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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.

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Submitted by Jakebnto on

ready to go. Vista works fine. I don't like all the stuff it does in the background without telling you what the hell it IS doing, but it recovers from drivers faults pretty well, and it is far more bullet proof than is XP. At least at home - my work Dell laptop with xp is rock solid, but I try to keep crap off the work machine.


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Submitted by vastleft on

I've yet to fall in love with the various OS X felines, at least in terms of UI.

I'm happy to stick with XP, to the extent one is "allowed to" on a new machine, which unfortunately is not much.

The only thing I like on Vista is the chess game, which does a good job reminding me of how badly I've forgotten how to play.

Also, you gotta love the helpful, paternalistic warnings like "The shift key can cause viruses, are you sure you want to type capital letters?" The interruptions prevent unhealthy obsessive behaviors like completing a thought or any work whatsoever. Combined with Norton, it will get even more suffocatingly, naggingly protective. What's not to like?

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Submitted by scarshapedstar on

Vastleft, you just reminded me of Harrison Bergeron...

George and Hazel were watching television. There were tears on Hazel’s cheeks, but she’d forgotten for the moment what they were about.

On the television screen were ballerinas.

A buzzer sounded in George’s head. His thoughts fled in panic, like bandits from a burglar alarm.

“That was a real pretty dance, that dance they just did,” said Hazel.

“Huh?” said George.

“That dance – it was nice,” said Hazel.

“Yup,” said George. He tried to think a little about the ballerinas. They weren’t really very good – no better than anybody else would have been, anyway. They were burdened with sashweights and bags of birdshot, and their faces were masked, so that no one, seeing a free and graceful gesture or a pretty face, would feel like something the cat drug in. George was toying with the vague notion that maybe dancers shouldn’t be handicapped. But he didn’t get very far with it before another noise in his ear radio scattered his thoughts.

George winced. So did two out of the eight ballerinas...

But I still believe
And I will rise up with fists!!

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Submitted by vastleft on

I first encountered it as an element in "Between Time and Timbuktu," and the 2000 election brought it to mind -- as the media decided it needed to make a horserace out of a sleazy, moronic frat boy vs. a genuine, humane, and accomplished statesman.

Wingnut welfare and a thumb on the electoral scale -- why is that Republicans are so politically correct?

Submitted by lambert on

... is that the PC has become so commoditized that the big box retailer made its margin by selling me the removal of "features" that shouldn't have been there in the first place.

MS sells bloatware, the manufacturer loads the machine up with useless crap from marketing, and the retailer charges me to clean up the mess.

I'd call that a win-win situation!

And where the heck is the shell? I need to get some work done!

Then again, maybe the holidaze are getting to me. It's been an irritating few days.

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan

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Submitted by vastleft on

... is a true leap forward in the general utility of the UI? My experience is one or two cats out of date, so maybe I've missed some big improvements.

I was a crazy LISA/Mac guy up through System 7, migrated to PCs with Windows 3.x and beyond, and came back to light use of Macs in the iMac era.

Before Win 3.x, I was a huge pro-Mac bigot but gradually found the differences much smaller than billed, with increasing advantages going to the PC (like right mouse-button support everywhere) and as always commodity hardware.

I've had substantial reliability issues on both types of systems, and I frankly found the OS X interface innovations not that inviting to someone with early Mac and PC background.

Though I'm mostly on a PC these days, I switch between the systems with reasonable ease (though, again, I have more of a handle on the XP interface than either the latest Mac ones or Vista), and I just don't feel all that religious about it either way anymore.

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Submitted by FeralLiberal on

In my workplace, I'm still trying to get rid of the last of the Windows 98 boxes.

OSX is solid, but I still prefer OS9, there was a simple elegance to it, not so gimicky.

I know XP pretty thoroughly so that's what I use the most, but I have to be able to support whatever ends up at work.