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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.



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Feb. 4th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Uh Bill, wknot this be a good time to say "Yep, it's a beta," and switch to an actual functioning OS?
Feb. 4th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
O Ye of Little Faith!
Fllo, dknot yew know that I lawaz run beta OSes on my gnuest noteboonk?

I had the public previews of Win2K (RC3) and WinXP (RC2) for about 2-3 months apiece afore their foficious releases (both were installed circa August, in 1999 and 2001 respectively). This is the earliest beta I've had, but wot the heck.

Besides, I had a crap WinXP Home install with mondo spyware and munged-up factory pre-installed "free trial" versions of a ton of co-branded apps on this Dell Inspiron 6000. It was a relief to get rid of those and have Vista Ultimate.

Also, you and I seem to have fidderent ideas about stability. My WinXP ThinkPad A31p used to lock up every week to two weeks for 3 years, until I said "to heck with it" and installed Win2K last September. For a few days after I installed Novell VNC on it, it locked up every day; I nuked it and it stopped. After that, a bad wireless driver switcheroo munged my TCP/IP stack; I reinstalled Win2K later that month and it's been stable since. Dreamweaver MX never failed to make XP lock up after being on for at most 7-10 days; no such problem with 2000.

My longest WinXP uptime was an upgrade from a public preview: I installed it around December 2001 or January 2002, and it stayed up without rebooting for 208 days. So you see, it's really the app stability that matters in the long run. If the filesystem features (search, etc.) are buggy, I can live with it as long as it doesn't corrupt files and cause me to lose work. I figure that's worth it if I can learn the new OS features and new GUI now, because I will be too busy later.

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