Like my first post on LonghornBlogs, I would now like to post my first one from Longhorn!
I have installed it on one of my desktops, and I am still contemplating whether I want to use the other partition I made for WinXP. Longhorn is just so appealing that it is a hard choice. However, I am having a better experience than some, since this machine is a dual proc. Another side note, you need more than 512MB of RAM. There is no question. Although, the paging system does a good job, you still need more, and since we usually follow 2^n, I would recommend 1GB, as does Microsoft.
Following are some notes that I have compiled. I am not sure if these issues are being addressed, but this should help if they are not:
a) Slide Show
I need some options. For one, I need to be able to select the directory where I want my pictures shown from, err in longhorn terms, let me define a filter. Secondly, how about some timer settings between pictures. More so, every time the picture changes, my CPU usage jumps around 20-25%, which does not seem likely.
I need to be able to change the time and date from the tile instead of going to the control panel. The reason is because most people are used to right clicking the time in the tray, and so I tried to do the same with the clock, but it doesn't work.
I have a dual monitor system and I want to have Sidebar on the secondary one.
Search is still too slow. It is still faster to open the browser, navigate to google, type in my query and then search. Secondly, it sucks at finding things. I search for a number of things using the "Help and Tasks" filter, and I rarely get any results. For example, type in "time" and let it search. Are you kidding me?
I need to be able to search everything. Right now, you have to search within a filter (Contacts, Email, etc...). The reason is because things may span multiple criteria, and I don't want to have to go through relationships to see it.
Well, what can I say, we all know of these problems. Currently, explorer.exe is using 294MB of RAM. I think a new Start Menu paradigm might be worth while. The reason is because I like to have all of the 'Places' folders on the right (Documents, Recent Items, Videos, Pictures, Music...), I mean all of them. This means that it makes the Start Menu really tall, and leaves a lot of white space on the left side since I only have 5 programs that show up. I have not thought of a way to fix the Start Menu problem, all I know is that one exists. Maybe, some people can throw comments up that have good ideas.
I have a lot of MP3s (a lot), and explorer doesn't support the list view style anymore (that I know of), which means that explorer puts a little icon next to all of the MP3s of some random album cover that it generated from 1 of the songs. Again, filtering comes in handy, but some times I like to see all of my songs.
When dealing with pictures: I try to select the ones that I want using Ctrl + Mouse Click, but it is painstakingly slow.
The found new hardware pop-up definitely has a bug, as it will continually keep popping-up until you restart.
I am not sure how you configure the toolbars that show on the task bar, but I like the Windows Media one, and I cannot figure out how to enable it. In previous versions, a toolbar menu was on the task bar context menu.
The download manager does not remember my setting of "Close when download completes" and even when checked, it never closes.
Again, we all know it is slow. Another point of interest is the WinFS.exe 60MB footprint. I am not sure if this is standard. All in all, I am happy for this build. However, I am not sure how successful WinFS is going to be right away, because it is designed to work with relationships and the like, but if no such thing exists on a document, then how can WinFS serve the user best.
The same applies for filtering by Meta data. If the Meta data does not exist, I am not going to take the time to fill in the values. We need ways to tag the data without user interaction. For example, at the PDC, Steve Swartz was telling me how future cameras would have built in GPS units to tag the location element of the picture. This is good, but I don't foresee this anytime soon. The same goes for all types of data. How does Microsoft plan for an engine built on Meta data to work without a fair amount of work on the user’s part?
The great, things that I really like that have not been mentioned, besides the OS in general:
On the new hardware found pop-up, you can actually define rules, or you can simply say "don't show this to me again." Rules are great, they work well in Outlook and I am glad to see them in the OS. The same goes for file copy dialogs, now you can click a check mark that says "Remember this setting" or something.
User settings are much richer. More things are customized per user than ever. But on the same token, this has to do with superfetch.