Evolution of Windows Explorer

30 08 2011

The “Windows 8” team made an awesome blog post that gives us an early glimpse at the new Explorer in “Windows 8”; what was also great to see was a look back at Windows Explorer over the years, all the way back from Windows 1.0, when it was called “MS-DOS Executive” :)

Excerpts from the blog:

It’s exciting to have this opportunity to share the improvements we’re making to the file management capabilities of Windows Explorer. Explorer is one of the most venerable parts of Windows with a heritage you can trace back to the “MS-DOS Executive” in Windows 1.0!

Figure 1 - MS-DOS Executive in Windows 1.0
MS-DOS Executive in Windows 1.0

Over the years, Explorer and its forerunners have gone through several major iterations:

Figure 2 - File Manager in Windows 3.1
File Manager in Windows 3.1

Figure 3 - File Explorer in Windows XP
Explorer in Windows XP

Figure 4 - File Explorer in Windows 7
Explorer in Windows 7

 

And now- a glimpse at the new Explorer (with the familiar “ribbon” interface):

Figure 8 - File Explorer in
Explorer in "Windows 8"

 

And a video preview of the new Explorer:

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ciao

mags





Steve Jobs’ new Apple campus proposal

16 06 2011

Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs presents his proposal for a new Apple Campus to the Cupertino City Council. This presentation was recorded Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at the Cupertino Community Hall. One building with a 12,000+ capacity!

“We do have the shot of building the best office building in the world”

-Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs presents his proposal for a new Apple campus to the Cupertino City Council

 

Proposed architecture of the new campus- “mother ship”:

Apple Campus

Apple Campus

Apple Campus

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11:20: “We are the largest tax payer in Cupertino, so we’d like to continue to stay here and pay taxes- that’s number 1”

By the numbers:

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“…we want to break ground next year and we want to move in 2015.”

ciao

mags





History of Interactive devices; Kinect SDK Launch

16 06 2011
 
“Look at the collection and then try and convince me that our slow rate of progress is due to a lack of technology rather than a lack of imagination.”
—Bill Buxton
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Fascinating opportunity to explore veteran designer, researcher and writer, Bill Buxton’s collection of input & interactive devices from over 30 years.

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On a related note, today Microsoft officially launched Kinect Software Development Kit (SDK) through Channel 9 Live site. You can learn more about Kinect SDK here.

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ciao

mags





First look at Windows 8!

2 06 2011

Microsoft on Wednesday previewed and demonstrated the next generation of Windows—code-named "Windows 8"—at the All Things Digital Conference (D9).

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"’Windows 8′ is a reimagining of Windows from the user experience to the application platform," said Julie Larson-Green, corporate vice president for Windows Program Management. "A ‘Windows 8’ PC scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse."
"We have so much more on the way," Larson-Green said. "So please stay tuned."
Watch Jensen Harris demonstrate some of the new features in "Windows 8":
 
First look at Windows 8!

 

ciao

mags





Microsoft Next

20 05 2011

Learn more about Microsoft Next and, also how Microsoft Research (MSR) and Microsoft Product teams collaborate- through an infographic and blog. Learn more about how such amazing technologies as Kinect, Surface, Worldwide Telescope, TellMe and others came about, thanks to the collaboration between Microsoft Research & Product Teams. More at Microsoft Next.

ciao

mags





Creative Ads

8 10 2010

AT&T knows how to make a successful promotion- take a look at these great poster ads. Using just hands and a phone, American carrier recreates a popular idea of painting hands into the colors of different countries.

Australia
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Bahamas
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Brazil
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Canada
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China
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Egypt
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Costa Rica
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China
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England
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Italy
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France
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Japan
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Mexico
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Morocco
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The Netherlands
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Norway
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Paraguay
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South Africa
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United Kingdom
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Russia
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ciao

mags





Church of the Sagrada Familia- Part 1

15 08 2010

"On making this temple I set myself the idea of following one of our traditions, a tradition that fits us perfectly, the Mediterranean tradition. All architectural style has emerged from the shelter of the temple, and all new art that comes should be the same.”

