More Defense of Windows Vista

Robert McLaws has a good post up "The Vista Reality Distortion Field Continues" that talks about how fashionable it is to bash Vista among some tech writers and "journalists". As he notes, I also remember the shrill caterwauling that went on during 2001-2002 about how terrible Windows XP was, and how people should stick with Windows 2000.

Ed Bott has a great takedown of the Vista bashers at InfoWorld, who are pushing a "Save XP" petition. Jonathan Schlaffer has a useful article that describes how you can make UAC less annoying, and how to turn on extra write caching to improve disk performance with Vista.

It is easy for people like my friend John Carmichael to heap scorn on Vista without really trying to learn about it. Where is that "pull yourself up by your bootstraps", culture of "personal responsibility" when you need it?

This attitude ties into a disturbing trend I see in our society, where people seem revel in being ignorant about technology and science. Best Buy has been running commercials where a couple goes into the store looking to buy an HD TV, and the husband quickly confesses his total ignorance about the subject, and gratefully places himself at the mercy of the "expert" at Best Buy to tell him what to buy. The theme is basically "heh-heh, I’m an idiot, isn’t that great!"

This whole mind set just seems wrong to me. How hard is it to do some research and educate yourself on a subject?

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7 Responses to More Defense of Windows Vista

  1. Dan says:

    I agree with you on your point that people needing to take responsibility and learn about the technology that affects their lives. The issue with Microsoft and Vista for me, and for many people in my position (I am the Director of IT for a financial services company), is that upgrading to Vista requires spending money up front on the licenses and new hardware for it to run on , then requires spending a lot more than that on deploying it and training employees on how to use it as well as the lost productivity during the transition.
    The big question for my company is "why do it?" To Microsoft\’s credit XP Pro with Svc Pack 2 is an excellent product. It works great in my organization. Even though Vista may be cool and neat and offer some marginal improvements to the user experience it is impossible to justify the total cost to deploy it in a business environment. Just the thought of tackling that project with everything else we have going on makes my skin crawl! Microsoft still needs to make money though and should continue to support XP for another few years (for free) then start charging for critical updates as a subscription service for people who don\’t want to "upgrade".  That being said, viva Vista on the home desktop! (Assuming you have the money to buy a new computer that can run it well, of course.)
    Dan Parks

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