I regret the fact I didn’t write about how slow the ‘net was gonna be when I was writing my article about tech in 2007. I wrote it about the time the Taiwan earthquake happened and it was easy to see it was gonna kick us in the ass like it is now, as I wrote earlier. Incidentally I also regret not mentioning [tag]Alyssa Alano[/tag] in the ‘Year that was in Tech’ article, whom imo singlehandedly promoted YouTube to the masa via her manhandling of end make d parflays dance sylvimousse is barkley, so keys me. I mean, it’s even a consistent amongst my top posts, so how could I had possibly missed that??? Arrg.
Anyway, below is another article that came out today, re Vista. I’m still waiting for a promised test laptop (no, not a free one), which I gather is being upgraded to handle it better (the ones we tried in Tagaytay were rather inadequate), along with an interesting presentation that by Ivan Franco, MS Consumer Marketing Manager, re customer buying habits. I can probably make ten articles alone from his findings, so I’m raring to get my hands on that.
So here’s my article, in orig form. The published one was cut around a fourth of the orig wordcount, and I don’t even wanna know where they got the title for that one.
Things To Know About Microsoft Windows Vista
Remember the tail – wagging dog that pops out when you use Search on Windows XP? Apparently his name is [tag]Search Assistant[/tag], and if you look closely, he’s actually reading a book backwards, which might explain why your computer is taking so long to look for something. He isn’t on Vista anymore, and while that may be sad to some, a better, indexed Search has replaced him that promises to be faster than ever.
But that’s not all that’s new with Windows Vista. Here are some of the many other innovations to let you know what else is new when it’s released next February:
Four Vistas to choose from – There are four types of Vista for retail distribution named according to its intended use. These are Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium, [tag]Vista Business[/tag] and [tag]Vista Ultimate[/tag]. Some applications such as the highly touted [tag]Windows Media Center[/tag] is available on the home models, while applications that help sharing documents like [tag]Windows Meeting Space[/tag] is for the Business model.
Same Price as XP – Rumors of higher prices are false. Windows Vista Full Package Product (comes in a box with everything) costs as much as XP, with Home Basic priced at $199.00, Home Premium at $239.00, Business at $299.00 and Ultimate at $399.99, prices from the Microsoft website. Like before, there are special pricing schemes available for upgrading, volume purchases and academic editions. XP will continue to be available for a time, as will support for it.
Parental Controls – Vista Home Premium and [tag]Home Basic[/tag] includes a powerful feature that lets parents decide such things as how long kids can use it, what games they can play, what websites they can view and even reports of what they had been doing. So technophobe parents better get tech savvy already, otherwise your computer adept kids can block you instead.
Access basic info without turning your PC on – You’re late for a meeting but forgot where it was and will have to turn your laptop on just for that. Annoying right? Windows Slideshow is a feature on [tag]Vista Home Premium[/tag], Business and Ultimate that can display recent email messages, addresses and telephone numbers on an auxiliary display without turning your computer on. This innovation will probably spawn a whole new generation of ‘Vista – ready’ laptops and PCs with small LCD displays on their casings, keyboards, remote controls or other devices.
Powerful Vista needs Powerful PC – If you purchased your PC or laptop two or more years ago, I suggest you get a new one to run Vista properly. If you bought one more recently, then you might get by with an upgrade. The ‘premium specs’ on the Microsoft website require a 1 GHz 32 or 64-bit processor, 1 GB of RAM, a DirectX 9 capable 128mb. video card, and a DVD-R drive amongst other things. Of course you can get by with the ‘minimum specs’ listed on their site, but if you want to really enjoy Vista’s great new features, then go for the above.
Windows [tag]Aero[/tag], Live Taskbar, [tag]Flip 3d[/tag] – Windows Aero is the name of the terrific, slick new interface on Vista, highlighted by a transparent glass – like elements. It will also note your PC’s specs and will adjust depending on what’s best for it. Live Taskbar Thumbnails will give you a small window of a running application in the taskbar, and Flip 3d is a godsend for people who run multiple applications like me. Like with what Alt + Tab used to do before, you can now use Flip 3d to give you a 3d view of the open windows using your mouse’s scroll wheel.
Security – Long known as XP’s waterloo, [tag]Microsoft[/tag] strikes back with a stronger [tag]User Account Control[/tag] to help better manage who gets to tinker with a computer’s inner workings, a new [tag]IE7[/tag] that can run in a ‘protected mode’, data encryption that makes a stolen laptop’s data useless to anyone but the owner, and a toughened firewall that checks both inbound and outbound traffic.
Sidebar and Gadgets – Where you used to get a plain wheat field in XP, the Sidebar and Gadgets interface gives you quick access to gadgets like picture slide shows, [tag]Windows Media Player[/tag] controls, or news headlines. You pick the gadgets you want to see in Windows Sidebar, and expect to see websites develop some of their own for you to download to keep you updated.