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Now that all of you have been standing in line for days to get the first beta copy of Bill Gates’ new Vista, we feel that we have to lead you to this article, brought to us courtesy of LCs Robert Huntingdon and Gary.

It deals mainly with the many and wonderful processor-hugging features that Bill and Hollywood Inc. have integrated into it in order to make sure that your computing experience is as painful and annoying as humanly possible, and Bill and Hollywood Inc. are only too happy to charge you an arm and a leg in return for the “favor.”

It’s long, but it seems to be well-researched, and it’s well worth reading if you’re still wondering about upgrading.

As to ourself, we’re so glad to find out that Bill has done what he could to make sure that hardware and software development is now firmly in the hands of the specialists in Beverly Hills, as opposed to the rank amateurs of nVidia, ATI, Creative etc.

That was sarcasm, by the way.

58 Responses to “Vista? What Vista? All I See is a 60 foot Brick Wall!”
  1. SkyeChild Comment by SkyeChild

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    Personally, I wouldn’t care if Gates had MONKEYS writing the code…I suspect it would work WAY better than what it’s doing now…I have installed/uninstalled IE7 THREE TIMES NOW! Each time it trashed my router settings.

    TODAY, my outlook web access tells me my S/MIME is out of date, and to install it…what they didn’t tell me is that it would slow my internet access to a crawl (both IE and Firefox). I uninstalled it.

    WHY the H### can’t M$ get their crap to work with ITSELF???????

    Pardon my language, but I am so po’ed at Gates and his stupid company. I can’t afford a mac, or i’d have one…

  2. SkyeChild Comment by SkyeChild

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    Ohh…guess I was first. 8-)

  3. hitnrun Comment by hitnrun

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    Say what you want about Billy-Bob Klintoon, attempting to trash Microsoft was the best thing his administration attempted. Not surprisingly, it failed.

    It blows my mind that Vista is actually going to successfully spread its seed across the marketplace until we all have to have it. The blame for this goes to the very stupid (rich people who don’t know or care what OS is getting shoved in the computer bundle they’re buying) and the too-smart (greasy fucks who actually know and care about new versions of DirectX and will ‘upgrade’ to shitware for them).

  4. Unregistered Comment by Perpetual Student

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    The “DX10 being Vista-only” situation is quite annoying, too. Some guy named John Carmack (I think he wrote a game or something) remarked in an interview a few weeks ago,

    There were some clear wins going from Windows 95 to Windows XP for games, but there really aren’t any for Vista. They’re artificially doing that by tying DX10 so close it, which is really nothing about the OS. It’s a hardware-interface spec. It’s an artificial thing that they’re doing there. They’re really grasping at straws for reasons to upgrade the operating system. I suspect I could run XP for a great many more years without having a problem with it.

    It’s a repeat of MS’s refusal to support DX5+ on Windows NT 4. ‘Tis purely a marketing decision.

  5. LC Beaker Comment by LC Beaker

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    It blows my mind that Vista is actually going to successfully spread its seed across the marketplace until we all have to have it. The blame for this goes to the very stupid (rich people who don’t know or care what OS is getting shoved in the computer bundle they’re buying) and the too-smart (greasy fucks who actually know and care about new versions of DirectX and will ‘upgrade’ to shitware for them

    I was one of those “very stupid greasy fucks” who counted the days and bought Vista as soon as I could. Now, I’ll be the first to agree that the DRM built into Vista is a step in the wrong direction. That being said, however, Vista is an improvement over XP (which was better than Win98, which was better than Win95…). But, if it’s not the operating system for you, then there is one way to voice your displeasure: don’t buy it.

    I always get a laugh over the people who bitch and cry about how evil Microsoft is, when they’re the first to fork over their hard-earned cash for Windows-based systems and software. There are alternatives. Mac-minis and iMacs are comparably priced to PCs. Buy one of them. Or take the time to learn linux.

    But please, do us all a favor and stop fucking crying about how much you hate Bill Gates and your Windows box. It’s like watching some retard masturbate with a cheese grater - amusing at first but mostly annoying.

  6. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW

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    Personally, I am having absolutely zero problems with my business version of Vista.

    Then again, I have a computer that is much more powerful than the average box out there.

    Vista was designed for the “next generation” of computers, but that has been known for a long time now. The majority of users are still working with P4 2.4 ghtz boxes with 512k of RAM.

    Those that can, will upgrade to Vista right away and enjoy all of its features, but the majority of users will plug along for the next couple of years until they are forced to upgrade to a newer box simply because their system will become obsolete.

    There are still people who are using Win2K — years after the three releases of XP. There are even some here that are still using Win98 and WinME. I think I’ve even seen one or two people still trying to get by with Win95 on a P1 box.

    I have a friend who is a Prog-Dev for MS who tells me that the long-awaited Service Pack 3 for XP is due out around July. Most of you will hold on to what you have now until that date and upgrade your XP to SP3 and you will be just fine with it. C’est la vie.

    SkyeChild, I had a problem installing IE7 on one of my boxes a while back also. The problem turned out to be that because of all of the updates since the release of SP2 a couple of years ago, there was so much registry clutter and conflicts that I had to do a fresh reinstall of XP and then install IE7. It isn’t just Windows security upgrades you have to consider, your other applications probably also have updated causing a hodge-podge of conflicts. (especially Adobe products)

    Just because MicroShaft comes out with a new O/S doesn’t mean you are obligated to rush out and install it. Eventually, you will wind up doing it, but it doesn’t have to be right away.

