February 1st, 2006


More Vista woes

Here are some additional notes about Vista CTP Build 5270. Any ideas or findings would be appreciated.

1. After wrestling with bluescreens due to Symantec Antivirus incompatibility, Aero transparency goes away soon after every startup, and I don't know how to get it back.
2. The operating system itself is less reliable than applications. Explorer is crashy. The IE7 beta is mildly crashy; I've had it quit once in four days of intense usage, which was typical for IE6. Firefox 1.5 is solid as a rock.
3. Applications compatibility is pretty good, with isolated exceptions. WinZip 10.0b works perfectly. PowerArchiver 2006 doesn't. Symantec AntiVirus.
4. Vista is quite the memory hog, draining about 1% of the 6-cell battery on my Dell Inspiron 6000 per minute. This is a notebook with wireless networking (802.11b) and WUXGA (1900x1200) at full brightness, but I don't play music or video when I am not plugged in.
5. The GUI is less cumbersome than I first thought, but it still opens folders in the same window instead of in their own windows, and I can't find the option to change this. (This used to be in "Folder Options" for every folder.)
6. There is one problem that is driving me nuts: I call it the "jumping cursor" phenomenon. As I type in web forms (e.g., LiveJournal), every dozen lines or so, my cursor will spontaneously jump to some other spot in the form. At first, I thought this was related to the "cursor lock" problem on Dell Inspirons, where the touchpad just stops functioning in Windows for a few seconds, but this typing problem happens even if I have a USB mouse plugged in.

Edit, 12:00 CST Sat 04 Feb 2006 - I'm still trying to get the IT Helpdesk to get back to me. They never answer my e-mails, you know. DCE not only doesn't answer, but tells me when I cc other people and then phone them that they figured the other person would take care of it! Grr. Time to republish the User-Centric Manifesto, I guess.