Windows 8 Consumer Preview: The Review

Windows 7 was a vast upgrade from windows Vista but some people still viewed XP as the superior Windows OS. The main problem with windows operating systems is that the security is as good as swiss cheese and often uses up large quantities of system resources.

Solution?

Windows 8.

The computer I tested the consumer release on is the HP Mini 210-1092dx. I’ve tested many operating systems on it and can safely say Windows 8 is a great solution for this little netbook.

Of the many problems users faced in earlier releases of Windows for this netbook, the only problem I had during it’s testing was the screen resolution. Microsoft, as of now, is not catering to the netbook crowd and did not allow apps to be used on resolutions smaller than 720 in height.

As a solution to this problem you can find ways to edit the registry value to force windows 8 to use a higher resolution.

The startup time is reduced when compared against Windows 7. Average boot up time for my netbook was around 30 seconds. Windows 7 Ultimate x86 on my netbook took closer to a minute or more.

After the startup you’re greeted with the logon screen, a background with the time/day, and asking you to sign into a windows account (Windows Live username/password works).

After you have been granted access the signature Windows 8 “Live Tiles” appear. They are apps like you would find on a phone or similar to what you would find in the Joli cloud OS. The “Store” is where you will find apps to download. If you can’t find an app for something you use to have under Windows 7, such as disc cleanup or adobe Photoshop, you can go click the “Desktop” app. It will bring up something very familiar, the classic Windows Start/task bar. Here you can install any program you want, as long as it meets the generic windows requirements.

If you would like to try out the Consumer Release of Windows 8 here is the link: Windows 8

 

 

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[Project] Server Underground 102300

Most of you guys don’t really know me yet. My name is Tu Fu (yeah for real, no BS!). I am from Brentwood TN. I like to build random stuff and link them up with my central mainframe aka my big server and play ground.
Here is a little project I have done not terribly long ago.

System Setup. (#1023000)
Atom 330
BOXD945GCLF2D
1x2GB Gskill Pi 1066 (with out heatsink wouldn’t fit with heatsink)
120W Power supply
1x 80GB 7200RPM 2.5in HDD for OS
2x 1TB 7200RPM for file (the one hanging out side of the case)

This rig mainly used to manage my school work and keep my projects on file so I can access it anytime and anywhere I want.

The motherboard is BOXD945GCLF2D; it’s got absolutely no overclocking ability at all. Therefore, instead of benching it and playing around with it I got a 120W case and turned it into a Micro server code name Server Underground.

Here is an idea of how TINY this board is.

Even though the computer was not overclocked at all I still want to keep it as cool as it can be. If you didn’t know, Tennessee is in the south. It’s kind of hot as hell in the summer time :banghead:
So I remembered I have 10 of those full copper CoolerMaster NB/SB coolers.

And as you can see, after installing the CoolerMaster “CPU” cooler
there wasn’t a fan on the CPU heatsink before!
The one fan is it’s Northbridge and the black heatsink is the Southbridge

Closed Case Back view

Closed Case with HDD view from back

Let me know what you think

Author: Tu Fu

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