Monthly Archives: February 2008

Open XML community !

http://www.openxmlcommunity.org/
We believe that Open XML can help spark an explosion of innovation and investment, which will bring great benefits for customers and the broad ecosystem, in the years to come. We support Open XML becoming an ISO standard.

http://openxmldeveloper.org/
Announced March 21, 2006, the Open XML Formats Developer Group was initially founded by 40 organizations from around the world to provide a technical forum for developers who are interested in using the Ecma International-developed Office Open XML file formats. Membership in the community is open to anyone free of charge to enable broad development with the formats, regardless of platform. Below are further details on the community’s goals, developers who are involved in working with the Office Open XML formats, and quotes about the value of the community and the formats.

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HP and Open Source (FOSSology and FOSSBazaar)

HP sponsor a number of Open Source projects http://opensource.hp.com/opensource_projects.html and are also promoting open source analysis and development @ http://www.fossology.org/ and helping accelerate adoption of free and open source software in the enterprise @ https://fossbazaar.org/.

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OpenRAW and RAW digital camera image formats

OpenRAW want "camera manufacturers to publicly document their RAW image formats — past, present, and future. The goal of OpenRAW is to encourage image preservation and give creative choice of how images are processed to the creators of the images. To this end, we advocate open documentation of information about the how the raw data is stored and the camera settings selected by the photographer."

http://www.cybercom.net/~dcoffin/dcraw

There IS an ANSI C program that attempts to decode any raw image from any digital camera on any computer running any operating system.That program is called dcraw (pronounced "dee-see-raw"), and it's become a standard tool within and without the Open Source world. It's small (about 8000 lines), portable (standard C libraries only), free (both "gratis" and "libre"), and when used skillfully, produces better quality output than the tools provided by the camera vendor.

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Open Handset Alliance & Android

The Open Handset Alliance http://www.openhandsetalliance.com/ are "a group of more than 30 technology and mobile companies who have come together to accelerate innovation in mobile and offer consumers a richer, less expensive, and better mobile experience. Together we have developed Android™ http://code.google.com/android/index.html, the first complete, open, and free mobile platform."

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What version of DirectX do you have ?

How can you tell anyway ?

1995 DX 1.0
1996 DX 2.0
1997 DX 5.0
1998 DX 6.0
1999 DX 7.0
2000 DX 8.0
2002 DX 9.0
2004 DX 9.0c

Well try searching for and running dxdiag.exe and if you get to see

  • Microsoft.DirectX.Direct3DX.dll: 5.04.0000.3900 English Final Retail 2/14/2008 12:28:20 2676224 bytes
  • Microsoft.DirectX.Direct3DX.dll: 9.04.0091.0000 English Final Retail 2/14/2008 12:28:25 2846720 bytes
  • Microsoft.DirectX.Direct3DX.dll: 9.05.0132.0000 English Final Retail 2/14/2008 12:28:27 563712 bytes
  • Microsoft.DirectX.Direct3DX.dll: 9.06.0168.0000 English Final Retail 2/14/2008 12:28:30 567296 bytes
  • Microsoft.DirectX.Direct3DX.dll: 9.07.0239.0000 English Final Retail 2/14/2008 12:28:33 576000 bytes
  • Microsoft.DirectX.Direct3DX.dll: 9.08.0299.0000 English Final Retail 2/14/2008 12:28:34 577024 bytes
  • Microsoft.DirectX.Direct3DX.dll: 9.09.0376.0000 English Final Retail 2/14/2008 12:28:35 577536 bytes
  • Microsoft.DirectX.Direct3DX.dll: 9.10.0455.0000 English Final Retail 2/14/2008 12:28:36 577536 bytes
  • Microsoft.DirectX.Direct3DX.dll: 9.11.0519.0000 English Final Retail 2/14/2008 12:28:37 578560 bytes
  • Microsoft.DirectX.Direct3DX.dll: 9.12.0589.0000 English Final Retail 2/14/2008 12:28:52 578560 bytes

You probably have version 9.0c if not you can download the latest from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads

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