Hate Vista? You May Like the Fix

For an operating system that took five years to create, Windows Vista’s reputation went down in flames amazingly quickly. Not since Microsoft Bob has anything from the software giant drawn so much contempt and derision. Not every company lives to see the day when its customers beg, plead and sign petitions to bring back the previous version of its flagship product.

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In Windows 7’s Libraries feature, virtual folders replace several Vista media folders.

One thing’s for sure: it won’t take Microsoft five years to produce the next Windows. The company wants to put Vista behind it as soon as possible. In fact, the next version of Windows is almost here already. It’s called Windows 7, and it’s available as a free download, in surprisingly smooth, stable test form, from microsoft.com/springboard (until Saturday).

It looks and works a lot like Vista. In fact, what Microsoft seems to be going for in Windows 7 is “Vista, fixed.”

If you ask the masses what they disliked about Vista (as I did using Twitter last week), you’re likely to get a certain common set of responses. That list of grudges makes as good a framework as any for assessing the prospects of Windows 7, which is expected to arrive within a year.

It’s naggy and intrusive. Windows Vista is always popping up warnings and messages, making you wish you could just be left alone. Many of them stem from the much-despised, Orwellian-named User Account Control (U.A.C.) feature, which is supposed to warn you about virus and spyware installations that would otherwise take place behind your back.

Trouble is, U.A.C. was way too suspicious, demanding your name and password even when it was just little old you making innocent changes (like setting your computer’s clock). In Windows 7, you can tone U.A.C. down — eliminating the warnings, for example, when you, the human, are the one making changes.

Furthermore, Windows 7 bites its tongue far more often. Ten categories of low-urgency alerts no longer appear as taskbar balloons; now they get consolidated in a new Control Panel called the Action Center. A tiny flag icon appears on your system tray to let you know that new nags are waiting there.

It’s slow. Microsoft definitely got the message here. Even in the test version, you can feel that a lot of things are faster: starting up (40 seconds on my three test machines), shutting down, reconnecting to wireless networks, copying files and inserting flash drives, for example. It’s no Windows XP, but even with months of fine-tuning still to go, 7 feels snappy. (On a Mac, paradoxically, it’s positively supersonic.)

It’s a resource hog. Microsoft intends to keep the same system requirements for Windows 7 that it had for Vista (at least a one-gigahertz processor, one gigabyte of memory and so on). This time around, though, fewer people will have to buy brand-new PCs to run it, because three years will have elapsed. Fewer people will be installing the new Windows on 2003-era computers.

Windows 7 is also supposed to be less bloated. (“Memory usage was reduced in hundreds of places,” says the reviewer’s guide.)

It’s incompatible. A big part of the Vista misery involved incompatible software and drivers. There’s no greater headache than updating your PC and finding out that you can’t use your printer, scanner or favorite program.

Even by Microsoft’s reckoning, only 2,800 programs have been certified to work with Vista so far, out of the tens of thousands available.

As Microsoft puts it: “If it works in Windows Vista, it will work with Windows 7.” That’s not great, but what else can Microsoft do?

It’s confusing. In Vista, a lot of things got moved around or renamed, often with no discernible purpose. There’s even more of that going on in Windows 7.

Among other changes, the Pictures, Documents and Movies folders have been replaced by something very cool — but very confusing — called Libraries. They’re virtual folders. Click the Pictures library, for example, to see all the pictures on your entire PC or even your network, no matter what folders they’re really in.

Oh, and talk about baffling: The core accessory programs for an operating system these days — e-mail, address book, calendar, photo management, movie editing and instant messaging — won’t come with Windows 7. Unless you buy your PC from a company that preinstalls these programs, you’ll have to download them yourself from a Microsoft Web site.

Microsoft explains that this added inconvenience permits it “to provide more frequent updates for consumers.” Beg pardon? Who complains about the frequency of updates to their address book program?

