Today's press release from CoCreate reminded me that I was going to describe my experience with Vista:
Customers are now in position to transition their CoCreate product development and lifecycle management platform to the next generation of Windows operating system and take advantage of the benefits and technologies offered by Windows Vista.
Discretely enough, the press release doesn't get around to mentioning the benefits offered by Vista, because there are none.
My new sort-of TabletPC runs Vista, and so I have firsthand experience of the operating system people love to hate. I think the best way to sum up Vista is in this way:
Switching to Ubantu Linux is less annoying than using Vista.
I'll list some of the hassles I've experienced:
- can no longer sync my Zen Micro, because Creative will not ship a native driver.
- cannot use middle button (or scrollwheel) on Logitech mice for double-clicking, because drivers no longer support it. (I downloaded Logitech's 55MB "Vista" driver, only to find that it displays only a "Contact Logitech" in the SetPoint software, claiming that Logitech support is built into Vista.)
- my Palm T|X syncs, but Palm has only gotten a beta version of its Vista interface working at this point, and so numerous features are missing.
- Microsoft removed its awful fax software from the Home Premium version of Vista, which is good. What is bad is that third-party companies couldn't figure out how to make fax software work with Vista until this month.
- no security. You've read the horror stories of Microsoft bolting down the security in Vista, where you cannot make a move without having to agree to some poorly worded dialog box or another. Here's the joke: when I restart Vista, it fails to prompt for a password to get back in. Kind of like DOS does.
That's right: Vista blocks me from installing software and drivers, it keeps asking if I am sure (and when I turn of that bug, it keeps asking if I am sure I want the "are you sure" bug turned off), but anyone can physically access my computer.