When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

12 June 2006

How bad was it?

In a comment to a previous post, enrevanche pal John V. asks for more specific details about what's wrong with Microsoft Vista.

I responded:
It's bloated and a complete resource pig; it's slow, and it still feels very unstable.

I realize that it's "beta" software, but they've been working on this project since before XP was released (admittedly, abandoning much of the code in 2004 and starting over from the Windows Server 2003 codebase.)

And my overall impression after living with the new OS and productivity applications for a few days is: the baby is ugly.

Really, really ugly.
Just how bad is it?

Well, after spending the weekend with the "future" of Microsoft, I went out Sunday afternoon and bought a Mac... one of the Intel Core Duo-based laptops.

Apple's Boot Camp installed flawlessly, and it took me a little over three hours to get the machine configured (with both operating systems and a minimum set of required applications) to run both Mac OS X and XP Pro.

The future IT plans for the Campbell family involve, insofar as is possible, the avoidance of Microsoft operating systems and productivity applications. (The sole reason I've got XP installed right now is for Microsoft Visio, although in all fairness I may have to start using Project again soon.)

Here's what my workspace looks like this morning:

mac desktop scaled


Mark Townsend said...

I did the same thing on my box. I had a decent machine.. so I thought. Unless you have 1gb+ in memory, Vista is a no go. I have 512mb and Vista was dog slow.

Plus, all the "new" features that I saw was not that entising. If I didn't already own a Powerbook, I would have done the same thing that you did.

Mark Bull said...

Try Gliffy - you may not need to use Visio after all, as Gliffy is web based and you can use it from your Mac.