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Ryan Orser’s Windows Vista Review

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

I have been using Windows Vista for over a week now. Why I chose to review Windows Vista I am unsure, but for reasons unknown I installed it. In the future I will review Windows Vista SP1 even though it’s likely the changes will be small.

The specifications of my laptop are as follows:

  • AMD Turion 1.6 GHz tl-50 Dual Core,
  • NVidia Geforce Go 6150
  • Broadcom wireless
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 80 GB Hard Drive

I’ll be covering these topics:

  • The Hardware
  • How does it run?
  • What I like and dislike

I was not surprised to discover that Vista is a resource hog. It takes about 2 minutes to boot the OS, log in, then load wireless, sidebar, and a whole lot more stuff. The Windows side bar takes the longest to load its five widgets. I use a clock widget, weather reporter, CPU usage monitor, calendar, and currency converter. The CPU usage stays over 10% all the time, even when I’m not doing anything. That makes me sad.

Vista: a turtle could probably crawl up and down the stairs a couple of times before it loads. There is nothing that is clearly slowing it down, except maybe all the sidebar widgets. The overall visual theme is a lot better in my opinion than XP’s and previous versions. Applications seem to load quickly, though they should be with all the RAM and CPU power this computer has.

Here are my likes and dislikes about Vista:

First the good:

  • The default wallpapers are very nice
  • The visual theme is pleasant to the eyes.
  • It runs smoothly, without any stability problems.
  • No BSODs!

And now the bad:

  • Takes almost 2 minutes to load.
  • The lack of visual customization makes the interface get boring after a while.
  • Microsoft need to find a way to get it to run faster.
  • The Microsoft help line always asks you to restart your computer.
  • The wireless can get screwed up after waking from hibernation.

Overall, Vista is better then XP but does not beat Linux. I may be biased individual, but I think that Linux loads and runs faster as well as being more customizable. I do like Vista and I may come back to it, but I can’t help liking Linux a lot better after all the problems that I have been through with Vista and other Windows versions.

The ratings:
3/5 for usability
4/5 for GUI
1/5 for customizability
3/5 for performance

Overall rating:
11/20. An okay OS, but it can’t beat the competition.

If you would like to give feedback, please use the “leave reply box” to leave me a comment.

Mandriva One 2008.0 Review

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

This installation of Mandriva 2008 only took about 20 Minutes. I installed the KDE Live CD onto my laptop harddrive.

Mandriva has its ups and downs though this is the first distro that I have used in the last few weeks that will actually configure your wireless and nvidia graphics card for you, and the graphics card runs xgl. Compiz Fusion was already enabled (which i like), I only had to configure the wireless to work which had only taken less than 2 minutes.

I like how this distro was able to download in less then 2 hours on bit torrent which was ok while downloading at 150Kb/s. I also downloaded the gnome Live CD which you can install via running the live CD while playing with it. The Gnome Live CD was downloading at only 20Kb/s at the most during the download and probably started seeding at around 2 AM.

The interface was easy to use and change. I am using KDE 3.5.7 which is a nice change from Gnome (I am only trying this out for a little while.) I would recommend Mandriva to anyone that likes a French Distro that really almost works out of the box.

The only problem that I had with the installation was when halfway through the setup it changed to Spanish? hmmm, I say that I can only understand English, really I cannot believe that the installer has that bug.

Well over all I will pronounce this distro one of the most useful of all the distributions that I have tried. Overall a 9/10!

Ryan Orser

next for review is g-os (otherwise known as green-os)

2007/11/06 Smart Monitoring PC Hardware Launched By NVIDIA

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Smart monitoring….article from slashdot.org:

Smart Monitoring PC Hardware Launched By NVIDIA

Posted by Zonk on Tuesday November 06, @10:04AM
from the i-see-you’ve-been-playing-some-portal dept.

Graphics

MojoKid writes “NVIDIA has just introduced a new open-industry standard for real-time monitoring and control of PC power supplies, chassis, and water cooling systems. Dubbed ESA, which stands for Enthusiast System Architecture, the company hopes the standard will be adopted across the industry. A new wave of ESA compliant hardware that can be monitored and controlled via a standard interface could ensue, like smart health-monitoring power supplies and other components, that would increase system stability and reliability. ‘The ESA standard is built around the USB HID (Human Interface Device) specification and has been submitted to the USB-if HID subcommittee for discussion and approval. ESA is essentially a hardware and software interface that takes data collected by analog sensors and converts it to digital information that can accessed via software. Below are a handful of slides taken from an NVIDIA-produced presentation on ESA.'”

2007/07/26 Slashdot: Dell is asking for Better ATI drivers on Linux!

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Now here is a story with a better voice for the greater good of Linux:

Open Source IT writes “According to a presentation at Ubuntu Live 2007, Dell is working on getting better ATI drivers for Linux for use in its Linux offerings. While it is not known whether the end product will end up as open source, with big businesses like Google and Dell now behind the push for better Linux graphics drivers, hopefully ATI will make the smart business decision and give customers what they want.”

 From the original story:

 

 Dell knows it won’t happen overnight, but along side wanting to ship audio/video codecs, Intel Wireless 80.211N support for Linux, Broadcom Wireless for Linux, and being able to ship notebooks and desktops with Compiz Fusion enabled, Dell would like to see improved ATI Linux drivers. At Ubuntu Live 2007, Amit Bhutani had a session on Ubuntu Linux for Dell Consumer Systems, where he had shared a slide with Dell’s “area of investigation”, which Amit had said is essentially their Linux road-map. Amit had also stated that the NVIDIA 2D and 3D video drivers were “challenges in platform enablement”. Dell wants to offer ATI Linux systems, but first the driver must be improved for the Linux platform (not necessarily open-source, but improved). Dell currently ships desktop Linux systems with Intel using their open-source drivers as well as NVIDIA graphics processors under Linux. Amit had went on to add that new Dell product offerings and availability in other countries will come later this summer.

