It's obviously Vista-tech.
When the MINIMUM recommended processor is a 2GHz Core 2 Duo, you've got to wonder if Microsoft is just abandoning the lower-end market entirely.
Microsoft yesterday whipped the lens cap off the public beta of its much-anticipated WorldWide Telescope - a "rich Web application that brings together imagery from the best ground- and space-based observatories across the world". Bill Gates duly trumpeted: "The WorldWide Telescope is a powerful tool for science and education …
As MS have clearly demonstrated, maybe they should get some rocket scientists to get their stuff to work. Even basic office apps get my computer fan to whirr while the whole thing sits there like a big lump of uselessness.
God help us if NASA send men to the moon using MS Apps.
"He managed to squash the universe onto a single DD floppy disc, and it ran fine on a 14mhz Amiga A1200."
Yebbut, Braben and Bell managed to fit 8 galaxies onto a single floppy sometime in the early 80s :-)
Anyone interested in this sort of thing should take a look at 'Celestia', if they haven't already done so - OK, so it's not a web app but it's very good and doesn't require a 2GHz CPU to run (a semi-decent graphics card helps though) but it's very, very well done.
Seems to be a review of someone who can't even install a simple app, tell you what boys get your IT lot to uninstall your porn dialers or go back to google earth Lester and continue your search for your little black helicopters.
Anywho having installed and run the software flawlessly I am presently surprised although this review doesn't seem to note that the application itself does piss all over Google Sky. But why bother to state the fact anywho when el reg of late is absolutely brimming with MS haters, you'll get a much higher rating by simple stipulating "Crap... don't work", but to help you out i'll rate it as "Oh orgasmic" anyway...
Walks off mummbling "Journalist my arse"
And they wonder why people don't find Windows easy to use.
I sometimes wonder why 'older members of my family' can't get to grips with basic computer stuff, and then I see how straightforward it is to install a Microsoft designed app on a Microsoft designed Operating System.
" * Review the System Requirements to ensure that WWT can run on your computer.
* Click Download.
If you don't have Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, or later, installed on your computer, a message box
displays prompting you to install it. Click Yes to go to the .NET Framework 2.0 SDKs, Redistributables
& Service Packs page.
o On the .NET Framework 2.0 SDKs, Redistributables & Service Packs page, scroll down the page to the .NET Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable Package section, and then click the link for your computer's architecture and operating system.
Note Most computers currently use a 32-bit architecture and operating system and should click the
Download x86 version.
o On the Microsoft .Net Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable Package page, read the system requirements to ensure that your computer has all the necessary software installed, and then click Download.
o In the File Download – Security Warning message box, click Run.
o In the Internet Explorer – Security Warning message box, click Run.
o Follow the software installation instructions.
o After the software has been installed, click the Windows Update link to make sure that you have all the latest service packs and security updates. Click Express to review all recommended software and follow the software installation instructions.
* In the File Download – Security Warning message box, click Run.
* In the Internet Explorer – Security Warning message box, click Run.
* Follow the instructions in the WorldWide Telescope Setup Wizard.
* After WWT installs, double-click the WWT icon on your desktop to open WWT."
...Or in a nutshell: "Click here to install and hope for the best"
Stellarium is a bit ambitious for my cheap laptop, but it did run without a fuss even if it was a little jumpy. I am sure it would work much better with a cheap graphics card. Kstars was very smooth.
A quick glance at the subversion trees shows modifications to each project as far back as 2002, so neither is particularly new.
Laptop: Intel T7200 @ 2.00GHz, 945GM (G=graphics decelerator, M=64 bit data bus).
Curtis Wong, manager of Microsoft's Next Media Research Group, joined the love-in with: "WorldWide Telescope brings to life a dream that many of us in Microsoft Research have pursued for years, and we are proud to release this as a free service to anyone who wants to explore the universe.
I want to explore the universe but I don't want to pay for Windows. How can I use this?
All of them have terrabytes of data (stored on, ooh, NASA servers, Australian Observatory servers, etc...)
Heck, you can register to a webpage that gives you time on a REAL telescope THERE AND THEN and take pictures of the sky with the CCD camera and track the telescope to something YOU want to see and take a picture.
About all it has is bling for the front-end. And bling is hardly innovation.
It's El Reg reporting on a Microsoft technology - of course they'll hate it / struggle with it.
I notice that the review didn't mention that this is a public BETA. This is NOT released of even RC software.
Secondly, I can't really find any problem with it. I'm looking at Messier 82 without any problem.
This tool is a research platform for school and college students. Stars, galaxies etc. have links to SIMBAD, Wikipedia and SEDS, and the search facility is pretty good too.
All in all, it's pretty decent. Runs OK on my P4 2.6Ghx with HT on 1.5Gb RAM Vista box. Very smooth, very intuitive and as mentioned above - pisses all over Google Sky.
