Saturday, April 4, 2009

Windows 7 Beta Tested - 4/4/09

I have been recently beta testing the new Windows 7, Its much much much better than Vista, thats for sure, its more directed towards newbs, which is good, it finally has alot of the features you been looking for.

Some new features I like are:
Finally able to rearrange the open items in your taskbar, they use icons now instead of a title, which is nice for more real estate, but I think the area around the icon could be even smaller. I originally thought 7 took the docking station from Apple, but I was mistaken, you can pin things to the taskbar and the taskbar functions are alot better, you can right click and open recent items or if you have more than one window open you can click and choose which tab or file to jump to.

The background is nice, it changes automatically. I like the show desktop button beside the systray, its useful, The start menu and control panel are more user friendly, its mostly text based which is fine with me. They used text for the start menus power options, which I think is a big improvement. The Breadcrumb feature in explorer is nice. Oh yea, real sweet feature is if you drag a window to the top, right, or left side of the screen it maximizes the window.

I do think they just went back through Vista and focused on the details, and it made it more user friendly, all the things you thought to yourself "why wouldn't they just have done this," I have been noticing alot of small things that I been saying to myself "Finally"!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

April Fools on the Web! - 4/2/09

Did You Get Tricked?

While the potentially dangerous Conficker worm was being tracked throughout April Fools' Day, more harmless hoaxes were being fired out across the Internet.

New media mockery was everywhere.

Google unveiled "Gmail Autopilot." It alleges that it will help you weed through your inbox by replying to e-mails with automated responses, tailored to your preference for emoticons.

Google also claimed to have mastered artificial intelligence with an entity named "CADIE." That technology led Google to claim, among other things, that it could now "index your brain."

The 188-year-old British newspaper The Guardian said it would become a "Twitter-only publication," limiting its reports to 140 characters or less.

One example from 1927 read: "OMG first successful trans-Atlantic air flight wow, pretty cool!"

(The North Carolina alternative weekly Mountain Express announced a similar reconfiguration, calling itself "the nation's first Twaper.")

Yahoo created a new "Ideological Search" that filters results to fit your personal beliefs. On it, you can get either Republican or Democratic results to a query like "stimulus package."

A startup called Monetate launched a spoof of the photo-sharing site Flickr. With "smellr," the site claims it has brought scent to social networking: "It's like Flickr, but for your nose."

YouTube offered its latest innovation in online video: upside-down viewing. To experience it, YouTube suggests turning your monitor upside down and tilting your head - or moving to Australia.

The online marketplace announced that it had brought cloud computing to the skies. Though "cloud computing" is simply a metaphor for a kind of interconnected computing, Amazon said it had used "the latest in airship technology" to put computers in the clouds (with blimps).

The travel booking site on Wednesday began offering flights to Mars. It's a steal, too, with flights for just $99. "Save over $3 Trillion!" read the spoof.

Microsoft's Xbox unveiled a mock version of the popular video game Guitar Hero: "Alpine Legend." This version is for yodeling, rather than guitar playing.

On Facebook, various applications posted joke alerts like "Barack Obama confirmed you as a cousin."

The blog for How Stuff Works explained Willy Wonka-like inventions - like rechargeable gum and "permanent kittens."

Perhaps the most dizzying April Fools' mock-reality came from Wikipedia, which annually redesigns its home page with spoof articles and headlines. The user-generated encyclopedia was even more unreliable than usual on Wednesday. Its feature article was on "the Museum of Bad Art" or "MOBA."