  7. Unregistered Comment by Perpetual Student

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    The majority of users are still working with P4 2.4 ghtz boxes with 512k of RAM.

    Cool! I guess that I was really ahead of the curve when I bought that 512k RAM expansion for my Commodore 128 around 20 years ago.

  8. SkyeChild Comment by SkyeChild

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    I had to do a fresh reinstall of XP and then install IE7.

    DJ,
    I, too, had to do a fresh reinstall of XP, on a brand-new computer, only because it totally hosed my router settings. It wouldn’t release my dhcp, nothing…

    Beaker, there needs to be a time when the general public says ENOUGH, already. Not buying the OS is definitely an option, until we are forced into it. My point is that we shouldn’t HAVE to be put into the position of complaining. Gates and company can’t even get their own programs to work together. I feel for the amateurs/novices who are routinely screwed by M$, and don’t know enough about their systems to fix them.

  9. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW

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    Cool! I guess that I was really ahead of the curve when I bought that 512k RAM expansion for my Commodore 128 around 20 years ago.

    Correction: I meant 512 Megs. Doh!

    DJ,
    I, too, had to do a fresh reinstall of XP, on a brand-new computer, only because it totally hosed my router settings. It wouldn’t release my dhcp, nothing…

    I’m sorry to hear that you are still having problems. I am not having those kinds of problems here, and I have eleven computers running on this network here. (sometimes more, with Aaron building new boxes on a regular basis here)

    In the five or six months leading up to the release of Vista, I was having to re-install Windows each time MicroSoft came out with their monthly XP updates. It got to the point where I just had a Ghosted image to revert to. Now those days are over because I am not using a operating system with more patches than an Amish quilt.

    Like I said earlier, my experience with Vista so far has been great. Unlike XP, Vista knows how to utilize dual processors. Everything seems to work very well, but that has a lot to do with the machine I am using. Not everyone is ready to lay out the extra expenditure to upgrade their hardware as they upgrade the software designed to run on that hardware.

    Take your time.

  10. Unregistered Comment by Draven32

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    Vista is the ‘make it look pretty like OSX’ release.

  11. ACLPoo Comment by ACLPoo

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    I gave up on Windows as of my latest build. I have a MacBook Pro on order. I used to hate Apple people…now I’m joining them. Windows is now trying to be Apple, and Apple is starting to get more compatability-friendly.
    If Apple makes a better product, then why not buy it? Their laptops are just as cheap as Dell’s, and perform lots better too. I returned a Dell XPS laptop, and it was massive, heavy, hot, and slow. I used a friend’s MacBook pro 17″, it was exactly like the Dell in size, but faster, lighter, cooler. OSX is like Vista, but working right. Time to leave Microsoft alone for a while and follow the better product.

  12. ACLPoo Comment by ACLPoo

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    Another point…I have Vista Home Premium to go with my new build (on order as well), and apparently there is some kind of anti-piracy feature. While I’ve given up and actually purchase my Operating Systems, I still use Limewire to get all my music and movies. Since I’m in canada, one of the only saving graces of living in this shithole is that I can steal music and not get caught. If Vista won’t let me do this, I’ll never buy Microsoft again. I do NOT want to be told what to do by my OS, I want to tell my OS what to do.

  13. NCLivingBrit Comment by NCLivingBrit

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    I have installed/uninstalled IE7 THREE TIMES NOW!

    One word for you: Firefox.

    Cool! I guess that I was really ahead of the curve when I bought that 512k RAM expansion for my Commodore 128 around 20 years ago.

    Correction: I meant 512 Megs. Doh!

    Ok, then you meant an Amiga and not a C128…. The C64 left you with 37.5k of ram after the OS loading, I think the C128 gave you a whopping 80-something…

    But I remember jamming the Amiga 512k (yep, half a mb was a big deal back then) expansion into the creaky trapdoor, flipping the switch to on (some software didn’t like all that RAM!) and going “Oooooooooh!”.

    Never mind the day I got my first A590 10mb HD!

  14. hitnrun Comment by hitnrun

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    I was one of those “very stupid greasy fucks” who counted the days and bought Vista as soon as I could.

    Actually, I said “too smart.” :rolleyes_tb:

    I always get a laugh over the people who bitch and cry about how evil Microsoft is, when they’re the first to fork over their hard-earned cash for Windows-based systems and software.

    Who are these mysterious people? If by “first” you mean “eventual, grudging holdouts who are forced to ‘up’grade because Microsoft pays content developers to cockblock older versions of Windows,” then I guess we’ll all be first in a few years.

    And iMac and Macbooks are not comparably priced, not unless you’ve been buying your PCs via a 1-800 number you saw on TV. As for Linux, if you think that’s an alternative than you can’t really believe that Vista>XP>Mil/2k>98>95>3.1>DOS, because the only real upgrade from version to version has been ease of use, and Linux flies in the face of that.

    Few care if Bill Gates and Microsoft are Evil, by the way. Just keep your evil in the marketplace and off of my hard drive. And yes, there is a difference.

