Give Vista Another Chance
Posted 26 July 2008 - 04:13 PM
I think Microsoft should never have allowed the whole "Vista Ready" computer mess to happen.
Clearly state what is needed to safely run the software and don't play games with your customers.
Posted 26 July 2008 - 05:00 PM
Posted 26 July 2008 - 06:08 PM
Posted 26 July 2008 - 06:41 PM
Posted 27 July 2008 - 04:24 AM
Posted 27 July 2008 - 04:40 AM
I personally think that Vista can more accurately be compared to Windows ME, a system fraught with problems. An unnecessary and untimely OS with few improvements (and many flaws), released with the sole intent of making money. I've said it before, and I'll say it again... The OS is not about a pretty interface, but should be about ease of use with a minimal learning curve, and compatibility with software and hardware which is less than a year or two old.
The only situation in which I'd recommend Vista, is to someone buying a new machine for the first time, and who has no old hardware or software they want to install.
Posted 27 July 2008 - 04:44 AM
The onsite support industry generally offers good value for money. Last year I was able to keep the equivalent of a grade school teacher's salary after paying all costs of running a business, and that's with $99.00 as a minimum charge. Try walking a mile in someone else's shoes before slamming a whole industry.
I enjoy helping people who do not have IT in their background to get their computers to do what they wish them to do, and most of them don't mind paying for service. If you want RAM installed for $20 or $30, take it to an electronics store, don't expect someone to come to you with entry level technician salaries in the mid-40s and gas at $4.00 per gallon.
Posted 27 July 2008 - 07:42 AM
Posted 27 July 2008 - 12:19 PM
I would have to disagree. Not because I suffer from angst nor fear, simply because Vista is not a big enough leap ahead in technology.
It really feel like an XP patch with 2006 GUI update.
I personally prefer the look and parts of UI of Vista over any other Microsoft Windows OS, but Vista is truly that skin deep when it comes to productivity & over all ease of use.
I am also greatly saddened that Microsoft can still not produce a 64bit OS with complete 32bit backward compatibility.
I have intalled 32bit and 64bit OS on all 20 of our Networked PC's and with testing over the last 2months, 64bit Vista/XP is still a fringe interest with limited advantages over deploying 32bit versions with greater compatibility.
I waited for the completion of SP1 to install Vista, and even though I would really love to stay with Vista, I have been rolling back to our XP backups leaving 1Vista machine for testing of future service packs.
UI is pretty much like XP with some backwards steps in usability. General file exploration has reduced productivity, and increased button clicks for similar aspects in XP.
Networking is just so slow and buggy in Vista. And while there are ways to speed up networking in Vista, it is not enough.
I'll never understand the security argument. Perhaps for home users this is true but in a business network there are few excuses (besides plain ignorance in IT Security) in being unable to maintain a secure XP business network (or any network connected to the internet in this day of age).
I look forward to Windows 7. I hope MS gets this one right.
Posted 27 July 2008 - 11:24 PM
Ive noticed that there appear to be three primary rhetorical-pieces of propaganda, currently, being used, the most, to support Microsoft (in their, more and more, desperate attempt to push/rescue "Vista").
They appear to be:
1- Claim that every new version of "Windows" has actually faced the -same- "resistance"... In this case specifically mentioned were "Windows 98", "Windows-2000", and "XP". And then, it was pointed-out how well they were eventually received.
What is glossed-over by this, rather, thin-argument, are the REAL (genuinely-justified) technological, and/or market, flops. These include "Windows 95" (which had so many bugs, and incompatibilities that Microsoft had to release a series of major patches/upgrades, just to address many of its glaring-problems... culminating in the final, major, patch... You may have heard of it... It was called "Windows 98"). And, there was also "Windows ME" (...even Microsoft admits what a complete disaster that actually was). And, even "Windows XP" DID, in fact, have quite a few, major, compatibility issues, and DID cost consumers a great deal to switch-over. And, it would be supremely loose with the truth to not point-out that fact that "Windows-XP" HAS had the, single, worst security-history of virtually ANY software, or, that many of XPs "features" ("Product Activation", "WGA", etc.) have thoroughly annoyed consumers (and effectively stripped them of several, basic, consumer-rights).
So... yes, much new software has faced some initial resistance, but sometimes it WAS, in fact, fully warranted. And, resistance to "Vistas" adoption has hardly simply been met with some, general, unfocused, unease with its "newness". Much of the industry actually seems to be in, almost, full-scale rebellion against Microsofts latest products.
2- Imply that "Vistas" (and in a, somewhat, larger context, Microsofts) market-troubles are merely a "perception" issue.
This, of course, ignores the most basic realities of the computer-industry, IT-professionals, and consumer, responses (to very real problems, Microsoft-actions, and consumer-needs). These are NOT merely "perceptions" (as Microsoft, so clearly, desperately wants consumers to accept). They are often very real, and serious, issues. And, frankly, intentionally ignoring (or trying to SPIN your way out of) these types of realities, is the height of corporate arrogance, and foolishness. And, in the long-run is, almost certainly, doomed to failure.
3- Actively, assert that anyone that points-out, such unflattering, realities... is simply an, unreasoning, "MS-basher"... who doesnt actually understand what they are talking about... and who, therefore, should simply be ignored. This is the classic "...all right -thinking people agree"... argument. Unfortunately, it appears that it is actually a very sizable-number (of both, consumers, and IT-professionals), that clearly hold an opinion contrary to Microsofts wishes. In short, this particular SPIN is nothing more than a load of insulting rhetoric. And, again, the preponderance of realities and facts appear to finally be, inexorably, grinding-away at this type of, fundamentally-dishonest, attempt at market-manipulation.
So... time, after time, after time... consumers HAVE given Microsoft additional chances (after numerous, poor-products... repeated, often-illegal market-manipulation... seemingly-perpetual security-failures... and abuses committed against consumers time, and time-again). However, like parents with a thoroughly spoiled, self-centered, BRAT... at some point, the realities of the situation will have to, finally, be addressed (the problems simply become too great to ignore, and external-factors forcibly-intervene). And, perhaps, the "problems" with "Vista" finally are the shock needed to push past the, seemingly-boundless, apathy of consumer/market-inertia.
Posted 28 July 2008 - 11:04 AM