Saturday, March 10, 2007

Vista: My list of RFEs

March 10, 2007



  • When I defragment a disk, I like to know how much is left. It doesn't have to be a graphical cue, but a percentage done can't be hard to add.

  • Why doesn't the right-click work in the message list in Outlook 2003?

  • Can you detect when a program is activated by an actual mouse event, versus a coded mouse event? The Security Theatre warnings are annoying.

  • Parts of OWA don't work in IE7, likely due to some arcane security setting.

  • When I double-click to open a folder, why does Explorer think about it for a few minutes? Or does it just take a lot of smoke breaks?

  • Hey, when you prompt me to determine if I actually want to run a "protected" program, why can't you take that extra microsecond and remember my choice for a couple of minutes. GNOME asks for credentials when you need to run a program as root, and holds those credentials for a while, making some processes that much more convenient.


March 12, 2007



  • Ok, the VPN software I have at work doesn't work, so it's ok to use Outlook Web Access (OWA) over IE7. WRONG. Apparently it's up to the IT department to patch and reboot a running Exchange Server to allow Vista IE7 users to access OWA. Technical people seem placated by this, but I am not. Microsoft, did you think this through. "Oh yeah, everyone loves to reboot their Exchange servers on a daily basis!"


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