Archive for the 'Windows' Category

A Second Look at Windows 7

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

My main PC recently died, and it was time to build a new one. I ended up putting one together with components from, which worked out really well. One big decision was whether to install Windows XP or Windows 7. I recently discovered that Outlook Express still lives on in Windows 7 by virtue [...]

First Look at Windows 7

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

I recently downloaded and installed the Windows 7 Release Candidate. Installation was quick and painless. It didn’t detect my sound card (SoundBlaster X-Fi), but I was able to find an updated driver, and everything else seemed to work out of the box. Overall it looks similar to Vista (tellingly, the internal version number is 6.1, [...]

Windows XP Forever

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Windows XP is a great operating system, possibly the best desktop OS ever. It looks great, is very stable, performs well, and rarely requires rebooting. And unlike earlier versions of Windows, it hardly ever needs to be repaved (format + reinstall). I’ve been running Windows XP SP2 as installed with my PC for over 3 [...]

Windows Vista Keyboard Annoyances

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Vista adds some neat new behaviors for mouse users, but keyboard users seem to have taken a back seat. Just a few annoyances I noticed after using Vista for a few hours: #1: Vista adds a new “message box on steroids” called the task dialog. It adds some sorely-needed features, but unfortunately, one handy Windows [...]

Review: Windows Vista (Application Compatibility)

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

This week I spent some time installing my essential software applications under Windows Vista (RTM build). The results were not great. Out of about 35 applications that I depend on, 8 of them either would not install or run properly, with little prospect for them working any time soon (if ever in some cases): FileBox [...]

Getting Your App Ready for Vista

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Microsoft has long (at least since Windows 2000, which was released 7 years ago) recommended that users not run as administrators. But most users still do, partly because most computers are configured out-of-the-box with the user as an administrator, and partly because software vendors have not done a very good job of following Microsoft’s guidelines [...]

Review: Windows Vista (First Look at RC2)

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

I recently installed Windows Vista RC2 (Build 5744) on a secondary partition of my main computer. The installation was very smooth (whereas installing RC1 on my AMD Athlon 64 X2 with NVIDIA nForce RAID array was painful and LAN access was atrociously slow). Out of the box, it recognized all my hardware except the SoundBlaster [...]

Finally, A Use For the Caps Lock Key

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

The Caps Lock key is a large, easily accessible key that I rarely use and just wastes space on my keyboard. This article shows how to remap a key on your keyboard to another key (Windows 2000 and up). I used it to map Caps Lock to Ctrl. I still use the real left Ctrl [...]

Why I’m Not a Fan of Tabbed Browsing

Monday, September 18th, 2006

In the earlier days of Windows, there was only SDI (single-document-interface) and MDI (multiple-document interface). An SDI application, as its name implies, displays only one document or view. Examples of this are Explorer, Internet Explorer (prior to v7), Notepad, and Paint. Many SDI applications allow multiple instances to be opened with a different document in [...]

Review: Internet Explorer 7

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Firefox is a decent browser. Many of the bugs have been fixed. The one thing that kept me from switching to Firefox in the past, full HTML format on the clipboard, has improved in newer versions (the source URL is now included), but the page title is still not added to the source HTML, so [...]