Tuesday, December 26, 2006 8:18 AM
Vista Annoyances 2
Some more little peeves - when you hibernate your laptop you previously used to get a visual indication (a progress bar) showing how long it would be until all your data is saved and the machine is shut down. Now the screen blanks almost straight away (presumably to have the punters think the process is going quicker), however your hard drive is still thrashing away. If you're like me, and you don't want to stow your laptop into your carry on luggage until it has turned off (just in case it doesn't turn off properly and remains on all flight), then the lack of a visual indication is annoying. You don't know if you are going to be waiting 5 seconds or 5 minutes for the shutdown.
Speaking of lack of visual indicators - what about the Defrag Utility that comes with Vista? When it analyzes your disks, it no longer gives you any indication of how defragmented they are, or what the most defragmented files are. If I used to find that my Temporary Internet Files (for example) was heavily defragmented, then I would just delete those files rather than waste time defragmenting them. Now, you have no idea how bad a state your disk is in.
And when you do defragment, you get a little spinning wheel and a message saying that the process "may take from a few minutes to a few hours". Lovely.