February 7, 2006

WIndows Vista 5307

Posted in beta, Microsoft, vista at 8:47 pm by evangelista

Just heared, that the next CTP from vista would be the 5307.
lets hope, that this pass the quality test on time. cant wait to get my hands on it.


December 30, 2005

Vista 5270 Control Panel has a bad Usability

Posted in beta, Microsoft, vista at 2:47 pm by evangelista

So, its one week since i installed and use windows vista.
since there are many network  problems with the Vista at my home i heavily use the control panel and most of its options, and i wanted to say, that the usability in the completly redesigned Control Panel is far away of acceptable.
okay, there are many nice new features in there, that helps here and there.
but to find an specific feature you have to click nearly over all the subcategories.
also the back buttons, parent folder are not in a logical order. (e.g. network center is not the parent of network list) or there are 4 diffrent places of links. and i have no strict diffrence where wich type of buttons are displayed (the main window, the right green pane, the top pane (there are also diffrent buttons if you highlight an item) and the navigation pane)

a short explanation:
Wlan. we have some props at our wlan connection. so lets list, what actions we could do:

  • change settings of the Wlan card: CP -> hardware -> system -> greenPane Hardware (yes, at the properties of the connection theres also the possibilities to go there, but not allways (sometimes its not present) and if i click there, the window closes after some secs)
  • view infos of the current connection: this is only possible, if the adapter is connected to a network. thru the network name in the network center. 
  • change something in the network properties: also only possible, if you are connected. since the configured networks are not all listed in the “Network list”
  • change the preferred order of connection (to wich to connect first) is in the Networks lost, but to connect to a network is in the Network connections. (and there, only if you click on a whireless connection)

and much, much more. please, microsoft. make that better, sort them better. or make something like a favorites list. now, you must be an expert in computers to use that. no chance for a normal user.