Windows Vista Sucks

Windows Vista sucks. There, I said it. I feel better now.

Off-topic, but I am really hacked off. I had gotten an upgrade to Windows Vista with a laptop I bought in December, and I finally decided to install it 3 weeks ago. I knew of the reported problems with Vista, but I am computer savvy, and anyway they have probably had time to fix the bugs. Right? Good grief was I wrong.

I won’t go into all the problems I have had since “upgrading.” I will just say that I have spent at least a dozen hours fixing problems that shouldn’t have been present in a release. But the most annoying problem, a problem which I now find has been reported by numerous others, is that my Internet connection randomly stops working on regular occasions. At times, some sites work (Google), but then others won’t (Yahoo). At other times, I can’t connect to any site. I know it’s not the site or my provider, because we have another computer in the house that doesn’t have these issues.

It’s hard to believe that Microsoft gets away with releasing products like this. It would be like me selling you gasoline with water in it, and then telling you how to fix the problem – on your dime. Or better yet, you can call me on a pay per call basis, and I will work you through fixing the problem that I caused.

Anyway, enough of that. If you are thinking of upgrading, I would advise waiting it out. I can’t honestly think of any benefit I have gotten out of upgrading.

Back to energy news, I turned in my renewable diesel chapter this morning, and will shortly be back to writing. I will put out something new, probably later today.

7 thoughts on “Windows Vista Sucks”

  1. OS X, the ultimate Windows service pack. 🙂

    Seriously, you give it a look. As a former die-hard Windows user who switched to OS X about a year ago, I highly recommend it. Microsoft’s value to the desktop user seems to fall with each new release (WGA, anyone?), while OS X has been getting better and better over the last couple of years. And it’s no longer a problem to run the occasional Windows program on a Mac: with an Intel-based machine and Parallels, you can run Windows software transparently in the OS X environment.

  2. I gotta agree with that comment, and I was a pretty expert Wintel user.

    But, this February, I had ANOTHER long night, like so many over the years, of trying to make something work with Windows; about 4 a.m. when I quit, I told my wife I was buying a Mac. I went to the Apple website, ordered a reconditioned iMac desktop, and have never looked back. I still have a laptop with XP, and when it dies I’m getting a Mac laptop.

    I haven’t fooled with Parallels though — I want nothing to do with putting Windoze on my Mac. There’s a program called Crossover that fools most major Windows apps (like Office) into thinking that you have Windows installed, so you don’t have to install the virus (Windows) at all to use the most popular apps.

  3. The nice thing about Parallels is that it puts your entire windows installation, plus all your windows applications, into a single virtual machine file on your Mac’s hard drive. So Windows is there, but it’s effectively in a box. And you can delete it any time you feel like it :).

    But I’ve not heard of Crossover, and I’m going to have to check that out.

  4. Seriously. Other’s have said it. My father had macs for 10 years. And then he bought a windows box. he hates it, and the motherboard just died.

    Get an iMac. Get the wireless keyboard/mouse, put it in your kitchen (it fits in the desk area very nicely), get 2 gig of ram.

    Install parallels, put windows on it, and then never use windows again, and you will kick yourself for why did you spend the money to get parallels. (it’s insurance).


  5. One more thing…

    When the apple guy tries to sell you microsoft office, say no.

    Download neooffice, and go from there.


  6. It’s kind of weird, because I was a Mac early adopter (first month, 1984), who even though I morphed into a “UNIX guy”, but I don’t actually use a Mac today.

    I don’t really fault them, but I prefer to think of myself as “platform independent” and run “one of the free UNIXes” instead.

    With computers so cheap it’s easy to have an extra Windows PC (XP) for when I really need it, but otherwise it’s one of the BSDs or Linux for me (currently Ubuntu).

    To really go off topic, I think this current strategy by Apple has a serious element of risk. By allowing Win software to be so easily hosted on their machine they attract more users … but I noticed in the store that “Mac” software increasingly says “Macs Running Windows.”

    Can the Mac survive when Apple is the only Mac-native software publisher, and (essentially) everybody else takes the easy way out?

    I’ve been in a lot of software shops, and rare is the manager who will do a product the hard way when there is a shorter path to market (in this case running the Win software on the Mac, one way or another).

  7. I am simply trying to create a shortcut on my desktop and vista (explorer) hangs every time.

    Vista is garbage. I will be re-installing XP on monday. If Microsoft does not come out with a major service pack soon, I will move to another OS. Although I don’t think all of the problems with vista can be fixed with a service pack.


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