Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The number shaped like a gun (a review)

Because I use dual monitors all the time, Mac OS is my main operating system and this is how it must remain. The big grey box that Windows apps have makes it hard to have a couple of pictures open in one program while you work on a drawing in another. I remember how alien I found the transparent programs when I first used a Mac at work, but how useful it turned out to be.

All that said, I think Windows 7 is great! The new taskbar works in a way that acknowledges that perhaps people run a few more programs at once these days than they did in 1995. And it is decently fast on middling machines, Bill Gates has been busy writing it in his bedroom and he has mostly got it right.

But here is a question. Is there any way to turn off the infernal "water ripple" left click cursor effect you get when you use a tablet? This was under one of the tablet pc control panel settings on Vista but the option has vanished. It's really distracting!

Do you work at Microsoft? Do you have access to Bill Gates' bedroom where he writes the programs on an Acorn Electron? Please ask Bill about his mad tablet PC cursor.

Otherwise, well done, Windows 7 9/10.

5 comments:

K said...

I don't know, but I am unspeakably relieved that you like Windows 7 as we have been holding off a new computer purchase until we get some opinions on what it's like. And we need a new computer.

I am amused but not surprised to find you went to Sheffield, by the way. My little sister went there and I've always felt that early SGR (the bits with the uni setting) had a Sheffieldish feel to them, but was reluctant to make assumptions since I don't know the north of England all that well apart from Sheffield, York and Harrogate...

It's a different country, you know.

Space Owl design is in progress. The beak is a tricky one. By the way, ace new comic.

John A said...

Well, I should say that Windows Vista ran fine when I installed it myself off a proper Windows disk onto a blank hard drive, I didn't mind it at all. One time I tried to upgrade a computer from XP with a Vista disk just to see if the rumours were true, and it barely worked.

I think you should always start from scratch when you can. Half the reason that everyone says Windows 7 is whizzy and fast is because you had to do a clean install with the beta and the release candidate.

Alison said...

I *do* work for Microsoft. So, I'll see if I can find out how you turn that off.

Rick said...

Bill retired to collect golf courses and charity awards; Steve writes things for him now. Steve forgets to carry things over from OS to OS, so he forgot to carry the nipple setting over from Vista. He is too busy worrying about developers, developers, developers and why the ShARePoiNT department is getting bigger than the Windows department.

K said...

Oh, we're good at starting from scratch. But we're getting to be a bit disinclined to format the hard drive on our poor Frankenstein's monster of a computer just to reinstall Windows XP, which was running on the machines in the daylightless college computer bunker back when we were undergraduates and the Noughties were shiny and new...

I'm glad on balance we didn't get ourselves in gear for Vista, but it is, as they say, time to make a change.