Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Jan 2007 23:33 UTC, submitted by Island Dog
Graphics, User Interfaces "Windows Vista has finally arrived! Many people have been asking us what are Stardock's plans? What can we do to take an excellent new OS like Windows Vista and make it better? There have been a lot of articles on how users of Windows XP can get a lot of the visual benefits of Windows Vista using Stardock Object Desktop. And while that may be true, Windows Vista provides us a whole new canvas of cool things we can do."
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RE[3]: Various
by Island Dog on Wed 31st Jan 2007 00:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Various"
Island Dog
Member since:
2007-01-11

"WindowBlinds cuts battery consumption over Windows Vista Aero significantly. On our internal tests, running Vista with a WindowBlinds skin gave back over 40 minutes of battery life on a Dell laptop. You can test for yourself, it's pretty consistent. And if that's not enough, WindowBlinds is faster too thanks to DWM caching."

Edited 2007-01-31 00:13

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RE[4]: Various
by Kroc on Wed 31st Jan 2007 00:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Various"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Ah, I see; so Windows users have to pay to get a decent WDM. How good for them.

I used to be real into all the ridiculous XP modding - Mac OS skin, Dock app, patched exe's, boot splash, the works. All it did was made the machine slow and unstable, and in the end it was just fluff. Provided no actual useful day to day productivity. I don't see any difference with the Vista version. You're paying so you can slow your machine down and show off your fancy desktop screenshots on forums.

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RE[5]: Various
by ari-free on Wed 31st Jan 2007 00:29 in reply to "RE[4]: Various"
ari-free Member since:
2007-01-22

it's all good geeky fun. I have a place in my heart for that too. but there is no substitute for something that looks and feels good as a totality with a justification for every pixel. If the default theme is ugly, as is the case with Windows, the hope for a better one with super theming is tempting but never realized.

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RE[4]: Various
by binarycrusader on Wed 31st Jan 2007 02:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Various"
binarycrusader Member since:
2005-07-06

"WindowBlinds cuts battery consumption over Windows Vista Aero significantly. On our internal tests, running Vista with a WindowBlinds skin gave back over 40 minutes of battery life on a Dell laptop. You can test for yourself, it's pretty consistent. And if that's not enough, WindowBlinds is faster too thanks to DWM caching."

Somehow I imagine using Windows Classic or Aero Basic or whatever the minimal them setting is would accomplish the same thing.

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RE[5]: Various
by stestagg on Wed 31st Jan 2007 17:24 in reply to "RE[4]: Various"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

Without the rich user experience. Something that is important to a lot of people. If you can afford windowblinds, then you can buy you cake and eat it any way you want.

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