By Bill Pytlovany
My wife Cindi is a typical computer user who knows how to do what she needs and no more. She has no interest in how it all works but she expects her computer to work in a consistent manner. She enjoys learning new features but only if it’s related to her daily activities and/or makes life easier.
When her new ThinkPad came earlier this year I worried that she wouldn’t welcome the changes. I don’t know about other geek husbands out there but “anything” that doesn’t work right on Cindi’s computer is my fault. 🙂
So I was nervous when I upgraded Cindi from her Windows XP machine to a brand new Windows 7 interface. To my surprise and delight the conversion was successful and Cindi has been very happy with Windows 7.
The first new treat she discovered using Windows 7 was the quick detection of our wireless network. In the past, Cindi’s laptop would boot up and while it appeared to be ready it was my fault when she couldn’t get online. The engineers at Microsoft made this feature a priority and they nailed it. Cindi can now check for new baby photos on Facebook before her first sip of coffee.
System Tray Management
While we’re looking at the Windows 7 system tray I can tell you about another new feature that makes her happy. Note the little up arrow that now contains all the icons that used to mess up the system tray. This keeps the Windows system tray much neater and more manageable. Considering all the great new features in Windows 7 it seems silly to just talk about system tray issues. Truth is task bar icons have always been a major annoyance to PC users.
There is one feature that I use all the time and only writing this article did Cindi finally understand one of the mysteries of Windows 7.
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This post is excerpted with Bill’s permission from his blog