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Microsoft VistaSometimes it’s tough being an early adopter, just ask a user. Last week, Microsoft’s new operating system made news for it’s incompatibility issues with Apple’s iTunes. Now comes word that hardcore gamers are experiencing slowness and even crashes when playing certain XP-friendly games such as Counterstrike, Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 on their Vista-upgraded PC’s. This despite Microsoft’s promise that Vista would be backwards-compatible with DirectX9, XP’s graphic engine. Problematic software drivers and a lack of video cards supporting Vista’s DirectX 10 engine are being blamed. Fortunately top graphics chip makers Nvidia, Intel and ATI are offering drivers to assuage the situation.

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Sony VIAO G-11Sony has released its new VIAO G-11 series of laptops hot on the heels of yesterday’s release of MS Windows Vista and Office 2007. Designed primarily for traveling business-folk, each comes with 1 or 2GB RAM, a 100GB hard drive, an Intel 945 GMS chipset, a 12.1-inch XGA screen, 2 USG ports, supports SD and MS cards and Ethernet, and of course Windows Vista Business. Check with Sony for price and availability if you just can’t wait to see what’s up with the Vista.

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We know we don’t need to tell you that Microsoft Vista and Office 2007 were unleashed upon the masses today. This is a headline for not only every ezine on the planet, but newspaper and TV news as well. You can even catch the webcast yourself if you weren’t able to attend the gala. What we admire is the glitz and glamour that only a Bill Gates could provide. In a press conference given at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square, Gates actually commented, “Everything is becoming digital. Vista is key to the era.”

Software analysts claim that Windows and Office are Microsoft’s most profitable products and account for about half of its $12.5 billion in 2nd-quarter revenue. So the Olympic-like festivities were used to convince Windows and Office devotees to shift to the new versions. Microsoft expects to sell 200 million copies globally in the next two years. That’s a hell of a cash cow.

 

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We’re not going to lie. We’re in the comfort of a Bellagio suite with a 12 mbps down pipe, watching the Gates keynote stream on a pretty massive TV. And we’re liveblogging it. Some very cool things coming up, including Avalon applications, Xbox IPTV “channels” and hot, Bill Gates action. Stay tuned, refresh a lot, and have fun.

[6:48pm] We’re being welcomed to the social with a cool Vista-esque video showing off some of the new things we’ve seen this year.

[6:50pm] “Sure, I’ll keynote next year, but I’m not sure they’ll want me, because I’d likely talk about infectious diseases.” Oh, Bill.

[6:51pm] “Over 40% of US homes now have multiple computers.” Clearly, a large amount of credit due directly to Gates for this.

[6:52pm] He’s talking about the incredible increase in bandwidth, capabilities, high definition and all the fun we’re seeing lately. “The graphics revolution is letting us think about representing reality on the screen.”

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One of Vista’s new features, in addition to superior power and boot management for notebooks, is the SideShow add-on. Asus’ W5Fe is the first to include the technology: An externally visible, cover-mounted display that sits quietly, looking forlorn while displaying information to you “at a glance” and asking you why you don’t just open it up and use the computer proper. (“Battery and convenience,” you say, trying to comfort it.) “I feel like you’re taking me for granted; toiling all day to provide you with occasional weather and email updates, on a tiny screen that should make you smile, but only makes you wax quizzical, curious and questioning how you ever let the salesman talk you into this upgrade.”

“We’ve had this discussion before, SideShow. I appreciate that I can play simple games and check RSS feeds and emails from you. I just wish that you would do something truly useful, like send this data to my cell phone.”

Fortunately, the SideShow platform allows for such possibilities, but until someone makes use of it, having an external display for something like this just seems silly, and the Asus W5Fe probably knows it.

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