I personally love it, although it can be annoying when you forget that you've never used a certain network before. At least I feel safe.
XP SP2 was also secure because it was opening ports only on connections you configured as part of your home network. on Vista instead I can't use any dialup connection (my ADSL pppoe connection or UMTS through my cellphone) without it shutting down all files/printer/media
I'm not one either, but per-app volume controls is a life-saver
most apps have already separated volume controls the only one that comes in my mind that doesn't have one is Flash however unless you visit weird sites at work I don't think there's nothing to worry about.
As in, in Ultimate you can install Japanese, and then use the OS as japanese, you don't need to buy the dedicated Japanese version.
This is huge for multi-lingual people, and testers.
they could have bought english XP with MUI
Oh, except radically altering the entire 3D graphics pipeline? (By adding Geometry Shading, and removing the dedicated Pixel / vertex shader division.)
what do you think that the geometry shading and pixel/vertex shaders unification brings to? better performance. geometry shaders allow you to create/destroy objects dinamically on the GPU instead of doing that on the CPU, the pixel/vertex shaders unification
allows you to distribute in a better way shaders elaboration bringing guess what? better performance.
Really? my desktop simply looks better under Vista. (Like, just the background picture.) XP really lacks the vibrancy when I have to go back.
I don't seem to see any difference on my monitor that is connected to 2 PCs, one running XP and the other running vista where I just applied the same background just to see the "additional vibrancy" (both are connected with DVI and both have the monitor drivers
installed and no, I'm not using a B&W monitor).
It's unbelievably useful, as you can relate your crashes back to a specific event far more easily than before. Especially useful when the crashes are so hard that you don't get feedback about what crashed. (Or when unsigned code is involved.)
I usually remember the last things I did on my PCs so I don't have much problems backtracking causes of crashes. also crashes could be caused by something you did long before last events so not all the times the crash analysis tool could help.
And yet "Previous Versions" is my favourite feature.
yet when your HDD breaks I believe it would be more useful to have real backups made with a real backup tool on another drive/computer. with incremental backups every single file change is stored and since you write somewhere else other than being safer it's
also much faster.
I do! It rocks. Just because you don't see the value, doesn't mean it doesn't benefit 100million other people.
when you buy one now it already comes with Vista so I don't think the "moving to vista" problem would apply here.
It does much more than that... Check out the SideShow remotes for media-centre PCs.
that sounds cool, but what's cooler is that
I've been able of doing that for ages with BeMused on s60 phones
. personally I couldn't care less of seeing my media library on the remote while I can look it on screen or on the computer :O
It doesn't work as well when it comes to the help and control panel as the built-in vista search does.
help already has a search system, why wouldn't you use it? also on control panel if you switch to classic view you can find anything immediately.
Remember, just because you don't see the value doesn't mean there isn't any. But if you don't see the value, don't bother - no-one will make you.
I see the value but if you look now at the Vista start menu and see the only noticeable tools that weren't backported are:
- Calendar (I use outlook because I have a MS smartphone so I don't need it and if I needed a calendar come on, there are hundred others out ot there)
- Contacts (on XP there's the address book)
- DVD Maker (Nero already does that job and has some advantages (supports more video formats, etc.))
- Sidebar (as I already said there are better alternatives with far less CPU/Memory footprint and a lot more gadgets)
- Voice Recognition (not available in my language)
as you could understand things start getting really, really sad.