Wednesday, March 29, 2006 Incident

Last year, my friend, Steve, and I joined a website called The idea is simple, rate and review beers you drink for everyone to check out. Now, I freely admit that I am no beer enthusiast. My tastes run to the light American lager that true beer connoisseurs hate, a legacy left to me by my father (he still stocks his fridge with Keystone Light and Southpaw). The site is very cool and I enjoy reading the reviews that people put out there. It's amazing how different other people's tastes are from my own.

Steve and I thought it would be fun to rate beers we enjoy and completely tear apart the ones we hate, which, coincidentally, would be completely opposite of everyone else on the website. Check out my beer ratings here. The list should be sorted by my rating, with my favorites at the top. There are just under 40 beers there, click on a few and see how I reviewed them. If you want to see my friend Steve's ratings click here. Our reviews for each beer will be the first one listed underneath the "Commercial Description" after you click on the beer title in the list.

While putting in my ratings, I was messaged through the site by some guy with the handle TAR mocking my ratings. His subject was 'hahaha' and the message said:

Saying Budweiser is beer is like calling Sutter Home or Thunderbird, wine.

I thought this was funny. Knowing I was going to hear from beer snobs like this was why I started rating beers on this site. I thought it would be fun to rip TAR a funny answer:

Just because it's a macro-brew doesn't automatically make it bad. I prefer beer that doesn't taste like warm asphalt poured through an old shoe. I also prefer to be able to pronounce my beer in my native tongue. I'd put Pabst Blue Ribbon against your top beer anyday. If it was good enough for my grandfather and my father, it's good enough for me.

In this reply, I was mocking the guy and his beer choices (which he started), but in a good-natured way. I didn't expect his over-the-top and hostile reply:

First of all, when did I say all macros are bad? You need to learn how to read. Secondly, the example you cite (pouring beer through asphalt, for example) sounds as if you've let that beer alone to affect your overall view of decent-to-good beer, if it was indeed a decent beer that tasted like asphalt. Also, what exactly is your native tongue? Chances are, your ancestors were immigrants. Please don't tell me you're one of those people who claim that this land solely belongs to them. If so, you're all wrong. You wouldn't be here if that was the case. But of course you could never understand the points I'm making since you're a stubborn, non-critical thinker like most dumb males. You probably also watch porn and football and voted for Bush (I'm a Republican, by the way, but if you cannot see that Bush is an idiot, something's worng with you). Don't be a bigot. And as for PBR -- Please give me some specifics on how it compares to Rochefort 10. I've had all those beeers you claim are good, but have you tasted any of my faves? I thought not. Open your mind, dude.

To his credit, he did not say all macro-brews are bad. That was an assumption I made and it was my mistake. He did imply it, though. And even if my ancestors are immigrants, as he proclaims, wouldn't I STILL have a native tongue? And I don't remember claiming that this land, or any land for that matter, "belongs" to me. Wow, TAR is pissed and making wild and unfounded accusations about my person. He goes so far as to call me a bigot, too. Well, TAR, last I checked, you were the one to message me mocking my choice of Budweiser as a good beer. Then when I explained my opinion, you lash out at not only me, but all American males who prefer American macro-brewed beers in general. Now you're doing exactly what you claimed I had been doing, being a bigot. My job here is done.

FYI...I sent a "bridge the gap" email that I usually send to people to shut them up, but I stopped talking to the ass. I haven't really even been to the site again. I prefer wine to beer. It's not that I don't like beer, it's that it bothers my ulcer whereas wine does not. Besides, wine is the thinking man's beer (take that, TAR!).

Cheetos flavored Kool-Aid

Here's another custom Kool-Aid flavor I created. Based on my favorite snack food. Click the image for a slightly larger pic.

Check out the earlier Kool-Aid flavor I posted: Vanilla Ice!

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Inside Man AWESOME! Heist TV show review, Ocean's 13 news

For the wife's birthday, went to see Inside Man with Clive Owen, Denzel Washington and Jodi Foster. As you can tell from my earlier post about heist movies, I LOVE this sub-genre. Heist movies, for the most part are so much fun. I love seeing new entries. I was underwhelmed recently by the movie Firewall with Harrison Ford. A limp, home/invasion, bank heist movie that really went nowhere for me. Paul Bettany as the robber was the only thing to save the movie. Harrison Ford continues on his rapid decent into mediocrity. But I digress. Inside Man is everything I ever wanted. Cool, smart mastermind, clever plan and interesting backstory. There is a lot going on, but it's unbelievable how Clive Owen's character is one step ahead of the police. The backstory and the ending are very cool and interesting also.

