16 April 2007

Vista? wait a while and tweak XP this year

Vista does look pretty with some nice work on liquid rollovers and clever use of transparency and the higher-end versions have some smart visual features but, having recently watched a not inexperienced colleague struggle with a whole host of previously straightforward tasks there would seem to be much sense in waiting for some fixes from Microsoft and for key applications to be fully compatible.

While you're waiting, there are some extras you can get for XP called Powertoys. Created by Microsoft staff, but not officially supported by the company, they can add some interesting features and TweakUI has utilities to help change otherwise impenetrable parts of the operating system code. Choose what you'd like to try here.

You could also impress anyone passing your desk by installing a free 3D Windows logo screensaver, available here.

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