Earlier this week on Lifehacker I wrote up a few of the really slick features I’ve come to love in Windows 7… but I forgot to mention one tiny feature with a really big impact on how you use your computer.
Since I’ve been using Windows, one thing has remained constant—every blasted time I start copying files that little dialog window gets lost somewhere in the background, and if your taskbar buttons are set to group, you have to keep checking to see if it’s done yet.
Windows 7 adds a tiny, but awesome, tweak that makes this problem a thing of the past—when you start copying files, the taskbar button shows a progress bar:
And if you’ve got another window maximized, the progress bar will glow even brighter to make it more obvious that a copy operation is going on.
It’s a tiny feature, but just so terribly useful. The more you use Windows 7, the more of these really useful tiny features you find.
Interesting Random Stuff We Found This Week
Here’s a few things that we found this week while procrastinating and not eating nachos at all:
- Glass CMD for Vista by ~komalo on deviantART
This tiny little application makes the command prompt transparent on Vista or Windows 7. Neato!
- Dominoes Everywhere
This very cool video shows what people with a zillion dominoes and too much time can create. It’s a must-watch!
- Konami Code Sites
Up up down down… that’s right, retro goodness actually works on quite a few websites.
- Why Do Computers Suck at Math?
Jeff Atwood points out that computers make mistakes too. Don’t feel bad.
- Hide Your Online Status on Facebook Chat from Select Contacts
Or you could just disable the chat altogether. I mean, if you really wanted to talk to those people you’d do so, right?
- Sugar Stacks
- Import your mail and contacts from other accounts (into Gmail)
The official Gmail blog shows off the new Gmail feature to help you migrate away from other webmail providers.
Noteworthy Lifehacker Articles This Week
Unless you are living under a rock, you’ve probably realized that I also write for Lifehacker. These were my favorite articles for the week.
- Clean Up and Revive Your Bloated, Sluggish Mac
Gina writes up some instructions for cleaning up your Mac. Because they never have problems… I mean, TV told me that, so it must be right?
- Windows 7’s Best Underhyped Features
I wrote up a few features that I really like in Windows 7.
- FTC Finally Cracks Down on Car-Warranty Phone Spammers
It’s about time the government starts doing something about these telemarketer scams. I’ve actually had to take the ringer off my home phone to avoid them.
- Absolutely Amazing Video Game Remake Wallpapers, Take Two
Simply beautiful wallpaper that you must see to believe. Orioto is awesome.
- Device Remover is an Absurdly Powerful Device Manager
Use this one with caution—it’s not meant for beginners.
Latest Reviews at How-To Geek
Even more reviews posted this week—Mysticgeek is some sort of geeky robotic reviewing machine.
The Good: Good amount of features. Fast and Easy to use. Compatible with 32 and 64 bit Windows.
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The Good: Performs the included utilities effectively, easy to use interface.
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The Good: Enhances DVD’s to near HD quality with True Theater technology.
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The Daily Articles
Just in case you missed them, here’s the list of daily articles from the week.
- Open IE’s Private Browsing Mode the Easy Way
- Kantaris is a Unique Media Player Based on VLC
- Friday Fun: Boxhead The Zombie Wars
- Save Multiple Attachments at Once in Outlook 2007
- Keep Track of Homework Assignments with Soshiku
- Listen and Record Over 12,000 Online Radio Stations with RadioSure
Editor’s Weekly Note
Our family is growing! We’ve added two interns to our team here at geek central, and they’ll be doing research and putting together stuff for us—all with the goal of more, better articles. We’ll introduce you to them over the next few weeks as we get them integrated into our system.
We’re also in the process of bringing on some more how-to authors to focus on tips, tricks, and tutorials. That means we’ll likely be increasing the amount of articles we put out on a daily basis. If you are an email subscriber, don’t worry—you will still receive a single email each day, it will just have more than one article in it!