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Monday, March 28, 2005

Desktop Up And Running

After installing Windows Server 2003 R2 Beta on the desktop computer, I continued on with installing the March WinFX CTP. Right when the MSI file for the CTP drop was about to begin unpacking the ISO file, it stopped dead in its tracks reporting that the MSI file was rejected by the digital signature policy. A quick search on the WinFX newsgroups didn't turn up any way to fix this problem, other than running the MSI file on another computer, and then copying the ISO file that is extracted back over to the target machine. This did the trick, although it took much longer than expected. Thankfully I hadn't yet deleted the ISO file from my Inspiron 8200.

I haven't tested any samples out on the desktop as of yet, however I am certain that it will be a much more enjoyable experience than testing the samples out on the laptop. The desktop is powered by an Athlon XP 3200+ with 1 Gigabyte of PC3200 RAM and an ATI Radeon 9600 XT All In Wonder card. Intallation of the SDK took a fraction of the time that it did on the laptop, so I can't wait to start mucking around with Avalon on that rig! Unfortunately exams are approaching fast, and I've got a midterm and an assignment slated for the end of this week. These commitments are going to eat up a fair bit of my spare time, but I will do my best to play around with Avalon, or atleast read some more of the documentation.

I've already got a couple of idea's on the go right now for Indigo/Avalon applications. Obviously it'll be some time before these roll out as I need to learn the basics first, but I do not think that it will be terribly difficult to implement them with the new frameworks.

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