June might be the beginning of summer, but Microsoft's not on vacation. They've been listening to gripes about Windows (Desktop) Search and Windows Home Server, and they're rolling out the solutions we need.
This week, we test the theory that absence makes the heart grow fonder and bring back the podcast crew after a two-week layoff. On the show, Tom, Will, Gordon, and Andy explain just what could have taken them away from their podcasting duties. As Maximum PC nears its 10th anniversary, we also take a look back at our greatest accomplishments... and our biggest blunders! You can add your thoughts on this subject in the comments.
Fragmentation forces the drive head to jump all over the place to find the bits and pieces of files whenever you access them. Defragmentation, then, is the means by which these files are realigned into contiguous chunks. Windows Vista does this automatically, only the slow speed at which it defrags makes us wonder: Is the time spent worth the supposed performance payoff? And do third-party defragmenters, free or otherwise, do a better job? Should you spend money on third-party defrag tools? Our extensive experiments put commercial utilities (and Vista's built-in solution) to the test!