30 Tips for Getting More (or Less) Out of Windows Vista

30 TipsMany thousands of people rushed out yesterday to get their hands on Microsoft’s Windows Vista. Many of them probably have it installed already and are exploring the new features, and finding the many changes in this new OS. Of course, many of them are also wondering What is this? and Where is that and How do I make this thing stop doing that!. To help answer some of those questions, here are 30 tips for getting more (or less) out of your new Vista install. Continue reading “30 Tips for Getting More (or Less) Out of Windows Vista”

ITsVISTA Tip 29: Use Vista’s DPI Support to Scale Your User Interface

TipsDo you sometimes have a hard time reading the text on your screen, especially on laptop computers? This may be because of something called DPI. DPI (dots per inch) refers to pixel density, or the number of pixels displayed in an inch. On standard desktop monitors, this has generally been 96dpi, but many laptop screens are more dense, displaying up to 144dpi. This has the effect of making everything look smaller. For a few more details on DPI in Vista, see Greg Schechter’s Blog. Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 29: Use Vista’s DPI Support to Scale Your User Interface”

ITsVISTA Tip 28: Install the Vista Telnet Client

TipsDo you use Telnet? If so, you’ll obviously need a Telnet client for Vista, but which one should you choose? The good news is that Vista has its own Telnet client, it’s sitting on your hard drive, it’s just not installed by default. So how do you get it installed? Erickr pointed out how to do this on his blog, here’s a pictorial version: Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 28: Install the Vista Telnet Client”

ITsVISTA Tip 27: Disable Vista’s Aero ‘Glass’ Transparency

TipsI‘ve been using Vista for a while now, and the fancy Aero transparency is really no big deal. I’ve seen a number of sources that say it doesn’t slow down your system, so you probably don’t need to disable it in the interest of increasing performance. If you just don’t like the way it looks, Tech-Recipes suggests it is something you can disable. Continue reading “ITsVISTA Tip 27: Disable Vista’s Aero ‘Glass’ Transparency”