Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Nov 2008 22:55 UTC
Editorial Yesterday, a story made its rounds across the internet. It was picked up by many large news websites, and I'm sure it will be quoted by people until eternity. It was published by a large website, looked all fancy, it had multiple pages - it looked like it was really something. However, anyone with even the remotest bit of knowledge knows that the article was a collection of complete and utter bogus.
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... or the number of defectors to Macs and/or Linux powered netbooks will increase.

7 needs to be significantly less annoying out of the box, than Vista, i.e - UAC has to be less obtrusive, memory consumption has to be less significant, Windows search has to be significantly improved or eliminated, etc.

7 needs to perform noticably better than Vista.

7 needs to be modularized enough that it can be stripped down enough to run comfortably, with applications, on a netbook.

7 has to have less brain-dead auto-update behavior than Vista does

7 needs to be more fully compatible with more hardware and software, upon release, than Vista was

And I'm saying this as someone who has grown used to Vista, and is now even somewhat satisfied with it, after some tweaking:

- Turned off the indexing Windows Search service - that was a big resource hog, and constantly thrashed the hard drive.
- Turned off UAC - UAC is about as much fun as being stapled on the head
- Turned off the useless (to me) gadget bar
- Turned of SuperFetch - sure, it sped up the starting of some apps (very slightly), but it seemed to be constantly thrashing my hard drive, loading and flushing apps in the background as it was figuring out my app habits.
- Disabled unneeded apps and services on start-up/login.
- Turned off automatic updates (now doing them manually in "Windows Update"). It sucks if your computer happens to be off during the weekly scheduled auto-update time (for me 3am Monday), and the next day you're typing something, or downloading something, and Vista downloads and installs updates in the background, since it missed the scheduled time, and then auto-reboots, without prompting for permission - and POOF!, your typing, or download (or whatever other work/play you were in the middle of), just went bye-bye.

You'd think that it would put up a message saying "Updates complete, rebooting in 30 seconds", with a "reboot later" option. That way it would still do the auto-update at 3am Monday without any needed interaction, but still give you an out in case it does the update while you're in the middle of actually doing something. That would be the sensible thing to do. But NooOOOOoooo! It reboots, no matter what you're doing! Utterly ridiculous!!

The desingers/architects/engineers in Redmond had to be smoking crack to come up with crap like UAC, the disc thrashing search engine, and the brain dead auto-update behavior.

Anyway, After doing all those tweaks, Vista became fairly pleasant to use, on my modern Dell Inspiron 1526 Laptop (2.4 GHz dual core CPU, 2 Gigs of Ram, ATI accelorated graphics card). It has really gorgeous graphics (the Aeroglass interface really is nice, and comparable to OSX's graphics) and nice packaged programs (Windows Mail, Calendar, Media player, etc nice apps - better than the old Outlook Express, or old Outlook, and better than the old Windows Media player).

I shudder to think how Vista would be on an older, less powerful machine.

It also helps that I dual boot with Linux Mint. When I get out of Vista and reboot into Mint, it's like going from a Hummer to a Honda.

Edited 2008-11-13 21:46 UTC

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