The performances also add to the wonderful script. Clive Owen is perfect as Dalton, the mastermind behind the bank robbery. He continues to impress me with his roles. Jodie Foster is great as usual with the hauty, smugness of her character Madeline, someone used to getting things done...discreetly. Denzel disappoints a little bit, but I fully confess to not really being a fan of him anyway. His character complements Owens' Dalton nicely.

I was very suprised this is a Spke Lee movie. There's lots of smart humor and really good action in this script. The ads and trailers I've seen do not play up the fact that he directed it, nor does it seem like his usual fair (of which I am also not really a fan). If this is how Spike can perform when not preaching about the ghetto, then consider me interested from now on. This movie had me entertained and out-guessed from the beginning and I applaud Spike and the other actors for finally putting a good movie out in a so far slow movie season.

Speaking of the heist sub-genre of movies, Steph and I watched the TV show Heist on NBC Sunday night (I had TiVo'd it. It actually aired last Wednesday).

It wasn't bad. It had elements of Ocean's 11 mixed with Out of Sight. Some of the dialogue I thought was trying too hard. The two main characters, Mickey and James, are having a discussion and they talk about topics no one on Earth would have regular conversations about like Mother Teresa and famous historical dates. For me, it was trying a tad too hard to be smart. You can have witty banter without having the characters off-handedly discuss the content of Mother Teresa's letters and the date of the last Mongol invasion. Unnecessary.

Other than that, the show was very slick and executed itself very well. The heist in this episode was just the initial job to raise some money for the big heist to be executed later. After this first heist, I am definately interested in how they pull off the next heist.

Reading reviews of this show, I saw some online criticism that the heist depicted in the episode would have had to have too many things go right to realistically pull off. I say, if you watch and enjoy heist movies, you have to realize going in that timing and execution is everything. Of course everything has to happen with an insane, supernatural sense of execution and timing, otherwise it would be boring. But that's just me.

I was not a fan of the lead, Dougray Scott, going into this (he was originally cast to play Wolverine in X-men but had to decline when filming on Mission Impossible II ran long), but he performs admirably here. As does the rest of his team. Check out pics from this series here.
The female member of the heist team, Lola, is HOOOOOOOOOT. I'll definately tune in (with my TiVo at least) next Wednesday to see where this goes.

I'm in a heist state of mind, so, here is some news about Ocean's 13. Filming starts by the end of the year and all the boys are back. The girls, however, will not be returning. I say yeah! for no Julia Roberts, but NO! for Catherine Zeta-Jones. Oh well. This is one of my favorite franchises so I'll be there regardless.

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Monday, March 27, 2006

Happy Birthday, Steph!!

First and foremost, it's my wife's birthday. She's an extremely young 29. She said she better enjoy this birthday because every birthday after this one will also be her 29th birthday. Gotta love her. So far today she's received the Grey's Anatomy CD and the 4Gb pink iPod mini.

She met me for lunch and we went to Moon River Pizza. Here's the newpaper ad for this place:

Greatest. Ad. Ever.

We'll probably go out for drinks/appetizers for dinner then go see the movie Inside Man. It's a heist movie, so you know I'm gonna talk about it here.

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Vanilla Ice Kool-Aid

Kool-Aid rocks. I love drinking it. A while back I started thinking about funny flavors they should make. I created 5 or 6. Every once in a while I'll put a new one up. Today's completely made-up flavor is: Vanilla Ice.

I love the Kool-Aid man with the Spanish Drug-Lord mustache. So cool. Click the pic for a slightly bigger version.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006


Kool-Aid Singles!!! Kool-Aid mix in small pre-sweetened packages that can be mixed in your bottle of water. I can die now.

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Mission Impossible franchise review

Our mission, and we chose to accept it, was to watch the Mission Impossible movie.

