Archive for November, 2007


Things that annoy me about Vista

November 28, 2007


  1. too many versions and overpriced
  2. removal of the old method of being able to do a clean install from a update version. This was changed at the last minute by Microsoft.
  3. WGA – pointless. Annoys genuine users and pirates just laugh in its face.
  4. Activation – more sensitive than XP and again only caused problems for genuine users pirates just ignore it.
  5. The file explorer – dumb  down and some folders will not change their view regardless of if you want all folders to present the same. I just find it less than useful and use one of the alternative pieces of software out there.. I hate the OSX file manager and this is in danger of becoming that
  6. Separate network connections do not show in the system tray or “notification area” if you are from Microsoft. I connect to works VPN and I have no indication that it is connected. The network icon is there (and I would rather it wasn’t  because I know when  I am connected to my local network).

There are other and I will document these later. I do like Vista and have had no major issues with it. However the dumbing down of some features is just annoying and frustrating.  You wonder sometimes who are the users that Microsoft talks to.

Trying to get a straight answer out of Microsoft is like  getting blood from a stone. Marketing spin seems to permeate all responses I get from them.


What I Use

November 9, 2007

After reading the post on the Vista team blog I pointed a comment to this blog to show what computer equipment I use. Reading it just now I realise that it is missing some details so I will give a clearer idea of what I use. I will update this this as things change.

My Main PC

  • O/S – Vista Business (32 bit)
  • Processor – Intel Core 2 Duo – 6600 @ 2.40GHz
  • Memory – 3GB
  • Video – Nvidia GeForce 8600GT – 512mb
  • HDD – 1 x 120GB SATA (Primary) – 1 x 500GB SATA
  • DVD/CD Combo reader/writer
  • Memory Card reader
  • Monitors – 21″ Samsung 215tw(1680 x 1050) – 24″ Dell (1920 x 1200)
  • Keyboard & mouse – Logitech MX3200 wireless
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
  • Altec Lanseng 621 Speakers
  • External USB 200G HDD used for Backup

    This was built by me and lives in a Antec Case


  • Acer TravelMate 4234WLMi
  • Core 2 Duo T5600 / 1.83 GHz – Centrino Duo
  • RAM 1.5 GB
  • GeForce Go 7300 Video
  • O/S Vista Business (32 bit)


Canon Pixma ip5000

Portable Music Devices

Ipod 80G Black Classic using – Shure SE210 Sound Isolating Earphones (Black)
Ipod Nano 2nd Gen 2GB – Using ER-6 earphones

I use WIndows Media Player as my main jukebox but rip CDs and subscribe to podcasts via Itunes. All music tracks are mp3 format.

Digital Camera

  • Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi)
  • Twin lens kit (18-55) & 75-300
  • Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 Lens
  • BG-E3 Battery Grip

Game Consoles

  • Nintendo Wii
  • Sony PS3
  • Xbox 360 Pro  – currently serving as a paperweight (avoid this console at all costs)
  • Wireless Steering wheel for Xbox

Software (Not all listed just the main stuff)

  1. Office 2007 Home and Student
  2. Outlook 2007
  3. FireFox
  4. Dreamweaver CS3
  5. Visual Studio 2005 – Standard Edition
  6. Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2
  7. WIndows Live Writer
  8. Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0
  9. ImgBurn
  10. NOD32 – AntiVirus

Microsoft XPS file on Vista – nothing has changed

November 8, 2007

In a posting on the 28 June I detailed my experiences with xps files on XP and at that time said that I had heard that the Vista experience was better.

Well I just opened a XPS on my PC and I had to jump thru the same hoops I did with XP to get xps files to open properly. If Microsoft are trying to compete with PDF files they have a long way to go in the usability stakes. At the moment the effort is amateur at best.