Giant Hairball of Code – Windows Weekly 598

Posted on December 6, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Windows Weekly with 3 Comments

With Leo away, Megan Morrone joins Mary Jo and Paul to discuss a week of wild rumors and speculation.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: You can once again download the Windows 7 and 8.1 ISOs. But…

You need a valid retail key which limits the usefulness.

Plus: Yes, Bootcamp still sucks

App pick of the week:  Typora

Typora is a new type of rich text editor that uses Markdown as its underlying “format.” It’s just plain text, really. Or, you can use Visual Studio Code, you nerd.

Plus: Google Arts & Culture mobile app adds a cool AR Vermeer experience

Enterprise pick of the week: The Book of News for Connect 2018

Want details/links/resources of all the announcements from Connect(); 2018 this week? Here you go.

Codename pick of the week: Chromium

The codename that almost was, but luckily wasn’t. Microsoft COULD have called the Windows 10 Fall 2019 feature update (and associated Azure updates) “Chromium” — based on its elements codename scheme. But instead, it’s said to be going with Vibranium.

Beer pick of the week: Collective Arts Ransack the Universe

Hamilton, Ontario’s Collective Arts is starting to expand its distribution here in the U.S. They make some really nice beers, including this very balanced IPA Ransack the Universe. Lots of hops, but lots of malt to keep it in check and from being overly bitter.



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4 responses to “Giant Hairball of Code – Windows Weekly 598”

  1. Piyer

    PWA is not the magic bullet that it is made out to be and it is not suitable for all use cases

    The future of web is WebAssembly (WASM), which will hopefully eliminate, if not completely most of the JS hairball nightmare. With WebAssembly especially the client side WASM maturing, the dll can run at the client side natively across all browsers. That is the future and a great big thank you to the folks at Mozilla/Firefox for bringing this to the fore. The WASM journey for the web has already begun. This is exciting especially for Microsoft and .NET, because the .NET core/Xamarin (Blazor) aligns perfectly with this future.

  2. Piyer

    The glue that binds Microsoft and Google is Anders Hejlsberg / Typescript / VS Code, and of course the Azure containerization / Kubernetes team


    As a start, who would not respect Anders Hejlsberg!. Angualr JS extensively uses Typescript. Similar to what Microsoft is doing, Google decided not to pursue to write their own and use Typescript.


    VS Code, the future of cross-platform IDE comes from the same Typescript underpinnings, is the only tool that can be used across all operating systems and will one day be the successor to Visual Studio.

  3. Rob_Wade

    Well, regardless of where this all goes, I have yet to see a PWA worth a damn. Every single one I've tried is looks horrible, performs horribly, and is just crap. And that's usually because the websites are just as crap.

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