It's not particularly original, but then again the majority of software isn't. Take a look at the new Fedora 9 release. Nearly everything new is straight from Vista...! :-)
A great deal is made out of this being Web2.0 and it's easy to say "where's the browser?", but Microsoft seem to be getting all the back-end services ready. I wouldn't put it past them to put this stuff in the browser by using Silverlight. There does seem to be a strategy and does Google have a big enough R&D budget to compete? It looks like an early "Embrace" of the Embrace-Extend-Extinguish to me. It seems to me that Microsoft is after the web-apis I'm guessing they see the web much the same as a operating systems market. They almost have the same services as google then it will be interesting: when they start extending.
Read the story - downloaded the "software". This machine runs as a restricted user, so I switched into Admin mode to install - no problem. Finished install - went to fire up as a restricted user, and it wanted the .msi file to install something else!! Of course the wonderful M$ install had erased the .msi file that had been extracted from the download. Next step - fire up AppWiz.cpl in Admin mode and remove!
Why are you even bothering to report how bad a Beta is?
MS Betas are horrible, nasty Crap, that I wouldn't put in a ShoeBox!
But come on!! It's like your cronies got around a table and said "Ha Ha Bill Gates talked it up.. Let's trash it!" You're comming off as crybabies.
No Directx 9.0c? No .Net 2.0? Both of thoes have been out for at least 2 years. Somehow I doubt your collective "We" computer came up to the minimum specs..
August 2004 for DirectX 9.0c, January 2006 for .Net 2.0 if you were wondering.
...Microsoft were doing some neat online aerial/mapping stuff with TerraServer when Google was just an advertiser's wet dream in a garage. That was way back in the last century when most Google fanbois were still being potty trained and us greybeards thought that a 56k modem was the dog's bollocks. Slow to download? You don't know the meaning of slow. All we had a was a dialup shoebox in middle of t'motorway...
Microsoft did the global satelite image project, Terraserver, in the mid 1990s, which predates the Keyhole (Google Earth) software by many years. Keyhole is much nicer, but Microsoft didn't copy the idea from anyone, they were the first.
Same with WWT. Database researcher, Jim Gray, had been working on this sky project for years before Google Sky came out.
...in the deep field with Hubble, found the black hole in the middle of Saggitarius and got lost on the earth too. I went to the US, Africa and the south of France. The guided tour of the earth at night is just superb.
Not being a great believer in marketing, I didn't bother reading the sysreqs and it runs sweetly on my
3.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4 HT
NVIDIA GeForce 6200 TurboCache
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3
1024 Megabytes Installed Memory
And I had outlook, visio pro, word and three lots of security running at the same time.
This app rocks. Despite Office 2007 and Vista (I get to be 1st line support for gf's machine ugh), I might start to like Micro$oft.
Windows only...hmm...noted that the BBC has a link to a free/open source piece of software called Stellarium. (amazing for the impartial Microsoft loving BBC)...
Anyway, 10 seconds searching the download tool in Ubunutu (Hardy Heron), 30 seconds of downloading and installing and it runs without problem. Nice!
So a product in beta has a bug? Pretty poor reporting to jump to the conclusion that the entire product is rubbish. Unfortunate, yes, but a little harsh. I think we've all been spoilt by Google's definition of beta - 'fully working but we might tweak it to make it even better'
Unfortunately I won't be able to try it out as I only have Macs - but it's entertaining that Microsoft are endorsing Boot Camp.
Perhaps it was night time where you were trying to look at. I though everyone knew this. The reason why telescopes often don't work is you're not taking into account the time zone of the celestial body you're attempting to watch. Simple answer is to wait till it's bright and sunny outside and take a peek then.
I got the app to work on my old school Tandy 8088. No HDD at all on that bad boy. Just a 3 1/2" and a 5 1/4" floppy. Man, to see Andromeda in full 16 color brilliance...just fantastic!!
Ok, so not really, but it's fun to talk about the days before PCs had HDDs.
Now I'm off to go play the ORIGINAL "Falcon" flight sim. Still can't land the friggin plane...
why is the site running Flash? Wheres the Silverlight?
Bill, are your boys are asleep at the wheel? Boy i want to develop rich content just like Microsoft... Hmm what should I use? Well, MS is pushing Silverlight instead of Flash hmm but they don't even use it on their beta sites to showcase it. Hmm... they use flash, must be better then eh Bill?
Go back to your back street shop and format a few drives (cause isn't that what you guys do when you can't solve a simple issue?) you stinking hack..
As for the comments of Kstars, stellarium and Celestria this kit isn't the same type of software as it uses real imagery like G sky not a database of points like the other 3. But having used all but Kstars I'll stick with this beta and Celestria with the high res maps.
"Go back to your back street shop and format a few drives (cause isn't that what you guys do when you can't solve a simple issue?) you stinking hack.."
Wow. A few wild (and completely wrong) assumptions there fanboi. Actually I was referring to the revolting innards of the software architecture, you know from a software development point of view. When you are writing software. That kind of thing.
I don't fix PCs for a living, just for friends who aren't as computer literate as (for example) you and I. I expect a lot of Reg readers do the same. It's a kind of unpaid job for Microsoft, which partly explains why Bill Gates is one of the richest men in the world and we aren't.
"Stinking hack" was good though. If you could have spun it out further and directed it at El Reg, it might have made FoTW.
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