I love getting a new OS.Ã‚Â I’m constantly screwing my machines up temporarily because I am installing Lindows, Ubunto, Beta MS OS’s, and even a couple of weeks ago re-installing an old copy of DesqviewX (because I needed to look at some old Pascal source code for a TSR I wrote years ago – and it took advantage of DesqViewX).Ã‚Â That’s why I have eight hard drives and 16 partitions – it let’s me feel a “little safe” playing with new OS’s.
Anyway, I love to play, because I love finding the little things that never get any limelight, but they make life easier.Ã‚Â Like in Vista, when you Alt-Tab to get a list of running applications there is an icon for “Desktop”.Ã‚Â If I select it, everything else minimizes – sure – I know there were many ways to accomplish the same thing in Windows XP – but I like having it there in the ALT-TAB window.Ã‚Â It’s conveniant.
I love the new “mini-guide” and the “movie guide” in the Media Center – not only do you see a list of the movies that are on (or coming on soon) but you see the movie poster/DVD cover for the movie.Ã‚Â That was unexpected, not really needed, but VERY cool.Ã‚Â It made it easy for me to find 3-4 movies I wanted to record, including The Birdcage with Robin Williams, Nathan Lane and Gene Hackman .Ã‚Â Without a doubt this is one of the funniest movies I have ever watched, and I probably wouldn’t have noticed it on except I recognized the cover art, so I recorded it.Ã‚Â If you haven’t seen it, rent it.Ã‚Â Good fun!
Want to read RSS feeds on your Plasma TV (Why Not!)?Ã‚Â You can do that.Ã‚Â
The SideBar still needs a little polishing to get it to where I switch to it from Yahoo Widgets (I have been a Konfabulator customer for years), but it’s close.Ã‚Â I need to be able to resize the SideBar width easily, and I need to be able to resize ANY widget on the sidebar – stock quotesÃ‚Â is a good example.Ã‚Â I entered the five I am currently tracking but could only see two of them when the widget was docked in the sidebar – but dragging the widget out onto the desktop let me see all five stocks.Ã‚Â The SideBar space is my screen real estate – please let me use it however I want.
The built-in parental control are very nice – even though my kids are 16 and 18.Ã‚Â I’m not looking to protect my machines from them – they know what they are doing – but often I have company that wants to borrow a computer, and it’s amazing how much crap they can get on that machine in a matter of hours.Ã‚Â Not anymore. My “visitor” account (and the new phishing and security in IE7) pretty much solve that problem – I have set up specific things people can do on that account, and specific apps they can run. And they can’t install crap.Ã‚Â I really like that.Ã‚Â Again, I know I could have done this with add-ons under XP, but it’s just never as easy when it’s a third party tool.Ã‚Â The interface, help, everything is just “different”.
Tomorrow I install Vista on my main laptop – a machine that only has enough free drive space for ONE OS.Ã‚Â That will be the true test.Ã‚Â But for now, I am still pleased.Ã‚Â It’s not quite the leap from Windows for Workgroups to Windows 95, but it’s also every bit the leap from OS-10 to OS/X (Yes, I have a Mac as well, don’t hate it at all, thank you very much.Ã‚Â Will buy a Mac Tablet the day they come out, if that ever happens).
More another time – after I see what the experience is with my IBM T-42p laptop.Ã‚Â I know the video won’t be as stunning 🙁