I actually am liking a lot about the Vista. I am quite pleased with the graphics, and with the set up all around. They have widgets you can put on your desktop. Clocks, weather maps, PC Status bars, etc.
Best thing about Vista? If you dont have the big bucks to spend on memory upgrades, you can plug in a flash drive, and it gives you the option to use it as memory. So, I get two G extra memory (for a total of 3G) for only 90 bucks more.
I am sure there is a ton more to tweek, but so far, so good.
Originally posted by StaggerLeeIf you dont have the big bucks to spend on memory upgrades, you can plug in a flash drive, and it gives you the option to use it as memory.
Is that difficult to configure? Do the flash drives have to be empty?
You plug it in, and a little pop up box opens and asks what you want to do with it, move files, store files, etc, and then it says "SPEED UP MY SYSTEM". You click on that, and it will give you another screen, asking how much of the flash's memory you want to use. You can slide the bar over and choose. Its pretty simply and really effective. But, I think the flash has to be empty. The ones that are sold "enhanced for ready boost" were about 80 bucks for a 2G. I was going to buy the cheaper, Memorex 2G one, just to see if it would work, but didnt want the headache of returning it if it didnt.
Originally posted by articleUsing ReadyBoost-capable flash memory devices for caching allows Windows Vista to service random disk reads with performance that is typically 80-100 times faster than random reads from traditional hard drives. This caching is applied to all disk content, not just the page file or system DLLs. Flash devices are typically slower than the hard drive for sequential I/O, so to maximize performance, ReadyBoost includes logic to recognize large, sequential read requests and then allows these requests to be serviced by the hard drive.
My girlfriend has Vista pre-installed on her system and we don't like it for the simple fact that some of her programs aren't "compatible" with Vista and will bug her every few seconds to get updates from the vendors (who don't have updates yet) and has now rendered her copy of Vista "not genuine."
I like the OS quite a bit. Lots of neat new features, though I must say I turn off UAC immediatly for home use. Such a pain the next with all the questions it asks.
Only problems I've had is there are no Nvidia drivers to support SLi for 7900 series cards yet so one of my cards is just sitting there not helping presently. Hopefully that will be updated soon, but that's an Nvidia thing not Microsoft.
Also Itunes has issues with Vista. My pictures files don't copy over properly to my Ipod and you have to make sure and eject from within Itunes instead of using the Vista stop device feature or you risk corrupting the drive on the Ipod.
Other than those things, Vista and especially the new Office are really great I think. Using OneCare Live as well and it seems to be ok, but it can't get over the fact that I turn off it's firewall feature which is slightly annoying in that it stays red like something is wrong.
I've never built one, but the Pringles Can Antenna (also called a cantenna) was all the rage a few years back. Here's what appears to be a commercial version. http://wirelessgardenstore.com/detail.aspx?