The editions are bewildering. Windows Vista is sold in at least six versions: Home Basic, Business, Ultimate and so on, each with a confusing and sometimes illogical subset of features. Officially, Microsoft says it hasn’t selected Windows 7’s version scheme, although a product manager at a conference mentioned to me that it will probably be similar to Vista’s. Ah, well — can’t win ’em all.

Not all of Windows 7’s features are intended to address Vista’s deficiencies. Some are all-new.

The Falling Pound Raises Fears of Nationalization

LONDON — An island nation that bulked up on debt and lived beyond its means. A plunging currency. And a financial system edging toward nationalization.

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Pool photo by Lewis Whyld

Prime Minister Gordon Brown planned another bailout.

With the pound at a multidecade low and British banks requiring ever-larger injections of taxpayer cash, it is no wonder that observers have started to refer to London as “Reykjavik-on-Thames.”

While that judgment seems exaggerated, there are uncomfortable parallels between Iceland’s recent financial downfall and Britain’s trajectory. Equally important, news that widening bank losses in Britain have necessitated another round of government life support provides a stark example to the United States.

Washington’s attempts to stabilize financial institutions have failed so far, as well. And now the Obama administration, along with the rest of the world, could watch Britain to see what a bank nationalization might look like, and what it might suggest for American banks.

Ordinary Britons have a more basic worry. After relishing the boom that transformed the drab United Kingdom into Cool Britannia, they fear that the disheartening economic stagnation of the 1970s might return.

The pound, a symbol of British independence from the Continent that is revered nearly as much as the queen, is now down nearly 29 percent against the dollar from a year ago.

There has been a steady drumbeat of gloomy economic news for months, but the mood in Britain has darkened starkly in recent days.

On Monday, Royal Bank of Scotland warned that its 2008 losses could hit £28 billion, or $38 billion, even as Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced a second bailout package for the troubled banking sector worth tens of billions of pounds. Ultimately, the British rescue effort could cost at least £350 billion, with some estimates ranging far higher.

But in contrast to last autumn, when Mr. Brown’s first bailout plan was highly praised, this package has been greeted with anxiety. While few question the need for a quick response, the sheer scale of the borrowing being discussed, as well as the existing debt levels among corporations and consumers alike, alarms many analysts and economists.

“I fully back what the government is doing, but there is a risk of being Iceland on the Thames,” said Will Hutton, an economic expert who is executive vice chairman of the Work Foundation, a nonprofit research firm. “And the more sterling falls, the greater our liabilities in terms of what we owe.”

The pound fell to $1.3618 on Wednesday, its lowest level against the dollar since September 1985, before recovering to $1.3922.

Even more than their American counterparts, borrowers in Britain turned to local banks to fuel a real estate boom that was as much a national pastime as a rational decision about what to buy. Household debt as a percentage of disposable income hit 177 percent in 2007, compared with 141 percent in the United States.

Now, with both housing prices dropping and institutions like the Royal Bank of Scotland buckling, the British economic outlook looks even bleaker than the landscape in the United States and the euro zone, the countries that use the euro.

The British economy is expected to shrink by 2.9 percent this year, compared with a 2.6 percent drop in the euro zone and a 2.1 percent contraction in the United States, according to Gilles Moëc, senior economist with the Bank of America in London.

To make matters worse, Mr. Moëc said, Britain is facing a wave of deficit spending, as tax receipts fall and the costs of unemployment benefits and other services rise. He predicts the budget deficit will equal 9.4 percent of gross domestic product in 2009, compared with 4.9 percent in the euro zone and 8.4 percent in the United States.

“It’s scary,” he said. “It reminds me of what you could find in southern Europe 15 years ago, during the worst years in Italy or Greece.”

British stocks have followed the pound lower in recent days as well. The benchmark FTSE index has fallen 2.1 percent this week, led by a plunge in the shares of many leading banks.

