Ed Bott

Ed Bott is an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications.

Latest Posts

Thinking of buying a Shuttle PC? Think again...

Whatever happened to my project to compare the leading PC-based digital media platforms? Shuttle happened, that's what. Shuttle Computer is justly famous among Media Center enthusiasts for its sleek small-form-factor designs, but its support is inexcusably bad. Here's why I'll never buy another Shuttle PC.

December 26, 2006 by

35 Comments 2 Votes

With some reviewers, Microsoft can't win

Last year, one prominent technology journalist complained - loudly, in America's newspaper of record - when the hard drive on his Windows PC crashed and some of his important files were lost. The new Backup program in Windows Vista would have saved the day for him. So why is he complaining about it?

December 19, 2006 by

198 Comments

A year's worth of Windows Vista images

In preparation for my obligatory end-of-year review/prediction posts, I've been reviewing ZDNet's collection of Windows Vista image galleries from 2006. You'd think we've shown everything there is to see, wouldn't you?

December 17, 2006 by

2 Comments

Windows Vista's 30-day report card

It's been a month since Microsoft released Windows Vista to manufacturing. That same week, I upgraded three heavily used machines in this household to the final build. So, how have they done? Each upgrade has a different story to tell, as it turns out. Here are some preliminary observations.

December 6, 2006 by

86 Comments

64-bit desktop on hold?

Microsoft is pushing full speed ahead on its plans to convert its servers to 64-bit technology. But the same can't be said on the desktop side. Even though every edition of Windows Vista is available in a 64-bit version, none of the retail boxes will contain those bits. So what's holding back the transition?

November 25, 2006 by

107 Comments

How does the performance rating work?

From Ed's mailbag: When you install Windows Vista, it runs a System Assessment Tool and gives your computer a performance rating called the Windows Experience Index. What does that number mean? What kind of hardware gets a perfect score

November 15, 2006 by

9 Comments

Will Windows Vista be worth the wait?

It's been a long and winding road, but Windows Vista is finally released to manufacturing. You'll no doubt be overwhelmed with coverage of the minutiae of Windows Vista in the next few days and weeks, but focusing on the road behind or on pixel-by-pixel inspections is a waste of time. After nearly a year of working with Windows Vista day in and day out in production environments, I've come up with three questions that every Windows user needs to ask about Windows Vista.

November 8, 2006 by

178 Comments