Microsoft shows off future technologies

On the third day of Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference, Rick Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research, showcased some of the projects the company is working on.

Microsoft is looking at ways to make cloud computing infrastructure more power efficient and developing its Surface technology with new capabilities.

A key concern is the amount of power consumed by data centres, which is set to grow if cloud computing platforms such as Microsoft’s own Azure gain acceptance.
Microsoft showed how networks of environmental sensors can be used to monitor spaces such as server rooms, building a map that tracks changes in temperature over time.

“For the next decade, research will look at how much energy a particular program is going to consume when running,” said Microsoft principal researcher Feng Zhao.

Ironically, the vast amount of data generated – about 100MB per day from one test network, according to Zhao, means that it is farmed out to a cloud for analysis. Continue reading

Google Chrome version 0.3.154.9 has been released.

Google Chrome version 0.3.154.9 has been released.
You will automatically get updated in the next few days. You can open About Google Chrome (from the wrench menu) to get the update at any time.

This release fixes the top issues we’ve heard about from people using the Beta release, especially with plugins (the programs that show video on sites like YouTube).

This is a roll up of fixes that have previously been released to our Dev channel users. See http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel/release-notes for details on the changes that have been made since 0.2.149.30.
Security Update
  • This release fixes an issue with address spoofing in pop-ups. A site could convince a user to click a link to open a pop-up window. The window’s address bar could be manipulated to show a different address than the actual origin of the content.
    Security rating: Medium. This flaw could be used to mislead people about the origin of a web site in order to get them to divulge  sensitive information.
    Disclosed by: Liu Die Yu of the TopsecTianRongXin research lab. Continue reading

Future of CSS hacking for cross browser issues.

In an article at the recently launched Vitamin, Dave Shea brings up the potential dangers of using CSS hacks. Stop Hacking, or be Stopped is Dave’s first article for Vitamin, which looks like it will be a great resource for web designers, developers and entrepreneurs.

In the article Dave uses the upcoming release of IE7 to point out that relying on browser bugs to send different CSS to different browsers has always been risky, and that it is proving to be increasingly difficult to keep track of and test various hacks in specific versions of specific browsers. He ends the article by suggesting a few possible ways of dealing with browser discrepancies in the future.

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Hack IE by using Conditional Comments for multiple CSS

MSIE for Windows has for a long time had a feature named Conditional Comments that allows content to be visible only for MSIE. Use of conditional comments instead of other css hacks is simple:

  1. Create a stylesheet common for all browser, without using any hacks to work around rendering problems in MSIE.
  2. Create a stylesheet common for all versions of MSIE
  3. Create a separate stylesheet for each of the MSIE versions you want to target.
  4. Include the stylesheets from 2 and 3 by using a conditional comment

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