Newest Obsession #5: Windows Vista

Windows Vista

I know, I know, “What?!?!”  Windows Vista has gotten a pretty bad rap in the mainstream media… and the non-mainstream media, technical trade publications, non-technical publications, blogs, tv, etc. etc.  It’s true: Vista isn’t perfect.  And there were a lot of issues with it when it was initially released.  Most of these issues stemmed from incompatible hardware drivers.

On the other hand, Mac OS has enjoyed an almost “Messiah” status, mostly amongst the Starbucks crowd (you know who you are).  I don’t disagree that Mac OS is pretty darn slick, and in reality, my next computer purchase will probably be a Mac (especially since they now come with Intel processors, and thus allow me to run Windows as well).

That being said, I have to admit that I only recently upgraded to Windows Vista (yes, I consider it an upgrade), and it is pretty darn slick in it’s own right.  If you consider the fact that Microsoft has to cater to thousands of hardware manufacturers for compatibility, while Mac has had to cater to only one (and now a handful), it’s a pretty impressive feat.  If Windows only needed to run on a handful of computer models, there would have been no backlash, and all the time and effort spent on hardware compatibility could have been spent on innovation.  But even with the odds stacked against them, they were able to come out with something pretty decent.

After having used it for a couple of months now, I still have only scratched the surface of what it can do, and I look forward to finding out what else is hiding in there.  As the saying goes, knowledge is power, and the more you know about what Vista can do and how it works, the more accepting you would probably be of it yourself… but don’t call me to find out what those things are, please, i’ve got my hands full at the moment.


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