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I spoke with James Clarke, part of the Microsoft Expression Encoder developer team about Microsoft Silverlight is, how it works, if it competes with Adobe Flash, if you need to learn it, plus much more.
9 Oct 2008
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[Trailer for Extra! Members Only Show] Ok, so you've installed Snow Leopard, now what! On the face of it, the user interface to Snow Leopard doesn't really look much different from the original Leopard OS, save for a nice new desktop wallpaper. Most of the changes to Snow Leopard are in its underlying architecture, with parts being re-written and brand new technologies introduced to act as springboards for innovative new applications. But if you look closely, there are a host of subtle changes to the user interface in the new operating system, all designed to improve on the original Leopard and enhance your Mac experience. This show takes you through some of the changes and demonstrates how they can help you be more efficient and productive. This week's show includes: 32-bit vs 64-bit - A brief explanation of the difference and why you shouldn't worry that your MAc is not booting a 64-bit kernel just yet. Improved Finder - Completely re-written in Cocoa and to take advantage of 64-bit and Grand central dispatch, the Finder now has a new lease of life with sparkling performance. Together with a few whistles and bells to boot. Changes to the Dock & Stacks - Some nice polish applied in these areas with some subtle but necessary changes to Stacks Exposé - Worth the price of the upgrade alone! Exposé has had a major rework turning it from a cool piece of technology to demo your Mac, to a really use productivity tool. The show demonstrates the many ways of using the new supercharged version of Exposé including: Standard Exposé Exposé in the Dock Exposé via the Application Switcher Dragging & Dropping via Exposé Exposé & Spaces This is just the first of an occasional series of Snow Leopard related shows to illustrate the power of this brand new operating system. As an extra on this weeks show, there is also a short segment for ScreenCastsOnline Extra! announcing and demonstrating the availability of a brand new plugin for Plex. This new plugin allows you to access all your members content in HD from right within Plex. Just update the plugin, enter your username and password and you'll be able to stream all the Members shows in HD or ED. A big thank you to the Plex developers for creating this plugin, especially James Clarke - I owe you one James! Please note that if you're receiving this notification via the ScreenCastsOnline email notification service, the link inserted below is for access to the free version (or trailer) of this show. If you're a ScreenCastsOnline Extra Member you should receive the members version of the show via iTunes or directly from the ScreenCastsOnline Extra Members website.
4 Sep 2009
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY LINDSEY WOLF You're watching multisource tech video news analysis from Newsy. Six death row inmates from Arizona, California and Tennessee are suing the FDA for allowing states to import an execution drug without agency approval. Sodium thiopental is the first of three drugs injected into a condemned prisoner- it’s an anesthetic that eliminates pain. The Wall Street Journal reports the company Hospira was the only U.S. manufacturer of the drug - but it’s halting production. Italian officials shut down the company’s facility outside Milan because Italy doesn’t support the death penalty. “Hospira tried to figure out a way that it could block the distribution of its drugs to U.S. prisons and decided there was no way to do that so it decided, ‘we’re just going to exit the market.’” Since then, states have had to find it elsewhere – including overseas. Law requires the FDA to ensure only safe, effective drugs are imported into the US, but according to The Tennessean, the FDA decided to… “...exercise ‘enforcement discretion’ regarding sodium thiopental imports for execution and allow them to enter the country with little more than a caveat that FDA has not examined the quality of the drug.” But the FDA wants to stay out of the execution-drug market, releasing a statement saying... “Reviewing substances imported or used for the purpose of state-authorized lethal injection clearly falls outside of FDA’s explicit public health role … FDA does not verify the identity, potency, safety, or effectiveness of substances imported for this purpose.” But James Clark from Change**** claims- without FDA approval, there’s no way to be sure the drug is safe to use. “If the drugs are contaminated or handled improperly, they could become ineffective, leading to a torturous execution that the Supreme Court has ruled would be unconstitutional...” In an editorial for The Daily Herald Vincent Jack wonders- why can’t another U.S. company make the drug? “Come on, give me a break! Surely another drug company can make this drug. Don't tell me that given a whole year's advanced knowledge of a growing shortage didn't send up some red flags somewhere in the medical/legal continuum. How could the Federal Bureau of Prisons fall asleep at the helm on this issue?” The last doses of thiopental made in the U.S. will reach expiration this spring. Some states have worked around the issue- substituting thiopental with pentobarbital- a drug normally used to euthanize animals. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
5 Feb 2011
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