The government already controls a majority share in Royal Bank of Scotland, but the prospect of a full nationalization of the bank has alarmed investors, and shares of RBS have plunged 64 percent in the last three days. The prospect of nationalization haunts other troubled banks as well — Barclays is down 33 percent and Lloyds Banking Group is off 54 percent.

As in Iceland, banks, real estate and other financial services boomed in London in recent years, even as other swaths of the economy withered. In recent years, this sector has been responsible for about half of total job growth in Britain even though it accounts for only about 30 percent of the economy, according to Peter Dixon, economist for Britain at Commerzbank in London.

Consumers were also lulled into taking on more and more debt by the unusually steady economic expansion Britain enjoyed until last year, Mr. Dixon said. Growth averaged 2.7 percent annually over the last decade. “The last 10 years were phenomenally stable, with volatility at its lowest point since the 19th century,” he said.

But that prosperity camouflaged a steadily weakening manufacturing base, unlike in Germany, where the industrial sector is a relative counterweight to the outsize problems of financial firms.

For all the debt weighing down British banks, though, Iceland’s situation was far worse before the government was forced to nationalize the banking sector last fall as the krona collapsed.

British bank assets total about 4.5 times the country’s gross domestic product, but in Iceland they were 10 times as large as the G.D.P., Mr. Hutton said.

That does not mean there is not a price to pay for Britons even now. The pound has plunged before and each time is remembered as a humiliating experience that scarred the nation.

In 1976, the government was forced to approach the International Monetary Fund for help after the pound dropped below $2 for the first time. In 1992, the pound dropped out of the European exchange rate mechanism as interest rates hit 15 percent and Britain was in a recession.

A weak pound also weighs on the psyche of the British, most of whom are reducing spending while watching a flood of euro- and dollar-rich tourists hunt for bargains in their shops.

Jeremy Stretch, senior currency strategist at Rabobank in London, said Britons might learn that a weak pound can be helpful.

A weaker pound would make British exporters more competitive, for example, thus reducing Britain’s dependence on the City, as London’s financial district is known, for future growth.

Mr. Stretch also said that Britain’s current economic problems were different from the 1970s and 1990s because it was far from alone this time around.

“The salvation of the pound is that its problem is not a pound-specific problem,” he said. “At the moment, we’re looking the ugliest. But if you sell the pound, what will you buy?”

Julia Werdigier reported from London and Nelson D. Schwartz from Paris.

Toyota overtakes GM as biggest automaker

Japan’s Toyota Motor sold more cars and trucks last year than General Motors, stripping the Detroit automaker of the No. 1 global sales crown. But it’s a victory made hollow by the overall industry’s continued struggle for viability amid one of its worst sales declines ever.

GM said Wednesday it sold 8,355,947 cars and trucks around the world in 2008, falling about 616,000 vehicles short of the 8.972 million Toyota announced Tuesday.

Toyota’s move into the top sales spot wasn’t a huge surprise. The automaker nearly topped GM in 2007, selling only about 3,000 less vehicles than the US company did that year.

Mike DiGiovanni, GM’s executive director of global market and industry analysis, downplayed the significance of the drop to No. 2, saying that the automaker is focused on profitability rather than sales volume.

“I don’t think being No. 1 in vehicle sales means much at all to the American consumer,” DiGiovanni said in a conference call with analysts and automotive journalists. “I think what matters most to the consumer is strong brands and strong products. And the key thing right now with what the industry is going through now is viability and profitability.”

DiGiovanni said all automakers are currently facing risks and challenges not seen since the Great Depression, and pointed out that even Toyota expects to post an operating loss for the current fiscal year — the Japanese automaker’s first in 70 years.

Toyota’s overall global sales fell 4 per cent for the year, marking that automaker’s first decline in a decade. The Japanese automaker has cut production in both North America and Japan in order to align its product offerings with slowing consumer demand.

GM posted an 11 per cent drop in global sales for the year, which it linked to the steep drop in vehicle demand in its key North American and European markets, where Toyota doesn’t have as large of a presence. North American sales dropped 21 per cent for the year. GM Europe sales fell 6.5 per cent, including a 21 per cent plunge in the fourth quarter amid the global market meltdown.

