Emusic download manager on Windows 7

The emusic download manager doesn't work so well on Windows 7. The emusic download manager seems to accept two types of files: emp and emx with the former seeming to be the older format. The emx files open and download fine, but the emp files open the download manager but do not result in anything being downloaded. It also has some permission errors so I installed it outside of Program Files and run it as administrator. Syncing with iTunes doesn't work - although it was working on the Windows 7 beta...

Windows 7 - D-Link DWL-G510

On Windows 7 the D-Link DWL-G510 PCI wireless card comes up as an unknown device under Network adapters in device manager. Possibly you could get drivers from D-Link but ironically they do not perform well, so the best thing to do is get the Vista drivers PCI/mPCI/CB(RT256x/RT266x). Mission complete.

Windows 7 Start Button Size

My biggest gripe about running Windows 7 on a netbook is not the performance but the size of the start button and taskbar on the 1024x600 display. Instead of the usual bottom position, I like to have the taskbar on the side as it is easier to manage multiple open applications/windows. In Windows 7 (and Vista I guess...) the start button and taskbar's width seem to have ballooned, even turning on small icons does not help.
Windows XP:

Windows 7 beta:

Windows 7 RC 1:


The laptop I had been using (Sharp 1800+ XP-M, 1gig) frequently overheats due to the harsh heat of the tropics, it won't be long before the CPU melts so I decided to get on the netbook bandwagon. I wanted to get the Asus N10J due to its dedicated nVidia graphics and HDMI out, but it would seem for the same price you could get a much better laptop. After several boring hours looking at all the different netbooks (in reality they are actually all the same) I decided to go with the Lenovo S10. It was a bit cheaper than the other vendors and as well at the usual 1.60GHz CPU, 1 GB RAM, 10.2" display, Wi-Fi, Webcam it also has a 6-cell battery, Bluetooth, 160GB HDD and an Express Card slot.

Since at the time the new Windows 7 beta was free I decided to put it on and use it as my main OS. Since there is no DVD drive I installed it from a USB hard drive, it seem to be a quick and smooth installation and the only drivers I needed to install were for the trackpad (Vista 32) - the trackpad did work without drivers but I wanted to turn off the annoying 'Tap to click' feature.

Windows 7 runs very, very well, I can dual-screen with a 22" 1680x1050 display and run Google Chrome, iTunes, Windows Live Messenger, Eclipse (specifically Aptana Studio), Apache and MySQL all at the same time with no problems. Since everyone on the net seems to bag the Atom CPU I was not expecting it to run much more than a web browser, so I am very impressed and it kills my old laptop. I will be upgrading to 2GB of RAM so it will be interesting to see if that makes a difference. Also worth mentioning is that the 6-cell battery seems to last a long time, I can get at least 5 hours out of it.

So far my only complaint is more to do with bad UI design and not the netbook; some applications e.g. Windows Live Messenger have dialogs/windows which do not fit vertically on the screen and have no ability to vertically scroll resulting in unseen options and confirm buttons. And my complaint about Windows 7 is that there is no way to make the huge start button smaller; I like to have my taskbar on the left but doing this causes it to become way too fat due to the huge start button (I will rant on more about this someother time).

So in scientific conclusion the Lenovo S10 has become my main computer and can handle my casual tasks (email, music, youtube, South Park) as well as my hardcore software development tasks without any problems, and as a bonus it is very nice looking, portable and cheap. I can recommend it with 4 out of a possible 5 stars.