  15. CiSSnarl5.7 Comment by CiSSnarl5.7

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    have installed/uninstalled IE7 THREE TIMES NOW!

    That’s interesting…I’ve run IE 7 since the first beta release, up to it’s current version and never suffered any issues…except one..when I replaced my Wi-Fi card for no appearant reason It now will randonmly generate an error with my NetGear wireless card, generally it ahppens at initial start up.

    It wil give an I.P. address of 0.0.0.0 …I have to run a repair on it and it functions fine.

    Out of curiosity? Are you working with a Netgear router or card…Because I am, and ever since I had it after my Linksys wireless took a dirt nap, I have had this re-occuring issue with NetGear’s card fighting with IE 7 and the windows Wifi interface.

    It’s more of an irratant then anything and I’m too lazy to really delve into it and try to fix it..LOL

    Just food for thought…

  16. Unregistered Comment by suboptimal

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    Sorry, but Microsoft releasing anything but it’s last breath is a non-event for me anymore.

    ‘Course, this house has been MS-free for several years now.

  17. memoryleak Comment by memoryleak

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    Terrific link in this…
    Holy crapfest, now I know I will not update to Vista!
    What a coincidence that I downloaded a “Live” CD image of Ubuntu 6.06 “dapper drake” earlier this week and I’m trying it out. My pc gaming days are drawing to a close so who needs a restrictive $400 Winbloze Vista Premium (with emphasis on premium components) when there’s Linux in its many flavors for *free* ?.
    Or even (ahem) a Mac?. :tongue_rolleye_ee:

  18. Lc Scott Comment by Lc Scott

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    The majority of users are still working with P4 2.4 ghtz boxes

    Wow I must be farther out of date than I thought.

  19. LC Guido Cabrone Comment by LC Guido Cabrone

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    Wow I must be farther out of date than I thought.

    Hey bro! Welcome to the club! (Of course, I still have a Kay-Pro 16 sitting about the place. Anybody that complains about “hot, heavy, and slow” in laptops is welcome to lug that big beast around for a few days… Just don’t get too far from 120 volts…) :blink_tb:

    (Craziest thing about the Kay-Pro. If I recall, it still has Desq-view installed on it…)
    :rolleyes_wp:

  20. LC Guido Cabrone Comment by LC Guido Cabrone

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    It’s odd. I sent this to a friend of mine a couple days ago, because he was hot and heavy to get into Vista. The damned fool deleted it. Fortunately, he hasn’t bought into Vista yet.

    Now, the only question is, do I send it again, or do I just let him screw up?

  21. Unregistered Comment by Yarrrmatey

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    I just ran the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor to see how my computer would fare…It’s a Dell XPS M1710 laptop, with the works, dual core CPU, 2 gigs of ram, giant hard drive, 512mb video card, everything.

    It told me I could run Windows Vista Business, and then gave me a list of errors that could possibly happen if I upgraded…chief among them, MS Office 2003 Professional has compatibility issues with Vista. WOW! Way to go, Microsoft! You only delayed this OS by 3 years or so, and it’s still not ready for release!

    Looks like I’ll be running XP for a long while. Aero Glass looks cool, but I don’t want to run an OS that will overly burden my badass laptop.

    Looks like this will be the year of the Mac for me.

  22. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    36 hours after Vista was released, I got the first security alert. Seems that some enterprising young ne’er do well wrote a Trojan that uses the Voice Command software, and the computers own speakers, to open the hard drive to all who care to stumble by.

    There are even some here that are still using Win98

    Yes, Dave, I am keeping this around just to see how long it will last. I hate 2000. XP is an open channel to the outside world. Unfortunately, all of my kiddlelid’s games require some version of WinDoze, or everything I own would be running Solaris.

    I even run a version of Solaris on my Treo.

  23. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW

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    It told me I could run Windows Vista Business, and then gave me a list of errors that could possibly happen if I upgraded…chief among them, MS Office 2003 Professional has compatibility issues with Vista. WOW! Way to go, Microsoft! You only delayed this OS by 3 years or so, and it’s still not ready for release!

    It will run MS Office 2003 just fine. The combatibility issues it mentions are not operational combatibilities, they are asthetics — the Aero interface does not LOOK as nifty neato when you use MS Office 2003 as it does with MS Office 2007. They are just trying to get you to upgrade your Office as well.

    Looks like I’ll be running XP for a long while. Aero Glass looks cool, but I don’t want to run an OS that will overly burden my badass laptop.

    The reality is, in your case XP is the one that is overly burdening your badass laptop.

    The bottom line for most of you is, If you aren’t running a machine that is fully capable of running Vista, don’t lose any sleep over it. Sometime down the road you are eventually going to buy a new machine and it will already have Vista loaded on it. It’s not critical that you upgrade now or your current system is going to explode.

    Looks like this will be the year of the Mac for me.

    You have fun with that.

  24. Unregistered Comment by Yarrrmatey

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    Seeing as a large part of my job is graphic design related, it makes more sense for my main desktop to be a Mac. I’m not looking forward to learning that interface, nor am I looking forward to wearing birkenstocks, but it does make sense for me given that I run a ton of Adobe stuff.

    Does Vista actually have a smaller footprint than XP? Does it really run better than XP even with feature creep? I’d love to see a side by side comparison-the same machine, running both OS’s and see which one runs better.

