Windows 7 First Impressions

Desktop of Windows 7 with Start Menu

Desktop of Windows 7 with Start Menu

Having just downloaded the public beta of Windows 7, I installed the 32 bit version into VirtualBox 2.1 on my Macbook.  (Note that to get networking to work, you need to change the adaptor type.) The first thing that caught my eye is that the look and feel is quite similar to that of Windows Vista. Very minor differences exist, but nothing that jumps out too much (other than the taskbar) upon first look. The taskbar feels a bit larger by default than in prior versions of Windows, and behaves similar to how OS X’s dock works. That is, the former ‘Quick Launch’ bar has been integrated into the taskbar. Any open windows of programs in the ‘Quick Launch’ area are now accessible by clicking that program’s icon. Any other open programs are put in to the right of those. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ubuntu 8.10 – Intrepid Ibex – Guest Mode

Accessing Guest Mode

Accessing Guest Mode

Ubuntu 8.10 introduces “Guest Mode”. This enables the user to create a temporary environment when letting someone use their computer. Users will find this extremely useful, as they can let someone use their computer without any risk of losing settings in various programs, including Firefox. Also, the user will not have to sign out of website accounts in order to protect them or allow for their guest to log in.

When guest mode is activated (see above screenshot), a temporary account is setup with the home folder in /tmp. To return back to the user’s session, they just have to pick their name from the same list. They will then be prompted for their password to get back into their session.

Guest Mode Home Directory

Guest Mode Home Directory

This is a very nice feature for the paranoid as they will no longer have to stand behind their guest to ensure the safety of their data.

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FunWebProductsbuntu

12:53:52 < andrew> I’m sure lamalex uses FunWebProductsbuntu
12:53:59 < lamalex> IS THAT REAL
12:54:01 < bts3685> wtf
12:54:04 < lamalex> IM GOING TO
12:54:05 < bts3685> please say no
12:54:17 < lamalex> its not
12:54:35 < bts3685> …/yet/
12:54:54 < lamalex> actually I kind of miss the nagging..
12:55:01 < lamalex> I would say that was the best part of that relationship

I never expected that type of entertainment to come from a Spybot scan.

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