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I was not angry since I installed Windows Vista until this moment. Vaporware makes you feel all right, even smug, when you adopt it 6 months early. When you're a year early after the scheduled launch is already late and is extended by another half year due to instabilities? *Brandishes Eko's Jesus stick*

It's been four and a half years, for crying out loud! It will have been five and a half when Vista's finally out. The Cyber-Luddites who just installed WinXP last year are laughing at us! Slay all the French prisonersWindows Vista decision makers. No, wait, slay the developers too, for not mutinying earlier. Well, don't slay them, but put "little minds plagued by hobgoblins of corporate idiocy" dunce caps on them. Yes.

So, now we have to wait as long as a year before Microsoft, authorized vendors (such as IBM and Dell), and even our own campus and department systems staff will support an OS we've been using for 2 months? What did I tell you about "late early adoption"? BTW, Manhattan, KS is like Hobbiton when it comes to technology sometimes. Take a shot of courage, people!

Edit, 10:35 Sat 25 Mar 2006 - A couple of follow-ups, one funny, one not so funny:

  • I posted reviews of the films Crash and Failure to Launch earlier in the week and kaladhwen, jereeza, yahvah, and mrs_dragon (among others) thought I was posting about Windows Vista again!

    • Pride and Prejudice - "Bana, you are so un-1337! Just use Linux; it's so much better!"

    • The Constant Gardener - "ach, another copy of Windows for the manure heap!"

    • A History of Violence - after installing Vista 4 times, you'd feel like Crazy!Aragorn too...

    • Good Night, and Good Luck - self-explanatory

  • Meanwhile: I am still having that 2Gb RAM limit problem. I called Dell, and they don't even know when they are going to start supporting Windows Vista. The phone tech swears up and down that they have many corporate customers of their Inspiron 6000s who use WinXP Pro (or WinXP Home) with 2Gb RAM, though. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh.



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Mar. 25th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
I only installed XP this month... late adoption makes for a stable system:P
Mar. 25th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
Valinor was stable too!
Why, O users of Windows apps, why should we longer run the jealous XP Pro, who cannot keep us nor even their own domains secure from worms and exploits? And though it be now stable, are not they and Vista of one kin?

Vengeance calls me hence, but even were it otherwise I would no longer boot a Playskool GUI on top of Win2K's kernel. and of the thief of hundreds of hours of my time. Yet I am not the only early adopter in this valiant TEUNC. Have ye not all lost time and files?

And what else have ye lost, cooped here in a narrow obsolescence window with legacy search, networking, print, and display engines?

Mar. 25th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Valinor was stable too!
You'd better look out for ambushes and blarongs...

Besides, I'm more concerned about what I will lose... Backward compatibility is important; any news about that? (Not that it will matter for a long time to come... I suspect that my next PC will still run XP, at least to start with)
Mar. 25th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
IBM sold its desktop PC and laptop business to a Chinese corporation called Lenovo.
Mar. 25th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
Lenovo and North American vs. East Asian sales reps
Aha! That explains that weird Java updaty-thing.

Should I expect similar service compared to the unbeatable service I had before on the ThinkPad, or has it all gone to hell now that everything's outsourced?

I must say that I am able to communicate much better with the North American and Caribbean phone techs - be they African-American/Black Canadian, Asian, Anglo, Latino, or other - than with the east Asian techs. Most of the latter have been in India. They seem to speak English all right, but their accents are heavy, and more importantly, their comprehension of English is not like that of Indian students who come here. They also don't seem to be authorized to do anything nice for customers, such as authorizing the shipment of replacement SKU items, as the North American reps were.

Mar. 25th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Lenovo and North American vs. East Asian sales reps
I've never purchased an IBM computer, so I couldn't tell ya. The only brand-name PC I've ever purchased was a Gateway and I never called support because I never had problems with the hardware. Lame@the lack of niceness, though.
Mar. 27th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
That's how I felt with W95 *dumb typo fixed*
Having used M$ stuff dating back to DOS 2 or so, I was accustomed to their shinnanigans ... and counted myself a Gates supporter. But when I booted W95 in the lab I thought "This is not right ... this is not fair ... this is not decent" and truly contacted colleagues about mounting a class-action suit against M$ .... psychological abuse. No, really.


Anywhooo, I'm glad you're with Dell ... in my estimation the best of a crop of villains.
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