Linked by Adam S on Tue 14th Oct 2008 12:30 UTC
Windows According to the official Windows Vista Blog, Microsoft has decided that, in order to keep things simple, the OS code-named "Windows 7" will officially be called "Windows 7." Sayeth the poster: "since we began development of the next version of the Windows client operating system we have been referring to it by a codename, "Windows 7." But now is a good time to announce that we've decided to officially call the next version of Windows, "Windows 7."" Of course, this introduces a major issue - if the version number of Windows 7 is, in fact, 6.1 or 6.2, as many expect, how can you call it Windows 7? And if the kernel version is updated to version 7, how many apps and drivers might fail due to poor version checking? I'm sure the upcoming PDC and WinHEC events will shed some light on this.
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*YAWN*
by bornagainenguin on Tue 14th Oct 2008 14:21 UTC
bornagainenguin
Member since:
2005-08-07

Am I the only one whose lost nearly all enthusiasm for new Microsoft releases these days?

I used to at least follow stuff when XP was still known as Whistler and actually liked the Watercolours theme back in the earlier betas.

I even followed Vista quite a bit back when it was still known as Longhorn and found myself entranced by the various screenshots and videos of the Operating System, despite my decision to start moving to Linux at the earliest possibility.

Having used Vista quite a bit at the store and while working on people's computers and having verified for myself just how broken the OS is I simply can't seem to get excited about Windows 7 the way I used to about earlier Microsoft releases.

Is anyone else feeling this way? Did you used to be all geeked out about the newest and latest features in Windows (stuff like .Net, WinFS, Monad) and now just can't force the same kind of enthusiam you once had?

--bornagainpenguin

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RE: *YAWN*
by jack_perry on Tue 14th Oct 2008 16:05 in reply to "*YAWN*"
jack_perry Member since:
2005-07-06

Am I the only one whose lost nearly all enthusiasm for new Microsoft releases these days?


Yes, you are. The rest of us lost nearly all enthusiasm back when they touted Windows 3.0 and MS-DOS 6 as cutting edge. :-P

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RE: *YAWN*
by wakeupneo on Tue 14th Oct 2008 16:25 in reply to "*YAWN*"
wakeupneo Member since:
2005-07-06

No, you're not alone. Waaaaay back ...I once downloaded a beta of what would become Windows98 - Memphis....over a dialup connection! It took 5 days with the connection being dropped deliberately by my ISP every 2 hours. Oh, the thrill of loading that up on my 486 laptop with 8mb of RAM. Sure, it ran like a pig with chronic arthritis...but it was 'state-of-the-art' baby! ;)

I've been using various flavours of Linux as my primary OS for going on 6 years now and rarely give Windows a second glance. That's not to say they don't do some good stuff...I'm just not a member of their target market anymore.

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RE[2]: *YAWN*
by bornagainenguin on Tue 14th Oct 2008 17:59 in reply to "RE: *YAWN*"
bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

jack_perry joked...

Yes, you are. The rest of us lost nearly all enthusiasm back when they touted Windows 3.0 and MS-DOS 6 as cutting edge. :-P


LOL. I don't think I was even playing with Windows seriously at that point. Maybe I was only using WordPerfect Dos at that time? I forget, it was a while ago, but I think at that time I was much more of an end-user.

wakeupneo reminisced...
No, you're not alone. Waaaaay back ...I once downloaded a beta of what would become Windows98 - Memphis....over a dialup connection! It took 5 days with the connection being dropped deliberately by my ISP every 2 hours. Oh, the thrill of loading that up on my 486 laptop with 8mb of RAM. Sure, it ran like a pig with chronic arthritis...but it was 'state-of-the-art' baby! ;)


I think I may have seen that one floating around at one of the other forums I've been a member of. I never ran it on my desktop, but I do remember being enamored by the IE4 desktop update when it first came out. I eventually moved into the 98Lite camp though and became all about deintergrating IE from the desktop, even though I still liked IE when used in one of the many shells for it allowing tabs and ad-blocking.

wakeupneo commented...
I've been using various flavours of Linux as my primary OS for going on 6 years now and rarely give Windows a second glance. That's not to say they don't do some good stuff...I'm just not a member of their target market anymore.


Ditto here. I may still run Windows XP on my entertainment box but its been Linux all the way on my laptops for awhile now. Especially on my Eee901, now that I've licked the battery life issues with eee-control-tray!

--bornagainpenguin

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RE: *YAWN*
by Bit_Rapist on Tue 14th Oct 2008 21:34 in reply to "*YAWN*"
Bit_Rapist Member since:
2005-11-13

Yep big time my friend.

I find that I can't get excited anymore. Their software has reached the point where its over complicated and each upgrade is a performance hog.

The magic is gone, if it was ever really there to begin with.

I still do windows for a living, but I don't get excited over it anymore.

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