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Windows Vista: The good, the bad, and the downright lame #2

Print | posted on Tuesday, January 02, 2007 3:38 PM

The good (awesome in fact): ReadyBoost, which allows you to use a USB key or flash card as virtual memory. This is very clever. If you are laptop user, get yourself a SD card (or Memory Stick) and slap it in and forget about it. Watch out for compatibility however, the support for flashcards varies - check out the essential Q&A. Also check (and contribute to) Grant Gibson's ReadyBoost Compatibility Chart.

The bad: Adding Fonts. Hmm looks like this one suffered from no love whatsoever. I guess it's not too important, I mean how many folk manually install fonts these days, but the interface is weak. Open up the Fonts Control Panel and notice there is no "Install New Font..." task button. This requires a right click to access it. And then, ahhh, loverly legacy Windows File dialog. Still it could be worse, it does support long filenames :)

Smooth UI Tip: Hold down the control key and suiggle your scroll mouse button in Explorer to change the view.