Mar 28

Eclipse 3.3 M6 runs on Windows Presentation Foundation

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Milestone 6 of Eclipse 3.3 development runs on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) as you can see on the New & Noteworthy page. Furthermore, SWT now uses native Vista features for improved performance. I haven’t tried it yet, but since I’m running Vista on my work laptop, I will probably look into it soon.

Mar 26

Another annoying thing in Vista (Business): Where are those windows games? Oh, must be a decision regarding productivity, that they are not installed in Vista. But do you really have an important job, if you need to play card games during work? ;)

However, if you have Vista Business on your machine and would like to play the windows games (in your spare time, of course ;) ), here is how you can do that:

  1. Open the control center.
  2. Select Programs.
  3. Turn windows functions on or off. (I’m not quite sure, how this is called in the English version, but it’s the only item on the page requiring administrative privileges.)
  4. In the dialog, activate the entry for games.
  5. The games folder will be filled with the default vista games.

Have fun!

Mar 26

An annoying thing that occured to me when starting work with Vista was the small default size of the windows explorer. Unfortunately, saving the folder settings and applying them to all folders via the folder settings dialog had no effect. Not even as administrator.

Finally, I found the trick:

  1. Open an explorer with your preferred method (start menu, [Windows]+E, anything else?)
  2. Resize the window to the desired initial size.
  3. Close the window while pressing the shift key.

The next time you open the explorer, it should have the size of your choice.

Feb 21

This is the opportunity to vote for ideas that Dell should implement to improve customer satisfaction.

Personally, I would like to be able to create more flexible configurations, concerning the operating system. At the moment it’s impossible to buy only hardware – you are always tied to a windows license, even if you don’t need it. A lot of money could be saved, if you intend to install another OS anyway.

What do you think? Would you like to be able to buy a linux laptop or a bare computer without any OS at all from Dell?

Edit: Some more info on this topic.