Those declines were partially offset by a 3.2 per cent increase in sales at its Latin America, Africa and Middle East region and 2.7 per cent growth in Asia Pacific sales. Sales outside of the United States accounted for 64 per cent of GM’s global sales in 2008, up from 59 per cent the year before.

DiGiovanni said Toyota’s move to the top of sales rankings doesn’t necessarily signal a turning point in the industry. He said it’s entirely possible that GM could regain the No. 1 spot once US and European markets recover and sales in key emerging markets pickup.

“That story has yet to be written,” DiGiovanni said. “Nobody knows what’s going to happen.”

But first GM has to figure out how to survive long enough to take back its crown. The struggling automaker, which has closed plants and laid off workers to cut production as it faces the worst US auto market in more than 25 years, received a $13.4 billion lifeline from the federal government last month. But the bailout engineered by the former administration requires GM to achieve “viability” by March 31. The loan may be called back if the government determines GM hasn’t met that goal.

GM shares fell 29 cents, or 8.3 per cent, to $3.21 in midday trading, while Toyota’s US shares slipped 5 cents to $65.83.

Say I Love You in 108 Languages (MAKE GIRLFRIENDS)

English >>>>>>I love you
Telugu >>>>>>Nenu ninnu premistunnanu
Afrikaans >>>>>>Ek het jou lief
Albanian >>>>>>Te dua
Arabic >>>>>>Ana behibak (to male)
Arabic >>>>>>Ana behibek (to female)
Armenian >>>>>>Yes kez sirumen
Bambara >>>>>>M’bi fe
Bangla >>>>>> Aamee tuma ke bhalo aashi
Belarusian >>>>>>Ya tabe kahayu
Bisaya >>>>>>Nahigugma ako kanimo
Bulgarian >>>>>>Obicham te
Cambodian >>>>>>Soro lahn nhee ah
Cantonese Chinese >>>>>>Ngo oiy ney a
Catalan >>>>>>T’estimo
Cheyenne >>>>>> Ne mohotatse
Chichewa >>>>>>Ndimakukonda
Corsican >>>>>>Ti tengu caru (to male)
Creol >>>>>>Mi aime jou
Croatian >>>>>>Volim te
Czech >>>>>>Miluji te
Danish >>>>>>Jeg Elsker Dig
Dutch >>>>>>Ik hou van jou
Esperanto >>>>>>Mi amas vin
Estonian >>>>>>Ma armastan sind
Ethiopian >>>>>>Afgreki’
Faroese >>>>>>Eg elski teg
Farsi >>>>>>Doset daram
Filipino >>>>>>Mahal kita
Finnish >>>>>>Mina rakastan sinua
French >>>>>>Je t’aime, Je t’adore
Frisian >>>>>>Ik h?ld fan dy
Gaelic >>>>>>Ta gra agam ort
Georgian >>>>>>Mikvarhar
German >>>>>>Ich liebe dich
Greek >>>>>> S’agapo
Gujarati >>>>>>Hoo thunay prem karoo choo
Hiligaynon >>>>>>Palangga ko ikaw
Hawaiian >>>>>>Aloha Au Ia`oe (Thanks Craig)
Hebrew >>>>>>Ani ohev otah (to female)
Hebrew >>>>>>Ani ohev et otha (to male)
Hiligaynon >>>>>>Guina higugma ko ikaw
Hindi >>>>>>Hum Tumhe Pyar Karte hae
Hmong >>>>>> Kuv hlub koj
Hopi >>>>>> Nu’ umi unangwa’ta
Hungarian >>>>>>Szeretlek
Icelandic >>>>>>Eg elska tig
Ilonggo >>>>>>Palangga ko ikaw
Indonesian >>>>>>Saya cinta padamu
Inuit >>>>>> Negligevapse
Irish >>>>>> Taim i’ ngra leat
Italian >>>>>>Ti amo