  25. SkyeChild Comment by SkyeChild

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    Those of you who mentioned to me about using Firefox…I do, primarily. But, my school is strictly Microsoft, and most of our outside applications (posting grades, etc) need IE. We weren’t even allowed to have Firefox on our school machines until Blackboard hosed something up and the only thing that would work was Firefox!

    Re: router. I have a Linksys, and I’ve been very happy with it. The only time it has ever given me grief is with IE7.

    Ah…Commodore…now THAT was a computer! I had a 64. My family passed around an Amiga till it had more frequent flier miles than the whole family combined.

    My very first computer was a Texas Instruments. 14K of memory, but a terrific little game machine.

  26. LC Guido Cabrone Comment by LC Guido Cabrone

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    nor am I looking forward to wearing birkenstocks,

    The favorite boot of the SS? Why not? :lol_wp:

  27. Unregistered Comment by Perpetual Student

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    Ok, then you meant an Amiga and not a C128….

    Nope; I never had the privilege of owning an Amiga. I purchased a 512k RAM expansion cartridge for my C128 back when I ran a BBS. According to the box, when combined with the 128k of the C128 I’d have “a whopping 640k of RAM.” The Color64 BBS software would swap-out multiple BASIC modules during a session and used the RAM expansion as a ramdisk so it could do so seamlessly. Otherwise, it would have to load from floppy. Anyone who’s owned a C64 knows what that’s like.

  28. Unregistered Comment by Perpetual Student

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    Regarding IE7: though I don’t use it, I have installed it. This semester, I’ve been having a helluva time getting my university’s DHCP server to give me an IP address upon my inevitable disconnections from their access points. Their tech support group hasn’t heard of such a thing happening to others. Could this be an IE7 issue? It’s a pain in the ass to not be able to connect–especially when there’s a hard assignment deadline looming as it was earlier this week.

  29. Sir Christopher Comment by Sir Christopher

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    I switched my home recording studio to iMac a year ago, though i will NEVER be caught wearing Birkenstocks.

    Yarrrrrmatey, come on over…..

  30. BC, Imperial Torturer Comment by BC, Imperial Torturer

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    Still have my old C128 in the original box and have a bunch of games in a disk case somewhere around the storage Hell that is my garage. Not sure if the games would still work after this many years of sitting around being unused… Anyone know if they go bad if they’re not used for a decade or two?

  31. Kristopher Comment by Kristopher

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    This kind of crap is exactly why Windows was banished from NASA.

    One mars rover almost slagged because some idiot reformated the flash memory of one of the rovers with a Windows PC, in the mistaken assumption that Microsoft’s format.exe would conform to the IEEE specs for Fat-32 disk format.

    I’m waiting for this DRM crap to fuzz out a video that someone’s life depends on.

    Expect massive lawsuits to follow such a loss of life. I wonder if the MPAA and the RIAA will get dragged into the lawsuit as well?

  32. LC Guido Cabrone Comment by LC Guido Cabrone

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    I’m waiting for this DRM crap to fuzz out a video that someone’s life depends on.

    Expect massive lawsuits to follow such a loss of life. I wonder if the MPAA and the RIAA will get dragged into the lawsuit as well?

    If When it happens, it will truly be evidence of Divine Intervention…

  33. LC RobertHuntingdon Comment by LC RobertHuntingdon

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    Kristopher sez:

    I wonder if the MPAA and the RIAA will get dragged into the lawsuit as well?

    Hmm… that kind of a followup might ALMOST make the effect worth the price.

    RH

  34. Wild-Eyed Charlie Comment by Wild-Eyed Charlie

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    Nope; I never had the privilege of owning an Amiga. I purchased a 512k RAM expansion cartridge for my C128 back when I ran a BBS. According to the box, when combined with the 128k of the C128 I’d have “a whopping 640k of RAM.” The Color64 BBS software would swap-out multiple BASIC modules during a session and used the RAM expansion as a ramdisk so it could do so seamlessly. Otherwise, it would have to load from floppy. Anyone who’s owned a C64 knows what that’s like.

    (Adjusts his Depends(r), takes a drink of Ensure(r), and coughs)

    If you never used an IMSAI 8080, you’re no computer geek! I remember using a converted tape recorder to load programs! Why, you kids don’t even know what an S100 bus is! The world’s going to hell in a handbasket, I tell you!

    (Child’s voice): Grampa, what’s that yellow stain on the front of your pants? Nurse - Grampa smells funny again!

  35. BC, Imperial Torturer Comment by BC, Imperial Torturer

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    Wild-Eyed, you still got that UniVac® plugged in out in the garage?

    :lol_wp:

  36. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    Charlie, yer a young pup yet.

    I can still program in IBM Job Control Language. On punch cards.

  37. SkyeChild Comment by SkyeChild

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    Perpetual student:

    Otherwise, it would have to load from floppy. Anyone who’s owned a C64 knows what that’s like.

    I remember those days! When the c-64 first came out, all we had were the 5/14 inch. My brother was teaching himself how to program, and he didn’t turn off his computer because he’d lose all his work.

    When the 3.5 inch floppies came out…wow…we had moved into the next century almost! My brother wrote a program (and got published in Compute’s Gazette) for tranferring files from the large floppy to the small one.

