Monthly Archives: December 2006

Four words for you.. I love Office 2007..

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Welcome to the ribbon, a context sensitive ‘device’ that places all of the functions for a variety of tasks all in one neat line. It is certainly different, a major step away from previous versions of Office. Is it better? Absolutely it is. For those new to MS Office, it has the same learning curve… Continue reading Four words for you.. I love Office 2007..

A little over a month..

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Vista has been running on this computer almost flawlessly. The interface is slick, looks good, and performance in ‘max’ mode is every bit as good as Xp was in Classic mode. Some driver issues still remain, but manufacturers are promising a better future on or after release to the general public come Jan 30, 2007.… Continue reading A little over a month..

Microsoft Input Devices..

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Microsoft have released 32bit Vista drivers for their range of input devices. They are available from..  http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/Download.mspx Finally, we get to see the on screen volume slider function as it should, and our $100 desktops sets now have full functionality as befits $100 instead of no name $5 input devices. Unfortunately, screen savers are still disabled by the… Continue reading Microsoft Input Devices..

Aero Glass and the Vista Sidebar..

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Aero Glass works better on light surfaces. Dark fonts on the title bars do not show well on dark desktop backgrounds. I have a darkish desktop background. I run Aero Glass purely because I can. The sidebar is more interesting. The clock has less functions than Win 3.1 clock had. The contacts book doesn’t auto… Continue reading Aero Glass and the Vista Sidebar..

And as the sun rose..

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It became more apparent in the next few hours that I would probably have to keep my parallel installation of XP for a while. The list of programs that reported compatibility problems or simply wouldn’t install started to grow. First casualties were the support programs for my DVD/CD writer. PowerDVD 6 and Nero 6 do… Continue reading And as the sun rose..