Archive for September 2011
As we have said previously Facebook is undergoing reconstructive surgery and allot is changing, the newest feature is the unreleased Facebook timeline function.
We can show you how it works and how to get it before your friends.
What is Timeline:
Timeline is a new way of sorting your actions on facebook. Your actions are sorted by date and start with birth and follows a line up till today, therefore timeline!
How does it work:
It changes your regular profile to this:
First off we added a cover:
There we go, looks nice with the new cover. The overall look of the new profile page is very organized and sorted. We notice there is a few new elements such as the timeline on the right side of the cover and the map feature… let’s have a look at the timeline first!
This is how your actions on Facebook are sorted, clicking on one of the dates/years reveal what you were up to on that date just for giggles we had to press “Born” first just to see what happened
And as expected there were not much happening on Facebook back then until my first son was born and I’m not putting up any baby pictures of me either… lets just let that one be blank for now and check out the map feature
The map feature is a new way of sorting what you did and where you did it. Everytime you post something with the location attached it pops up on the map.
Clicking on one of the pins and it pops up and shows you what happened there and when
Nice little feature to keep track of what you were doing.
Other new things we notice is that there are a few new boxes in the top menu of your profile showing Friends, Photos, Map,Likes, Notes, Subscribers and Subscriptions but there is also a option to add apps to this menu.
Yet a new way to organize your Facebook profile.
Your wall has had a Facelift aswell, it now sorts thing into neat boxes for you and makes finding things allot eazyer
How do you get it?
Well Timelines have a release date of 30.09.2011 so you can wait untill then, or… you can do as we did and follow the instructions in this video
According to @Playstation on Twitter “We’re aware that some of you are having issues trying to log into PSN. We’re working to resolve the issue, and we’ll update you here.” this was posted at 5:59 PM 21.09.11 and it’s still down 2 hours later without any explanation on the’re sites
Since our old test computer did’nt meet the minimum system requirements of windows 8, we had to use Vmware, but after about 3 seconds we incountered a new error and in that way also the new blue screen
this was due to our Vmware being outdated so after a quick update we were rolling
The install is per this version very much the same as Windows 7′s installer
It was only at the end of the install we saw the difference
First thing that pops up when you log on is the new start screen they have made instead of the old start menu. Since we only installed it on a virtual machine we had limited resources available for graphics and also a lower resolution than if we would have installed it on our test computer, due to this the start screen was a bit laggy and slow so that spoiled some of the experience but part from that the start screen takes some time to get used to, for more expert users this might be a bit dull in a way.
The start screen looks like this and has allot of boxes floating containing apps, programs and shortcuts to settings and stuff like that so it’s basically like the old start menu but allot bigger. When opened the apps open in fullscreen and work as they normally would on windows 7. There is a social app called Sosialite this connects to your Facebook account and shows you what’s happening on there in a new but nice way and there is a twitter app called Tweet@rama which does the same for Twitter. The apps can be moved around so you can sort the most used ones at first and if you right click one you can make it smaller/larger and also quickly uninstall them without having to go through the control panel.
If you move the pointer to the lower left corner of the screen a small menu pops up that gives you access to settings and devices and the new search.
The new search is a great way to find what you’re looking for it allows you to enter a search term and then choose where to find it, like search through social medias, internet, local files, and many more
it also has a share button which allows you to share what your doing through Facebook and Twitter right now, but were assuming support for other social medias will come.
The only thing that sort of rubbed us the wrong way about the whole start screen is that there seems to be no back button as of yet so if you enter a program you have to press the start menu button to get out of it but there will probably be this in the released version of the OS.
You can customize allot from the new control panel located on the start screen, such as the lock screen image appearance of the new lock screen:
To unlock you grab the picture and slide it upwards then you can log on with the logon type you choose, there are regular password logon and there is gesture logon if you have a touch screen, which we recommend using with windows 8, even tho we don’t have a touch screen our self.
Windows 8 is quite nice to use actually even tho without touch screen it does present some issues, horizontal scrolling is not a task we like without touch but overall it like a boosted Windows 7 for now. Keep in mind that we are talking about a preview version here folks so alot can and probably will change from now and to the released version from the rumors we have heard and the hints Microsoft has given us. Lets all hope that the touch screen monitor price will go down a fair bit until the release. And we hope the price for Windows 8 in Norway is not the same as Windows 7 was when it was new.
The OS in it self looks and feel quicker than Windows 7 and it is rumored to be just that. We can hardly wait for the release and will follow the development of Windows 8 closely!
Today Facebook drastically changed the way the site works. Facebook have been hinting about changes for the last months and today they starting rolling them out.
Facebook now has a subscribe function that allows people to subscribe to posts you post as “public” sort of like on Twitter.
Your news feed is now arranged more like a news paper with posts that Facebook think you would like on top and other posts under.
The privacy settings have been updated to help you decide and rearrange how things are filtered.
The chat side bar now have a news ticker on top, which shows you what your friends are doing in real time, and when the sidebar is minimized the news ticker sits on the right side of the news feed.
without using a KVM Swich…
Yes it is possible, Tuong Do at Microsoft got tired of having to switch between the many computers on his desk so he started to develop his own software to deal with this issue in Microsoft’s Garage.
His software allows you to control up to 4 computers with one mouse and keyboard over your local network, this nifty little program even lest you share clipboard and drag and drop files across all linked computers, it installs in only a few minutes and the configuration is both quick and simple.
If you like us think it’s a drag to have to logg on to 2-3 different computers in the morning and then have to lock them all at the end of the day? well Tuong was too so he incorporated a feature that let’s you log on and off from all 4 compuer simultaneously, which is great!
the program can be downloaded here and is only 1.1 MB so don’t worry if your internett is slow.
Here’s Tuong explaining how it all works: