Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Jun 2006 19:51 UTC, submitted by Tyr.
Windows Computerworld's Scot Finnie details 20 things you won't like in Windows Vista, with a visual tour to prove it. He says that MS has favored security over end-user productivity, making the user feel like a rat caught in a maze with all the protect-you-from-yourself password-entry and 'Continue' boxes required by the User Account Controls feature. "Business and home users will be nonplussed by the blizzard of protect-you-from-yourself password-entry and 'Continue' boxes required by the User Account Controls feature, for example." Update: Apparantly, Vista Beta 2 sucks up battery juice much faster than XP does.
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Qualms with the article
by Tom K on Fri 2nd Jun 2006 21:05 UTC
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The author comes off as whiney. I'm not particularly excited (or even 100% optimistic) about Vista, but come on ...

20. Minimum video system requirements are more like maximum -- Next-gen features (Aero) require next-gen hardware. He's complaining that his laptop with a 64 MB X300 isn't enough to run Aero at its highest eye-candy levels ... well boo-hoo.

19. Aero stratification will cause businesses woe -- This is up to the businesses and their IT departments to decide, and not a fault of Vista. If your IT department is bent on letting workers have all the eye candy ... get a new IT department -- preferrably one that has its priorities straight.

Oh, and OS X 10.4 on a Mac Mini doesn't even come close to the technological level of Aero+DX9 video. I say that as an Apple fan.

18. User Account Controls $#^%!~!!! -- 80% of this is praise for the features. The other 20% is complaining about Vista being overly cautious and asking you things every step of the way. With the quick-to-dismiss-dialog-boxes nature of the typical Windows user, this is what it has to come down to to keep Windows users safe from themselves.

17. Two words: Secure Desktop -- See above. Making the dialog modal is pretty much the only way to guarantee that a click-happy Windows user will give it some attention.

16. No way to access the Administrator account in Vista Beta 2 -- Two words: Beta 2. A few more words, from the author himself: "Presumably because Microsoft wants to force the issue and require beta testers to work within the constraints of User Access Controls."

15. Some first-blush networking peeves -- The first part is valid. I like shortcuts. Don't take them away. The second part, about network stacks, and "layering" ... author, please stick to what you know. How is this even a complaint? They have some extra networking technologies in Vista, and those technologies are available as removable components for each individual adapter. I see no problem.

14. Windows peer networking is still balky -- Again, stick to what you know. The "View workgroup computers" option never gave anything a "swift kick". The author should research SMB and how it works ... especially the concept of SMB masters and announcements. On a properly-configured network, it should never take "hours" for a Windows machine to show up in My Network Places.

IPv6 also has nothing to do with the SMB protocol and how machines announce themselves.

13. and 12. are valid complaints, as I've noticed a lot of this in Vista myself. There is too much clicking to get anywhere useful.

11. Display settings have changed for no apparently good reason -- This new layout is more logical. "Display" settings refer to settings of the display device. Window shade colours don't belong under "display" settings. That belongs under "Visual Appearance". I like this configuration -- it makes sense: the settings that a home user is most likely to change (screen saver, background, colours, sounds, mouse pointer, themes, etc.) are all located in one big root panel.

10. Where are the file menus? -- This is really a matter of defaults. Some people like file menus, some prefer to use the alternative interfaces. Personally, I *never* use the file menus in Explorer, so this sort of makes sense. The Office complaint is invalid, as the key change in Office is one of workflow pattern. The menus clobber that. I'm looking forward to Office 2007, actually.

9. Windows Defender Beta 2 is buggy -- This would be a valid complaint had this article been about "20 Things You Won't Like About Vista Beta 2". Such an obvious and simple bug will undoubtedly be fixed by the time RTM rolls around, making this an dubious point about the final version of Vista.

8. Problems without solutions -- Once again, Beta 2. The screenshot of the utility more depicts a program whose purpose is to show friendlier versions of system logs. And what's this complaint about IBM's ThinkPad software? Hello? Complain to IBM about their program putting itself in Add/Remove even though the installation wasn't successful.

7. Lack of Windows Sidebar Gadgets -- No sh*t, Sherlock. Vista is still 9 months away from shipping (maybe more). He's comparing OS X Tiger's widget count to Vista's. Well gee, I now am going to complain about the relative lack of KDE 4 widgets vs. KDE 3 "widgets". Valid? Not a chance.

6. Media Center isn't all there and falls flat -- File a bug report with ATI, and make sure you leave a note of the fact that you're using a BETA video driver. Someone tell me again why this is something I will not like about Vista final?

5. Faulty assumption on the Start Menu -- Not a faulty assumption at all. The faulty assumption is on the part of the author, when he assumes that most people will want to completely shut down their machine, as opposed to putting it in a low-power state. Apple calls it "Sleep", and I dare say that it's a hugely popular feature on their machines. Who wants to boot up their computer every single morning, when they can just wait the 3 seconds it takes to bring Vista out of a sleep state?

4. Installation takes forever -- Installation of the betas does indeed take a long time. Part of that reason is all the extra beta/debug-related stuff that is installed. The other reason is that this is a next-gen OS. How long does Fedora Core 5 take to install vs. Redhat 7? Windows XP vs. Windows 95?

3. Version control -- There are indeed two more versions than there need to be, but as long as you remember that Microsoft is distinguishing between consumers, professionals, and "enthusiasts", then the versioning becomes much clearer. Most Vista users will never be exposed to this anyway, as they will simply get a pre-installed copy with their next computer.

2. Price -- Sorry, but where were the concrete facts in this blurb? The author makes some guesstimates about prices ... and this is Reason #2 why I won't like Vista? This is where this article jumps over its 10th shark.

1. Little originality, sometimes with a loss of elegance -- This article isn't a comparison of OS X vs. Vista, it's reasons why I won't like Vista. I don't see any XP users being offered new features that were not present in XP saying "I don't like this, OS X is more elegant". Those users are already OS X users.

This article is a complete waste of time, and the author makes a total of about 4 valid to semi-valid points. The rest is pure and unadulterated whining. I think we should pool together some money and send this guy a technical dictionary. The term "beta" has a certain meaning when it comes to computer software -- he seems to stray from that understanding at times.

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