Archive for October, 2006

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 [...]

Review: Bloglines

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Blogs (RSS feeds) are all the rage these days. I’ve found that while there is some good information to be gleaned from blogs, the signal-to-noise ratio tends to be quite low. And manually monitoring dozens of feeds quickly becomes very wearisome. RSS reader applications were invented to monitor your feeds for you, allowing you to [...]

IE7 Already Losing Its Luster

Monday, October 9th, 2006

One thing I like to do with my apps is minimize the screen real estate consumed by menus and toolbars, and IE7 seemed to make improvements in this area. But after trying again and giving up on tabbed browsing and finding more efficient search methods, there doesn’t seem to be much reason to use IE7, [...]

Review: HandyFind

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Firefox has a cool feature for keyboard users called “Find As You Type.” Internet Explorer doesn’t have this functionality built-in, which can make it tedious to browse the web from the keyboard. Fortunately, Edwin Evans created HandyFind, a free program that adds Find As You Type functionality to Internet Explorer, and it also works with [...]