Antoni Gaudi

Church of the Sagrada Família (Holy Family), often simply called the Sagrada Família, is a massive, privately-funded church that has been under construction in Barcelona, Spain since 1882 and is not expected to be complete until at least 2026. A portion of the building’s interior is scheduled to open for public worship and tours by September 2010. The Church is the master-work of the most renowned Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the project’s vast scale and characteristic design have made it one of Barcelona’s (and Spain’s) top tourist attractions for many years.

I had the privilege of visiting Sagrada Familia during May of 2010- as a matter of fact I had planned the Barcelona trip to specifically visit Sagrada Familia; I wanted to share a photo journal and notes (from various sources) from my visit; to view a slide show of my photos please ho here.

Looking at the Grand Passion Façade entrance to the West; the continuous construction is evident from way far-off because of the towering cranes.

Design

The design of La Sagrada Família is brimming with Christian symbolism, as Gaudí intended the church to be the "last great sanctuary of Christendom". Its most striking aspect is its spindle-shaped Spires or towers.

Spires of the Passion Façade crowned by the Pinnacles

 

Spires

A total of 18 Spires are called for, representing in ascending order of height the 12 Apostles (100 meters),  the 4 Evangelists (Luke, Matthew, John & Mark), Mother Mary- the tower of the apse (arch/vault) and, tallest spire of all, Jesus Christ– the tower of the transept. The central highest spire, that representing Jesus Christ, will measure 170 meters and is to be surmounted by a giant Cross; the spires’ total height will approximately be the same height of mountain Montjuïc. When completed Sagrada Familia will be the tallest church building in the world as well as the church with the tallest spire in the world.

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Ground plan and drawing of the Church by Francesc Berenguer

Façades

The Church will have three grand façades: the Nativity façade to the East, the Glory façade to the South (yet to be completed) and the Passion façade to the West. The Nativity façade was built before work was interrupted in 1935 and bears the most direct Gaudí influence. The Passion façade is especially striking and according to Gaudi transmits drama and cruelty, including figures of Christ being flogged and nailed on the Crucifix. The sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs presents the Passion of Jesus Christ, from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion. The Glory Façade, which began construction in 2002, will represent one’s ascension to God. It will also depict various scenes such as Hell, Purgatory, and will include elements such as the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Virtues.

A closer look at the Passion Façade to the West

 

The Nativity Façade to the East; the Glory Façade is under construction.

Interior

The church plan is that of a Latin cross with five aisles. The central nave vaults reach 45 meters while the side nave vaults reach 30 meters. The transept has three aisles. The columns are on a 7.5 meter grid. The columns of the interior are a unique Gaudí design. Besides branching to support their load, their ever-changing surfaces are the result of the intersection of various geometric forms. The simplest example is that of a square base evolving into an octagon as the column rises, then a sixteen-sided form, and eventually to a circle.

Interior of Sagrada Familia; the tree-like columns and starred polygons of the vaulting recall the interior of a wood.

Symbology

“Architecture creates the organism and that is why it must have a law in consonance with nature. Everything comes from the great book of nature; all the styles (architectural) are organisms related to nature”.

Antoni Gaudi

Themes throughout the decoration include words from the liturgy. The towers are decorated with words such as "Hosanna", "Excelsis", and "Sanctus"; the great doors of the Passion façade reproduce words from the Bible in various languages including Catalan; and the Glory façade is to be decorated with the words from the Apostles’ Creed.

Various artifacts from the Sagrada Familia museum, which is within the Church’s premises.

 

The symbolism that Gaudi reflects in Sagrada Familia is not sustained only through the imagery and the paintings, but also incorporates the symbols in the architecture, giving an expressive character to this works. The Church is one of the most significant characteristics of all Gaudian architecture. This is why some commentators have classified the Sagrada Familia as a mystical poem. Consequently, the Gaudian attitude of imitating nature in his architectural work is fully coherent with his religious fervor- since, for a believer the human being is placed on earth to continue the divine work.

 

To be continued…

ciao

mags