  38. Sithette Comment by Sithette

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    Anybody else here go all the way back to the old Radio Shack computers? Man, I’m old. :lol:

  39. Wishbone Comment by Wishbone

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    Nostalgia eh?. I still fondly remember the days, sitting up all hours at weekends and blatting away at Manic Miner on my old ZX Spectrum. Poor old Willy, where is he now?.

  40. Unregistered Comment by salfter

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    Nope; I never had the privilege of owning an Amiga. I purchased a 512k RAM expansion cartridge for my C128 back when I ran a BBS. According to the box, when combined with the 128k of the C128 I’d have “a whopping 640k of RAM.”

    That, according to Bill Gates, is all you’d ever need. :-)

    I don’t think I’d heard that quote when I bought a 1-MB RamWorks III some 16 or 17 years ago for my Apple IIe, though. Being able to edit pretty much any document out there or being able to scroll back through an entire BBS session (it’d take a good long time to have filled 1 MB @ 2400 bps) kicked ass.

  41. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW

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    Does Vista actually have a smaller footprint than XP? Does it really run better than XP even with feature creep? I’d love to see a side by side comparison-the same machine, running both OS’s and see which one runs better.

    I tried to say this somewhere above — it all depends on your machine.

    Most legacy boxes might have a problem running Vista because it was basically designed for the newer machines.

    Personally, I have noticed quite a difference in performance when I upgraded from XP to Vista, mainly because Vista takes advantage of the updated performance of my machine and XP didn’t.

    Results are going to vary because of your machine’s capabilities. Having two Xeon dual core processors and six gigs of RAM allows Vista to really do its thing.

    I have a Dell box next to me here that will run Vista, but not nearly as well as my xw8000 does.

    I think the bottom line is that if you do not have a machine that was built in the past six months, you should hold off on upgrading to Vista until such time as you purchase a newer machine.

    The good news is that XP will have its Service Pack 3 released sometime this summer, which will get rid of all of those bad “Security Patches” you’ve acquired.

  42. Unregistered Comment by Mark6591

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    I cannot believe how bent out of shape people get with Microsoft.

    1) Could their OS be better? Sure, it could also be a lot worse. Similar applies to Intel Mickey-Mac.

    2)I had trouble with the IE7 beta and had to uninstall it. I have IE7 installed now and it’s running fine. Tabbed browsing is really nice.

    3)I swore I would never install another upgrade to an OS and will not.

    4) I am not a nerd and have no intention of running Unix, or some other OS. Windows XP (aka patches) works for me, my software and hardware. If it Anin’r broke don’t fix it - especially if you are me with a computer.

    5) I would look at a new box in a year or two with the new OS on board, and money to replace peripherals that don’t like the OS, or do not have new drivers, etc.

    6) The bulk of my computing is MS office, and Adobe CS2 - predominately Photoshop for photography.

    7) I have a P4 3.6 machine with 4GB ram for graphics and it works fine. I have had almost uniformly excellent tech support from MS over the years and no gripes there. Take Macs and shove them.

  43. Unregistered Comment by Perpetual Student

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    Wild-Eyed Charlie:

    If you never used an IMSAI 8080, you’re no computer geek! I remember using a converted tape recorder to load programs! Why, you kids don’t even know what an S100 bus is! The world’s going to hell in a handbasket, I tell you!

    Ahh. So, that’s why I’m a decade late in graduating with my computer science degree. Here I thought it was my 1.75l/day dependency on Val-U-Rite vodka. My VIC-20 had a tape drive if that counts for anything besides a longer load time. I couldn’t ever get my Sinclair ZX to save to tape, though.
    SkyeChild:

    I remember those days! When the c-64 first came out, all we had were the 5/14 inch.

    I had both the 1571 5.25″ and 1581 3.5″ drives. I think the 3.5″ with its whopping 720k capacity was primarily for warez with the message boards stored on the 5.25″. The only problem with the 1571 was that, due to a bug, I’d have to format as two 180k disks instead of a single 360k disk for it to work with Color64. That shit’s whacked.

    BC, Imperial Torturer:

    Still have my old C128 in the original box and have a bunch of games in a disk case somewhere around the storage Hell that is my garage. Not sure if the games would still work after this many years of sitting around being unused… Anyone know if they go bad if they’re not used for a decade or two?

    A couple of years ago I extracted some games on 3.5″ disks from my BBS days and played them with an emulator without difficulty. I’d surmise that the people who go on about how none of their floppies work after 5 years must store them in an attic or their cars’ trunks. If your garage doesn’t experience temperature extremes then the disks may be fine.

  44. ACLPoo Comment by ACLPoo

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    Bear with me here, these are canadian prices, but to compare laptop prices:

    Apple Macbook Pro Laptop 17″:
    2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB memory
    160GB hard drive
    8x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics with 256MB SDRAM
    $3100

    Dell XPS Laptop 17″:
    2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB memory
    160GB hard drive
    8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer
    256MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7900 GS
    $3,019

    This isn’t to mention that Apple runs faster, more reliably, cooler, and is way lighter/thinner, and includes a built-in webcam - but I’m sure each system has its pluses. I’m not a fanboy of either MS or Apple, I just know value when i see it. Having used both systems, there is no comparison. Plus, you can run Vista on the Macbook Pro.

