Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th May 2007 13:19 UTC
Windows Months go, I reviewed Windows Vista, and concluded: "All in all, I am impressed by Windows Vista [...]. Windows Vista is better than XP, and definitely more than just an improved look as many say." After 5 months of usage, it is time to put that statement into perspective.
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Do you think so?

Because my daddy started learning about computers when he was about 60 or so, and while he is still sharp enough, I just can't teach him everything about how to use Windows. All in all, it's a fairly frustrating experience for me and for him.

Will Windows Vista "fix" that?

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JonathanBThompson Member since:

Then see what happens when you try to teach him everything about linux!

I suspect the reality that regardless of how sharp he is, he just can't get into a new mindset about certain things, so it may not matter much which OS you place in front of him: he'll still remain perpetually perplexed. The exact details about what hangs him up may differ, but the overall pattern is likely to remain.

These days, I'm not convinced your father would be any better with a Mac with OS X because it has become of a similar complexity level with non-obvious things.

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negativity Member since:

"Then see what happens when you try to teach him everything about linux! "

Thanks for answering. He basically uses a lot Firefox for browsing and email (Yahoo). Sometimes he needs to listen to music and he needs to find them in the harddrive, which is hard for him to do, as Windows Explorer can have so many folders and subfolders... He also uses his digital camera for taking pictures and films, and he needs to find them when they are synchronized to the harddisk. Eventually he needs to edit some photos, resize them for sending by email attaches, and so on. He also plays a couple of games online, mainly chess on Yahoo and a pool game called Carom3D. Sometimes he wishes he could denounce other Carom3D gamers who misbehave, as when he gets out of his mind and misbehaves himself, he is denounced and banned from the game for a few days or even a few weeks...

But all of this is so hard and frustrating on him and on me, as I can't teach him everything and make him remember them when he needs them.

You are right that any O.S. would be hard, but I find Windows has failed so far, because he has been on it for the last three years and it's still hard for him. Windows XP, BTW.

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