This Mac commercial sums up my experience with Vista (except I don’t have a yoga studio or messed up billing).
I bought a new Dell laptop last September and it came installed with Vista. I wasn’t happy about that, but there was no option to allow me to get it installed with XP. I figured since it was a factory install (rather than an upgrade, which I’d heard nightmare stories about), it would be okay.
Vista seems to like to eat every system resource it can get its hands on. The computer can take three or more minutes to fully boot up. Sometimes it won’t wake up from sleep mode correctly. It’s hard to multi-task on it because moving between different windows can take a long time for it to process the switch.
I’ve never been anti-Mac (I’ve used them for work fairly routinely), but I’ve always had a PC home. I’ve got two Dell desktop units that have XP and they’re both solid. But now, with this nasty Vista laptop, I will likely go Mac with my next purchase. I’d love to ditch this laptop and go Mac now, but it’s hard for me toss a computer after less than a year (there needs to be a Mac rescue program to aid people who’ve been burned by Vista).
I don’t know what Microsoft was thinking. I’ve worked with computers for a couple decades now and if I have trouble with Vista, what does that mean for the poor user who just needs something to word process on?
* Sigh *
In an unrelated note… this is post 700! Wow!
And doesn’t Microsoft’s reaction to the bugs in Vista seem eerily similar to the Bush Administration’s unwillingness to admit that they’ve done anything wrong and “we just need to stay the course!”? It really does seem like they’ve got their fingers in their ears and are chanting, “la, la,la, we can’t hear you.”
My roomie is a PC tech and he’s threatened me with grievous bodily harm if I bring Vista into the house. At the very least, he’s said he’ll immediately swap it out for XP for me.
And did you hear Microsoft is going to stop selling XP now? Not only are they ignoring Vista’s bugs but they’re now making the bugs the ONLY option. I’d like to say that I hope Mac gets an unprecendented boost in business as a result but I think they have their evil side too. Still, I think they at least address their issues.
Me? I’m waiting for when I can just jack into the internet through a portal in my temple.