RIP Philo

New machine

Ok, so I took off Friday. Stayed up into its morning getting a new machine built. My bad arsed case didn't arrive, but I couldn't bear staring at all those components all weekend.

So I stripped everything out of another case and got everything built. It took me about six hours, but prepping the old case was a good 2-3 of that.

First, Vista is lovely. The FUD about running stuff on it is just that, too. I'm sure some people may have legitimate problems, but everything I have tried so far has worked rather flawlessly.

The searching is great. Window previews in the taskbar and alt-tabbing interfaces are great. Aero is... aero. Somebody tell me something cool I can do with Vista so I can do it.

Second, Company of Heroes is fucking awesome. I've never seen anything like it. Everything is so real... the soldiers, artillery, even buildings getting deformed when they get hit by big explosive projectiles. Screen shots don't really do it justice.

Even the ambience is awesome. I waded some of my men through wonderfully reflective water as fog rolled across it. It's just sweet. The commentary is awesome too: 'Let's win one for the gipper... whoever the fuck that is.'

Third, when I get my water stuff planned out and actually get the case this was supposed to go in, I'll post some pictures.
Permalink JoC 
March 26th, 2007 12:50pm
Permalink Send private email muppet 
March 26th, 2007 1:00pm
>Somebody tell me something cool I can do with Vista so I can do it.

Uninstall it.
Permalink Colm 
March 26th, 2007 1:02pm
Something nice about MS and Vista? Something nice about your life? Something nice about something you did? Something nice? On CoT?

You've got to be fucking kidding!

Take your nice stuff to blah and coo all you want. Leave us big boys alone to deal with all the bad stuff.
Permalink Send private email Plus ça change 
March 26th, 2007 1:10pm
Had Vista on my new laptop since thursday now and its not to shabby, i've had one blue screen so far!
Permalink what are you reading for? 
March 26th, 2007 1:25pm
Aero is cool, but until some more apps support the "Glass" effect, only having the non-client area of windows transparent is, ehhh, so what?
Permalink Send private email xampl 
March 26th, 2007 1:28pm
Hmm, so with Aero can entire windows be semi-transparent?

Now that could be very cool. I know many many times where I need to see info in one app while working in another and having to resize screens and all that crap is annoying.

Being able to keep query analyzer in a full-screen view and still see some kind of faded out uml diagram in the background could be very cool. There may be more productivity in that then I would've given it credit for.

The glass effect around the edges is not really anything to coo over. Complete window transparency control would be neat.

Gadgets have potential. It's just coming up with something good to have in them. I have seen a gmail gadget that was neat.

Speaking of gmail, am I behind the times in realizing that gmail would let you do pop3?
Permalink JoC 
March 26th, 2007 3:10pm
It lets you do POP, but I've found it to be unreliable.  Not a problem for me getting email to a Treo, but it's a pain how often it loses track of what you've alread downloaded.