The Real Deal 145: Windows 7

Tom and Rafe discuss the ins and outs of Windows 7 and share some tips and tricks.

Tom Merritt Former CNET executive editor
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We discuss the ins and outs of Windows 7 and share some tips and tricks.
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Windows 7

What is it?


Hype - what's supposed to be so great?

We tried it - what we thought install using

Tips and cool features

What it means to PC makers To Apple to Netbook market


Hey All-

Thought I'd chime in real quick about Netbooks.

Seems one of the few thing the UK and most of Europe is WAY ahead on is the Netbook.

Here in the UK you can choose from multiple Netbooks for free or VERY cheap by signing up for mobile Internet. Almost every mobile company has a usb stick mobile 3G internet from as little as £4 and up to £30 a month. Giving you anywhere from 1 gig to 15 gigs a month of data transfer. [Forget unlimited, unlimited in the UK means very limited and 15 gigs is the largest I've seen yet.]

Basically with the larger plans (the ones £20 and up) you can get your Netbook of choice for £50 or even Free (and yes I mean the high-end Netbooks too). It's only a 18 month contract so really you are paying for the Netbook with free internet access anywhere within the UK.

So maybe in another year or two you'll see it happen in the US.

Oh and I have to at least rub this in... Virgin media is rolling out 50mb broadband in the UK. It should be in most areas by the end of the year. smile

Your ever faithful Doppelganger... Cheers! Tom Merritt Oxford, England

just finished listening to the "Netbooks" podcast. Though you might like to know that Open Office is now offering a plug in that lets you import and export to Google docs. It also does Zoho and WebDav?. Here's a link: Open Office Google Docs Another cool syncing app I use is Dropbox. I couldn't remember if you guys have talked about it before, but its such a cool and useful service I figured it would be worth mentioning. Link: www.getdropbox.com



Hey guys-

a couple of Apple tips, that might help.

I know you don't want to have to run something like Onyx, here's why should: Apple programs your Mac to run daily, weekly and monthly scripts to do clean up. This is programmed in the UNIX and it's set to run at night, when you're not using your computer. But if you put your Mac to sleep, it won't run. You can Terminal your way into the UNIX and change it, but you should have high geek cred for that. So it's better to run something like Onyx or Cocktail which will run the scripts as well as empty the caches and repair any broken permissions (Mac registry stuff).

I run Cocktail once a week and even on my old iBook, which I had for 3 years, 2 OS changes and lots of program adding and trashing. It ran pretty well for all that time and certain better than any Windows machine over the same amount of time.

Sheala, GA

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