I’ve spent most of the past
three weeks slogging through the “February
Community Technology Preview” of the next version of Windows — Vista Build
5308, to the tech-savvy.
For the first time in a very, very long time, I’m excited about a new product
from Microsoft. Vista holds tremendous promise. Whether the final product will
live up to the promise, though, is anyone’s guess.
I’ve seen (and reviewed) enough Windows XP utilities to bust a billion
bottomless bit buckets. The world’s full of ’em.
But when a good friend recently asked, “What utilities do you really
use, Woody?”, I had to stop for a while and think. You see, truth be told,
I keep very few utilities on my main machine. Too much
headache. Too little benefit. Hard to keep them all straight.
Windows XP’s System Restore can save your bacon. But it wallows in disk space
like a hog.
If you understand the secrets of System Restore, you can save yourself untold
headaches when things inevitably go bump in the night. And you can reclaim a few
zillion megabytes of pure Windows pork while you’re at it.
Those 8-megapixel cameras take great pictures, don’t they? Faaaaaaat. In
more ways than one.
The top complaint I’ve heard since the holidays has nothing to do with
rootkits, WMF files, or patches of patches. Nope. The people I know who scream
the loudest got expensive new cameras, and they’ve learned that they can’t do
much with their pictures.
If your holiday season was anything like mine, you probably received a fair amount of
software, either off the shelf, or bundled with a new PC. Seems that CDs have replaced
silk ties as the gift of choice when trying to buy for someone who has
But CDs and DVDs today can hold dangers that you should avoid. Let’s look at how
one simple change can make you immune to those headaches.
That is the question.
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to…
Oooops, wait a sec. Wrong century.
The three changes Office 2003 SP2 makes to Outlook, which I describe in
part 1, operate quite independently. The overall effect is really weird, to me anyway.
Office service packs have a long, tortured history. The little letters at
the end of the release numbers — SR-1a, SR-2b — tell a sad
tale of botched patches and patches of patches.
Of all the Windows tricks I’ve encountered over the years, the following tip
has saved so many of my friends, so many times, that it deserves a
permanent spot in the Windows Secrets Hall of Fame.