Vista Feature: Breadcrumbs

Let’s highlight a few Vista features that improve life in small but meaningful ways. My personal favorite is a feature for moving through folders known as “breadcrumbs.” Almost immediately, it feels so natural that it’s hard to recall that...

LEOPARD VS. VISTA

The nonstop criticism of Vista has been getting me down, and Apple’s release of Mac OS 10.5 “Leopard” has been greeted with so much overhyped enthusiasm that I began to wonder if I was missing something.As always, what’s missing from the Apple...

HACKERS MOVING AWAY FROM WINDOWS

There’s some evidence that Windows has become secure enough that the bad guys that write viruses and rootkits and phishing attacks are looking elsewhere.It’s anecdotal so far and the defenders of other OSes will find other explanations, but the idea makes...

STARTUP PROGRAMS

When your computer starts to slow down, the traditional response is to look for programs and processes that start automatically and bog the system down. One of my first clues about a computer comes from the number of icons down by the clock in the lower right hand...

MORE VISTA UPDATES

There are updates to Windows Vista that improve its performance and reliability. The improvements make a top-notch operating system even better. So why is there a strong impression that Windows Vista is in trouble?When I talk to people planning to buy a new computer,...