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Driver Problems Prove Windows Vista Still Isn't Fully Baked
I'm a music guy, and enjoy listening to tunes on my PC. So when the high-definition audio all of a sudden stopped working on my Vista machine, it was a big problem. Unfortunately, my investigation found that my issue was just one small drop in a sea of Windows Vista driver problems, which still haven't been corrected -- a full nine months after the formal launch of the operating system.
Let's take my specific audio difficulties first. High-definition audio is a spec developed by Intel, which is implemented on most of the newer motherboards. Thus, it's likely you'll have it on your Vista PC; not because the box has Vista, but because by definition it's a machine of recent vintage.
You might think it's odd that I'm so concerned about high-def audio, when I don't even take full advantage of its features. The spec, which replaced the earlier AC '97 PC standard, is notable because of its Dolby 5.1 capabilities. However, all I've got is a decent but not-too-fancy set of Boston Acoustics computer speakers. They're stereo, with a separate woofer. (Please don't call a dinky computer speaker a "sub-woofer." Where I come from that'd be a 15-inch speaker in a wood enclosure with its own 100-W amp, preferably tube.). My point is that I use the PC's high-def audio not because I'm high-def, but because it's the default audio on the machine and it's built into the motherboard.
OK, enough nattering. Read the rest of my thoughts here.
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Timely, Slick Centro Gives Palm a Shot in the Arm
My colleague Eric Zeman has already written about the new Palm Centro, unveiled yesterday at the Digital Life show in NYC. I just want to add: this is a great idea on Palm's part, the smartest move the company has made since it finally bought a perpetual license to its own OS from its Japanese owner last year. Whether or not it's enough to save Palm I don't know but this $99 sorta-smartphone is a timely and slick piece of technology.
We Need OS Diplomacy, Not OS Wars
Some of the responses posted to my Linux blog entries have been filled with an amazing amount of venom -- directed not at me, but at other posters. The hate some people have for other people just because they elect to use another operating system on their computers never ceases to shock me.
Would You Hire This Hacker?
Convicted hacker Robert Moore started serving his two-year prison sentence yesterday. He has high hopes that a security company will scoop him up when he gets out. The question is: Would you hire this man?
Driver Problems Prove Windows Vista Still Isn't Fully Baked
I'm a music guy, and enjoy listening to tunes on my PC. So when the high-definition audio all of a sudden stopped working on my Vista machine, it was a big problem. Unfortunately, my investigation found that my issue was just one small drop in a sea of Windows Vista driver problems, which still haven't been corrected--a full nine months after the formal launch of the operating system.
Vista Has Failed To Push Aside Its Older Brother
It looks like Microsoft may be backing down, ever so slightly, from its stance that Vista is the best thing to happen to consumers and businesses since the invention of the can opener. The company announced yesterday that it's extending availability of XP for another five months to June 30, 2008. In other words, if you want XP, you can still get it.
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