Ten (10) Things Missing from Windows 7

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

1. Integrated Social Networking
It's a little surprising that Microsoft didn't do more to integrate social networking into Windows 7. Considering the explosive growth social networks are enjoying, Windows 7 seemed like an obvious candidate to feature some built-in social-networking apps to extend its viability. No such luck.
2. Better Cloud Integration
When Microsoft showed off Office for the Internet, some might have thought that the software giant was ready to welcome the Web as a viable software partner, rather than a competitor. It hasn't. Windows 7 is not tied very well to the Web. There's little integration with Microsoft's own Web services. It was a missed opportunity for the software giant.
3. Features Missing from Starter Edition
Microsoft has always been fond of providing several versions of Windows with varying degrees of features, but Windows 7 Starter Edition is a little ridiculous. The software, which admittedly is designed with netbooks in mind, loses Windows Aero and 64-bit support, to name just a couple of the many features it lacks. It's unfortunate.
4. Expert Mode
With Windows 7, Microsoft still assumes that we don't know what we're doing with our PCs. It hides files. It doesn't make it easy to gain access to important folders. It's trying to make it as "fool-proof" as possible. That's great for beginners. But what about those who know what they're doing? There should be an expert mode to help those folks get the most out of their Windows experience.
5. A Self-Analysis Feature
Although Windows 7 is a new and improved version of Windows, it still suffers from slow-downs, security gaps and other annoying problems. It would have been nice if Microsoft had built in a feature allowing users to determine what might be wrong with their computers. Maybe a tool that runs a diagnostic check and tells users that too many processes are running or that the user should run anti-malware software. It could have helped.
6. Mac OS X's Influence
Although rumors have been swirling that Microsoft "borrowed" some of its ideas for Windows 7 from Apple, the company is adamant that it did no such thing. All of the work it has done in Windows 7, Microsoft claims, has been its own. So, if you're looking for Mac OS X's influence in Windows 7, you won't find it.
7. The Windows Vista Taskbar
In Windows 7, the Taskbar has been totally reworked. Unlike the poorly designed and little-used Taskbar in Vista, the Windows 7 Taskbar is extremely useful. Users can quickly sift through open windows to find the options they want. The feature makes switching between windows much easier and substantially increases productivity.
8. IE, Windows Media Player, Windows Search (if You Want)
Microsoft now allows users to disable Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and Windows Search. These applications are active in Windows 7 by default, but with just a few clicks, users can make those programs things of the past. It's a nice option.
9. Classic Start Menu
The classic Start menu is officially gone in Windows 7. There's still a basic Start-menu-like pane, but now much of its usability has been placed in the Taskbar. That said, Windows 7's new Start menu is far more user-friendly. It makes it much easier to find applications. It's a nice upgrade over the classic menu.
10. Windows Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker
When users start working with Windows 7, they'll notice that it doesn't come with Windows Mail, Photo Gallery or Movie Maker by default. Microsoft decided to put those programs in a package called Live Essentials. In essence, users can still download those programs if they really want them. But if not, they won't need to worry: these applications are missing by default.
By Don Reisinger


Entrecard Proof of Payments

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

As promised, here are my proof of payments from entrecard. I earned $70 dollars from them before they change owners. I am wondering if somebody beats my record, because during the time of Entrecard Cash Out program, I have read a few blogs posting their proofs of payment but only paid $10 dollars to $20 dollars. During that time, many blogger are against the program. One of my friend said that she doesn't earned a single penny from the program and says I am so lucky. I thought it may be because I have joined the cash out program earlier than them. As I can recall, I joined the program as soon as they announced that they will try the credits to be converted to cash. Also by that time, I earned a lot of credits because I am regularly dropping cards. Thank you Entrecard.


Adgitize First Payment Received

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Whew, finally I got my first payment from Adgitize. I've been a publisher since May 2009. I joined the site because I read a lot of blogs about it and convinced that I can earn while blogging. At that time, Entrecard has this cash out program and I really take that opportunity to earn money because I have lots of credits. I didn't regret that because I earned $70 from Entrecard which I will be posting my proof of payments on my next post. Anyway, in that case, I ignored Adgitize, not knowing that I can earn money there too, and can cash out in 2 months time if I am regularly blogging and visiting sites. Also, it brings lots of visitors in my site since they launch this preferred publishers lists. I am thinking of applying as an advertiser so I can earn more visitors and readers. Happy blogging to all.

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Windows 7 Security Features

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials is Microsoft's response to the malware that has plagued the company's operating systems in the past. It won't catch all the bad stuff, but as security experts have found, it does a fine job of catching several security threats that impact the Windows ecosystem.

Encryption is a key component in any operating system security plan. With the help of the newly improved BitLocker, Windows 7 users can have more control over the encryption of their hard drives. Microsoft's BitLocker even automatically encrypts new data while it's running. It's a hands-off tool that should improve security in Windows 7.
BitLocker To Go

BitLocker To Go is new to Windows 7. Rather than encrypt just the desktop, BitLocker To Go allows users to encrypt portable hardware, like external hard drives and USB keys. It's probably one of the best new security features in Windows 7. More users than ever are going mobile. Data is at risk whenever that happens. BitLocker To Go helps limit the spread of sensitive data to malicious hands.
Action Center

In Windows Vista, Microsoft used a specially named Security Center menu to give users access to security features. In Windows 7, the company moved all those security features to the Action Center where they join Backup and Restore, as well as other features. It's an important move. The Action Center is now the place to go not only to secure the operating system, but also to ensure that data is kept safe in case of a crash. It's a nice reminder to users.

User Account Control
User Account Control couldn't have been any more annoying in Windows Vista. It caused most users to ignore its warnings, and thus, put them at risk. Microsoft drastically improved User Account Control in Windows 7, making it easier for users to customize how intrusive it is. That level of personalization should cut down on click fatigue and keep users more aware of what's happening on their systems.
DirectAccess is a welcome addition to Windows 7 for any user who connects to a corporate VPN. Rather than input all the credentials manually, DirectAccess now streamlines the process of securely connecting to a corporate network. It also maintains that secure connection throughout the process, ensuring that no data leaks out during the transmission.
Although biometric technology has been a part of the Windows ecosystem for years, Windows 7 allows third-party developers to use Microsoft's own biometric drivers and software, rather than having to create their own. It's no small development. Thanks to that simple addition, Windows 7 users will rely less on third-party software. And the less third-party software, the better.
AppLocker is an especially useful tool for IT admins. The software gives administrators the opportunity to decide exactly what applications users can run on the network. The tool also limits the scripts and installation programs users can have running on their computers. It's a great way for the IT department to maintain some control over the security of employee computers.
Windows Filtering Platform
Windows Filtering Platform was originally included in Windows Vista. It's a series of system services and an API that allows developers to access portions of Windows. In Windows 7, developers can incorporate Windows Firewall components into their own applications. That should help limit users fiddling with Windows Firewall to gain access to a program's features.
Windows Firewall
Windows Firewall has been updated in Windows 7. The app now allows users to create settings based on where they are. In other words, if a user is in a public place, he or she might want more aggressive Firewall protections than when working at home. Windows 7 gives users the freedom to decide how they want to safeguard themselves.


October Top Droppers

Sunday, November 1, 2009

For my top entrecard droppers, thank you very much!! I really appreciate your visits.

Living well 29
photodito 27
Between The Sand & Stone 27
My second trial 22
Laane on the World 20
Robot Armageddon 18
Greetje greets You 18
Lainy's Musings 16
Bottom Lines 16
Senior Explorations 16


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