Ideas Before Their Time

It seems that with a lot of inventions, ideas, etc. there’s always a precursor. For example, xcompmgr was basically the precursor to what we now know as Compiz Fusion. So I was loading up an old Windows 2000 box with the latest of my favorite open source software, :D when I happened to notice something: there’s a lot of features in Windows 2000 that got dropped in XP, but reappeared in Vista. Only they were implemented better. (If you want to call it that :P )

Ok, so what the heck am I talking about? In Windows 2000 if you single clicked on an image in the My Pictures folder you would get a little interactive preview thing
2000-preview.png

This was a feature that was dropped in XP, only to reappear in Vista (not exactly the same, but very close)
vista-image-preview.png

Same goes for audio files. Single click on an audio file in Windows 2000 and it brings up a little Windows Media Player plug-in type thing right in Explorer

audio-preview.png

Yet another feature that was dropped in XP only to pop up again in Vista

vista-audio-preview2.png

Finally, when pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete in Windows 2000 it brings up a screen with a bunch of options on it.

options.png

Yet again, it’s not present in XP, but came back with Vista

vista-options.jpg

So, where did these features go in XP? Was it as simple as a feature that was before its time?

Just thought that this was interesting. I’m now sitting back at my Linux box. Home sweet home ;)

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4 thoughts on “Ideas Before Their Time”

  1. The picture preview is in XP. Just make sure the option at “Win-Pause/Break” > “Advanced tab” > “Performance settings” > “Visual effects” > “Use common tasks in folders” is on. See it at here: http://69.51.95.200/other/PicturePreview.png
    The third thing (the Ctrl-Alt-Del thing) is still in XP. I think it is controlled by the option in “user accounts” > “change the way users log on or off” > “use the welcome screen”. If you disable the welcome screen you can use Ctrl-Shift-Esc to go straight to the task manager.

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