While a lot of hype have been generated for Windows 7, the research operating system Singularity from Microsoft Research released their certain version into Codeplex. The OS is written on C#, unlike most OSes nowadays written in C/ C++. I heard although it is hosted in Codeplex, Singularity is not an open source OS. So don’t mistaken it for the likes of Linux and HaikuOS. There are a lot rumours about a secret OS project in Microsoft called Midori which is based on Singularity, but then again its all rumours.
This time to help users to get a feel of the OS within learning how to build the OS from scracth, they included a .ISO file download which is actually a Live CD of the OS. The ISO file can be mounted to VPC and it will work. Below are my screenshots, unlike Windows 7, this is a lot more boring.
Boot loader starting up
Kernel starting up
Singularity command prompt loaded.
Get a list of available commands using ‘help’
Like the DOS days, ‘dir’ is working, but not ‘cd’. Maybe there is a new command name. Still at pre-release stage, there is not much functions on this OS yet, but if you are a research on OS technologies it is worth a good look on some of the new ideas around building OSes.
I really like Microsoft’s new I’m a PC ad concept. While its a counter measure to Apple I’m a Mac ad, I’m a PC is more approachable than the former. Now they have a website to upload your own ‘I’m a PC’ quote as well! Now I can wait to get my hand on one of those I’m a PC T-shirts.
By the way, while the new Macbook Pro does come with a couple of innovations, doesn’t it in a way looks like a Sony Vaio? And Steve’s mentioned about they not interested in touchscreen? Between the lines, it means, "we are working on something super secretive about touchscreen which I won’t leak out at the moment"
If you have such problem, then it is because the chipboard (the place where your cut/ copy content is stored) is opened by another process causing it not accessable from Windows. To fix it you need to shudown the application/ process.
To find out which process is opening the clipboard you can download the following application called GetOpenClipboardWindow.
Some people will like to work only with the command prompt especially if you come from UNIX background but not me. I discovered there is a simple Windows based program with GUI to configure certain properties on a Server Core installation.
The picture below shows you all the functions available. Download it here.
I was setting up a demo for a talk today. Normally my VPC environment will be 1 Domain Controller (DC) and another server for SharePoint and Visual Studio.
Then out of sudden I went to disable the Kerberos service on my DC just to avoid the startup error created by Kerberos service. Note: VPC start up is slower and for DC, normally Kerberos service startup will timeout but eventually it will get started.
Without Kerberos, I still managed to sign in to my SharePoint VPC with no problem whatsoever. It is until I start developing a VS2008 SharePoint Workflow project, then I realize the IIS restart fails to response until VS2008 returns a SharePoint Server not found error.
It took me a few hours to find out what happen until I check my event logs and realize I notice my SharePoint app pool user try to start certain services but hit authentication error. This is when I realize it must have something to do with the Kerberos service being disabled.
Ta! Ta! Once the Kerberos service got started, everything returns to normal and my day got saved!