Archive for the 'Windows' Category

Vista & Windows 7 thoughts: Breadcrumbs

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

I thought I'd write a little bit about Windows 7 today. I've been using it for about a month now primarily because my Samsung Netbook (which came with XP on it) won't run Vista but it will run Windows 7. For me moving onto beta software is a rather unusual step - sure I'll try […]

Making the most of my memory – x64

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

A few months back Adrian put a small box on my desk. Inside was 8 gigs of RAM and a message: "It's time." Time to go to Vista 64 bit. I resisted. The little box sat on my desk, staring at me for weeks. I was scared. I was absolutely convinced that I would lose […]

Vista Blues – sluggish PC!

Monday, September 10th, 2007

My PC is running so sloooowly it’s like trying to work in a vat of treacle – although not so tasty! 😉  Adrian and I both ran process explorer and compared results.  For some reason pretty much every running process that we have in common is taking 10–20MB extra memory on my Vista PC than his.  […]

iPod Touch. Creative Zen Touch on Vista

Friday, September 7th, 2007

OK so I’m not going to get an Apple iPod Touch today after all like I’d expected … turns out they’re not going to be in stores till the end of the month. D’oh! As recently as yesterday the Apple store were expecting them to be on the shelves before the weekend.  I was so excited.  […]

Yup, Vista does suck!

Friday, July 27th, 2007

OK it’s official – Vista is driving me insane!! It’s like the straw that broke the camel’s back.  That single extra User Account Control prompt that tips you over the edge into thinking “Vista Sucks”  (along with the 150,00 other people thinking it) and “hating Vista” (which nets 14,000 hits at the time of writing).  […]

Hauppauge and Vista

Monday, June 18th, 2007

I’ve been going around and around trying to install my WinTV HVR 1100 on Vista and it just won’t work!  I’ve mentioned this previously but I came to the conclusion that it was defective hardware at fault.  When I eventually received a new card I had exactly the same problem.  I was pleased then when […]

Vista can’t drag onto taskbar

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Is it me or can you not drag items onto the taskbar in Vista?  Sure in XP you couldn’t drop items directly onto the taskbar (if you did you got the “You cannot drop an item onto a button on the taskbar...” message) but if you hovered over the taskbar button and waited for the […]

Vista Casualties – Software

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Software – Just like hardware manufacturers, software houses love a new OS because it’s a good opportunity to introduce a whole new version of their software.  And unlike more minor upgrades it’s also a good excuse to take a fresh look at their products.  This often means that functions will be altered or moved around and some features […]

Vista Casualties – Hardware

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Hardware is a big issue for me.  I like my hardware to last and I don’t like to let it go when I’m used to it, so throwing out good kit just because I’ve moved to Vista really goes against the grain! It’s environmentally unfriendly and expensive.  Of course the manufacturers love nothing better than a new OS […]

Vista Yo-yo Part 2

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Well I think I’m finally done yo-yoing between Vista and XP.  I’ve finally upgraded permanently after three (or was it four?) previous attempts.  It has been incredibly frustrating and not without its casualties (eg software and hardware that will have to be replaced because there are never likely to be any drivers/upgrades that work on […]

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