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Windows 8 Developer Preview downloads

From the Microsoft site:
Windows 8 Developer Preview downloads:

The Windows 8 Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. These downloads include prerelease software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment. The features and functionality in the prerelease software may not appear in the final version. Some product features and functionality may require advanced or additional hardware, or installation of other software.

Note: You can’t uninstall the Windows 8 Developer Preview. To go back to your previous operating system, you must reinstall it from restore or installation media.

Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64)


Sha 1 hash – 6FE9352FB59F6D0789AF35D1001BD4E4E81E42AF

All of the following come on a disk image file (.iso). See below for installation instructions.

  • 64-bit Windows 8 Developer Preview
  • Windows SDK for Metro style apps
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows 8 Developer Preview
  • Microsoft Expression Blend 5 Developer Preview
  • 28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app


Windows 8 Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64)


Sha 1 hash – 79DBF235FD49F5C1C8F8C04E24BDE6E1D04DA1E9

Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows 8 Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 64-bit PC.

Note: This download does not include developer tools. You must download the Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools 64-bit (x64) to build Metro style apps.


Windows 8 Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)


Sha 1 hash – 4E0698BBABE01ED27582C9FC16AD21C4422913CC

Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows 8 Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 32-bit PC.

Note: This download does not include developer tools. You must download the Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools 64-bit (x64) to build Metro style apps.


Live SDK


The Live SDK provides a set of controls and APIs that enable applications to integrate Single Sign On (SSO) with Windows Live ID and access information from SkyDrive, Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger. To learn more and to download the SDK, go to the Live Connect Dev Center.


System Requirements

The Windows 8 Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
  • To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater


Notes about installing the Windows 8 Developer Preview

A clean install is supported on all builds, but you can upgrade if you are installing a download without the developer tools. You will receive the full set of migration options when setup is launched in Windows. To dual-boot, you must first boot from media and choose an alternative partition.

Install on: Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools Windows 8 Developer Preview without developer tools (32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows 7 and Windows Vista Clean install only You can keep accounts, files, and settings
Windows XP Clean install only You can only keep accounts and files


How to install the Windows 8 Developer Preview from an ISO image

The Windows 8 Developer Preview is delivered as an .iso image that must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. On Windows 7, the easiest way to convert this file is to use Windows Disc Image Burner. On Windows XP and Windows Vista, a third-party program is required to convert an .iso file into installable media—and DVD burning software often includes this capability.

Note: The .iso file that contains the developer tools requires a large capacity DVD called a DVD-9, as well as a DVD burner that can handle dual-layer (DL) DVDs. Most modern burners should be able to handle this format.

Are you an MSDN Subscriber?
Go to the MSDN subscriber page to see additional developer preview downloads available.

Raspberry Pi Launch!

From the site:

The Raspberry Pi Launch

We’ve temporarily changed to a static site, while we’re experiencing a very high level of traffic for the launch of the Raspberry Pi. The full site will return once traffic levels have subsided, hopefully later on today.

For up-to-the-minute news on what’s happening, follow @Raspberry_Pi on Twitter1.
1(Only until about 6pm GMT, though, because we’re all going to the pub after that!)modelb_blue

About Today’s Announcement

Six years after the project’s inception, we’re nearly at the end of our first run of development – although it’s just the beginning of the Raspberry Pi story. Now we start developing educational tools and initiatives, at the same time as continuing research and development on Raspberry Pi hardware.

Although we are still waiting for units to arrive from China, you can start buying the Raspberry Pi today. We have entered into licensed manufacture partnerships with two British companies, Premier Farnell and RS Components. They’ll be manufacturing and distributing the devices on behalf of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and handling the distribution of our first batches as they arrive in the country. The Foundation continues to make a small profit from each Raspberry Pi sold, which we’ll be putting straight back into the charity.



Raspberry Pi: un pc micro a 25$, in vendita dalla fine del mese di Febbraio.



The ZX Spectrum / Commodore 64 Book



Product Description


From the makers of Retro Gamer comes the ultimate guides to the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64. With over 250 pages packed full of amazing games and in-depth features, this 30th anniversary special is a must for any gamer looking for a trip down memory lane.

In this bookazine…

Essential guides to two of gaming’s greatest home computers

Classic games
– Take a look at some of the best games for the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64.

In-depth features
– Learn about these two amazing home computers and the legacy they left behind.

Essential interviews
– Hear from industry experts and the main players that made these computers great.

Collector’s guides
– Discover where to start your ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 collections.

Also inside…

ZX Spectrum
– Retroinspection: ZX Spectrum
– Perfect Ten: ZX Spectrum
– And The Rest… ZX Spectrum
– Retro Revival: Lords Of Midnight
– The Making Of: Head Over Heels
– Feature: Spectrum Legends
– Cheap As Chips: Rex
– Retro Revival: The Trap Door
– Developer Lookback: Ultimate: Play The Game
– Classic Game: The Great Escape
– The Story Of Monty Mole
– Retro Revival: Batty
– The Making Of: Turbo Esprit
– Feature: Top 25 ZX Spectrum Games
– Classic Game: Trashman
– The Making Of: Manic Miner
– Company Profile: Imagine Software
– Classic Game: Feud
– The Making Of Crash magazine
– Retro Revival: Dynamite Dan
– The History Of Sabreman
– In The Chair With Matthew Smith
– From The Archives: Durell Software
– Collector’s Guide ZX Spectrum

Commodore 64


– Retroinspection: Commodore 64
– Perfect Ten: Commodore 64
– And The Rest… Commodore 64
– Retro Revival: Barbarian
– The Making Of: The Great Giana Sisters
– Feature: The Sid Crowd
– Retro Revival: Hover Bovver
– Developer Lookback: Ocean Software
– Classic Game: Impossible Mission
– Feature: Over The Pond
– Retro Revival: Bruce Lee
– The Making Of: Wizball
– Feature: Top 25 Commodore 64 Games
– Classic Game: Uridium
– The Making Of: Ghostbusters
– Company Profile: Thalamus
– The Making Of Zzap! 64 magazine
– Retro Revival: Aliens
– Feature: The Ultimate Adventure
– Desert Island Disks: Ben Daglish
– From The Archives: First Star Software
– Collector’s Guide: Commodore 64








The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Gameplay Demo Part 3

Awesome Guide to the SNK NeoGeo.



Kinect for Windows: purchase it today!

According to http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/kinectforwindows/develop/overview.aspx we can now purchase the Kinect for Windows at the price of 299$.

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