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  1. I figure I'll compile all the crap I'm yammering on about Win7 all over the internet into a single thread, since I've already got such a great compilation of my poopstain of a life in these here blogs. SUDDENLY, CONTENT!

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    Computer 1: Intel P4 2.4GHz, 1Gb DDR400 RAM, 40Gb HDD, GeForce FX5500 256Mb

    Aero works, as do the fancy screen savers. Resource Monitor somehow detects 2 CPUs, shows RAM usage hovering around 40%. This computer was thrown in a closet at work; maybe now we'll have some use for it. This really isn't an obscure machine so I didn't expect any revelations.

    Laptop 1: Intel P3 M 1.3GHz, 512Mb PC133 RAM, 30Gb HDD, Trident video 4Mb

    Installation from a flash drive was sluggish. I couldn't properly partition the drive because I have no optical drive and blah blah blah. The prices people are asking for the original PCMCIA drives are atrocious. Performance is actually noticeably better than beta build 7000. Not by much, but it is. Resource Monitor shows around 60% RAM usage. However, it's using 10% of the CPU just to run the Resource Monitor itself. It spikes at 100% quite often when opening more than one program. Amazingly, Aero also works on this machine but performance suffers greatly. Still more than I expected, considering this no-name video chip. It seems to accept XP drivers so far; it threw errors with the earlier beta so we'll see how it goes. Tablet functionality is spectacular until you try to draw. Also, there is a massive dead zone that has appeared as soon as I got it back from my dad. The same dead zone that disappeared as soon as he borrowed it from me. Fuck you, technology.

    Laptop 2: Athlon x2 1.9GHz, 3Gb RAM, 160Gb HDD, GeForce 7000M 128Mb

    Win7 x64 is running like butter. The Resource Monitor tells me I'm using about 5% CPU and 30% memory with a couple of programs running. Of course, I've never had a problem with this laptop bogging down, even back when it was running Vista Home with 1Gb RAM. Aero is on, naturally, and I've turned on a bunch of eye-candy. Like the Weather gadget-- which now has a useful three-day forecast instead of displaying what you could easily ascertain by pointing your face at a window. That said, 64-bit programs are God's gift. Everything runs smoothly and efficiently. I browsed around Win7's accessories... everyone is tickled pink by Paint, but has anyone noticed the Calculator? It has a few fun features. For example: on January 21st of 2007, I'd been on this Earth for 10,000 days.

    NOTES: Windows seems to scale itself well enough during the install process. I was even allowed to pick a wireless access point for the last one. Even so, I won't be installing it on my primary desktop until release.

    My dad has an ancient Tecra 8000 (Intel P2 350MHz, 256Mb PC100 RAM) that I unsuccessfully tried to install a bunch of OSs to, including XP and a few Linuxes. I ordered an 8Gb SSD drive that I believe is compatible and when that comes in, I'm going to give it a shot.

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    2. Bucket

      Bucket

      Yeah, the last time people were impressed with a MS product out of the box was with Win2000.

    3. Joe

      Joe

      Bucket said:

      The functionality is a lot better, and it lets you save in Open Document (.odt) format. WHAT.

      Bloody hell. It's like they actually programmed it so people would find it convenient and useful instead of completely ignoring open formats so they can further their own.

      What the hell happened to you, Microsoft?

    4. AgentSpork

      AgentSpork

      Joe said:

      Bloody hell. It's like they actually programmed it so people would find it convenient and useful instead of completely ignoring open formats so they can further their own.

      What the hell happened to you, Microsoft?

      I started wondering about those guys when they actually started listening to the feedback people had on their products. I mean... really? Who does that?

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