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  • Windows 7 to replace Vista by next year already?

    Windows 7 to replace Vista by next year already?

    Windows 7 is apparently going to be released by mid-2009, just about the time that Vista gets all the bugs worked out and people get used to using it. Wonderful. As a disclaimer, I use Windows Vista on a Sony VAIO notebook so I’m not cutting down Vista for the sake of cutting down Vista. I use it every day and I’m not happy with it. There’s reportedly already an early… Read More

  • Vista, you're so silly

    It’s Friday and the news is sloooooow. Read More

  • Vista SP1 Release Candidate gets updated

    Vista SP1 Release Candidate gets updated

    Another version of Vista’s Service Pack 1 is available today and, although it’s not the actual finished service pack, it apparently fixes “a number of bugs that testers encountered in previous prerelease versions of SP1.” It’s called “SP1 RC Refresh” and to get it to work, you’ll have to uninstall any previous service pack release candidates and… Read More

  • Video: 'Get a Mac,' now referee-approved

    Here’s Apple’s latest “Get a Mac” ad, which comes only a few weeks after its Christmas-themed one. This one uses sports to parlay the fact that the Wall Street Journal called Leopard “better” and “faster” than Vista. I wonder if next week’s MacWorld will give unto us yet another one of these ads? Get a Mac [Apple via Mac Rumors Read More

  • List time: The top 15 tech disappointments of 2007 (or so says PC World)

    List time: The top 15 tech disappointments of 2007 (or so says PC World)

    The year 2007 will soon draw to a close, meaning we’ll be seeing plenty of year-end retrospectives on every Web site in Creation. I don’t expect many of them to be worth the time of day, yet this one—the year’s top tech disappointments, as ranked by PC World —is more or less on point. I’m sure you’re familiar with all of them, not least of which… Read More

  • Asus eee running Vista: Because it can

    So you want to run Vista on a machine that runs Firefox just fine on Linux? Strip down Vista to its bare components, stuff on 8GB more memory, and watch as the majesty of Microsoft’s flawed diamond shines too brightly on a sub-notebook. via Giz Read More

  • Install Vista SP1 Release Candidate in ten easy steps

    Install Vista SP1 Release Candidate in ten easy steps

    Are you looking to try out the Vista Service Pack 1 Release Candidate but you’re not quite sure where to start? It’s not as straightforward as you might have thought, huh? Just follow this simple ten step guide and you’ll be good to go before you know it. Read More

  • Next Windows version to have 'iPhone blowing away' touch features

    Better than this? Ha! When was the last time you were “blown away” by anything Windows did? With the next version Windows (code-named “7,” aka the one after Vista), you may be blown away by its touch features? Wait, “touch features,” sorta like the iPhone? Yes, apparently. A Microsoft blogger let it slip yesterday that the next version of Windows will… Read More

  • Toshiba's new laptop goes both ways; It's a candy mint and a breath mint

    Toshiba's new laptop goes both ways; It's a candy mint and a breath mint

    I know at least two people who’ve recently bought laptops with Windows Vista pre-installed who returned them that very day. When we realized what a PITA installing XP can be on some of these new laptops (with new hardware and unknown drivers, etc.), it was the only thing left to do. Toshiba, it seems, feels our pain, as the new Satellite T31 laptop that just debuted comes with recovery… Read More

  • Vista SP1 to dramatically increase network speed?

    Vista SP1 to dramatically increase network speed?

    Okay, thankfully it seems as though Vista SP1 actually will noticeably increase speeds, particularly in the networking department. According to Ed Bott at ZDNet, the tests I told you about last Tuesday were "based on a silly artificial benchmark involving scripting of Office applications." So be it. And yes, those test had nothing to do with networking. I’ll reserve judgment… Read More

  • Windows Vista now trusts you to be a good person

    Windows Vista now trusts you to be a good person

    When SP1 drops for Windows Vista, gone will be the WGA kill switch that turns off your PC if you don’t have a genuine copy of Vista. Beginning with the final, released version of SP1 next year (the modified WGA code will be missing from all but the most exclusive of SP1 betas), Microsoft plans to roll back WGA to its original format as a series of notifications that nudge and nag but… Read More

  • Is Leopard the new Vista?