    So, in regards to laptops, they ARE comparatively priced. Apple simply has the better product this time around. I have no probs with either company, I don’t care how rich Bill Gates gets, I want my money’s worth. Apple hit one out of the park with the Macbook Pro, and until you can get a Dell XPS for less than 75% of the price of the Mac, I see no reason to buy Dell at all…and I do like their products.
    As for desktops, there’s no way I’m paying for an Apple, they’re out to lunch with their prices there. I’ll always have a PC desktop, with the most recent MS OS, but all Dell is doing is cramming desktop parts into a hot, heavy package and calling it a laptop…and that ain’t my cup o tea.

  45. Unregistered Comment by Perpetual Student

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    Wait wait… I did have a Zenith Z-100 machine which had an S-100 bus. Redemption is mine! Time to hit the bottle again!

  46. Unregistered Comment by salfter

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    Still have my old C128 in the original box and have a bunch of games in a disk case somewhere around the storage Hell that is my garage. Not sure if the games would still work after this many years of sitting around being unused… Anyone know if they go bad if they’re not used for a decade or two?

    I have a bunch of 20+-year-old floppies still boxed up from my last move. The last time I tried reading one, it worked just fine.

    They’ve always been stored indoors, though, not in a garage. I don’t know what effect the wider temperature swings you’d see in a garage would have. Some advice on the care and feeding of floppy disks that I read somewhere years ago was to the effect that if it’s comfortable for you, it’s comfortable for your floppies.

  47. LXi Comment by LXi

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    Never one to shill for Microsoft - but, I just got through listening to Security Now #77, a podcast with Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson (author of SpinRite). They did a comparison of Peter’s original allegations, and Microsoft’s response.

    IF you can believe Microsoft, all the DRM stuff is only supposed to kick in if the content that is being played back requests for it to happen, and not just when the content crosses into the HD quality range.

    I still agree with one of Peter’s points, though - this automatically restarting the graphics system for tilt bits being set is a security enhancement that could be worse than the problem it’s trying to prevent, and give a whole new way to create a denial of service attack.

    We bought my middle son a laptop yesterday, and it has Vista on it. So far, I’ve not been impressed with its performance - although it’s hard to judge when all the processes are trying to update themselves once you connect it to an Internet connection. In browsing last night, I also found that it defragged itself in the background. (I’m hoping to find a list of all these sorts of processes, so I can go in and set the schedule so they happen when we’re not trying to use the machine.)

    Personally, I’d be running Linux now if I could. I’m looking at building a MythTV box to serve as a PVR probably sometime this year. But, when I was getting ready to deploy, it was either “run Linux”, or “run Windows and get to see my wife on the webcam.” Pretty easy decision. :) I did get hit with one network attack once while I was over there - darn apartment-dwelling hakkerz…

  48. Unregistered Comment by Nastimann

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    I have no reason to hate Microsoft or Vista. Microsoft makes a product. Vote with your dollars, like any other free citizen in a free market. Be glad that you can, while you still can. Next time your government goes after some company that gets “too successful”, we may lose that right.

    As for DRM, I think it is ill-concieved, and it challenges the laws of physics. We know how that will turn out, regardless of what the lawyers want. A lawyer cannot win an argument over the laws of physics, even in a court of law. DRM will die a quiet death, as no media vendor will turn those bits on after they get a taste of the customer service headaches they will cause.

    It is just too bad that Microsoft, and all of the hardware and driver vendors had to jump through all those hoops to try and make it work, regardless. That effort delayed Vista by over a year, and all that effort could have been invested in more features, better performance and better security for end users. Thanks Hollywood. Thanks Hollywood lawywers. Goodnight Moon. Thanks for nothing.

  49. LC Guido Cabrone Comment by LC Guido Cabrone

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    If you never used an IMSAI 8080, you’re no computer geek!

    Well, gee… I used to hit the BBSi with a Hazeltine 1500 dumb terminal typing AT codes into a USR 1200 baud modem. (Hey, it was an upgrade from the 300 baud acoustic coupler.) Running the screen in reverse mode so it was black text on a white screen…

    Lessee, upgraded from there to a TRS-80 Mod. II, (with 8 inch floppies!), then a Mod. III (from whence came my contempt for Micro$haft, TRS-DOS had “help” from V1.0!)

    Then the Kay-Pro 16 (with an NEC V-20 upgrade and 768K of RAM, MD-DOS 2.3, CGA, 10Meg HD, boys, I was cookin’ with gas!) still with my USR 1200.

    There, that geeky enough for ya, Wild-Eyed Charlie??? :smoke_tb: :ponder_tb:

    (Of course, it we wanna get really wayback, I did my first stab at programming in 1976, via teleprinter and 150baud acoustic coupler to an IBM Series II (IIRC) mainframe. Using IBM interpreted BASIC…)

    (Hey! At least my programs would RUN!!!)

  50. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    Damn, Guido, you do go back. I think back when I was hired by Apple in 1978, running the material flow on the production lines. Employee 136. Yes, I remember the four kay systems, 300 baud, I think…and DOS. Back when twenty megahertz was the cats meow….Gawd! Where has all the time gone?

  51. LC Guido Cabrone Comment by LC Guido Cabrone

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    One of these days, I think I’ll bring in the Kay-Pro and see if she’ll still fire up. Of course, I’ll need to find an external CGA monitor, since the internal monochrome CGA (green!) screen was getting a little gone when I put her away.