The wife and I had watched our Blockbuster movies the night before and nothing was on TV, so Steph was tasked with picking a movie. She perused the Holley DVD Vaults, felt like an action movie, and came up with Mission: Impossible starring Tom Cruise. Now, as of late, Tom Cruise has been acting like a first rate asshat. He used to be the cool, aloof Mr. Cruise. Now he's the outspoken, cradle-robbing asshat. And I emphasize the words ASSHAT. I've been able to separate the off screen Cruise psychopath and still enjoy him onscreen, that is, until he made War of the Worlds. But I loved Mission Impossible and was eager to see it again to rekindle my fondness for a good Cruise action movie.

Mission Impossible is how a good action movie should be done. It's fast, action packed and has very cool gadgets and characters. This was a big, action movie, but the director kept the atmosphere close and tight. You could tell this movie's tone and atmosphere was used later for Bourne Identity and Bourne Supremecy. When I first saw it I remember being completely shocked when Cruise's entire IMF team is killed in the beginning. Emilio Estevez as the hacker, Jack, was a surprise to me when he was introduced in the beginning. Needless to say, I was sad to see him go so soon. Cruise played Ethan Hunt perfectly and the effects were awesome. Jon Voight played a convincing character, but the chick who played his wife was AWFUL. I don't know who she is, but I'm glad I don't see her in any other movies. AWFUL. This movie was definately a must see. Needless to say, I was excited to see the sequel but dismayed when it took 4 years to come out.

After watching Mission Impossible (MI), Steph and I felt like watching the second one. We both saw it theatrically, apparently together (I had forgotten) and memories of it had faded. I remember not really liking it, but I was willing to give it another chance. So off to Blockbuster we went the next night and rented it. I'd have to say, on this second viewing, I was much more entertained, but the movie was WAY overproduced. Seriously. I don't know what John Woo was thinking, but it bordered on the ridiculous. I applaud the addition of Sir Anthony Hopkins as Ethan Hunt's boss, but I jeer the leading lady, Thandie Newton, and the main villain, Dougray Scott. Thandie Newton couldn't hold her own against the toddlers in Daddy Day Care much less Tom Cruise or Anthony Hopkins. I was glad they brought back Ving Rhames for a small appearance. The action set pieces were cool, if bordering on complete foolishness. I enjoyed the pretty lights and colors, but would not really want to see it again. The script may have been complete ass, but John Woo can really photograph some violence. I mean, it's like he's in love with graphic violence. The slow motion, the close ups, the doves. It's almost violence pornography. You don't believe me? See this movie or the movie Face/Off. Unbelievable. More faceless characters are killed in John Woo movies than in WWII and Vietnam combined.

I really love the concept of these movies, and the character of Ethan Hunt, particularly.

The next day we went to see Failure to Launch and the Mission Impossible 3 trailer came up. This was the second time I've seen it and I was much more excited to see it now that we had watched the first two. JJ Abrams, the writer/creator of Alias and Lost, is writing/directing this installment. He is bringing back Ving Rhames (hopefully in a bigger part) and they have Phillip Seymore Hoffman as the main villain. If you ask me, this is shaping up to be a really good action movie. I will definately choose to accept this Mission....... :)

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Shamrocks & Shenanigans

Happy St. Paddy's Day to everyone. I'm home sick, so I'm not happy. Have a green beer for me.

While laying here calmly waiting for death, I watched the Jimmy Stewart classic Harvey. Not very leprechaun-y, but I don't really have any movies dealing with St. Paddy's Day that I can think of. This will have to do.

James Stewart plays the always polite, very easy-going everyman, Elwood P Dowd. His best friend is a 6' 3.5" white rabbit named Harvey only he can see. Actually, I should have watched this on Easter, considering it has a bunny in it.
Anywho, the whole movie his family is trying to commit him because they think he's crazy. He keeps winning people over because he's so polite and nice. Typical Jimmy Stewart. It's a classic, and one I recommend. Very light comedy. Check it out.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Buy a box of cookies, lose your soul

I am glad the whole Girl Scout cookie 'sales extravaganza' is over. Seriously. They were pimping those things out like crack rock. I'd go to the grocery store, there are two adults and their kids asking me to buy cookies. I walk THREE STORES TO THE RIGHT to go to Blockbuster Video and there are two more adults and kids asking me to buy cookies. How many places am I going to be harrassed to buy cookies? They are like the mafia. I felt like if I didn't buy at least a box some guy named Vinnie was gonna kneecap me. It got so bad I almost started shopping exclusively at adult bookstores just so I wouldn't see a little girl outside trying to shake me down for some cookies. And I'm not sure how much longer adult bookstores will be safe.

