Upsides to Windows Vista
Vista has some rather cool things to
it. Things like holding your mouse over a tab on the task
bar will let you see a thumbnail image of what is on that
page. That's a neat feature for those of us with 10
different windows open simultaneously and helps to locate
something you've misplaced on your overcrowded task bar.
Vista also seems to load faster is less
corny looking that the butterflies and rainbows of XP. For
those traditionalists that were nauseated going from the plain-jane
Windows 98 to XP's land of My Little Pony and Rainbow Brite, you
will be glad to know that they've toned Vista down a bit.
It's still a bit much for my purposes since I view the computer as
a tool, not a decoration, but with a couple of minor changes, it's
Windows Vista doesn't get bogged down as
easily as XP did, and that's a very good thing. You know how your XP system would
eventually just slow down to a crawl? Well that was because
XP just didn't unload old data very well. You could close
down all your operations, and let it rest for awhile or even
reboot, but that was time consuming. Windows Vista just
doesn't seem to have those issues.
The most attractive feature of Windows
Vista is that it allows for much faster searches of your hard
drive. If you've ever gone to search for a file name and
this gave you time to go make and drink a pot of coffee while you
waited, then you will love this feature. Windows Vista
indexes your entire hard drive and comes up with answers quickly.
From a media standpoint, Microsoft seems
to have added some nice features. Take your pictures and add
some music and you can come up with a very nice DVD production
with little to no effort. It's no Photodex,
but for a freebie program, it's not so bad.
If Vista is sounding pretty good to you at
the moment, just remember that you've only heard the good so
far. Be sure to check out the Cons as well.