    Might even go out there tonight and bring her in to normalize…

    Anybody else remember writing shutdown .bat files to park the heads on the harddrive? (stepper motor head drives would just leave the heads where ever they happened to be, unlike those fancy new voice coil read-write head drives…)

    Sadly, the predecessors to the Kay-Pro got destroyed when my basement flooded. Wish I still had ‘em, they’d make a fun project to run null modems to and pull data off of. 48 and 64 column monitors and all…

  52. Quicklime Comment by Quicklime

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    Hi all - long time no speak, but I’m always lurking in the background… :)

    I would like to point out (for those that followed the author’s geek-speak) that the same logic that applies to this author’s interpretation of Vista’s “added costs” also applies to High-Def Television, iPods, “Network Neutrality” and any other devices/services where content providers seek a monopoly on content. From a hardware standpoint, I find myself agreeing with the author’s conclusions - there are added costs both at the device level, and at a “useage” level, and there is a small but definite possibility of a “content apocalypse” sometime in the future (when devices are disabled wholesale). There are very definite costs in implementing DRM or similar technologies that range from increased research, manufacturing, software development and actual clock-cycle use that will all get passed down to us - the consumers.

    With that said, I want to point out that I’m not a Microsoft apologist when I say that this sort of thing is not entirely Microsoft’s doing. Microsoft has done a lot of good things for computing in addition to a lot of stupid marketing-department-driven things. They’ve certainly improved a lot of things, XP is IMHO a great OS (with the caveat that all operating systems suck) - the only major issues I’ve ever had with it were typically hardware, driver, or spyware related.

    I don’t plan on getting Vista for myself any time soon, and I am a technician by trade and have a need to “stay up on things”. I just don’t have a need for Vista, yet. The one thing that will definitely prevent me from getting it is any onerous DRM or WPA. I’ve already had my share of false-positive WPA incidents. I refuse to buy into anything that prevents (by design) my ability to make the hardware do what I want. It’s my hardware and (since I paid for it) my software (notwithstanding the lawyer-speak EULA bullshit) so it had better do what I want it to without sucking up valuable resources or I’ll find a way to make it do what I want.

    This all seems to be a technology industry-wide thing.

    People wax on about the “hipness” of Apple - but I am not attracted by a pretty box that is all proprietary hardware. I roll my own, thank you. Their current advertsing is smug hipster bullshit, and I don’t buy it. I still have my pimped-out (64K RAM) Apple II+ (Rev. 7 motherboard) in storage, so I was an “Apple Fan” from the get-go. However, just because Apple only has 3% (give or take) of the world computer market doesn’t mean they’re not monopolistic. Try running OS X on a non-Apple box, without lots of hardware hacks it isn’t going to happen. You get whatever hardware they want to give you. There also simply is not the same software base available as for a regular x86 machine, and forget it if you’re a gamer. Apple is being sued by Sweden because of the iPod/iTunes DRM - yup, “monopolistic practices”.

    I like messing around with Linux as well - however, it is still not ready for the masses and with umpteen zillion flavors it’s not going to be getting too much more market-share. I’m all for Linux/OSS - but it’s still a bit too much of a pain in the ass for myself to bother much with it. Also, forget it if you’re a gamer. Content DRM will be an issue there too, as either the OSS crowd will have to play nice with the content providers or some illegal modules are going to have to be installed in order to get certain equipment to work properly.

    The same can be said for just about all of the major digital devices these days - so this is not just about Microsoft. I can understand wanting to “protect our business” but there has simply got to be a better way than attempting draconian control measures that wind up costing us, the consumers, a lot of time and money. The next time your hi-def TV doesn’t want to play nice with another home theater component, keep that in mind.

    From a computing standpoint, this is just a bad direction for technology to be going in - and a very scary slippery slope. If people don’t realize how scary it can be, just remember that most technology and content-provider companies tend to lean toward the “Socialist” side of the political spectrum. Someone might just decide that this website is “premium” content and blur the whole page or something! ;)

  53. Unregistered Comment by Nastimann

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    Quicklime, I tend to agree with you, but I think you might be confusing “proprietary” with “monopolistic”. True monopolies are extremely rare. Most of the time, “monopolies” are called such by lawyers, whining because it isn’t their client’s monopoly. Or simply anti-capitalist liberals, who just want to take down a business that they think is “too successful”.

    As for DRM, I hate that concept intensely. It provides nothing for the end user except higher cost, more complexity and lower performance. I suspect that the Hollyweird lawyers browbeat Microsoft into incorporating that into their new OS, under threat of huge lawsuits if the new multimedia features allowed any sort of first-generation quality copying capability. If MS did not comply, Hollyweird could have sued them for billions, and perhaps even re-opened the whole anti-trust question again. It could have ruined MS.

    You can tell that MS understands that DRM is unworkable on its face, because the licensing agreements for Windows Vista-certified hardware and drivers talks about “good faith effort” and not about actual results. The technology provides means to physically de-certify hardware and software after the fact if it is “hacked”, meaning that your perfectly-working hardware could stop working after a Windows update, if Hollyweird discovered that your video card had been hacked.