"Hey sailor, looking for a good time? Buy a box of Trefoils and see where the night takes you."

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Blackberry settles lawsuit; Patent trolling?

For the last year and a half, Research in Motion (RIM) has been in a bitter dispute with patent holding company NTP over software patents used by the popular Blackberry wireless email/PDA service. NTP claimed that RIM was illegally infringing on their software patent with their Blackberry service. The problem occured in software protocols and code within the service itself. The lawsuit came to the point where the entire service was going to be shut down and subscribers would have to regroup and move on to a new service. This month, though, RIM settled it's lawsuit with NTP. This news made millions of subscribers happy that they don't have to spend thousands of dollars switching to new providers.

While this is good for Blackberry subscribers (of which I am not one), I wonder what this means for future technology. The practice NTP used above is called patent trolling. Holding companies will buy up obscure patents and search for any technology that is infringing, however slightly, on it's patent. This can be bad in several ways. A lot of these lawsuits are not by the original patent owner, they are by a holding company that had nothing whatsoever to do with the original patent, and, by and large, probably don't even understand their patent. It's really just a financial game for the holding company. They may not even win their case, but all they need to do is find that one product with the large company.......then jackpot.

For me, this can only stifle the advances a company will make in technology. If companies are afraid to research and create breakthroughs because they are worried about infringing on some obscure patent, then that's not good for anybody. Something needs to be done about these holding companies doing nothing but trying to earn a quick buck on innovations they neither created nor had anything to do with.

On the other side, I think there needs to be some reform in the Patent Office. Many of the patents given today are for simple, obvious programming, not so much innovations. Amazon patented it's 'One-Click Ordering' system which seems, to me, more like short cut programming as opposed to an innovation. Maybe I'm wrong. I also think the rules for software patents need to be written more clearly and maybe the Patent Office needs to mine through it's patent catalogs and do some re-thinking, maybe hire more patent officers and train them better. Stop a lot of the frivolous patents that are getting through the system.

Either way, reform probably needs to happen (both consumer and gov't side) because in the corporate battle of patents, I think the purpose of the Patent Office, protecting the little guy who actually created the innovation, is becoming forgotten.

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Domo Arigato

Good night tonight. The wife and I went to eat sushi. Had the Dragon Roll, spicy scallop and Rock & Roll Tempura. Very good. Ate WAY too much. Afterwards, we saw 16 Blocks with Bruce Willis and Mos Def. Great acting, much better than I expected. We only saw this because there's not much out we want to see but it was very good.

After getting home from the movie we watched Bing Crosby in Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Very silly musical. Very light, but enjoyable. Do NOT take it seriously if you see it. Bing Crosby, like Elvis Presley, has to sing about the most mundane events of his day in his movies.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Heist movies rock!!

I just watched The Thomas Crown Affair this morning (Saturday) for the second time. I hadn't seen it since it was in theaters. I forgot how awesome that movie is. Got me thinking about heists, dude. How freakin' cool would it be to be a part of a heist? What part would you play? Would you be the guy who obtains all the gear? No matter how sophisiticated or experimental the equipment needs to be, that guy has not only heard of it, he can get it ASAP. Would you be the brains? No matter how complicated or completely insane a security set up is, this guy has seen it, and will know a way around it. I usually dream about being the tech guy. No matter what computer system or software setup is in play, this guy can hack it and make it do whatever he wants. Awesome. In honor of this, I want to talk about a few of my favorite heist movies.

I'll start with the one I just watched, The Thomas Crown Affair. Brosnan plays cool as a cucumber Thomas Crown and Rene Russo plays sultry Catherine Banning. Sexy and cool movie with a couple very smart art heists. Brosnan was in a movie recently called After the Sunset that could have been a sequel to Thomas Crown Affair. Replace Salma Hayek with Rene Russo and you're rollin'. Check them both out.

My next heist movie is the one I'd have to say is at the top of the list for me. It's the remake to Ocean's 11 with Clooney, Pitt and Damon. Very suave, action packed and it takes place in Vegas. Gotta love it. The sequel was just as good.

