Hey, Starkers. I just got a call from Bill and he wants you to head up their Vista PR team in Oz
Dunno it's a job I'd want or take....been working on entry into Oz politics as a (Customizing) independent to give lil Johnny a run for his money. Gonna expound the virtues of customizing everything (including politics) to the Oz public and hopefully then we'll be able oust the little prick.
Been the most hated individual over the last 10 - 15 years, and yet he still gets elected.
Vista is, to put it simply, the best choice for some, not the best for others. But there's no reason to criticize people for using Vista just because it happens to be your own personal O/S of choice.
This is exactly it! I can see that Vista would not be ideal for your laptop needs, but over time and SP releases that could change to allow more efficient use in the future. Your choice of XP at this time is a practical thing, and I can live with that. What I find bemusing and difficult to understand is people who knock Vista for knocking's sake.
During a recent debate, I asked this bloke why he knocked Windows and Microsoft so, particularly being that he's been running the full gamut of Windows OSes since 98. His answer: "Well why not, everybody else does!"
My response was that if the bloke next door hated and caused him problems, would it be right for the whole suburb, town, state, country to follow suit? Naturally his answer was no! Think I got the point home, that you don't put your hand in the fire cos stupid others are doing it.
Whatever happened to backwards compatibility?
I think, when it comes to Vista, this is the responsibility of both MS and 3rd party devs. While MS could have been more backwards compatibility oriented, the major software developers/hardware manufacturers had ample time to invest in Vista forwards compatibility as well.
Obviously the more complex the software the more complex it is to revise to a new OS, but it's not impossible. While some devs have updated their apps to be Vista compatible/compliant, others have been rather tardy, seemingly disinterested, even.
Essentially, the entire computing industry needs to move forward in unison, otherwise the innovation and progressive OSes will either sit on the shelf or cease to exist. This is not what we want or need....why I feel it's a shame that Vista has not fared well in the marketplace due to poor marketing in all quarters, and bad press which many have taken as gospel and thus will shun Vista entirely, at least until they're forced by failing hardware, etc, to upgrade.
Essentially, I think MS tries to release sound and practical software that works out of the box, but for all the aforementioned reasons, a multitude of configurations to comply with, it's not going to work right out of the box for everyone every time....and from that supposed
failing, there's a whole horde of MS haters/detractors coming out of the woodwork to try hammer another nail in Bill's corporate coffin.
Of course it's all too easy to remember ALL those things which didn't go as MS planned, or would have liked....just as easy too, to forget that which simply did as it was supposed to out of the box with little or no fuss at all. Yep, how easy it is to take something for granted, simply because it IS - does its job.