Windows für Unentschlossene

Wenn es um einen Virenscanner geht, kann man (wie schon bei Windows XP) auch Vista sagen, dass man durchaus in der Lage ist sich der Problematik selbst anzunehmen und vom Betriebssystem nicht mehr genervt werden möchte.

Das hatte ich natürlich vor einiger Zeit angekreuzt und umso erstaunter war ich, als ich deshalb heute einen “Windows Security Alert” erhielt:

Überwachen oder nicht?

User erstmal grundsätzlich für doof zu halten kann ja eine durchaus richtige Strategie sein — bei mir löste diese Rückfrage heute allerdings das morgendliche WTF?!?! aus.

Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer

Yet another Microsoft tool which doesn’t look all that bad at first sight! Windows Live Writer is a somewhat like a blog-enabled wordprocessing software. The interface is intuitive and I have yet to see an easier setup: Enter your blog’s URL, username and password (you may want to create a dedicated ‘author’ user just in case….) and off you go: Live writer will detect you’re using wordpress and find all necessary settings automagically.

Working with Live Writer reveals some major drawbacks right at the first post: while picture handling basically works OK’ish (e.g. pictures are resampled if you scale them — no feeble-minded scaling with height/width tags), the tool cannot left/right align pictures nor can you add hyperlinks to pictures (WTF?) and the picture upload doesn’t follow the (configurable) wordpress scheme (the pictures end up in strange ‘livewriter’ sub-sub-sub-folders.
You can however open and edit older posts from the blog and categories seem to be fully supported — but that’s about it.

So, if you don’t fancy the wordpress built-in ‘visual rich text editor’ you might want to give this tool a try, although I’d strongly advise against opening existing posts which are too complex or trying to blog with hyperlinked and/or aligned pictures in a post.

And as you probably need to do some final ‘finetuning’ online anyway I personally don’t really see the point in using this tool. Sorry, Redmond.