    If you ever have trouble with your Windows Vista Multimedia experience, be sure to call the media vendor customer service, and not your hardware vendor or Microsoft customer service. Put the burden where it belongs.

    As an engineer, I absolutely hate this lawyer crap.

  54. Unregistered Comment by Poopstain

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    I never thought I’d say this–as I’ve been a PC guy ever since trading in my C64 back in 1988 for a cutting edge 8088 XT PC and discovered the glories of DOS 3.3–and I think Mac users are generally a bunch of dorks–but this is going to be the straw that finally drives me to Apple. I’ve gone through every possible upgrade premutation both of hardware (still remember the thrill of that searing “AT” PC performance) and of software and have owned probably a dozen different varities of PCs. But this is a “big brother” bridge too far. If you actually read the article the Emperor links to (which I did, for a change) and even 1/2 of what is written there in is true, the classic Apple “1984″ commercial applies much more to Vista than it ever could have to poor little PC Junior. More money for less performance. Hundreds for a new OS so that I can turn over control of MY computer to Bill Gates and Hollywood. No thanks. Fuck Bill Gates. Fuck Microsoft. Just don’t fuck your good friend/campaign-manager’s wife (apologies to Gavin Newsom and now you know where I live)

  55. Unregistered Comment by Poopstain

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    On a related note, does anyone know if I can play “Civ 4″ on the latest Mac? Will it work with my new HD TV (hdmi and component inputs) and/or HD LCD Monitor/TV (DVI and component inputs).

  56. L.C. Rowane Comment by L.C. Rowane

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    Well, there goes my intent to buy Vista, there is little enough freedom in the world without micro$haft throwing in the towel to hollyweird.

  57. Unregistered Comment by Doug

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    Now that all of you have been standing in line for days to get the first beta copy of Bill Gates’ new Vista

    Beta 1 & 2 were months ago, and RC 1 & 2 came and went also. What’s on store shelves then is actually the third beta.

    Win2k has been end-of-life for a couple years, and XP’s EoL is approaching fast. Vista’s coming, like it or not.

    some guy named John Carmack (I think he wrote a game or something)

    Indeed.

    Does Vista actually have a smaller footprint than XP? Does it really run better than XP even with feature creep? I’d love to see a side by side comparison-the same machine, running both OS’s and see which one runs better.

    I didn’t use them side-by-side, but I swapped the hard drive out of another machine to run Vista RC2 for a week or so, and Vista definitely felt more responsive. Browsing the network happened instantly, instead of Windows Explorer totally freezing for five or six seconds the first time while it populates. Context menus popped up without grinding the machine to a halt first. The graphical aspects of the interface seemed faster too - everything from window-dragging to page-scrolling seemed to happen on greased rails. Application switching happened quickly and smoothly even with, *ahem*, memory-intensive 3D applications with AI features. They’re touting a more efficient memory caching scheme which I have no trouble believing, and disk caching can even be sped up with a USB flash drive or memory card if you have a fast one laying around. All this was on a machine barely a year old, though - I wouldn’t want to place bets getting similar results on something older. Even the Start menu is faster to use - there’s now a box where you can type the first few letters of whatever you’re looking for instead of 300 menu entries to sift through (although you can still get to those if you actually want them).

    As for footprint, no, it’s not smaller; it uses more RAM, more hard drive, and Aero-equipped versions need a better video card to really do well, but unlike XP it actually benefits from that card. It needs more user intervention for some things than a Win user might be accustomed to - the frequency of extra dialogs during the first day or two was annoying (you have to assure the OS that yes, you really do want to install each and every thing), but that was my only argument with it. And that’s actually kind of a good thing.

    Go ahead with the Mac - Apple’s actually giving you a decent machine for the money these days, as long as you get a Pro and not an iMac or Mini, and OS X is pretty solid. Sure, you’ll get to buy all your software again, but you can run Windows under Parallels to ease the pain (or dual boot). But if you can’t see a PC leaving your life anytime soon, and you’ve got a newish one, Vista wouldn’t be an altogether waste.

    I’m building a new 64-bit machine; my choices come down to Windows or Linux. The software I need to run has no Linux equivalent, so it’s really XP or Vista. I haven’t wanted XP for the last five frickin’ years, and there’s no chance I’ll start wanting it now. Besides - native RAW image support, IPv6, built-in speech tools, live icons, shadow copies, and a revamped TCP/IP stack that boasts throughput 10x higher than 2k3 Server - XP is an OS whose time never came, and as long as I’m sticking with a PC, Vista’s time has come.

    Otherwise, it would have to load from floppy. Anyone who’s owned a C64 knows what that’s like.

    Insert disk 3, then press <SPACE>

    (I’m hoping to find a list of all these sorts of processes, so I can go in and set the schedule so they happen when we’re not trying to use the machine.)

    Check the task scheduler - I saw someone mention that they had a TON of pre-set tasks in there. I didn’t see them in RC2, nor did I look. Also look for the Services applet (or its Vista equivalent if it’s been replaced - I didn’t look for it either). That’ll have a list for you.

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    Not to sound too geeky, but if you don’t want to spend a lot of cash to upgrade your machine, you might consider migrating to Xandros Linux using this tool. Add in the Crossover Office and you can still use your MS Office products and Quicken software. Besides, Xandros Linux is the distro most similar to Windows so it requires the least amount of effort to become familiar with.