Japanese >>>>>> Aishiteru
Kannada >>>>>>Naanu ninna preetisuttene
Kapampangan >>>>>>Kaluguran daka
Kiswahili >>>>>>Nakupenda
Konkani >>>>>>Tu magel moga cho
Korean >>>>>> Sarang Heyo
Latin >>>>>>Te amo
Latvian >>>>>>Es tevi miilu
Lebanese >>>>>>Bahibak
Lithuanian >>>>>> Tave myliu
Malay >>>>>>Saya cintakan mu / Aku cinta padamu
Malayalam >>>>>>Njan Ninne Premikunnu
Mandarin Chinese >>>>>>Wo ai ni
Marathi >>>>>>Me tula prem karto
Mohawk >>>>>>Kanbhik
Moroccan >>>>>>Ana moajaba bik
Nahuatl >>>>>>Ni mits neki
Navaho >>>>>>Ayor anosh’ni
Norwegian >>>>>>Jeg Elsker Deg
Pandacan >>>>>>Syota na kita!!
Pangasinan >>>>>>Inaru Taka
Papiamento >>>>>> Mi ta stimabo
Persian >>>>>>Doo – set daaram
Pig Latin >>>>>> Iay ovlay ouyay
Polish >>>>>>Kocham Ciebie
Portuguese >>>>>>Eu te amo
Romanian >>>>>>Te iubesc
Russian >>>>>>Ya tebya liubliu
Scot Gaelic >>>>>>Tha gra\dh agam ort
Serbian >>>>>>Volim te
Setswana >>>>>>Ke a go rata
Sign Language , \, / (represents position of fingers when signing’I Love You’)
Sindhi >>>>>> Maa tokhe pyar kendo ahyan
Sioux >>>>>> Techihhila
Slovak >>>>>> Lu`bim ta
Slovenian >>>>>>Ljubim te
Spanish >>>>>>Te quiero / Te amo
Swahili >>>>>>Ninapenda wewe
Swedish >>>>>>Jag alskar dig
Swiss >>>>>>German – Ich lieb Di
Surinam >>>>>>Mi lobi joe
Tagalog >>>>>>Mahal kita
Taiwanese >>>>>>Wa ga ei li
Tahitian >>>>>>Ua Here Vau Ia Oe
Tamil >>>>>>Nan unnai kathalikaraen
Thai >>>>>>Chan rak khun (to male)
Thai >>>>>> Phom rak khun (to female)
Turkish >>>>>>Seni Seviyorum
Ukrainian >>>>>>Ya tebe kahayu
Urdu >>>>>>mai aap say pyaar karta hoo
Vietnamese >>>>>>Anh ye^u em (to female)
Vietnamese >>>>>>Em ye^u anh (to male)
Welsh >>>>>>’Rwy’n dy garu di
Yiddish >>>>>>Ikh hob dikh
Yoruba >>>>>>Mo ni fe

British Army officer BITES the head off a live chicken

CHEERED on by baying soldiers, a British Army officer BITES the head off a live chicken in a sickening training exercise filmed by his own men.

Shamefully the senior lieutenant serving in Iraq then KICKS its wildly-flailing body, spits out the head, and shouts “f***er” at the dying bird.

In the exclusive video footage obtained by the News of the World, the pathetic creature is seen seconds later still flapping pitifully in its death throes.

Minutes earlier ANOTHER high-ranking soldier, a sergeant major responsible for discipline amongst the soldiers, had also performed the gruesome stunt to the perverse delight of the men he controls.

Pic, Vid here


George and Laura Bush to Divorce After Election Becasue of condi Rice

Many US tabloids have been flooded with rumors of George W. Bush’s family misfortunes recently. George and Laura Bush were planning a divorce after the presidential election.

George and Laura Bush hardly ever speak to each other. George feels very unhappy and does not want Laura to leave him. However, the newspaper wrote, Laura is tired of everything; she is determined to live her own life.

