I like a good theme on my Windows desktop and Microsoft have some new ones based around moonlight below.
“Ooh, ooh, ooh, what a little moonlight can do to you! Yes, but how about a LOT of moonlight? This free theme for Windows 7 features brilliant full moons, hazy winter moons, and moons rising dramatically over castles, mountains, cityscapes, and rock formations. Not recommended for werewolves.”
Download from HERE
I decided to play around with SSDs (Solid State Drives) and while I have a couple of older Crucial SSDs they don’t have the latest firmware’s and compatibility with TRIM in Windows 7, so I bought two new SSDs and the ones I went for where the OCZ Vertex 2 drives, which have a very good controller as in the Sandforce 1200, which defaultly will give you
Max Read: up to 285MB/s
Max Write: up to 275MB/s
Sustained Write: up to 250MB/s
Now I did a complete re-install of Windows 7 x64 SP1 and setup the drives in Raid0 format, installed the latest Intel Chipset and Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver.
Windows 7 x64 SP1 (6.1.7601)
Intel i7 920
6GB Corsair Dominator
NVIDIA GeForce GTX570
2×80 GB OCZ vertex 2 SSDs (1.27 Firmware)
1x 1TB WD Green HDD
1x 2TB WD Green HDD
HDTune was the test application
I did install these two drives in a Raid0 array and know that at present TRIM is not supported in Raid arrays, but I do hope the Garbage Collection (GC) of the Sandforce controller will help clear the old deleted blocks to free up them in order to keep the speed of the drives stable.
Not too bad and boot time is sub 30sec as the CDROM controller holds up the boot a tad, shutdown is near 7secs. I was getting +/- 200mb/s with two 80GB WD Raptors in Raid0.
First off this is not a key generator that allows you to generate an illegal serial key for Windows Operating System or other applications, its job is to allow you to quickly and easily find the serial licence keys for a few applications.
For obvious reasons my licence keys are blanked out above
Two of the great options that this application has over other keyfinders is the ability to load a Registry Hive from another PC or via a network to allow you or an administrator to locate the licence keys, and the final one is the ability to run from a Linux CD and the steps are HERE from the developer of this app from sag47.
My tip is to use this application to save off your licence key data to a text file and save or print out and keep safe in case you have to re-install Windows or another application and cannot find the original box and licence serial key. To save to a text files is as simple as running the application and then clicking File > Save As, then name your text file and click Save.
It was only the other day that I noticed that in Windows 7, Firefox (or the beta that I run of Minefield) does not show multiple tab previews that Internet Explorer 8 (or Internet Explorer 9 beta as I’m running on my netbook) does.
So a quick search of the internet and looking down the about:config list in Firefox holds the clue, the taskbar preview option is set to false (disabled), so toggling this option to true (enabled) sets the preview in the taskbar.
I took a few screenshots of the steps as a very quick guide below, do be warned that editing the about:config menus in Firefox can wrongly can cause Firefox to fail.
Open Firefox (or Minefield) and in the address bar type about:config and hit enter
Once the list of options are open, its best to filter the list down and to do this in the filter box type browser.taskbar.preview and the list will narrow down to only three, the one you need to highlight is browser.taskbar.preview.enable and then right click it to give you the option to Toggle the setting from false to true
Once set to true, restart Firefox and now when you have a few tabs open you will get the mini previews of the open windows in the taskbar.
In basic terms IPv6 takes over and/or adds from IPv4 which has 4 billion web addresses and the core of the internet. As the internet has expanded over the years the IP addresses for websites links (as in your www.xxxx.com) have started to run out so a new protocol was needed, and here comes in IPv6.
“On 8 June, 2011, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the major organisations that will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test drive”. The goal of the Test Drive Day is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out.”
You can test your IPv6 readiness HERE
If you are not IPv6 ready then some sites when they go live with IPv6, you may not be able to view unless they stack and have dual IPv4 and IPv6 versions of their sites.
Many users of Windows have due to some network connection issues, have disabled IPv6, so come June 8th 2011 it maybe a wise thing to re-enable IPv6 and its found in your Network Connection Properties.
While I maybe A Microsoft MVP in Windows Operating Systems I don’t always know the release dates to a new Windows version or the Service Packs, but this weeks (11/01/2011) Windows updates aka Patch Tuesday included an update (KB976902) to allow other updates to install ok.
This can signify that a major release is due and the only one I know of of late is for Windows 7 and SP1. SP1 has been in beta for a while and I will say I have not had to report any issues at all with the beta on my test PC, so this Service Pack I feel is bomb proof, although it will depend on your PC setup and applications installed as not all PCs update ok.
Microsoft does have a Service Pack blocker HERE for those in business who wish to block this Service Pack until tested on their networks or the home user who wishes to wait a bit to see if there are any issues.
So expect to see Windows 7 SP1 very soon, my guess March-ish time.