Windows 7 is Great

Many things I liked about Vista, usb support and no questions during the install, putting the cd key in later, more sensible folder layout, less blurry window movement. But sadly these were tarnished by things like ugly green stripes, performance problems, crappy drivers, software issues, and aggressive UAC. Improvements have come with the service packs, but too late to clear its reputation.

I'm happy to say that Microsoft have done a great job with Windows 7, it has the best bits of Vista, performance equal to XP, a refreshing style, less things to annoy you, and other little changes that make the whole experience pleasant.

Windows 7 works great even on my little Samsung NC10, so I expect it will become standard on netbooks after October. If your not getting your copy through work or piracy, consider buying now as Microsoft are doing pre-order discounts in various countries.

Extending Active Directory Users and Computers

I wanted to make custom attributes accessible from the Users and Computers MMC. The Microsoft acctinfo.dll adds an 'Additional Account Info' tab, so I knew it must be possible.

Unfortunately adding tabs turned out to be complicated, but found instead I could add right click options very easily. Sites I came across all used VBScript, but you can use just about anything, which allows for creating a proper GUI.

So now in the downloads is my VB6 example project, with screenshot to help explain.

This opens up a lot of possibilities, at work the option not only show custom A/D stuff, but also links to other systems, and runs powershell to replace tabs removed in Exchange 2007.