Linked by David Adams on Wed 9th Jul 2008 22:40 UTC, submitted by Jeremy
Windows It's no surprise that Vista's vanilla operating system hasn't fared too well with some users. That said, why not customize it to make it better? ExtremeTech describes five useful and free Vista utilities designed to enhance Microsoft's latest operating system. One such application is TweakVI Basic, which allows users to customize Vista's user interface. Another is Launchy, which is a handy startup/launching application.
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To address known problems with Vista ...
by gehersh on Wed 9th Jul 2008 23:23 UTC
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is to "customize its user interface". Yeah. Lipstick on a pig, anyone?

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by leos on Wed 9th Jul 2008 23:59 UTC
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First let me say that Launchy rocks. Simply the best keyboard launcher I've ever used (I don't have a Mac, so quicksilver isn't part of the competition). And version 2.0 was rewritten in Qt, slashing the code size and making it possible to have it on Linux/Mac as well (the author has mentioned this, but it is still quite a bit of work because of all the platform dependent code in the app).

As for the other apps, I grew out of that stuff several years ago. I really can't be bothered to install and then run a bunch of little utilities just to get basic features like resizing windows to a specific size, or snapping them to edges. All those kinds of nice little features come for free with any decent Linux window manager. I have better things to do than track down little utilities to hack that functionality onto Windows. I'd rather just do without.

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3 out of those 5 apps work just as well on XP, one is a modification of XP tool, and just one can be described as Vista only (not that it's somehow unique/revolutionary)

Almost like they're inviting accusations of keeping quiet the fact that XP can also gain thanks to those apps ;)

PS. It gets even better - one of those apps, according to its creator, has issues on Vista (thoough author of the article dismisses, who to believe? ;) )

Edited 2008-07-10 00:31 UTC

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tweakui for $50?
by stabbyjones on Thu 10th Jul 2008 02:43 UTC
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why does this cost 50 dollars?

i wish i could think of an awesome way to charge people to edit their registry too.

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RE: tweakui for $50?
by WorknMan on Thu 10th Jul 2008 04:51 UTC in reply to "tweakui for $50?"
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It's not tweakui, it's tweakvi ;) They have 2 versions, a basic free version and the $50 one.

i wish i could think of an awesome way to charge people to edit their registry too.

Well, I don't use Vista and have never heard of this tool until now. I haven't seen what all this can do, but from what I read in the article, I would agree that $50 seems a bit much for what it does. There's gotta be some free utils that do the same thing?

Edited 2008-07-10 04:52 UTC

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There's more
by mono on Thu 10th Jul 2008 06:05 UTC
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There are many more applications for Vista.
For instance Switcher (the Exposé clone):
It works only under Vista and shows live previews.

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by kikiloveu on Thu 10th Jul 2008 08:58 UTC