Posts Tagged ‘ windows xp ’

Blog: One Month with Windows Vista

Sep 25th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

One month ago, I pledged that I would try Windows Vista on my new PC for a month before deciding whether I would keep it or revert back to Windows XP as my primary desktop OS. The verdict? I’m sticking with Vista, begrudgingly.



Review: Inspiron Mini 9 netbook

Sep 22nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

As with its competitors, Dell’s Inspiron Mini 9 is fitted with Intel’s Atom N270 chip. This pint-sized processor has a surprising amount of muscle. Partnered with 1GB of RAM, it gallops through everyday tasks such as email and the web and uses programs such as Microsoft Office. If you’re in the market for a netbook, the Inspiron Mini should be near the top of your list.



Vista and XP get Linux-like multiple desktops

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Microsoft’s Sysinternals team has quietly released a utility that allows you to create multiple desktops on Windows Vista or Windows XP.The utility lets you open different applications in each separate desktop and easily switch between the desktops with hotkeys or by clicking the tray icon, Linux style.



Microsoft cleans its Windows

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

When Microsoft unveiled Vista in January last year it was plagued by frequent crashes, compatibility problems with both software and hardware, missing features and sluggish performance (as much as 20 per cent slower than Windows XP). But despite Microsoft fixing many of the issues through software patches, Vista is still regarded by many as a faulty operating system, which sparked the need for Microsoft’s $US300 million ad campaign.



Aspire One: Installing and Running Windows XP

Sep 5th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Acer Aspire One notebook, the variant which came with an Acer-modified version of Linpus Linux. A few days ago, however, I realised Linux wouldn’t be ideal for me on my netbook. Due to pragmatic reasons, I’m now running Windows XP.



Dell to continue to offer Windows XP

Aug 31st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

Dell will continue to offer Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system to customers beyond the June 30th deadline. The announcement comes after CEO Steve Ballmer suggested that Microsoft might change its mind and extend Windows XP if customers asked for it. However, Mr. Ballmer added that most customers were not asking for XP.



Eee Box: mini-note meets desktop

Aug 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

As with the Eee PC netbooks, the price for the Eee Box B202, which was released in Australia this week, is a head-turner: $429 with Windows XP. Early October will see the arrival of a Xandros Linux version, although Asus has not yet announced the price or whether there will be any difference in specification between this and the XP model.



HP offers Linux on low-end mini-notes

Aug 13th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

Hewlett-Packard’s new $500 incarnation of the Mini-Note boasts a “92 percent full-size” keyboard, the vendor says, along with unusually large stereo speakers flanking the mid-sized (for a netbook) 8.9-inch LCD display. The Linux Mini-Note variant runs Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.



Atom-powered ASUS Eee Box Goes on Sale in the U.S.

Aug 10th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

Available in two color options - Pure Black & Pure White, both ASUS Eee Box models are powered by Intel’s 1.6Ghz Atom processor, and feature 1GB of DDR2 RAM, an 80GB hard drive and Windows XP Home Edition.



Aussies, Americans lose out in Lenovo’s Linux netbook push

Aug 8th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Linux

Australian users will not be offered versions of Lenovo’s new IdeaPad netbooks with a Linux OS or an 8.9-inch screen, at least not initially.Models slated for Australia will have Windows XP and 10.2-inch screens.