26 febrero 2007

Buena Vista

I installed the business edition of Windows Vista in my laptop. You might think that is incredible, but, believe me, the world didn't end. Moreover (and after read that, you might not want to be my friend anymore), I LIKE IT!

Yes, I like it. I upgraded from my previous version, Windows XP Home, and I almost did not have any problem with drivers. I feel the computer softer, more secure, and easier to use. Really, I am not just another marketing product of Microsoft.

Why people are so disappointed with Vista, then? I can give you two reason:

  1. Is a Microsoft product, and we all know that Microsoft is evil, by definition... Don't we?
  2. A great change in the user experience was expected, thorough only a small change was performed.

In fact, regarding the user interface, there are only few features added that were not available to use in XP, with Google Desktop or Windows Desktop Search. But those tools, correctly used, are quite, quite useful.
Join those tools, quite well integrated in the OS, with the stability of the last Windows Server version, and you have the good operating system of witch I am speaking about.

But am not gonna buy the new Windows, just for those sweeties... And also I am not going to be able to execute it on my machine, 'cos Vista requires more resources than I have...

So what? Do not do it. Did you do it when XP was launched? (I was still running Windows 95 R2) Of course, Vista is worth to run only in new computers. And when you change, and it will be soon (around three years), you will probably buy Vista as well (of course you can avoid it, if you want). Then you will be running a nicer OS than XP.

The point is that much more, a conceptual revolution, was expected. And Microsoft gave us just an OS on the wave, fashionable, but predictable if you are well aware of the current state of the art. Nothing really new. Too much for five years of waiting.

So, if you want to know about what have happened with this revolution that was lost on the way here, I recommend you to read this blog and this entry, that I found somehow quite interesting.

2 comentarios:

Anónimo dijo...

Hi Salva. Despite my reputation as an anti-Microsoft zealot, I will tell you I'm not going to put an and to our friendship because of this blog post of yours. don't worry about that ;) .

However, I find it a bit surprising that you felt it "more secure" without a thorough inspection. I will not argue that you found it easier to use. I will even accept that you found it softer, despite accusations in the opposite direction I have read in other media (no, never saw it myself, I admit). But... "secure"?. Tell me you performed security tests, or let us know what you saw that made you have that feeling, but come on, don't say it "felt more secure". Not even OpenBSD "feels secure" like that nowadays.

And, ref. the "Microsoft is bad" stereotype (or its alternative: "Google are Gods"): yes, as it stands, it will lead us nowhere. At this respect, I saw a very funny comic strip the other day Have a look: http://www.bugbash.net/comic/93.html

Salvador dijo...

Hi Pablo! You are completely right, but not in the post, but in the SMS that you sent me from London, just to tell me that you finally posted something in my blog; This comment was a bit strong, specially concerning that you wanted to make it as a ‘birthday present’. Thank you for yours congratulations anyway, man!

And about your comment, I have to say that you argument is, first, a manipulation and, second, a bullshit.

Is a manipulation because I did not said that Vista is the secured OS in the world, but that I feel more secure, and that is, with respect XP, of course. Your comparison with open BSD and others are, therefore, completely out of business.

And it’s bullshit because I said that I feel more secure, and you asked me for secure performance test results. To feel secure is completely subjective, and I argued it to say that I like it (that is completely subjective as well), and always thinking on XP. If you want to ask why I do feel more secure, ask it, instead write such a long paragraph going around the bush. And, at the end, you finish suggesting that today no OS can be considered secure. Quite skill; In this way you are prepared for my theoretical answer, because anything I could tell you would be wrong, because ‘no OS can be considered secure today’. Bullshit!

I expected just a bit more from you…

It was very funny to play ‘politicians’ in the blog (as you can see, I deconstructed your argument, I suggest that you are a cheater and stupid, but I did not answer). I will tell you why I feel securer in vista other day. This game, as a birthday present, was quite cool. Thanks!

But I hope we will not play it in Spanish ;-) (Specially now, ‘couse I started taking ju-jitsu lessons).