Vista Snipping Tool on Windows XP

Snipping ToolIf you have had to use Windows Vista for any length of time, you should have come across the ‘Snipping Tool’. The snipping tool is basically an extension to the print screen button. Allowing you to highlight the part of the screen you want to take a shot of.

Some of the features of the tool are:

Free-form Snip.  Draw an irregular line, such as a circle or a triangle, around an object.

Rectangular Snip.  Draw a precise line by dragging the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.

Window Snip.  Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.

Full-screen Snip.  Capture the entire screen when you select this type of snip.

After you capture a snip, it’s automatically copied to the mark-up window, where you can annotate, save, or share the snip.

As a rule the snipping tool is only packaged with Vista, however you can have the Snipping Tool on your XP PC.

How?? I hear you cry…

Simple! Download the Snipping Tool Setup Zip file, once downloaded extract it and copy all of the DLL’s and the EXE to your system32 folder (normally c:windowssystem32). Once complete. double click on the Alky setup file ‘alky_1.1_trunk_032308-000051_xp’. Follow the prompts on screen, ensuring you enter a valid vista serial number.

Once the installation is complete, navigate to the windowssystem32 folder, right click on the snipping tool exe and select ‘Run vista executable’

This will now start the snipping tool and add it to your quick start menu on your start bar.

Handy if you are limited by spec to using XP!

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Spotify opens up to UK membership

Spotify has recently opened it’s doors to FREE uk membership, it’s normally by invitation only, but for a limited time you can sign up for free! “What is Spotify” i hear you shout.. Well here’s a quick paragraph or two from the website:

“What is Spotify?

Spotify is a new way to enjoy music. Simply download and install, before you know it you’ll be singing along to the genre, artist or song of your choice. With Spotify you are never far away from the song you want.

There are no restrictions in terms of what you can listen to or when. Forget about the hassle of waiting for files to download and fill up your hard drive before you get round to organising them. Spotify is instant, fun and simple.

Because music is social, Spotify allows you to share songs and playlists with friends, and even work together on collaborative playlists, Friday afternoon in the office might never be the same again! We’re music lovers like everyone else.

We want to connect millions of people with their favorite songs by creating a product that people love to use. We respect creativity and believe in fairly compensating artists for their work. We’ve cleared the rights to use the music you’ll listen to in Spotify.”

You can find out more, and download the client here: http://www.spotify.com

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Windows 7

Windows 7

When I found out about the BETA release of Windows 7 I pointed my browser straight to the website to grab a copy as soon as I could..

Once downloaded I found my self with a DVD sized ISO and no blank DVD’s! DOH!!

Luckily, Windows 7 doesn’t seem to mind being install from a virtual CD drive kindly provided by Alchohol 120%.

After an unusually quick install of around 30 minutes, my laptop was booted up and was begging to be played with…

The laptop I used for this experiment is a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V2000.. Which only has a 1.5 Ghz Centrino Mobile Processor in, and 1GB of ram. So I presummed from the start that this would be a very slow and painfull trial.

I am pleased to say, the performance of Windows 7 is outstanding.. Imediatly it appears to be much quicker then Windows Vista was straight off the shelf.

Small downside, none of my drivers appear to be installed.. Apart from the network card… So at least I am able to get online!

My system rating, as provided by Windows 7 is a measly 1.0. However this is lowered by the poor graphics card in the Fujitsu. My best score being 3.5 for the RAM. Even with such a small score, the overall performance is more then acceptable.

Processor (1.5Ghz Centrino) – Calculations per second  –  Sub Score: 2.7
Memory (RAM) – Memory operations per second – Sub Score: 3.5
Graphics – Desktop performance for Windows Aero – Sub Score: 1.0
Gaming Graphics – 3D Business and gaming – Sub Score 1.0
Primary hard disk – Disk data transfer rate – Sub Score 2.9

I was intending on installing 7, trailing it and then removing it… However, I am steering more towards testing it right up until actual release..

This does however pose a question for me, as I was looking at getting a new laptop in the near future. But now I am thinking I should wait and get it with 7 on from day one!

One things for sure, this appears to be the best OS to date in my opinion…

As I have only just completed the install, I plan on posting a more detaild review once I have had a play around.. So watch this space, or subscribe to the RSS feed!

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