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Vista SideShow is actually rubbish

SideShow is like having a screen on the outside of your fridge telling you how much milk you have left -- why not just open the fridge and see for yourself?

Okay, it's official. Vista SideShow is pants. The idea of a an auxiliary display on a laptop may sound like genius, but believe me when I say it's completely and utterly pointless.

The idea is that you can review important information without having to boot up your laptop, but how useful could this possibly be? I've been using the Asus W5Fe for a few weeks now and though it's an excellent laptop, the SideShow feature is merely a gimmick, because you have to preload all the data you want to access when the PC's turned off.

When I'm out and about do I want to use SideShow to listen to music I've had to choose beforehand? No. Browse pictures I've bothered to put on there? No. Check an email I've already read? Highly unlikely. My colleague Chris Stevens put it best: "It's like having a screen on the outside of your fridge telling you how much milk you have left. Why not just open the fridge and have a look?"

It pains me to say all this (I was a big fan of the SideShow concept) but it's of very little use. Maybe one day somebody will create a SideShow gadget that does something worthwhile, but I'm not holding my breath.