Windows 7, after 1 Month of usage

I was actually hoping to install Windows 7 on my business machine approximately next year after February. But I could not wait until then. First of all was my previous XP Pro was failing me, I also got into disk space issue. Therefore I actually installed Windows 7 and run it off my ageing IBM T43.

The verdict was, as what I have mentioned in my reviews on Windows 7 Beta, It really is a OS built with the user in mind, and bear in mind that it is not just for IT Professional, it is actually built so simple that non IT people might even be able to do an installation of Windows  7 on their own with a little help from the web.

One month of heavy usage with applications installed and printer be it local or network printer, network share, file sharing rights, everything that vista got it wrong initially, Windows 7 did it right. There is nothing to complain about Windows 7. Whatever you need it to perform, it will perform for you. except for some minor glitches which is expected of any OS when launched initially.

It runs most applications with ease and even those that are yet certified to work with Windows 7. No problem, I have yet to encounter any commercial applications which could not work with Windows 7. Some freeware software do have issues with Windows 7, but I think that should be solved fast, due to the popularity of Windows 7.

A couple of my clients did enquire with me on the performance of Windows 7. Well I told them that I’m running it with no issues and they should not have any issues also. The main issues lies with the bulk of Windows 2000 and Windows XP users. They will have some learning curve to learn, as the interface is more alike towards Windows Vista. End users are scared of using something unfamiliar as it will hamper with the work and lower down their productivity due to time wastage on looking for stuff that they normally use which might now be somewhere else. I still feel that it will be worth the time loss initially. As they get used to the new interface and the new way of searching for documents, tagging of documents, they will find that as time goes and they got more used to the interface, they will actually be increasing productivity.

To upgrade or not still depends on a lot of factors and for your consideration I have listed down some of them.

Hardware : If you are having an ageing hardware with Windows 2000 or Windows XP loaded. It’s time to move to Windows 7 as your hardware might fail you anytime also.

Software : If you are using Windows 2000 or Windows 98. Don’t think, Change to Windows 7. Most of newer applications will not support Windows 98 and Windows 2000.

Software : If you are running Windows Vista right now. Then depending on your hardware age, You don’t really need to spend the money to change as Windows Vista is quite stable right now except for the resource hungry issue that you face. If your hardware is still new, then you would definitely be able to still stay with Windows Vista

Software : Windows XP, I would strongly encourage you to upgrade to Windows 7. Do a system compatibility check first to determine your hardware capability first and do upgrade if your hardware is able to support Windows 7.

Windows 7 Launch in Singapore

This was supposed to be published 2 days back, but I was just too tired after the event to do any posting and therefore have to wait until today whereby I have some time to compile the pictures and do my posting.

Launch of Windows 7 in Singapore, held in Mohamed Sultan, It was an event which media from the region was invited and Speakers from the region gave demo and introduce features of Windows 7.

There were 4 demos inside the conference hall, comprising of “Outdoor”, “Office”, “Bedroom” and “Living Room”, MVPs from the region were invited and they showed attendees how Windows 7 help them in their daily life from working, communicating with friends, viewing photos, watching videos to gaming online.

 

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1 Day before official Launch of Windows 7

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The live demo of Bedroom and Living Room

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Booth where different manufacturer notebooks will be on display

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Morning of the Launch Day with Standing Banners of Windows 7 outside the venue

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At the outside hall, Manufacturers displayed their latest Notebooks and PCs with Windows 7 installed

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Games and Videos running at the live demo area

Almost Dinner with Bread’s Girl

I’m really excited as I’m writing this post, I just had a chance to sit down with my Bread’s Girl seeing her having her dinner. She was having dinner alone and my friend’s wife happen to be off work and went over to chat with her, my friend and I then went over to sit down and chat with her. I was really excited of being given this chance to get this close to her.

I was so tensed that I hardly talk when we were sitting together, Really useless, but then it will be a night where I won’t forget easily, October 20th 2009. I guess majority of you would also have this strange when meeting with someone you really wish to meet but hardly get the chance. That was how I was feeling just now.

The other thing that got me excited also is Windows 7 Launch in Singapore, I will be at the setup for the launch and also at the launch day October 22nd 2009. I will be witnessing the Official Press Media Launch of Windows 7 in Singapore. Really excited and I hope to be able to do a live update during the launch.

As written on Windows 7 before, I really think that this version of Windows 7 will be much better than Vista. Stay tuned guys, as I will definitely give a live report if possible during the official launch.

Windows 7 release date

Windows 7 Is scheduled for release on the 22nd October 2009. As a Beta user, I felt that Windows 7 will be much more stable then Vista. Vista roadmap to me will be almost the same as Windows ME, “forgotten soon” that is if you still remember that Microsoft did have this product before. I could say that Windows ME is the worst OS that I encountered, and a lot of people agree also.

Vista is not that bad, It is just that there’s too much hiccups on the release and Microsoft is not fast enough to rectify the errors and this lead to a lot of complaints and it even force OEM manufacturer to fall back on to installing Windows XP Pro on their machine with Vista License, exercising the OEM OS License Downgrade Rights.

I felt that this time round, Windows 7 will be a winner, What I personally felt is that Vista came in at a wrong time also, It was with mixed feeling that user finally upgraded from Windows 2000 to Windows XP Pro after service pack 2 was release. A lot of improvements was seen with Windows XP Pro service pack 2, User starts to trust Windows XP Pro and migrate to it.

