Redmondology – Windows Weekly 636

Posted on August 29, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Windows Weekly with 5 Comments

Leo, Mary Jo, and Paul discuss Microsoft’s October hardware event, Windows 10, Microsoft on mobile, Xbox and Mixer, and much more.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Give your favorite Mixer creator a free gift

$3 for every Xbox Game Pass subscription/upgrade – it costs you nothing

Windows history of the week: Asteroid, NepTune, and Triton

Back in 1998, Microsoft planned annual releases of Windows. It never happened, but the schedule was according to the Windows 10 update schedule that Mary Jo suggested, with a major/minor release cadence.

Developer pick of the week: Microsoft’s exFAT coming to the Linux kernel?

Hold onto your patents, penguins. Microsoft has published the exFAT tech spec and is hoping that exFAT could be included in the Linux kernel at some point.

Codename pick of the week: Vanadium

It’s been a while since I wrote about Microsoft moving to element names for its Windows codenames. But lately references have started showing up in MS code and docs. So here’s a reminder about Vanadium (Win 10 19H2/1909) and Vibranium (Win 10 20H1)

Bonus: Check out this cool Bloomberg special issue on the periodic table

Beer pick of the week: Anchor Brewing Brewers’  Pale Galaxy Hop Blend

Disclaimer: Anchor kindly mailed me a couple of bottles of their newest pale ale (twice – first shipment was “borrowed” by someone else). If you like Anchor beers, you will like this Brewers’ Pale/Galaxy. It’s maltier than most pales I’ve had. This third beer in this new hop series of pales is very balanced. Not something a hop head like me would seek out, but for those sick of overly hopped beers, this might be your ticket.


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Comments (5)

5 responses to “Redmondology – Windows Weekly 636”

  1. wright_is

    I always wanted the Epson HX20, it was similar to the Tandy 100, but it had a built-in thermal printer and micro-cassette recorder. It was allegedly the first ever laptop - from 1980.

  2. vernonlvincent

    "The pinnacle of neglect and contempt" - wow! That joker clearly woke up from a vodka hangover instead of a scotch hangover.

  3. Robert_Wood

    I loved seeing the Model 100. I had the later Model 102. When I was done with it it was just sitting around and my daughter, who was 4 at the time, saw it. I put new AA batteries in it and powered it up and she started playing with it. She ended up learning how to type on that keyboard, which as Leo pointed out, is a wonderful keyboard. The best portable keyboard I ever used to this day.

  4. Bats

    The perfect description for Leo Laporte is that he is a "Jack of all trades, MASTER OF NONE."

    It's true. He doesn't specialize in anything. He's not really good with anything tech related. He's really just a commoner who reads enough to engage in a conversation. He's all theory and no practicality/no specialty. His greatest talent (IMO) is that he can dumb down the way he speaks to the non techie, so they can understand.

  5. siv

    I think Linux Mint is a great alternative for any Windows 7 user who doesn't want the hassle of Windows 10.