This is a great sign! I hope this works out for Linux and for Dell.

2007/07/12 Its BERYL Time!

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

I just started using beryl 2.1.1 which is great. When I last had it on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04 latest one at the time of writing) I could not see the themes!!!! Now using Fedora 7 I have been able to get the themes and all the desktop effects! its so Awsome!

Here is what you need to get Beryl:
(1) a computer with a supported graphics card (My recommendation for a Graphics Cards are Nvidia… though AMDs’ ATI has said that they would put out better Drivers for their Linux 3D Acceleration, Intel Graphics also could work)
(2) Linux Operating system ( I do not know if Beryl will work in BSD)
(3) KDE or Gnome ( I am not sure that Beryl will work in any other Window Managers (Correct me if i am wrong via comments)
(4) a Command Line Client (Terminal) For advanced Users (as i do not recommend New users trying this out as it could break your machine) or a Package manager (Synaptic in Gnome or Adept (please correct me if i am wrong via comments) in KDE)
(5) The will power to Follow instructions (Something i sometimes lack)

Here is how to get BERYL http://beryl-project.org/ then go to the wiki page to look up your distro if its supported, plus there maybe a place that says which graphic cards are supported.

Password is  LRBEY i know that you will get it! :)

2007/06/26 Dell Scraps Dimension Desktops!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Instead of having Dimension Desktops Dell has come out with Inspiron Desktops which support both AMD and Intel chipsets. They also Made a huge improvement to the Laptop line which Dell has brought back the 1400 line of 14.1 ” notebooks! They have also made 2 new 15.4 ” notebooks the 1520 and the 1521, and they have not stopped there! There are the 1720 and 1721 inspirons to go with that. The 1720, 1420 and 1520 have intel chipsets while the 1721’s and the 1521’s have AMD chipsets. The New Laptops also support the new Nvidia Graphics of the 8400M GS and the 8600M GT. There are two other Graphics cards sets that you can get. they are ATI x1300 which are now normally included and the updated Intel® Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 which was updated from the Intel® Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 3000. The have also released a new XPS laptop which is ultra-portable so you can carry it anywhere you go. if you would like to check out the Canadian products go to http://dell.ca

Also if you have any comments feel free to leave them in this post and I thank you for reading this article.

Ryan Orser.

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2007/06/22 Nvidia PC Processors!

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

The Tesla as it is code named will be released in August. Anyway here is the story from PC World:
Nvidia Expands From Gaming to High-Performance Chips

Known for graphics processors designed for video gaming, the company now enters the market for high-performance PC processors.
Part 1 of a special five-part series.
Robert Mullins, IDG News Service
Nvidia, known for graphics processors designed for video gaming, is expanding into the market for high-performance computing processors.
Nvidia today introduced the Tesla line of processors, which it bills as making high-density parallel processing capabilities available in workstation computers.

The Tesla graphics processing unit (GPU) features 128 parallel processors and delivers up to 518 gigaflops of parallel computation. A gigaflop refers to the processing of a billion floating point operations per second. Nvidia envisions the Tesla being used in high-performance computing environments such as geosciences, molecular biology or medical diagnostics.

Nvidia also will offer Tesla in a workstation, which it calls a “Deskside Supercomputer,” that includes two Tesla GPUs, attaches to a PC or workstation via a PCI-Express connection, and delivers up to 8 teraflops of processing power. A teraflop is the processing of a trillion floating point operations per second.

A Tesla Computing Server puts eight Tesla GPUs with 1,000 parallel processors into a 1U server rack.

The list price for the Tesla GPU would start at US$1,499 and the deskside computer at $7,500. Both will be available beginning in August. Qualification samples of the Computing Server, with a list price of $12,000, will be available in September. The product will be fully available in the November-December time frame, Nvidia said.
Powerful
“Scientists will know how to use this and produce results,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of Nvidia, at a preview event for journalists last month at the company’s headquarters in Santa Clara, California. “They will be able to do simulations in days, not months, seconds, not minutes.”

A number of enterprises see promise in the new Nvidia processors, including Headwave, which analyzes geophysical and seismic data to discover underground oil deposits and is interested in the Tesla line. The oil exploration industry needs better tools to analyze data from its search efforts, said Steve Briggs, vice president of system integration for Headwave.

“If it costs you $150 million to drill a hole, you don’t want a dry hole,” Briggs said at last month’s event.

The Tesla is the third major product line from Nvidia, whose GeForce GPUs deliver high-end PC graphics. Its Quadro processor line enables computer-aided design in the creation of digital content, including 3-D graphics. It also released in February a beta version of software it calls CUDA, for compute unified device architecture, which enables software code to be written to use a computer’s GPU as well as the CPU (central processing unit) for added processing power. A general availability of CUDA is expected in the second half of this year.

The company is hosting an analysts’ day today. One analyst, Doug Freedman of American Technology Research, still maintains a “Neutral” rating on Nvidia’s stock, but raised his forecast price target to $40 a share.

“We believe the company continues to execute well,” Freedman said in a note to investors. He thinks the threat from the acquisition of competitor ATI Technologies by Advanced Micro Devices “did not materialize.”

However, Nvidia may face a stronger competitive threat from Intel, if the rumors are true that Intel plans to enter the GPU market in 2008, he said. Intel didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about this matter.

That is all for now… maybe a bit more later!

Ryan Orser.

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