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We are getting ready to see INKHEART at the movies after having read all three of the books as a family. Can’t wait!
Until then, here are a truckload of Windows 7 links you might find interesting.
Presented in no particular order.
- Windows 7 – Defending the ‘Superbar’ from the Tech Press - The Stone Blog - Windows Connected
- Measuring up Windows 7’s new “super” taskbar – istartedsomething blog. Turns out it isn’t as honking-big as it looks. Just a user-perception thing. Nice work by Long Zheng.
- Nostalgia: “Programs Explorer” in old Windows 7 M1 builds - Within Windows blog
- Songsmith doesn’t install on Windows 7, why and a workaround - Within Windows blog
- "Feature Complete" Windows 7 Beta, features still hidden, missing - Within Windows blog
- Blue Badge rev. 3 adds registry override bits, “Aero Peek” enabled - Within Windows blog (doesn’t seem to do much in the Windows 7 beta release)
- Device Stage – A New Way of Interacting with Devices in Windows 7 - Windows Experience Blog. This looks to be a really cool feature of W7 that will display all the applications, services and information related to your supported device. Too cool!
- Deep inside the Windows 7 Public Beta: an in-depth tour – ars Technica post is a must-read for both W7 Beta testers and the curious. It really defines what makes W7 different from previous OS versions.
- Shuffle your Desktop Backgrounds in Windows 7 - Windows Experience Blog
- Windows 7 - Additional Microsoft downloads – 4sysops blog. Links to supporting files and stuff for sysadmins as we wrap our heads around W7 and deployments.
- Windows 7 beta drivers for Microsoft hardware - Ed Bott’s Windows Expertise blog. Source link for specialized Microsoft hardware drivers for W7. Looks like they are trying to meet the driver-issue that Vista encountered head on.
- File Management: Windows 7 Tells You Why You Can’t Touch That File – Lifehacker. I wish all Microsoft OS versions had this feature. Windows 7 finally gets it.
- User Account Control (UAC) – quick update - Engineering Windows 7 blog. How the Windows 7 development team arrived at the modifications and default settings for UAC in W7. Interesting.
- Understanding Print Notifications in Windows Vista - Ask the Performance Team blog. Nothing that anyone but network and system administrators will find interesting and helpful. Good to see they are thinking these issues through.
- Windows 7: Deep Inside Windows 7 with Tech Guru Mark Russinovich – Lifehacker links to a Mark Russinovich video with more internal details on Windows 7. Warning High Geek factor!
- SQM Client Causing Crashing in Windows 7 - Chris123NT’s Blog. Fix for a random crash issue in W7.
- Engineering the Windows 7 “Windows Experience Index” - Engineering Windows 7 blog. News on the tweaks for the WEI ratings on systems. Looks like it is being refined a bit.
- Windows 7 Beta takes another crown, besting Vista in SSD performance - Engadget
- Social Engineering Autoplay and Windows 7 - F-Secure Weblog : News from the Lab. Nope. Windows 7 isn’t immune for autorun shenanigans. Too bad.
- Win 7 testers find (and fix themselves) troublesome installer bug - All about Microsoft ZDNet.com. We are a clever lot, after all!
- Group Policy Cmdlets in Windows 7 - Windows PowerShell Blog. What with PowerShell included in Windows 7 now, this will be kinda neat.
- Follow-up: Accessibility in Windows 7 - Engineering Windows 7 blog. Thoughts on making and tweaking Windows 7 for the on-screen zoom Magnifier tool.
- Paradigms lost: The Windows 7 Taskbar versus the OS X Dock – ars Technica does an in-depth comparison of OS X Dock and the W7 Taskbar. Both come up winners…in their own way.
- Windows 7 Beta - Windows Incident Response blog. Harlan goes into some issues and observations from a forensics perspective after playing with Windows 7 briefly. I have no doubts he and others will uncover many neat things in this OS build!
- Yes, you can install the Windows 7 beta, but should you? – Chron.com TechBlog’s Dwight Silverman tries to kindly steer noobies and the curious away from the allure of installing the Windows 7 Beta. Leave it to the professional idiots!
- How to remove Windows 7 Send Feedback, Watermark text - Download Squad. I personally don’t care, but if that’s your thing, the D-Squad shows you how to accomplish it.
- Review: Windows 7 AppLocker - Part 1: Overview and Windows 7 AppLocker - Part 2: Tips – 4sysops blog.
- General availability for the Windows 7 Beta to end - Windows 7 Team Blog. Hurry up and get it while you still can!
- 20 Windows 7 Tweaks & Tips – Every Secret Uncovered to Date - Maximum PC.
I’m enjoying my personal explorations of W7 Beta. So far it is quite stable and seems to accept most Vista/XP compatible applications with few complaints.
Some utilities don’t play well, particularly ones that deal with networking, but overall, it is a nice build and hopefully will overcome most of the issues Vista had during it’s public release.
Besides, Vista already did the hard work getting folks to upgrade their hardware, RAM, and system CPU’s.
Windows 7 looks to be gravy.