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Originally Posted by Hamishdidnt mention the fact that you can now finally load drivers off a floppy/cd/dvd/usb thumbstick! :D
it'd be nice if MS had a power user option that would change a bunch of default settings, turn off file indexing, folder content previewing etc because strangely when i name a folder "hot redhead" i know whats going to be in it
i have a feeling the transparency and eye candy is something im going to want to turn off anyway
i felt the same way about the eye candy in vista as i did about OSX, it was very nice and fun to play with for the first few days, then it just became annoying :(
Originally Posted by FirehedI was going to ask about the drivers... good thing finally. Would be even better if some of the more common ones are included at one point (ICH5R+, nForce3+, SI3112, SI3114), ie before it hits shelves. But about f'ing time. It'd sure be very nice if mobos then include a 64mb (or so) thumb drive with the mobo drivers and maybe the newest graphics ones. Of course with a 30mb or more graphic driver package that may not happen, but it would be convenient to an amazing degree and would almost certainly kill off floppies once and for all.
The new user interface in Vista is called AERO. This doesn't mean it's light, fluffy and full of holes
Originally Posted by Hamishpicked up the sata drive on my nf4 controller automatically :)
Originally Posted by FirehedI meant when in RAID. XP picks up drives on any chipset-based controller (nforce3/4, ICH5/6/7, maybe others) when they're not in RAID. Now chances are that I'll never bother with RAID again but it would still be nice. Or better yet, shipping CDs will continue to be updated with RAID drivers for newer chipsets or being able to order a custom CD from MS where you can upload (all, not just RAID) the drivers you need and they'll all be there for you.
Originally Posted by FIBRE+What will the hackers be able to learn with this 'beta'?
Originally Posted by mrhazDude, did you even read the second paragraph?
Originally Posted by :: kna ::This isn't a comparative review, as I explained to TheAnimus. This is my first impressions of the Beta release, with a view to explaining the look and feel, what stage it's at and what to expect.. it's impossible to review an unfinished product, which is why this is just a first look.
Originally Posted by FredsFriendFeel i need to reply to this:
:( In no way shape or form could this be considered a beta. It is an alpha at best, just Microsoft as usual claiming their software is something that it isn't. A beta release marks a point when the code is feature complete, with purely bug fixing from that point on and definitely no API changes.
And with regards to them not finishing everything, and just releasing a partially complete OS anyway, for any other company this would be met with cries of being palmed off and rushing with the inevitable quality of code suffering (tho who are we kidding it wasn't going to be good anyway). Why do people think that it is a good thing that Microsoft is doing this? :(
Originally Posted by TMMI can't see how it could possibly be an Alpha when microsoft have been already working on Longhorn for what? 1.5 to 2 years already?
not that the amount of time has anything to do with being a beta or an alpha
but you get the point.
Originally Posted by seanbleeI daresay most bit-tech readers wouldn't care about a software developer's viewpoint anyway! :)
Originally Posted by :: kna ::Bingo.. I don't understand why you're reiterating something we already know and explained in the actual review itself. Feedback is only helpful if it's telling me something I'm not already aware of.
Originally Posted by seanbleeOK, since you don't appear to be understanding, I'll state it in very simple terms - a non-developer 'reviewing' a developer release for a non-developer audience is a COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME AND SPACE imo. There, was that blunt enough that the point didn't get lost? You'll be doing reviews of Visual Studio from a non-developer standpoint next...
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