Thursday, August 07, 2008

Dolf Zone Pick / ShadowExplorer

One of the few useful innovations of Windows Vista is a feature called "Shadow Copy" which allows you to retrieve backup versions of a file that is accidentally copied or saved over.
...this feature automatically creates point-in-time copies of files as you work, so you can quickly and easily retrieve versions of a document you may have accidentally deleted.

Unfortunately, for some reason, Microsoft decided to only include this feature in the three most expensive versions of Vista and not in the other twelve variations of the OS that it pilfers. [Ok, there isn't really twelve versions of Vista but it seems like it. It's ridiculous! Why not make ONE version!? Like Apple does! One version that works well!]

Luckily, a free utility called ShadowExplorer allows Home users the ability to utilize Shadow Copy. Download it!

4 comments:

Wrecking Machine said...

Apple does not make one version of their OS; just ask anyone who has "OS X" if their 10.3 works with that new iPod they just bought.

At least Microsoft has to courtesy to name their OSes different names, as opposed to just incrementing the version release number. I would think, if I bought OS X, I would be entitled to free updates to version release updates (*.1 to *.2, etc), but these are full blown, you-have-to-pay-for-a-brand-new-OS updates.

Dolf said...

how often do they make these point releases?

Wrecking Machine said...

Every time they start touting a new CAT name for OS X, that's a new point release, and a new operating system. Panther, Leopard, Tiger, etc.

The first OS X (10.0) was in 2001, and they are on 10.5 now. If you wanted to keep up on the latest and greatest with Apple since OS X, you're out about $600 (6 versions, $100 a piece).

For the home Windows user, since 2000, you've had ME, XP, and Vista. If you wanted to keep up with the latest and greatest, you'd be out $300.

So, unless you have a Mac or are married to someone who has a Mac (yo) don't go off saying Apple has a better business model, or OS, or whatever. You don't know if you've never used it, and quite frankly, all those Mac-vangelists are f-ing liars.

The fact that a GD iPod from 2008 doesn't work on a Mac from 2004 (10.3) with stupid iTunes, but does work on a Windows computer from 2000 (Win2K) just goes to show how "easy" Apple makes everything, and how they are just as good at screwing the consumer as Microsoft.

Dolf said...

If I ran Microsoft there would only be ONE MAJOR OS version... Why make things confusing? People shouldn't have to consult a giant spreadsheet of features to pick out their OS? That's stupid! Just do one version and do it right. It would be called DOLF OS...

The DOLF OS would also be fast! I would make instant-on (or nearly instant-on) a major priority. Also, each new version would perform better than its predecessor in all benchmarks. There is no reason PCs with multi-core processors and 2GB+ of RAM should ever be slow.

Also, seamless security! No UAC! No user intervention. No downloads... It just works...

C'mon! The DOLF OS... It just works...