Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit (banazir) wrote,
Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit

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March of the Linux

Thanks to all who have helped with previous ones, which I posted on:

Special thanks to prahlad, nikolasco, and zaimoni for replying to my last query.

Here's my fortnightly update:

  • 1. IE7 Tabbrowser Extensions: I gave up on IE7 and switched - first to Opera 8.5, then to Mozilla 1.7.12. The former gives me tabbed browsing with no GMail; the latter works like Firefox for all intents and purposes, sans certain plugins.

  • 2. Turning off security prompts in Vista: To quote U2, I still haven't found what I'm looking for. I haven't really been looking, though.

  • 3. Datalog: nikolasco recommended XSB, and I have since read some good things about it, so that is what I will try this fall. It'll take me a summer to get completely prepped.

Now for the new questions:

More Windows Woes

Here are just a few of the persistent problems I am having with Windows Vista. I'm not 100% sure it's all Vista-specific, but I haven't had these particular problems with XP Pro or Home.

  • Closing windows with Ctrl-W. What happened to this feature? Do I have to do some explicit mapping of control keys?

  • Elevating security privileges for file moving. Is there any way to "Run Elevated" by default? It gets really annoying when you pop in a CD, its AUTORUN executable kicks in, and the 10 minues later, you get a message that you didn't have system administrator privileges and now the installer is quitting.

  • System Restore. I'd like to be able to roll back the registry to an earlier state, as I could in XP. "Add/Remove Programs" seems far more helpless than it used to be, and it seems just as dangerous as Sysem Restore to me.

Windows applications problems

  • Restoring tabs in IE7. Any idea whether there is a plug-in?

  • Making Opera 8.5 work with GMail. I would like to have those Javascript-based "cc:" field auto-completion features and such.

  • Reading Chinese... or not. I'd also like to be able to turn on Unicode, Big-5, traditional encodings, and other standardized encodings. Edit, 04:30 CST Mon 06 Mar 2006 - However, this needs to be off by default! I installed Proofing Tools and now the whole computer has a tendency to revert back to Chinese. I would like to turn off the Pinyin and all other Chinese, and only get them when I hit my escape key.

Non-Vista question, kindasorta: latest Athlon processors

Which one of the following do you recommend for a good desktop PC featuring heavy development and testing of graphics, geometry, genetic and evolutionary computation, and why?

Thanks in advance,
Tags: computer problems, computer questions, microsoft, windows, windows vista

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