Windows Vista Service Pack 1… Not Impressive

Well, the operating system itself is not impressive… what do you expect?

Windows Vista SP1 beta lacks ‘wow’

“If you’ve been waiting for Windows Vista SP1 to come out before you make the leap to the new operating system, don’t, says Microsoft. Microsoft’s Pete McKiernan, a senior product manager for Windows, told CNET that one of the purposes of a service pack is to include all the patches that have been released in one package. Windows Vista SP1 will have that, but little else for the home user. Unlike the buzz surrounding Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1 won’t include a new version of Internet Explorer, and won’t include any new features that are considered must haves. Most of the enhancements within Windows Vista SP1 are under the hood and for enterprise customers. In short, Windows Vista SP1 lacks ‘wow.’ Currently, Microsoft is beta-testing the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on about 12,000 machines worldwide. As the beta continues, more users will be invited, but the numbers will not match the estimated 5 million that tried the operating system prior to RTM (release to manufacturing) last summer.”

21 Foot X-Wing Actually Flies!

Wow! You have to click on the link below and check out the photos of this “model rocket!” It is a real 21 foot replica of the Star Wars X-Wing ship… and it really flies! Zowie!

X-Wing Ship Photos!

“Andy Woerner and his crazy rocketeer friends have built a 21-foot long X-Wing model that can actually fly. Yes, this is a real X-Wing powered by four solid-fuel rocket engines complete with radio-controlled moving wings. It blasts off in California next week, and we talked with Andy about the project, and how they expect it will do.”

Geek Software of the Week: Fotosizer!

FotosizerThis is a great utility if you have a bunch of photos from your digital camera, and you need to size them all down to use them on the web! Your cool FIVE pixel digital camera will take HUGE shots… and you need them to be reduced to a more “web-friendly” size!

Fotosizer Web Site

“Fotosizer is a freeware batch image resizer tool. It resizes your photos in just 3 easy steps – 1. Photo selection, 2. select resize settings, then 3. Start the resize! Increasingly, sharing photos on the internet is becoming more and more popular. Photos, represented as JPEG files from digital cameras, taken at high resolutions are far too large to send over the Internet, with some photos ending up at 5 mega bytes. Uploading one photo to a photo sharing website is fine, but 10, 20, or even more, this can take forever, especially on a dial-up connection. With Fotosizer, you can shrink JPEG image files, along with other supported formats, and dramatically reduce internet transfer times, enabling you to quickly and easily prepare your image collections to be published on the web. Help unlock the photos from your digital camera. Use Fotosizer to batch resize your photos making it easier and faster to email to friends, upload to photo sharing websites or upload to websites that offer photo printing services. Fotosizer lets you resize in 3 easy steps, allowing you to choose the photos you want to resize, the dimensions, and where you want to save the new photos.”

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