It just occurred to me what using my now-several-months-old laptop reminds me of.
It’s a reasonably beefed-out Thinkpad, with plenty of memory, and (ahem) it came preloaded with Microsoft Vista. I stifled my instinct to reload it on day one, thinking that the naysayers on Vista were simply disgruntled… well, disgruntled “whatever-you-have-to-be-disgruntled-about to be overly harsh about Vista.” Wrong-o, to my chagrin.
The performance of my machine honestly reminds me of the days of Windows 3.1, with (in terms of sheer performance relative to reasonably expectations) Windows 3.1 coming out the clear winner.
Windows Vista is an unspeakably bad operating system implementation, and compares so unfavorably to each of the last three generations of Microsoft desktop operating systems that I cannot think of any non-profane way to describe it. Yet, here I am trying to avoid potty-mouthing my own blog. So it’s a conundrum.
It will take me days of effort to reload my machine and reliably assure myself that I got everything restored, but my disgust with the worthless alleged advances of Vista has finally overcome my desire to avoid computer busywork. I’m reverting to XP, knowing that the speed I gain in doing so should recoup me the time lost in reversion. I project a payback of two weeks or less. Yes, Vista is that badly done.
I repeat – I’m no Microsoft basher, and I’ve been a satisfied user of their desktop operating systems for 20+ years. But Vista has no upside to cancel out its hideous performance downside, and is an abortion best avoided.
Addendum – 3/3/2008: I’m presently half-way done replacing Vista with XP Pro. My disdain for it is such that I look forward to never using Vista again. Luckily for me, my disdain hasn’t reached critical levels, as it has for some people.
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