I came into the office this morning to see that Blue had some opinions he wished to express about Windows Vista.
"In 1999 Microsoft gave us Windows ME, seven years later they gave us Windows ME 2 (Windows Vista)" - Blue
J: What do you mean Blue?
B: Well do remember Windows ME back in the 1990s? That was one poor excuse of an Operating System, built on not much better Windows 98 before it!
J: Yes I do, it was terrible, specially when you consider Windows 2000 Professional was available at the same time for business people. But surely Vista isn’t as bad as Windows ME Blue?
B: Your right, it isn’t, its worst that Windows ME! Vista is like a bad Sequel after XP, think Star Trek V, Sting 2, Star Wars 1, Speed 2, Batman & Robin, Jaws 4, Spiderman 4.
J: What, they are doing another Spiderman film?
J: So what is so wrong with Windows Vista?
B: Well you got a new machine the other day after your last Vista machine couldn’t repair itself and to be honest was a little under powered anyway (2.8 GHz 1.5 GB RAM and 128MB Video) . You also had a clients Vista machine that couldn’t repair itself either that week!
J: Yes and yes, but now my old Machine has Linux Ubuntu 8.04 on it.
B: I know, it feels like a new machine does it? And with 3D desktop enabled it puts Vista and Mac visual effects to shame?
J: Your right, it does Blue. But I think that’s a topic for another day
B: Well here is my list of complaints so far…
1. Forget about speed unless you have a 2.0GHz Duo machine and then I’d be looking at Quad Core if you can stretch to it
2. Control Panel mayhem, I can’t find anything quickly
J: Ah, but your meant to search for everything in Vista, programs, email, documents etc, that’s the thinking behind Vista
b: True, but try searching for "Windows Updates" and nothing will appear because you didn’t type it "Windows Update", that’s just laziness on Microsoft part
J: Okay, next
3. Coping files over network has only been fixed with Service Pack 1, why would they ship an OS with a problem like this?
4. Service Pack 1 actually slows down Vista, forget about it speeding things up or adding any new features
5. Mapped Network drives in a Workgroup environment never remember your passwords
6. How many ways do you need to shutdown the computer? Sometimes it doesn’t actually shutdown, it sleeps and even that doesn’t work correctly on your new desktop computer, remember this morning you wasted 20 minutes?
J: Okay, okay we are getting the picture, so what do you suggest?
B: Not much choice, Microsoft will stop large computer manufactures from ship XP machines in June, Windows 7 won’t be around till 2009/10. Linux debate always comes down to the choice of applications you need to run and isn’t as easy as Windows or Apple, although this is improving. Apple operating system has MS Office and Adobe applications going for it, but they are expensive compared to the specs of a Windows machine and if you’re a large company, Apple Servers are ludicrously expensive bit of kit, £3,000 for a basic server. What do you think Jamie?
J: Well I think if your out for a new laptop or desktop which will run Vista, 2 GB of RAM, 2 GHz Duo Processors and separate video card which doesn’t steal system memory or is what you should be aiming at.