Here’s is an interesting app that gives you OSX’s Exposé functionality, in Windows Vista. If you press F9, or swipe your mouse to the top left corner of the screen, you get to see all your windows side by side. You can then click which window you want and that will be the selected one. You can also customize what button or which corner is used.
A nice alternative to Flip3d and Alt + Tab. It is also open source in case you wanted to learn how its done or improve on it.
Note: I had to download and install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package to get it working.
I am trying really hard to keep an open/unbiased opinion on the Apple vs Microsoft debate. Going beyond their regular smearing ad campaigns, they have graduated to spamming peoples inboxes (mine included). Here’s an email I received on the 4th of February.
For my skeptical readers, I’d like to first point out that this email was definetely received from Apple, and not some third party. I can say this, because the images that make up the email, http://images.apple.com/chatterbox/us/2007/02/3906/img/ttl.gif and http://images.apple.com/chatterbox/us/2007/02/3906/img/mainimage.jpg are clearly off the apple.com servers.
Apple does have some very slick products, including OSX, the iPod and hopefully the iPhone soon. Why not show these off, instead of playing dirty with their competitors. I have watched a lot of videos on on10 and Channel9 and Microsoft employees very rarely (if ever) mention their competitors, let alone speak badly of them.
Sorry Steve, but I’ve already upgraded to Vista, its simpler, more secure and way more fun”. Not to mention it works with all my stuff like my printer, camera, xBox 360, home theater system and phone.
Doing some looking around on the subject I came to Paul Smith’s blog which had this rather humorous response…
Although I hate the Vista vs OSX debate, its hard for me to let this article slide, without being guilty of fueling it myself. lkahney at Cult of Mac has a write up on Vista running on a Mac. The synopsis is “[It] really flies on this beast, and feels like it’s faster than OS X – it boots faster, folders burst open and apps launch instantly.”
I know this won’t squash the which is better debate (even though it came from a Macblog) but if it convinces a few people to give Vista a chance, that’s good enough for me.
Here’s a video of Microsoft Norway showing off Vista on an iMac; it has created quite a buzz on the blogosphere. I don’t really understand what all the fuss is about, Microsoft is a software company, and contrary to popular belief they don’t make PC’s. If people bought their operating system for a Mac that would expand their market.
“There were several Apple computers on display, but the most prominent one, an iMac with a 24-inch didn’t run Mac OS X, but rather soon-to-be-released Windows Vista, in its Ultimate Edition. “
I’m tired of people saying that Vista/Microsoft has copied Apple. My argument has always been that these things are immaterial in the big picture. Do you hear Microsoft fans yelling “they copied” after Stevo’s keynote today, ok maybe you do :). The browse CD’s feature on iTunes and Apple TV work awfully similar to Microsoft’s offerings.
In light of this sentiment, heres a list of what I found inovative from both Microsoft and Apple Inc. (formerly known as Apple Computer, Inc.) over the last few days.
- 3D map images on live maps
- SideShow (here is some of what can be done with it – MCE remotes, external displays on laptop bags)
- Windows Home Server (Here are some video’s if you are interested in learning more – Channel9, on10)
- iPhone (Does everything you could possibly want from a phone, PDA, mp3 player… and it sure looks pretty too – launch video)
Update: Lots of iPhone pictures here…
I have been hesitant to install Adobe Reader on my Vista machine since I have had a lot of problems with it in XP. Quicktime and Adobe Reader are the two widely used programs that I try not to install on my computers unless I absolutely need them. Well it turned out that I absolutely needed Adobe Reader…
The install failed to work and gave me an error saying that the temporary folder was full or not accessible. However a quick google and I found the solution. Hopefully Adobe fixes this before launch. If they release a product for an operating system it would be nice if they checked if it actually worked on said operating system.
A recent Micorost meeting in Seattle featured this spoof of the Apple ad campaign.
After watching it, its worth checking out what the apple fans reaction has been.
I have always had some respect for Apple’s products, although you would rarely hear me admit it in public. However, I have never really been a fan of company’s who criticize their competitors to get ahead. Their advertising campaign recently has really been on the tacky side.
But after the posting on their website recently, its pretty clear that they need to hire people with a little more class. If you haven’t read about it yet..
“We recently discovered that a small number – less than 1% – of the Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006, left our contract manufacturer carrying the Windows RavMonE.exe virus. This known virus affects only Windows computers, and up to date anti-virus software which is included with most Windows computers should detect and remove it. So far we have seen less than 25 reports concerning this problem. The iPod nano, iPod shuffle and Mac OS X are not affected, and all Video iPods now shipping are virus free. As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not catching it.”
Huh? They released iPods with a virus and suddenly its Microsoft’s fault. Whatever happened to quality testing?