Beta testing Windows 7 (64-bit)

Two nights ago, I came across Windows 7 beta download site so I downloaded the 64-bit version. What I didn’t know that night was the fact that Microsoft was closing the download site the next day. So I was fortunate enough to grab a copy of Windows 7 beta to start testing it out and sending in my feedback.

I just love testing beta programs and especially when it comes to Windows. I was there during Windows Vista’s beta testing and I can’t describe how exciting the experience was at the time. It’s always fun to experience software first hand and help make it better for millions (probably billions) of people worldwide.

Well, so far Windows 7 beta detected pretty much everything on my aging laptop (Compaq Presario V2000) except the sound device. Usually I would run into video adapter issues when testing a new Windows version but to my surprise this time it was the sound card (first time ever). I was even further more surprised when my laptop was able to run Aero under Windows 7 when it failed miserably to run it under Vista. I guess I should never under estimate the power of my laptop’s hardware but then again it could be an indication of an improved Windows. But seriously speaking, I need a better and faster laptop.

There is a whole bunch of new features and neat tricks built into Windows 7 that makes this version fun to work with. Click here to read more about Windows 7 and to see a list of ‘What’s new’.

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Still waiting for new Windows Live Spaces themes

How long has it been since we’ve seen new themes around here? Well I have been waiting for too long and sending numerous feedback about it but all I see is the same old boring themes that came with Spaces 1.0.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate all the work the Spaces Team have done and all the time they’ve spent making Windows Live Spaces better with every update, but it wont hurt to see them throwing a new theme every once in a while. I don’t know, customizing the colors, borders, backgrounds and images sounds time consuming and having a cool theme made ready sounds, well, like a gift sent from all the way in Redmond.
I still having a hard time differentiating between links on the page and post titles. It’s still a bit confusing and I am sure I am not alone on that one. I don’t know why the Spaces Team can’t significantly increase the font size of post titles to make them stand out more. What could possibly be wrong about doing so? All the other free blog platforms out there does it. I think it’s pretty much a standard yet the Spaces Team find it wrong to go by.
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Blog Title, Time for a Change?

I don’t think I have ever spent more than 5 minutes thinking of a title for my blog and ‘Mobile Visionary’ somewhat speaks for itself in terms of creativity. So this time I DO want to be more creative and hopefully the title sticks around longer before I get bored again and decide to go for another change. 

Therefore, expect a new name, possibly a new theme, and a new personality for my blog very soon.

Why buy magazines?

I used to buy a couple of magazines every month a few years ago and I kind of made that a habit. Anyone who walks into my room will usually find a big stack of magazines lying next to my bed. But I noticed that I haven’t bought a magazines in months. You ask why? I’ve got one word for ya: Internet. 

All the magazines I bought are computer or mobile related. Anything that deals with both computer hardware or software was something I am interested to read about. In addition, anything that deals with mobile computing was a rising interest. But all the information and articles I read in those magazines I can find online on some blog or website. So why waste my money? All I needed was a laptop near my bed for a quick access to all computer related news on the net.

Now, you’ve got all sort of mobile optimized websites to work perfectly well with your cellphone. So technically, I don’t even need a laptop. All I need is my phone, and that’s always fully charged beside my bed.

I think magazine sales will be highly affected as everything paper is becoming digital and mobile technology is blooming. That being said, the coming years will certainly show a mobile revolution.

Musicovery – Interactive Web Radio

Musicovery 

This is a site I stumbled upon on my web surfing adventure last night. It’s called Musicovery and it’s all about online music. What’s cool about this is that you can set the type of music you want to listen to according to several factors like your mood, type of dance, and your emotional status.

I have been using it for two days now and so far I haven’t seen anything that disappoints me. The only drawback is the media rich site where the user interaction might be affected due to a slow system. But as long as your computer is fairly new then this shouldn’t be a concern.

There is no need to register or signup. It’s a free service and I hope it remains this way. So go ahead and check it out.