly device independent.  A 10cm line will appear as a 10cm line no matter how big the screen or how high the resolution.

Windows 7 will finally bring this feature to the masses, you don’t need to run a WPF application to get this benefit for text.  And I hope that this will also be true for other elements in the Windows.  If this is true, that Vaio P will definitely be good to ship in Windows 7, since the current one under Vista shows text that are way too small to read properly (cause Sony choose to put a high resolution screen on a 8.9” screen).