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?