Vista really does suck
For reasons that need not concern us here--but also involve the massive suckitude of Microsoft's monopoly--I had to go buy a laptop the other day.
Never mind that the trip took five hours--four from public transportation to and from "the mall."
No, the extra hour for "optimizing" the laptop is what got me. The big box retailer charged me thrity bucks ($30) to fix the Windoze registry and rip out a lot of crap that shouldn't me on the machine in the first place, like marketingware, and then install the myriad of patches that had come out since Vista was burned on the machine.
$30 I should never have had to pay in the first place!. It's like buying a car and they charge you to inflate the tires or something.
Get a Mac, people.
UPDATE And then there's the WiFi that doesn't "just" work, with the router firmware upgrades, the Googling for incomprehensible error messages, reading endless forum threads as the variously damaged users offer mutual support... Gad. What a fucking time sink. Of course, if I had the right attitude, I'd be preaching the greatness of Vista and consulting in it. Kinda like our Democratic consultants, if you think about it.