|The Personal Computer Radio Show||
New York City
July 2006 Show Summaries
Free registry cleaner from Eusing. www.eusing.com
iFrogz rubber case for iPods.
An ergonomic keyboard.
A caller asked about starting Windows XP and going straight to the desktop without first stopping at the
logon screen. Michael knew it could be done but couldn't remember the command. It is:
Last bit of fund raising for WBAI. All funds contributed go to the station. 100%. No one the show is paid and we provide the premiums at no cost to the station. Our premiums
Joe gave his first impressions of Xandros Linux. It's specifically designed to look like Windows so that someone familiar with Windows can use it out of the box. A new version, 4, was recently released. There are two versions of Xandros Linux, one that sells for roughly $40, the other is about $80. They come with fairly large hardcopy manuals.
Joe installed it on an old computer that was running Windows 98 and had only 128MB of ram. He found the installation was very easy, with Xandros creating a new partition for itself and living happily on the hard disk next to Windows 98. In fact, from Xandros you can see all the files in the Windows 98 partition.
He had some initial networking problems but did get it work and he was able to see files on Windows PCs on his LAN and get out to the Internet.
Hank gave his first impressions of Windows Vista. On machines with 512MB of ram, Microsoft Office was slower under Vista than under Windows XP.
Hank did an upgrade install of Vista, that is, he upgraded a copy of Windows
XP to Vista. Michael thought you could only do a clean install of Vista. Not
true. However, whether you can do an upgrade install depends both on the
original version of Windows and the version of Vista being installed. If, for
example, you start with Windows 2000 (as Michael did), you must always do a
clean install of Vista. If, however, you start with Windows XP Home edition, you
can always do an upgrade install of Vista. Whether you can upgrade on top of XP
Professional, depends on the version of Vista being installed. See
Upgrade Planning for Windows Vista
from Microsoft. Note however, if you install Vista on top of XP, there is no going back.
It's a quickie bit of fund raising for the summer (until July 23rd). We did some fund raising during the show, but not very much. We offered our usual year of Gold Card tech support for a pledge of $150. This lets you ask everyone on the show and unlimited number of questions. Gold Card tech support is intended for individuals not entire organizations or businesses.
We also offered a CD with free, recommended software for a pledge of $65. Hank referred to this as our toolkit. Everyone on the show contributed a few of their favorite free programs.
Computer stories in the news.
We discussed canceling an AOL account and the hard time AOL gives people who try to quit the service. Recently an AOL customer (Vincent Ferrari) recorded his conversation with AOL and the hard time they gave him.
Microsoft Announces Free Virtual PC InfoWorld magazine July 12, 2006
Free Virtual PC from Microsoft by Jeremy Reimer at ARS Technica July 12, 2006
In the News
Liberté, égalité, interoperabilité June 30, 2006 Good Morning Silicon Valley. France wants Apple to open up its standards such that music purchased from iTunes can be played on devices other than an iPod.
EFF prefers battling in courts, not Congress in SiliconValley.com July 5, 2006. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is re-opening an office in Washington, but not as a lobbying outpost like the last one, instead they will focus on litigation rather than legislation.
Buying a new computer. Should you wait for Vista?
On the show were Joe King, Hank Kee, Michael Horowitz, Danny Burstein.
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