Some people say the cool 3D effects in Vista are a waste of resources. Others, like me, live for them. If you fit into the same category as me, you'll probably drool over this little application that lets you add a very cool 3D "cube" effect (similar to Ubuntu's Beryl or the effect you get when you switch users on OS X). It's not free, but there is a 14 day trial version so you can try it out and decide whether it's worth the $19.95.
Click on this link to learn more and to download the trial software.
Vista Eye Candy
As laptops become more and more integrated into people's personal and professional lives, importance of their reliability keeps getting more important. Most of us have to deal with consequences of a laptop falling out of it's bag or spilled coffee on laptop keyboards etc. This results in lost productivity, or worse, loss of important data. A robust laptop is a vital tool in a modern information age.
While most manufacturers try to make their laptops immune to such accidents, very few have this as their primary focus. Specialist manufacturers provide a spectrum of "semi-rugged" to "rugged" to "bullet-proof" laptops. For more information on what makes a laptop "rugged" click on the link below.