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voyager12

Windows Vista

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I heard a tech review on NPR yesterday. Among the alleged improvements: the Firewall will be auto enabled , Spyware protection, Search functionality has been added to the "Start" button, the Desktop has been "Aeroblasted" :blink: this means it will be shiny and "translucent". Other perks include a "toolkit" that enables users to add such amenities as weather updates and news headlines to their desktop without having to enable IE which will also be a new version. The review was pretty positive. The bottom line being that all the bells and whistles won't mean anything if Microsoft fails again to secure this version of Windows from viruses. And if so, another swiss cheese exploitable failure will draw more and more people to Linux and other safer options.

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I will be very suprised that Vista will turn out just as Microsoft is hyping. The fancy graphics and all the "improvments" are just gimmicks as Vista will be just like all previous versions of Windows. You'll still have to deal with viruses, security holes, data rot, plug and pray, and frequent system crashes, and the dreaded blue screen of death. From your cheap 300 dollar Dells to screaming fast muilti-processor 3-D rendering workstations, Microsoft's problem its that they are trying to buld an OS that must work on an almost unlimited number of system configurations designed by hundreds of diffferent computer companies. Thus Microsoft has no sure fire means of Quality Assurence. Now if Microsoft were like Apple and built both computers and the OS, things might be different as Microsoft would have the advantage Apple enjoys of being able to design hardware and software to work hand and hand which may have result in a better running PC's.

The other snag bogging Windows is backward compatibility. Being that Windows can trace its orgigins all the way back to MS DOS. Microsoft as built itself into a hole they are hard pressed to get out of. Not only must they must make the OS keep up with advancing technologies, they have enable a ton of legacy software to to run on it. That why there is still a DOS Prompt in the latest version of Windows.

Windows and all of the issues one has to deal with is one of the main reasons why I own a Mac.

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^ :rofl:

Vista is going to suck like no other version of Windows has has ever sucked before!

I rest my case.

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:rofl: Oh, the horror! Vistas will be staying the hell out of my system. :lol:

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