Carl Howe of Blackfriars Communications lists the following messages from Vista that block your workday, an operating system that took ten thousand people five years to ship:
* You must be logged in as administrator to change this setting.
* Upgrade has been disabled.
* Windows is trying to determine why Internet Explorer is not responding.
* To help protect your computer, Windows Firewall has blocked some features of this program.
* Genuine validation required for Windows Vista. A properly licensed copy of Windows Vista that has passed Microsoft Genuine validation is required to enable certain features and obtain non-security updates and product support.
* This installation is forbidden by system policy. Contact your system administrator.
He asks, This is the progress we've made 30 years after the PC revolution began? It is time for another worker rebellion. Today's rebel is wearing a Google T-shirt, carrying an Apple laptop and promoting their company from a Linux infrastructure they don't even own.
And for the new rebel generation that has grown up with computers, they see the Windows Vista PC, not as a tool that will help them build their dreams, but a barrier whose end user license agreements, restrictions on content, and closed development processes stand in their way.
Thank goodness we no longer need to fear Microsoft.