“Vista Sale Slow” So?

People are like parrots they keep repeating the same bullshit stuff they pick up day in and day out. They are rather intelligent parrots though, because when the attention is on somebody they like, suddenly they stop their yapping and bow at the feet of the great One.

Browsing WordPress’s top posts today, I came upon a post about Pirates, Vista and something about Steve Ballmer. The post was an entertaining read however I did not agree with some all of his points.

  • WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) already is a bitch – yeah maybe if you own a pirated copy of XP it is, but then you would apply to the “arr I’m a pirate” category. In fact out of the 4 computer’s that I am in constant contact with, all of which are activate and WGA installed, none of them have ever caused me so much a flinch. On second thought I must be a very rare case, because everybody else seems to be complaining like it is going out of style.
  • EULA and gnawing off your arms – something about transfer of licenses being difficult. Seriously though, you make it sound like you buy a new a computer every year and need to transfer your one holly copy of Vista. That makes no sense considering every new computer comes with Vista so where is the problem?
  • UAC, red pixels and Russia – ok so Russia isn’t one of Vista’s issues but apparently the User Account Control is. First of all it can be turned off, second of all it is put in place to protect the abundance of people who STILL randomly click on pop-ups, download shady applications and are completely ignorant of viruses and the like. If you’re so smart turn off the UAC, or customize it, DUH.

Then when you’re done reading the article that you begin to wonder why the words like “Linux” or “Mac” and phrases like “Mac > Windows” or “I ❤ Linux” have not yet appeared. Because if my experience on the tubes has taught me anything, its that where ever there is bashing or complaining aimed at Windows, there are always Linux/Mac fan boys. Then out of nowhere it hits you that they are all conjugating in the comments section.

I am yet to figure out why people hold such a distaste for Microsoft. However I’m pretty sure that deep inside, past all their parrot instincts their lies envy. I’m sure some of them actually do believe that Linux will “beat” (they were in a fight?) Microsoft but I mean that’s why I drive an Infinity and you drive an Acura different styles, different preferences, different opinions. But lest you ignore the idea that your opinion might be incorrect.


HOW TO: Vista

Vista LogoI spent a few hours on the weekend (instead of watching my BIOL lectures) playing with Vista. I was doing exactly that just playing. I installed the default games that come with Vista and started trying them out. Mot of the games are just revisions of the Windows classics like Minesweeper and Solitaire. There is a new addition on which I’ve gotten hooked, Chess. The chess game is pretty simple no fancy features but is fully 3D which is appealing.

I started by playing 4 games of chess, most of which ended either because I closed the window or lost. After trying the rest of the games I realized that I owed it to humanity to beat my computer (on level 2 difficulty) at chess. So that’s what I set out to do. I turned on some trance music and started playing. I’m currently on a 3 game winning streak and I’m stoked. It’s a great game.

Now another thing I came across is a very awesome guide to Windows Vista desktop customization, file and folder management tricks, network and internet tweaks as well as security tips. The guide is really good and will help you get accustomed to the new features of Vista.

Another reason to check out the list is to find out what Microsoft has implemented since XP. I know I had moments when I was just mad that XP didn’t have a simpler way to accomplish something. Well Microsoft went a head and added a lot good core functionality that was lacking in XP.

If you have any of your own tips to share please do post them!


Vista Shortcuts

Windows Vista Shortcuts

I was browsing around, getting aquainted with the new features and bumped into a site which has some shortcuts for the neat features of Vista.

  • Win + Space – this shows the
  • Win + D – to show the desktop
  • Win + Tab – Switch between windows using Vista’s 3D interface
  • Ctrl + Win + Tab – Flip 3D but one that stays on the desktop, you can then scroll with up, down, left and right keys
  • Win + E – to open an explorer window
  • Win + R – to open the run dialogue box
  • Win + T – this tabs between running applications onto the taskbar
  • Win + Q – this appears to launch Office communicator
  • Win + G – pushes focus to the the sidebar the focus and when you press this key combination again it tabs between the gadgets on the sidebar
  • Win + M – Minimizes all windows and just shows the desktop
  • Shift + Win + M – Undoes minimize windows
  • Win + Number – Press the Win key and then choose a number of the applications that are in the quick launch task bar. An example the third icon on the taskbar (starting from left) is IE so to run IE press Win-3 and it will launch IE.

You might also be interested in this list of features and tweaks of Vista.

Part 1: Windows Vista Review

Vista Screenshot

Through my University’s MSDNAA program I was able to obtain a copy of Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows Vista. The download was a chunky 2.4 GB and turned out to be the Business flavour of the operating system. I was sort of moved by the experience of installation and I decided to post a personal review. I realize that there are quite a few Vista reviews, but take my word for it, mine will be better.

I currently run Windows XP and have all my daily programs installed on it. I ventured to install Vista only because I wanted to see what all the hype is about. Chances are you’ve heard two types of hype. One side is that Vista will be a great product which probably should have come out earlier but we won’t complain. The other side can be summarized by one word “Linux” or perhaps “Mac” or maybe even a combination of both. I always believed in Microsoft’s ability to produce quality software. Software that “Just Works” and is easy to use and so I’d like to believe that this Vista branch is their step in that direction.

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