Another great heist flick is, suprisingly, The Heist with Gene Hackman and Danny Devito. It's got a lot of twists, but is pretty dark. Sam Rockwell also puts in a great performance in a very clever script.

Another one I like is called Foolproof. This movie stars Ryan Reynolds and is about a group of young kids that plan perfect robberies, but never perform them, that is, until a gangster forces them to do it. Ryan Reynolds is the man and this movie is very entertaining.

There are many others I enjoy also. Heat with Bobby DeNiro, The Saint with Val Kilmer and Mission: Impossible (the first one and not technically a heist movie but they pull one off). This is a sub-category of movie that I thoroughly enjoy and I hope you do to.

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Man sued for deleting files off company laptop...

This article concerns me greatly.

Apparently a man decides to leave his company. He deletes personal files off his company laptop. He knows, like everyone should (right?), that deleting files in most operating systems does not actually delete the file. It only removes the pointer to that file. So he uses a professional file scrubber to permanently delete the files making them impossible to recover.

I guess he must have left the company on bad terms (the company alleges he went into business for himself in the same industry which is a violation of employment contracts) because the company searches his laptop for incriminating files proving he was violating his employment agreement. When they discover that he used a file scrubber, they sue him for damaging a company owned laptop. What concerns me is several courts upheld the fact that deleting data off a hard drive constitutes "damaging" a computer. The company also said that the moment he decided to leave the company he no longer had implicit authority to delete data off the laptop. While I might agree with the latter, I have a serious problem with the former.

I worked as an IS consultant for over 8 years. I had a company laptop the entire time. I was careful not to put anything on it that would get me in trouble later, but I do not agree with the fact that deleting data on the hard drive constitutes damage to that computer. He turned the laptop into the company in the same condition that he received it, there should be no case against him. That is ridiculous. Hell hath no fury like a company scorned, I guess...................

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Ecto Cooler Redux

This will be a pop culture entry, not really having anything to do with Technology or Movies.

I was visiting one of my favorite websites, X-Entertainment. On this site, Matt, will review pop culture anomalies and fads from years past. He has some fascinating articles about Kool-Aid, old videos, discontinued snack foods, etc. One day I ran across a great article about a Hi-C flavor called Ecto Cooler (shown left). It was written in 2003. I remember this flavor very fondly. I never had it myself, but I remember kids at school having it. The article contends that Ecto Cooler, after the Ghostbusters fame died, was reborn as a flavor called Shoutin' Orange Tangergreen (shown right). I searched for months but as far as I could tell the flavor had been discontinued or it may be hard to find in this part of the country but can be seen everywhere else. I just didn't know.

I didn't know, that is, until I went to Enterprise, AL on the weekend of Mar 3, 2006 for a good friend's wedding. In a small grocery called Southern, I found 12 packs of the Shoutin' Orange Tangergreen juice boxes on the shelves. YAHTZEE!!!!! I bought two and commenced to drinking the liquidy goodness all weekend. Let me just say, that if this is what Ecto Cooler tasted like, I see why it was so popular. So fruity and tasty I'm ready to sacrifice small animals to the juice box Gods in my quest for more. Oh juice box Gods, bless me with more juice boxy love soon.

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Mozilla Firefox review

Being a fan of technology, I am also a fan of cool little pc desktop apps. Every once in a while I'll highlight a particular favorite of mine. Today I'll be discussing the Mozilla Firefox web browser.
Some of you may have heard of this, some of you not. It is an alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE). Microsoft, until recently, had stopped development on IE. It just sits there, stagnating on your desktop like a boil. Bugs that have been around forever are still there, not to mention that fact that spyware, malware and viruses are written mostly against IE because the most people use it. Back in 2001, I got sick of using IE and switched to a browser called Opera. This browser had a much faster rendering engine and incorporated tabbed browsing, the first I'd ever seen this feature. I never used IE again. Opera has since been replaced by Firefox.

