Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Pogue on Vista

In this 9.3MB audio interview, David Pogue talks about some less known aspects of Windows Vista. Found on Missing Manuals.


Anonymous said...

Man, the guy writes a lot of manuals!

The one I would like to read from him is a 'missing manual' on writing missing manuals.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

He does not write all those books.

But in truth, he is probably the most productive guy I know.

Anonymous said...

I know others contribute to the series, too, but when you go to this page and select "Books", you get a catalog of the ones he did write, which looks pretty voluminous to my eye.

Anonymous said...

Eolake: "But in truth, he is probably the most productive guy I know."

Well, it's clear then that if he wrote about productivity people would listen (read). I certainly would.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Holy cow, that's a lot of books. Last I checked it was only a hadful that were his.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

I'll suggest that to him.

Though to be frank, I think it hinges on things that can't be taught.

Anonymous said...

"Though to be frank, I think it hinges on things that can't be taught."

I agree. But it is always possible to serve as an example and as a role model, and publish ideas.

Anonymous said...

My system's been running well on Win ME, for over 7 years. I'm not going to buy VISTA any time soon.
Never disturb a well-running system.
I find Scott Mueller's *Repairing and Upgrading Windows/PCs* most valuable. Now I can tell each electron in my computer how to behave :-)


Anonymous said...

Monsieur Beep said...
"Never disturb a well-running system."

You, sir, do not have the ghost of a chance to one day be employed by world-famous Micro$oft Inc, ran by the richest (and therefore smartest) man in the world.

"If it ain't broken, don't fix it?" What kind of commercial logic is that, hunh?
You're a threat to Capitalism. Probably some unrecalled commie soviet mole!

Anonymous said...

Microsoft often leaves the most useful stuff out of manuals, forcing you to go after ones that do tell of features you need to use.

Things like mentioned above can be applications (I didn't find out about Windows Movie Maker until a couple years after I got my PC, sad I know), batch files, often not supported by the help utility in the DOS shell, and things like .msi files and various editor and creation tools. The registry editor and font editor are two features I imagine were nuked from early official manuals, and MS only recently spoke up around the ME era.

There is still a lot of stuff they aren't telling the computer using public about, and why is anyone's guess. It could be that Microsoft doesn't want people tampering with fragile innards, or they are just very secretive.

I'm content with learning on my own though. I'm currently teaching myself x86 ASM (I want it for fast number crunching in C/C++ programs), and Java. I might buy a couple of these books though, see what's new on Vista.

By the way Eolake, I'm a first time visitor. Love your art.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thanks, Colin.