Adam Gallant from Microsoft previewed Longhorn, the upcoming Microsoft Operating System. Of interest to the students was the new WinFS where meta information is stored in a database to make file-finding easier, Avalon to ensure that everything including the Operating System interface gets access to accelerated 3D and Sparkle which provides XAML access to animated buttons, etc. that would be hooked up to some programming language through the .NET architecture.
It was an interesting experience for the students as everyone loves to hate Microsoft. Comparisons were made to Lynx and Mac operating systems and further wish-lists for perhaps a segmented set of operating systems ensued. It would be cool if we could run an operating system for designer / developers or a futuristic experimental operating system with Voice control, 3D interface, etc.
Learners prepared McLuhan Tetrads for Multimedia Installations based on the talk and on in-class research and presentations. Learners analyzed what the technology enhances, makes obsolete, retrieves and flips into. The lecture / lab experience is part of the Sheridan Multimedia Pioneering course where a new technologies with respect to Interactive Multimedia are examined and working samples are explored. The technologies are: