Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vista SP2 x32 bit vs. Win 7 x64 bit

I followed the same steps as TK did in his original post.  I really wanted to see which is better.  So, I set out on the absurd task of formatting my box just to install an O.S. and run tests.  I only call it absurd because all of my settings take forever to get back in place.

You don’t have to worry, pc images are your friend.  After creating a TESTED image, I then formatted my box.  Once I had Vista back on my machine, I realized why I went for Win 7 even though it was still in BETA at the time. 

I used the same benchmarking tool as did TK: Passmark Performance Test.  Here are the results:

  1. Vista SP2 x32 bit Passmark Rating - 1259.2
  2. Win 7 x64 bit Passmark Rating - 1352.0

It wasn’t even close as I expected.  After all, I am running a x64 bit architecture vs. a x32 bit.  To make things a bit more fair, I’m going to run through the whole process again but this time, I will include: XP SP3 x32 bit, Vista x64 bit, and Win 7 x32 bit.  I know, I know, but what about XP x64 bit… I just wont go there.

If you clicked the links to view the results, you may have noticed exactly why Win 7 beat Vista here… If not, check the Passmark ratings for Total RAM.  That should give you a clear reason why Win 7 x64 bit won.  If you were wondering, I’ve linked a Belarc Report so you can view the hardware that I am using for these tests.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

TK posts big!

Check out the work a great friend of mine is doing:

Big ups to TK and getting accurate results out to the web.  He also runs tests against the new Win7 and Vista.  You can check out his latest post @

I can’t stress the importance enough about these tests.  Allowing the default O.S. to be tested in this unbiased manner proves valuable for anyone who owns a computer.  If you’d like more details about how these tests were conducted, comment till your fingers bleed.  It’s definitely worth it IMHO

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Creating custom background for Twitter using

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Thanks for the great link Stacy Kinney. Twitbacks looked interesting so I obliged. The whole process took about 2 minutes from start to finish. The outcome was better than what I thought it would be. My Twitter background looks nice now . The ability to create a custom message on the left side is neat. Also, you are able to fill out a message (up to 250 characters) and upload a logo/picture (2 MB limit) of whatever you like. The background you can also customize with your own image or select from one of the templates. This service is completely free unless you want to add more functionality.

Some of the options that cost money are:
  1. Removing the twitbacks logo
  2. Adding promotion services to your Twitter account – More Info
Twitbacks does say that there will always be a free service, let’s see what kind of innovations they can bring to the table. So far I really only see services that are geared towards businesses that are using Twitter as a marketing platform. All in all, this was completely worth my time and yours too.