Sun, Feb 17 2008 0:02
Make up your own mind
Once upon a time there was a movie that the Critics raved about. It had as one if it's stars Jennifer Jason Lee. As myself, my sister and our friends sat in the movie theater we waited for the movie to get to the good part. The part that the Critic raved about. The really good part of the movie that they promised us.
Then the end titles rolled. And we went.. okay... did we watch the same movie that the critic did? Because that movie was horrible. And yet he absolutely loved it. Thought it was riviting. And all the while we were thinking.. did we have the same experience as the critic?
Walt Mossberg | Personal Technology | AllThingsD:
Seeing articles like this make me want to tell Microsoft to stop wasting my Stockholder dividend money on fedexing media to journalists(1). Because I totally disagree with Walt. I noticed an extreme increase in speed and so did the person who's computer I installed it on. Biggest impact? Outlook 2007. That now opens up and snaps to attention that it never did before. His comment that there isn't a change in the security system.. that it still "nags you too much".. again I disagree with the only time I'm "nagged" is when patches are needed for third party stuff with autoupdaters, and then he says "requires add on antivirus". Walt, do you honestly think in this day and age of EU and DOJ that they will ship it with antivirus? Perhaps arguably antivirus has less affect these days, and perhaps the savvy person who leave UAC on and runs as standard user can operate without antivirus, but Walt, dude, please.
It's easy for journalists to hate Vista these days. And in reality we should be neutral about it. It is after all just an operating system. It is the platform upon which everything else is done. It is not the "everything else". It doesn't save lives. It doesn't cure cancer. It's not white bread. It serves up applications. That's all it does. And it's not a religion either.
But I tell ya somedays it's hard to tend towards liking Vista for fear that you are labelled a Koolaid drinker. You know.. I can't help liking the security and group policy under the hood.
But at the same time, it pains me to no end to see people getting stuck with installing the Vista SP1 preliminary patches and now disabling auto updates because the pain of patching is too great. I see too many of the OEM builds getting into trouble.
Bottom line, make up your own mind.
(1) In full disclosure this still kinda irks me that at the same time Microsoft was stating that they were not going to release Vista sp1 to TechNet and MSDN customers until next month, they were fedex'ing media of SP1 to journalists that seemingly do their best to find the oldest hardware to install it on.
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