It burned a folder from a network drive to a DVD-R without any third-party software, with clear and relevant instructions for every step. It auto-detected the type of medium, buffered data locally before the burn, and let me choose between an open DVD that could be appended to or a finished that was readable everywhere. I really can think of no way to improve on the experience. This is better than Roxio which I used on the previous machine, and far better than Nero which I had to root out from my hard disk and registry as it was worse than useless.
Moving data between storage devices is one of the things an operating system SHOULD do, in my opinion, and doing it well is a major star in the book.
Funcom has upgraded their latest MMORPG, Age of Conan, to use DirectX 10. I don't know if this means you can't play it under Windows XP, but I know it means that I can't. When I go to the Microsoft page for downloading the latest DirectX for my computer, the installer runs but then complains that it "could not download the file". Unfortunately it neglects to mention which file, or I could try to get it elsewhere.
Woo, Funcom, way to make sure your game remains a small niche product. Meanwhile, people can run WoW under Linux if they so desire. Probably even Mac, although I am not sure why girly-girly computer owners would want to do that...
[EDIT] After checking a few forums, I downloaded the full November redistributable installer for DirectX 9.0c, unpacked it to a folder on my desktop, located the executable and ran it. I suppose this is a new initiative from Funcom to make sure that only real men play their game. I think most real barbarians would have smashed their computer before that though. I expect to see mostly wizards when I log in this time...
[EDIT 2] And then, after that, there are 1.69 GB of patches. I'm gonna watch Kannagi instead.
There is some fanservice in this episode, so young people who struggle with the lusts of the flesh may be advised to stand it over. This is too bad, because it is full of insanity and hilarious misunderstandings. In all fairness, the ecchi all takes place in the head of a supporting character. There is also tenderness and divine intervention, making this one of the best Kannagi episodes (apart from the fanservice). I feel the anime recovered nicely from the obviously anime-original previous episode, which was too predictable and completely ignored the main topic of Nagi's spiritual status.