Sunday, June 17, 2007

Vista #6 Vista #6

One thing that I do like about Vista is that it provides a quick and easy way to put the computer to sleep or to hibernate. It actually seemed to try to eliminate hibernation, but that is still available via the sidebar. But there is a sleep button on the Windows Start menu, and the power button can be programmed to sleep also. It is easy enough that I am actually starting to use that feature if I will be gone for a day or two.

I did set the system to sleep if inactive for four or more hours. It hasn't availed itself of that yet. I suspect that it is because the Ethernet adapter was set to wake it up, and the server periodically makes sure that its WINS entries are up to date, and so queries all the computers it can every ten minutes or so, and this probably kept the system up. I have disabled that, and hopefully the system will go to sleep on its own. We shall see.

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Blogger The *Lovely* 5FF said...

I am SO pissed. I just happened to be searching on Vista and "no fax software" and came upon your blog. I had to purchase a new pc today after mine died, and I LOVE the speed, but am furious that Microsoft has the audacity to determine who has the right, the capability, the functionality to merely send and receive faxes. So far I now have about $600 worth of software that is rendered useless. My only option is to go back to Windows 2000, but after spending all this time setting up this pc just to find it's just fast and pretty, I just don't have the patience.

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Blogger Bruce Hayden said...

Here is an official comparison of the different versions of Vista.

You can, of course, upgrade to Vista to the Ultimate version that has everything. Here is a Vista upgrade calculator. For me, it would cost $159 to go from Home Premium to Ultimate.

Right now, I don't need the FAX functionality. I primarily use send2fax.com to send and receive FAXs electronically. But I also have several computers running with older versions of Windows that have FAX software and have two multifunction printers that can also FAX (though I only really use them for scanning and copying).

Rather, if I do end up upgrading to Vista Ultimate, it will be to have more control over the security settings, be able to back stuff up en mass, be able to host remote desktops, and synchronize files on different systems.

I should note that some of these differences are only visible when you start digging into the documentation. For example, I found out about the remote desktop stuff and synchronization when trying to set them up.

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