I’m still freak’n over how solid, fast and all-round great Windows 7 is. The first time ever an OS upgrade (without repaving the machine) actually feels like I did a fresh install. Vista drove me nuts – both because of its sluggishness, and because of a totally failed file and folder management strategy. At the height of my frustration I was experimenting with Total Commander, Opus 9 and a couple of other file management applications in an effort to rid my self of the the ‘built in’ windows explorer.
This is weird – was looking at some of the reports in the Webmaster Tools I use from Google – and there were a lot (several hundred) Web crawl 404 not founds. Google reports that its spider was failing to find pages that I’ve never published – and which contain values that are incrementing over a range as parameter inputs in the url – 692-708 in the snapshot below.
UPDATE: 20 Oct 2008 - have spent some time playing with both handsets, and even more time looking at Windows Mobile as a whole. Since I travel a lot, and will not be buying a handset as part of a plan or contract, I'll be buying an unlocked, full retail price device - and have decided to wait a little longer before taking the plunge. The HTC Diamond Pro suffers from Windows Mobile's clunkiness once you get beneath 'touch flow'.
Ok - well I'll at least give Microsoft credit for posting this... but argh....... I tried in vane to find an option from within Media Player for about 20 minutes before Googling. Now that I'm using Ultramon - I want WMP to minimise to the taskbar for the screen it's currently playing on- and not on the main taskbar in mini player mode. Grrrrrr....
Having spotted a tweet on Pandora.com - and then of course discovering that Pandora.com is not available outside the U.S., I was inspired to take a proper look at Last.fm. Incredible. Download the desktop app, and the appropriate plug-in for your media player - and Last.fm will "scrobble" whatever you listen to, building up a recommended playlist; similar artists, genres etc.
I like Windows Vista - it's a cool and stable OS. But it's taken me a while to get it to boot fast, and stop thrashing my disks to death. Windows Search, automatically scheduled items like Disk Defragmenter and Windows Defender and the biggest culprit - Superfetch, all put a heavy load on boot time and run time disk activity. I tend to keep things pretty well organised and never really needed a desktop search engine and so I disabled Windows Search (the search feature on the start menu will still find program menu items - which is incredibly useful).
It's always great when you find a company that produces a quality product, backed up by good support. For a while know I've been looking for a replacement to the Cisco VPN Client that I use to connect my client's VPN. Cisco have produced a version of this software for Vista - but have stated categorically that they will not be supporting the 64 Bit version of Windows.
I posted here a while ago about setting up BitLocker on my PC - without a TPM. Works great. I've recently been building up a new machine that will become my main development PC in the New Year - having decided to follow in the footsteps of others and build a decent spec Vista Ultimate 64 Bit box.
I remember the first time I was burgled. It was in 1993 and I was living in London at the time. It was a tad unsettling to come home and see the front door of my apartment smashed open, and things not exactly the way I left them before I went to work! I lost a bunch of Audio CDs, my TV and some cash that was lying around - but NOT my computer. Since then being online a LOT more, and needing a safe place to store personal online information - account codes, banking information, subscription information etc.