Vista Bashing – The Comments Were Superb

When I posted the original article ‘Is It Really Vista Bashing If You Dislike The New OS’, I expected some lively comments and I was not disappointed.  But what became obvious was the amount of thought some of the people who had commented put into their writings. Some partial examples were:

From Ryan:

They need to come up with some kind of a Godwin’s style Law for Microsoft fanboys telling me I’m at fault for Windows Vista getting in the way of how I use my computer, I really actually liked Windows 98, 2000, and XP all the way up to where they infected it with WGA and such, and even then I tried to press on with it, despite some aggravating screwups on it’s part.

Before you ask, I was a paying Windows customer since the days of Windows 3.1, so don’t even start about “Linux fanboy” or “Windows hater”, Vista simply doesn’t do things the way I want them done, and that makes it useless for me.

The point where I had enough was when I attempted to upgrade some older systems to it, which ran XP fine, but were literally being crushed to death by Vista, I have a Compaq laptop with 1 GB of RAM and a 1.8 Ghz Sempron, which is no speed demon, but should still run an operating system, and with Ubuntu on it, I can even get away with some light gaming, with Sauerbraten, Planet Penguin Racer, etc, those wouldn’t even run at all (Windows versions) on Vista.

From mhz:

Hehe, like it or not, it costs less in the short run to provide unfinished software, so everyone will continue to do it in perpetuity. It is a successful business model now, isn’t it? I don’t know for sure if Microsoft pioneered it, but the perception certainly is there….

Even IT professionals constantly unload millions of dollars in contracts for “unfinished software” from various vendor sources, and they (presumably) have the means to investigate ahead of time. Consumers in (banking/healthcare/other? ) have no idea how often they are unwitting participants in software “beta testing.” Software is often developed in realtime, relying on constant feedback to identify bugs.

I’m waiting for a “breaking news” event where a consumer is wronged and subpoenas eventually reveal that software behind the failed system was part of a “beta” or “early adopter” agreement between companies, with the consumer unknowingly in the middle. It likely happens all the time, but the consumer just doesn’t know to ask the right questions.

From Media-Ted:

Several light thoughts on a very heavy subject – heavy because of all the Promises made, … then broken; heavy because of expectations of users for improvements; heavy because of mounting disappointments. It’s also heavy because of all the history of “new-fangled” things in their day(s). F’r’nstance: the automobile; the first few years were full of noise, dreams, mechanical failures – and refusal to accept the horseless carriage over the tried and true horse which knew the way home, … even if the rider was to tired – or drunk – to find his own way.

I may be a wee bit rusty here (only 60), but it seems that cars had bad “shimmees” when they went over certain speeds – somewhere between 35 and 55 mp/h. They whined; they were underpowered and there was a mighty push and competition between power, roominess (size and weight increases – which negatively affected the available power), and gadgets. In fact, it wasn’t until the mid-to-late 1950’s that major producers began using 12 volt batteries to start the engines which, by now, were expected to power such things as steering, brake assist, and air conditioning pumps, so the starters had a tremendous load facing them – as well as higher compression and added pistons.

From Bruce Dardin:

Yes, it is “Vista Bashing” if the author hasn’t bothered to use the product for a reasonable amount of time or if they get the majority of their “expertise” from the untold thousands of articles on the web denouncing Windows Vista as a failure.

I’ve used Vista since its release (purchased two retail copies of Vista Ultimate) and have had no discernable issues with the exception of network file copy performance (which has been fixed in SP1). The only issues I’ve had have been caused by third-party software (Flash, Quicktime, Yahoo Messenger), not the OS.

From Ron Enderland:

I agree with Ryan. I thought 2000 was a quantum leap for MS, finally putting NT reliability on the home user’s computer. And I didn’t like XP’s flowery interface, but when a fellow geek showed me how to turn all of that off by adjusting the system for best performance, I became a fan, especially of its very fast bootups.

But the appearance of WGA, and all that it implies, put a very bad taste in my mouth. Plus, Ubuntu Feisty finally made Linux easy enough for a lifelong MS user.

From Teresa Bohannon:

If you currently own, or have owned and dumped Vista after losing valuable productivity time, work, and the ability to use certain programs that you depend on or worked with regularly for years, plus the irritation, headache and trauma of major system crashes and lock downs…it’s not Vista bashing…its more a matter of having earned the right to speak out against a company who released an unfinished, unstable product and who compounded that error by attempting to force you to buy their system.Except for my first Tandy 1000, I’ve been a Dos/Microsoft user for well over 20 years and more than once have publicly complimented them for bringing ease of use to the non-techy masses. Simplified, menu driven computing was truly a boon to people everywhere and particularly to the army of women working in offices who couldn’t afford to retire and who had to to go along with the computer revolution in order to remain in the workforce.

Again, this is only a partial quotes of what these people wrote. But you can see that there are a variety of different opinions, all worth taking the time to read. I hope you will drop by and read everything these fine folks have to say. I believe you will not be disappointed.

Comments welcome.

Is It Really Vista Bashing If You Dislike The New OS

Is It Really 'Vista Bashing' If You Dislike The New OS?

I was reading an article in Vista News last night, in which there was an article about  ‘Vista Bashing’, which was described as the new  ‘National Pastime’. The basics of what the article was trying to present, was the fact that people have always bashed Microsoft and any of their previous operating systems, and that people forgot how bad Windows XP was when it was first introduced.

One part of the article mentioned that even when Windows was first introduced, people mentioned that they would never give up DOS for a pretty GUI. They felt that they were losing control over their system and would not upgrade.  One particular sentence caught my eye:

As it turns out, much of the problem is the OEM configuration and you can tweak the settings to make these machines perform much better. Service Pack 1 also helps. But the average person who brings home a new computer and finds that it’s slow as molasses doesn’t want to have to figure out how to tune it up. He/she concludes that the system itself is a dud, that the new operating system is a dud, or both.

No Duh! What are they supposed to think? Why is it when it comes to ANY software, that ANY company has the right to dump onto the public an unfinished product?  That it is OK after they take your money to announce that the software is a work in progress?

It’s been over 25 years since the first PC hit the street. Is it really to much to ask that software, no matter who produces it, just works? Or is that to much to ask?  Or if we buy a new car and the doors fall off, should we just accept it, and put the doors in the trunk stating the car is a work in progress?

Last week Symantec was quick to point fingers at Microsoft for problems with SP3 for Windows XP. A few days later Symantec said oops. We be bad. It could be our fault. So using this as an example, is the consumer expected to fix the problem themselves? It does appear that way.

So if you are in a car accident and your air bags don’t deploy, just accept the fact it’s a work in progress! Plus you should of known it wouldn’t work and don’t blame the car company.  You should of bought Airbag Service Pack #1. :-)

What do you think?

Comments welcome.