Firefox is a nice alternative because it is highly customizable for every user. If you don't want certain features, you don't have to have them. When you download Firefox, the browser is a bare bones application that does the basic browser features. One of the basic features of Firefox that IE doesn't do, just yet, is tabbed browsing. If you have multiple websites open, they are all kept within one browser window and tabs at the top let you quickly switch between your open pages. It's a very nice feature that you immediately wonder how you lived without. If you want more advanced features you download what are called "extensions". I'll delve into extensions more deeply another time, but they include things like email checkers, weather forcasts, ad blocking, search bars, etc. You name it, someone has made an extension for it. You can also download themes which change the "look and feel" of Firefox to something more appealing to you. I currently use the Metal Lion theme which addes a brushed metal look to the entire browser. I love it.

If you would like to tryout Firefox, go to the Mozilla web site here. They just released Firefox and should be releasing version 2 at the end of spring. Hope some of you discover the joys of alternate browsers with me.

If you want to check it out, Opera still has a browser, which is now free. Check it out here. They are up to version 8.5.

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North By Northwest mini-review

The wife and I have been on a classic movie kick lately. We love old Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart movies. As we watch them, I'll put up short reviews of them in case you might want to check them out. The last one we just watched was North By Northwest.

I had watched this movie many years ago before I had a full appreciation for Cary Grant. The wife hadn't seen it so I agreed to rent it and watch it again. Much, MUCH better than I remember. I thought, originally, that it drug in the middle and I was completely uninterested by the end. This second time, I was riveted throughout. Cary Grant is phenomenal. His drunk driving scene is unbelievably funny, yet scary at the same time. It seems he can do pretty much anything he wants onscreen. I can't wait to check out more of his work.

The female lead, Eve Marie Saint, is just flat-out sexy. Period. She practically melts the film she's so hot. The club car scene on the train between her and Grant is the closest I've seen two people come to having sex without touching. Just awesome. She plays a character with a nice story arc, and she does it beautifully. Did I mention she was dead sexy?

So if you are looking for a good thriller, especially by the master, Alfred Hitchcock, you can't do much better than North by Northwest. Also, check out a young Martin Landau as the villain's right hand man. He plays menacing characters so well.

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Followup to Vista Won't Suck Article

Extreme Tech posted a followup to their Why Vista Won't Suck Article. Check it out here.

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My Photo Blog

In addition to this blog and my website, The Bird's Nest, I also have a photo blog at Buzznet. Check it out here.

Buzznet is very similar to in which you can store and share pictures with a large community of people. Pictures are labeled with keywords to make searching easy. Check it out, it's fun to troll through the online pics of different people.

Why Windows Vista Won't Suck

I subscribe to several tech magazines. My favorite is PC Magazine. They always have really good articles on upcoming technology. Their website rocks, also. Their sister site, Extreme Tech, has some hardcore techie articles on it, but they recently put up a very good and in-depth article on Windows Vista. Check it out here.
I, myself, am eagerly anticipating the arrival of Vista later this year. This article sums up a lot of good points about why many of us are excited.

Some of the main changes I am looking forward to are the cleaning up of the user interface. Windows is getting an overhaul in the visual department. If your computer has the graphics capabilities, you will be able to run Vista's Aero Glass, which is the REAL interface. It makes windows 3-D. You'll be able to move windows all round the environment of your desktop, not just side to side, but back and forth. The windows will also be semi-transparent around the border so you'll see the background through it.

Another cool little feature will be the Windows Sidebar. This will be a small menu that can dock on the side of your screen. The menu will contain little AJAX/Java applets called "gadgets". This will be similar to the current Yahoo! Widget Companion (orignally called Konfabulator). I use the Yahoo! Widgets and they are pretty neat little apps that are updated real time and can show you your system resources, the current weather conditions, various world clocks or recite funny movie quotes. There are thousands of widgets out there that I'm sure will be re-written and ported to the Sidebar. Very cool stuff.

Security is another big issue Vista is addressing. The OS kernel is being re-written with security in mind. A lot of programs and actions will not execute through the kernel. When you add drivers or install software, since it isn't updating the kernel, you won't have to reboot. Theoretically. Hopefully this will work in the final product.

I don't plan on upgrading to Vista right away, I'll wait until it's "in the wild" for a while then buy a new computer with enough graphics horsepower to run Aero Glass and have Vista pre-installed. For upgraders, If your computer can't run Glass due to graphics liabilities, then Vista defaults to the classic Windows desktop without the graphical enhancements.

But really, what fun is that?

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