Vista = Heather Mills
XP = Linda McCartney (except XP isn't dead...yet)
Vista = Heather Mills
XP = Linda McCartney (except XP isn't dead...yet)
Microsofts problem is not lack of talent it's untalented people in the wrong places undoing all of the good work, i know of the 'massive' arguments between the Windows Live email dev team and the advertising team. One is trying to make good use of the available screen real estate then some git comes along and insists on a massive ad banner across the top of the screen.
This is the difference between Windows and OSX, Apple don't have to make money from OSX they're a hardware supplier. MS on the other hand need to make money from all of their software (well rely on big income from some products anyway). I suspect this is the same problem that will mar any attempt by Google to bring out a decent alternative, except that Google can rely on thousands of free workers to do most of their R&D ;-)
Damn is it that time, i make it beer o'clock. See you all later people and have a good bank hol :-)
Last edited by cookie_monster; 20th March 2008 at 06:02 PM.
@cookie: Sp2 firewall was turned on by default with sp2.
I have vista on a laptop and a pc at home and its fine for me. UAC does not bother me that much and generally everything works okay. Both are older models and nothing fancy.
The biggest problems I had were all related to poor initial release drivers but things seem fine now.
The thing I would miss the most is then new start menu. Love just typing a few letters in a hitting enter but thats not to say I couldnt live without it.
Its a lot like most bling orientated features, not essential but its nice (and this includes Mac *bling* features)
Sp1 did fix my file copy problems and everything is fine now.
Generally its not ready for schools yet but its getting better and pc specs are better (this summer we drop in 2gb of ram on new pc's)
Apples efforts with OSX are all the more remarkable considering they're core business has been as an online music retailer for several years. I wouldn't be surprised if the computer biz hadn't turned a profit until very recently.
@ ZeroHour: yes i know i was talking about the previous 3 years when the 'Internet connection firewall' was turned off by default. BIG mistake. Might not of made it super clear though ;-)
Apple bought a good OS and have added too it but they have a much easier job than MS. However all credit to them if only the Linux world was improving as fast.
Last edited by cookie_monster; 20th March 2008 at 06:14 PM.
Yeh i remeber chuckling to my self about that when doing the 2K Pro cert, it was hardly user friendly though.
I have absolutely no problem with Vista. No going to put it on the network at school yet because our staff hate change!
Don't mind user account control, just proves that computers haven't taken over yet if people are still making them ask for your permission to do something.
Not sure why Microsoft programmed it to ask when you started something. It should prompt when the computer does something itself, i.e: auto updates, backups, scheduled tasks, etc...
Like i said, no problems!
Well when it was first released i tried it on some machines, and vista was actually quicker on the same hardware for most parts, but the annoyances of this OS are so great it needs binning. (These are all pre SP1)
1) Why when joined to a domain and you type "Administrator" in the username box, it switches from the domain as the logon to, to the local pc. Bring msgina back! the new domain logon screen sucks.
2) Why does it sit there for minutes and minutes saying "Preparing your desktop" (no roaming profiles). I do not have time to wait, i need to use the PC.
3) Why by default are the desktop icons set for blind people?
4) 2 Identical PC's one with XP one with Vista. Double click the shared area on both pc's XP pc in 1 second flat loads the shared area on XP has loaded. Vista 2 minutes later is still slowly loading it
5) Explorer, why does it crash and hang so much. The amount of not respondings its not funny
6) The interface is nothing short of cluttered. Just browsing files hurts my head now , it was more efficient and easier in Windows 3.1s File Manager.
7) Why in explorer must you try and preview every file as thumbnail, then when you turn it off, pictures do not show as thumbnails, the one file type you do want as thumnails.
8) More wizards, as if XP did not have enough! Vista i'm not an idiot, i do not need help!
9) any need for god knows how many different versions of Vista? 2 Max, even thats too many. MS you had it right with NT Workstation and NT Server.
10) System requirments, they are stupid. Why do i need 1gb ram just to play a DVD without jerking? Its somthing Windows 2000 and XP could do on a lot less, the OS is just bloated, and needs stupid requiments to do basic tasks. Might get an old PC out maybe a 500Mhz, 256 Meg RAM, i can surf the internet, play a DVD, word process, file manage, all fine. Now i need 2Gig of RAM, beefy graphics card and Xeon processor just to do the same.
11) File copy, how many days is it going to take? File copying and network share access has worked flawlessly for over 15 years, Vista comes along, can not do basics!
12) So many applications not working (not really vista's fault, but not good when the other list of problems are there)
13) Product Activation. Its too much effort now, i do not like it, KMS Server and all that faffing.
I see XP being here for MANY years yet to come. Its mature, works, and does everything needed. All MS needed to do was put the Areo interface on XP. But no, they have made a right mess, this is the only version of Windows i have ever hated. Yes i liked Windows ME
farmerste (7th April 2008)
I agree with everything else you say especially the last paragraph.- do an XP design refresh and you've got something miles better than Vista brought bang up to date. As for the file manager, yes it confused the hell out of me aswell. After years of use in millions of installations how difficult is it for anyone to understand full file paths, what on earth is the need for all the dumbing down.
I think the worst thing about Vista, for its image, MS and the user in general is how much of a difference there is between different hardware. For example even pre sp1 it worked perfectly on my laptop well, short of the file copy. It even ran perfectly fine on an old Athlon XP that I was using it on but again a lot of this seems to depend on the hardware that you are running. This is probably a direct reflection on how competent the hardware suppliers are at making the required drivers.
I think some of the criticisms about the UI are simply because people are pissed at actually having to learn something new. The control panel and networking settings redesign are stupid though as they are now the opposite of clean and simplified.
Yes the spec jump to make it run is larger than between 2000 and XP but there was only 2-3 years between those releases, rather than the abysmal 6ish that we had to wait for Vista.
I think that Vista is getting there and I do think that it will mature into a operating system that will be feasible for school use. If nothing else it will force software developers to up their game and program new software in a less retarded way to remain competitive (by supporting the latest OS with tougher standards) and that will be good for everyone. If only we could get rid of all of the old and not old rubbish software in schools we could reap the benefit.
It's the speed of Vista that makes it frustrating for me - I've got a decent Dell Vostro at home (scores of 5.9 all the way on Vista performance index - quad core, 4Gb, etc) but it still doesn't feel responsive. It's not that it's slow, but compared to OS X or XP it's sluggish.
It's actually better under boot camp on my Macbook Pro, but that's using Vista Business not Home Premium so maybe that helps.
In truth, I'd find it hard to justify Vista to our schools am glad Becta have taken the stance they have with it, I just don't see Vista as an upgrade.
Have had a little play with os x leopard server which is really nice.
As for Vista, maybe i need to time to get used to it but the windows explorer is a mess.
Both need to go back to the drawing board when it comes to file and folder navigation.
Would be nice to know what features or what you would do to improve it or what you expect from finder or explorer ( depending on which OS you are on about )
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