It was then Vista was announced. Those user who jumped straight into Windows Vista, curse and swear, there were networking issues, system applications issues, OEM Manufacturers, System Integrators, Software House were all in a fix, being called up by clients and chasing them for update to software, updates to divers and so on. Some were not ready to move up to vista, some fear after hearing complaints and feedback. Soon, Most initial Vista user gave up and revert back to the stable Windows XP Pro.

Windows 7, I have the confidence this time round that it will be better off than vista, Although hiccups is likely to happen, I would be surprised if there is no hiccups, but I think this time round it should be better.

I’m looking forward to the release and see how market reacts to it. But it my own opinion, it will take at least 3 to 6 months for everything to settle down. Judging at the release, I think I should also be migrating my main platform to Windows 7 somewhere in February 2010. It’s a nice timing as I also need to change this Lappy of mine which has been working non stop for the past 3 years and also my trusted Windows XP Pro OS.

Are we ever safe online

With the recent arrest of the 3 hackers who stole credit card information and resell them, it set me wondering, are we ever safe online ? billions of transaction are been carried out everyday online. I wonder why, but everytime after you do an online purchase, will you spend another 5 minutes to think on what will happen if your vendors system has been compromised and someone will get your credit card information within the next 5 minutes and use it.

Tired

I’m tired of trying,

Have been trying to find a decent piece of invoicing software, but so far still no luck. I really hope that I can find an application soon. after so many days of downloading and installation of programs, I find that most of it don’t really fit my criteria, and my criteria is not the much, I just need something that I can totally customise the print layout, have a packing slip printout and also invoice line can be added freely.

Why so hard….. I’m tired after so many days of searching, If I still could not get it done by this week, I will have to fall back to MYOB.

Windows 7 Update 2

After using windows 7 for more than 2 week,
I can say that this is really a great OS, Just need to get
used to the interface and things should be great for you.
the only hurdle is getting Windows XP user to switch over.

for me switching over will be easy, but definitely not for the faint at heart.
cause you will be lost, but then for those who already have a go at Windows
Vista, switching over is no pain. as you would be already used to the interface.

anything which I found out is the search bar, this is definitely very useful for
finding anything on your computer, give it a try, you will like it once you get
the hang of it. no more wastage of time remembering where you put store
that particular folder or files. use Search.

I will still be using windows 7 and also trying out some new billing software next week.
stay tuned for updates if you are interested in invoicing software for the small busines.

Windows 7 Updates

Been using Windows 7 for more than a week.
User interface is similar to Windows Vista, Less those renowed security questions, which make windows vista so unpopular.

One of the cool things is that you can have gadgets anywhere on your screen, you can place them at any place that you like, very convenient cause some of us prefer certain things on the right whereas some prefer on the left. So gadgets on Windows 7 is for anyone, you can place in anywhere except outside of the monitor screen.
The default wallpaper that came with the theme are great. very nice set of pictures they have, it certainly makes your desktop much livier.
There is still a lot of other features for me to explore, but definitelty I think that this time round, Microsoft have developed a killer OS, Windows 7 is really set to interest people and making majourity of Windows XP user who are holding back upgrading to Windows Vista due to personal reason and compatibility issues to migrate to Windows 7 once it’s available.
Stay tuned for another updates in a couple of days time, I will talk more about the networking aspect of Windows 7 and see how it rates.
As for now I’m signing off because I’m very hungry now, got to go for my dinner soon.
one last thing to note is that Windows 7 is definitely not as hungry as Windows Vist when it come to consuming Resources.

Data Backup Importance

Today a close friend of mine came to me and ask me to help him save his notebook, he say the notebook cannot boot up, he got very important data in his hard Disk, I switch on his PC and saw something very familiar, DISK BOOT FAILURE, Insert System Disk,

Told him that most likely his hard disk crash, need to send in to a data recovery center for a check, I told him to keep his finger crossed. He was stunned on the approximately price that I told him and the chances. I could feel that he was indeed very troubled. I told him to wait for my news in a couple of days.

In my course of work, I have always encountered clients who are near to winding up their company or clients who are close to tears when they encounter data loss.

Digital storage has become a very important part of our lives, we store our memories, our important data, like, family photos, videos, bank statements, financial report, contact number and address and lots of other data on our Hard Disk, No one can ever predict when your hard Disk wants to call it a day. So I have always encouraged my clients to do data backup, at least the bare minimum, once every month, you can choose the frequency, and amount yourself, no fixed rules over here, depends on how you value your data, and how often you update your data.

There is a lot of programs out there for data backup, and majourity of portable Hard Disk comes with backup software also. Have at least 2 copies of your data at any one time, this is what I often advise. Data recovery comes with a high price, A data recovery Job can range anthing from S$ 300.00 to 4K or more depending on how damaged is the Hard Disk. So spending some time doing backup is always better than visiting a Data Recovery Center.

Isn’t this the same as in taking care of your health is definitely much better than falling sick and visiting a Doctor. Well, I have been telling my clients this for years, but then, most of the will say correct, but then never do any backup. Like what people normally do, turn a deaf ear to Doctor’s advise and leave the medicine aside.

I hope that all of you really make an effort to do data backup.
It’s just a simple procedure and just do it for your own sake. Because Nobody knows when your Hard Disk will fail you.