The couple still keeps their relationship alive just because they are contractually obliged to stay together during George W. Bush’s presidency; it is not a matter of feelings at all.
They are both certain that they have rendered a huge service to their country. They pretend that their marriage is still alive in spite of the fact that it was buried long ago. The divorce will be kept a secret until the president retires.

Upon the reasons which could lead to the possible divorce. The newspaper believes that George . W. Bush has been having an affair with US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.

The first lady spent that night in Washington’s May Flower Hotel. Laura Bush had escaped from the White House after an argument with President Bush which happened because of his supposed affair with Condoleezza Rice.

Ms. Rice has earned the reputation of the Bush’s family friend. She became close to President Bush mainly because of the fact that she is the only person who finds a common language with Bush to teach him wisdom of foreign politics.

Hair Style for Business Women

Your hairstyle is an important part of your overall image. By getting your hair cut and styled to suit your face, you will get the look that is the most flattering for you. You might be surprised at how very different you can look with the right hairstyle. Finding the right hairstyle to suit your face is often challenging. You have to balance the current trends with what will look best on you. But how do you know what will make you look your best?

This article will help you discover which hairstyle is right for your face and how to choose a style that will enhance your looks and give you the absolute best look for you.

Figure Out Your Face Shape
In order to find the right hairstyle for your face, you first want to determine your face shape. Here is a brief guide:

Oval: This type of face is very oval-shaped and equal in size on top and bottom.

Heart: Wider at the temples and narrower at the chin.

Round: This face type is similar to the oval, but shorter.

Triangle: The opposite of the heart, this type of face is usually wide at the chin with a narrow forehead.

Square: A strong jaw and squared-off features are typical of this type.

Rectangle: A longer version of the square face.

Go Long to Slim the Face
For round faces, the worst thing you can do is to get a chin length cut. That will just draw attention to the roundness of the face. To make your face look longer and slimmer, keep hair long, at least shoulder length. While some layering at the bottom can work, it is usually best to keep layers out of the face and below the jaw line. Longer styles also go very well with an oval-shaped face.

Use Bangs to Hide Flaws
Bangs camouflage a large forehead or are often used to soften a face. Bangs usually look best when they are not too full, so stick to just a light coverage. Bangs go well with heart-shaped faces to minimize the width of the forehead, and are also ideal for softening a square or rectangular face. Avoid using them with a round face shape, since this will cut off length and make the face look even shorter.

Layers Create Softness
When you have straight lines in your face, such as those with a square or rectangular face, some well-placed layers can really help soften your face and create a more feminine look. Be careful of having too many layers, since this can actually start to look frizzy and unkempt, but a handful of wisps looks great.

Short Hairstyles Add Width to the Jaw
Obviously, if you already have a naturally wide chin, you won´t want to opt for a bob or any other chin-length cut. However, for heart-shaped faces, this is the ideal hairstyle to balance out the wide forehead. Short hair can also be used successfully with a rectangular face, to create a shorter look, particularly if combined with a layered cut to add texture and softness to the face.

Add Some Curl For Extra Body

Not everyone is blessed with full hair and when you have a triangular or a rectangular face, a little extra volume can really help. Use hot rollers or a curling iron to add some volume to your hair and balance out these face types.

Now that you have a fairly good idea of what your face shape is and which hairstyles compliment it, you can take a look at a variety of hairstyles from magazines, the Internet or hairstylists’ style books and decide which is the right one for your face. Choosing the best hairstyle for you will result in a great look that enhances your natural beauty and makes you feel your best everyday.

The top ten women with most wanted Hair styles as poll conducted by In Touch magazine;

* Jenifer Aniston
* Jessica Simpson
* Jessica Alba
* Rachel Bilson
* Beyonce Knowles
* Lindsay Lohan
* Scarlett Johanssen
* Eva Mendes
* Sienna Miller
* Jenifer Lopez

hairstyles for long face.

hairstyles for long face.