Apple slices Windows 7 launch

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times)

It looks like Apple is trying to take some of the sparkle away from the Windows 7 launch with its own new products but today is all about Microsoft and the operating system that isn’t Vista.

I’ve been holding off buying a new desktop computer all year because I wanted to bypass Vista and go straight to Windows 7, an operating system that seems to be generating plenty of ”best Windows ever” comments on the web.

I’ve been a happy XP user for quite some time now, merrily chugging along with an operating system that would appear to be bulletproof. Sure, Vista has all the pretty sparkly bits, but XP has speed and stability.

I now have in my hot little hands a copy of Windows 7. Well, not literally in my hands at this very moment because that would make it rather difficult to type (unless, of course, I had particularly dextrous toes). The copy of Windows 7 arrived yesterday and is, in fact, on the desk beside me.

Anyway, by the time you read this, it will be installed and I’ll be playing/testing over the next few days so will have a review for you next week.

In the meantime, how about those sparkly Apple machines announced yesterday?  Bigger screens and processors, friendly-ish prices and a funky mouse  dubbed the Magic Mouse   that does away with buttons and scroll wheels, and instead opts for a similar control to the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Small DiskNew Zealand now has its own official Google New Zealand blog.

The blog will be the go-to place for everything from New Zealand announcements to interesting wee bits and pieces from around the world so it will be well worth your time and effort to bookmark it, or even subscribe.

The very first post on the blog is to announce U2 live on YouTube later this month. See, I told you it would be worth checking out.

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