    Is Leopard the new Vista?

    Well, I wouldn’t presume to say, but this fellow at PC Magazine seems to be less shy about it, and he has a bone to pick with Cupertino’s latest opus. He’s concerned about the stability issues, unnecessary and distracting visual elements, questionable “fixes,” and my personal least favorite thing about Leopard, Time Machine. Don’t get me wrong, I love my… Read More

  • What's Worse: Windows Vista or Paris Hilton?

    What's Worse: Windows Vista or Paris Hilton?

    I always say that what makes two people friends is what they have in common, but I think it’s not about having similar likes, it’s about having similar dislikes. What you hate says a lot more about you than what you love. In that spirit, I bring you the first CrunchGear What’s Worse?, where we take something vile from the technology world and something dreadful from the rest… Read More

  • The Unreasonable Stance: One Craptop Per Child is not ready for Vista

    The Unreasonable Stance: One Craptop Per Child is not ready for Vista


    All day we’re inundated with news about this One Laptop Per Child project. I write up story after story about how these do-gooders are spreading technology to the third world, how interconnectivity and self-organizing networks will change the way these people communicate and allow otherwise deprived children to grow up capable of interacting with computers and thriving in a modern… Read More

  • "Vista-Capable"-stickered PC's Vista-incapable; Microsoft to pay?

    "Vista-Capable"-stickered PC's Vista-incapable; Microsoft to pay?

    So some Washington folks are getting all ornery over what they believe is a misleading sticker put on new computers during the lead-up to the Vista release. “Windows Vista Capable,” boasted the stickers proudly. Of course, many were only capable of running Home Basic, the most spartan of the many flavors of Vista, which does not include the flashy Aero effects. A group of… Read More

  • Another 'Windows XP is better than Windows Vista' post

    Another 'Windows XP is better than Windows Vista' post

    I won’t bore you with all the details of a recent XP-vs-Vista benchmarking test except to say that it involved Office 2007 productivity tasks, XP with Service Pack 3 Beta, and Vista with Service Pack 1 Beta. XP whipped through the test in 35 seconds, while Vista took 80 seconds. Both tests were run on a Dell 2GHz Core 2 Duo with 1GB of RAM. I will tell you what Microsoft representatives… Read More

  • Forget Apple: Microsoft is Vista's own worst enemy

    Forget Apple: Microsoft is Vista's own worst enemy

    According to Forrester Research, Vista’s biggest obsticle to adoption isn’t Linux or even OS X, it’s Windows XP. And they’re right. Vista still isn’t ready for desktops. Or servers. Or, well, anything. It’s a bloated OS, there’s no doubt about it. Sure, it’s got a pretty face, but an OS needs to do more than look good, and there really… Read More

  • Tomorrow's Vista updates improve battery life, wireless

    Tomorrow's Vista updates improve battery life, wireless

    I can hardly wait until tomorrow. That’s when Microsoft will release an update "that extends laptop battery life, improves the stability of wireless network connections, shortens recovery time after exiting hibernation or sleep, and deals with compatibility problems with some antivirus software." The wireless network connection issue, in particular, has been the bane of my… Read More

  • New Mac/PC Ad: Don't give up on Vista

    New Mac/PC Ad: Don't give up on Vista

    Oh, those silly guys who are Macs and PCs on the TV. They’re always quibbling, but you know they really love each other. I bet John Hodgman and Justin Long go out drinking after the shoots and sometimes, just sometimes, they look across the table at each other and there’s something there, something dark and forbidden — they feel Boot Camp. Apple Read More

  • DX10 vs DX9: 'Absolutely no image quality differences'

    DX10 vs DX9: 'Absolutely no image quality differences'

    HardOCP.com’s [H] Enthusiast site has a great, detailed writeup of how the DirectX 10 and DirectX 9 Gears of War settings compare and, wouldn’t you know it, they came to the following conclusion. “We are not sure exactly what turning on DX10 does, but we do know it causes a large performance drop on every video card. In our testing we found absolutely no image quality… Read More