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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negativity
Member since:
2006-02-23

"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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Spellcheck Member since:
2007-01-20

And what part of "shortcuts on the desktop" doesn't solve the file problem?

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negativity Member since:
2006-02-23

His desktop has plenty of icons and even shortcuts already set. The problem is that unless it is really comprehensive, it doesn't fix the problems I am afraid.

Also when he downloads files as in email attaches they go to the desktop. If he could organize things by himself, I am sure it wouldn't be a problem, as he would already understand more what is going on... Think for instance every time he needs to browse for a file, in those file opening windows... Unless the shortcuts were all there as well, in a comprehensive way, he would have problem navigating the directories to find what he needs...

Let's say, the more the O.S. organized the things and made them straightforward by default, the less the user would need to learn about what's going on to get things done.

The O.S. needs to behave well by default.

BTW, sometimes when he is playing Carom3D, the dialog of the antivirus is activated on the background and the game window is "minimized", and he needs to click back on the taskbar game window button to go back to it and resume it.

These little annoyances can be stressful, like those windows asking for updates of programs, or Windows taskbar messages warning the user of something...

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