Re: My take on Vista, former supporter
- From: "S.Lewis" <Gossamer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 05:14:35 -0600
"William R. Walsh" <newsgroups1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote in message news:avswj.48953$yE1.22669@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Pretty much everything in Aero glass is useless, so I turn it off.
It was fun to look at, though. I'm undecided on this--used to be I was
on "skinning" and cute UI stuff in general, but not so much any more.
- MS missed this opportunity to improve the _functionality_ of the
UI. I'd like to be able to reposition taskbar buttons. MS's OS
differs in how it shows open apps, MS's is fine, but they didn't
improve on it.
I turn UAC off right away. The way Windows implements it is
intrusive. The way it's implemented on the Mac isn't. I haven't
analyzed the differences, it's just the impression I get.
Same story here. I really don't mind authorizing on the Mac, because the
places where I have to do so are not around every corner.
This shocked me. How could they do that to Internet Explorer, and MS
Office? What is the logic behind abandoning good user interface
principles? Where was Bill Gates?!? Did he actually approve of these
changes? Hard to believe.
I don't know. But I can say that I like what the Office:Mac team came up
with after saying in one of their blog entries that the Office 2007 UI
didn't fit in on the Mac. One can hope this might come back to the Windows
version of Office...from the screenshots I found myself saying "hey, I
really like that a lot better!".
When Leopard first came out there was a data integrity issue too.
Indeed there was, although it was triggered by a more serious
problem--sudden disapperance of a storage device. If that happens, or if
go around pulling the plug on active storage devices for the heck of it,
well, you have more serious problems. ;-)
I saw an article by Linus Torvalds (of Linux fame) who said the Mac has
a bad file system.
I looked at this article briefly, although I'm not sure I understand the
nature of his complaint. HFS+ does quite well from a userland perspective.
Maybe programmers find something annoying about it...I just don't know. As
far as I can tell, Apple's HFS+ is robust and reliable. Personal
experimentation has shown that it really takes a surprising amount of
to really "kill" an HFS+ volume.
I turn off all search indexing and don't have this problem.
I really think I've got it all turned off, and yet it still happens. I
remember you saying something about this.
How does the Mac OS have such great searching and I never see disk
The search processes there yield to the user and other processes that have
higher priorities within the system. In other words, the Mac OS X content
indexing engine backs out of the way when the computer is in use.
I don't have this problem. Maybe it's a memory issue and because I
turn most of Vista's resource-hog "features" off.
I wouldn't think memory is an issue in this machine. I did turn just about
all of the Vista eye-candy off.
Question since you have a Lenovo -- the ThinkPads are full of useful
utilities. I have no idea how to install fresh from a non-Lenovo
normal XP Pro CD. Do people do this, and does IBM have all that I
need on a support area of the website?
Well, I don't know. I honestly haven't tried it...yet. This Lenovo is
to get a copy of XP, because I am so tired of Vista on it. When I do this,
will be sure to let you know what happens and what sort of utilities are
available. It should be noted, however, that I usually don't install a lot
of that "stuff". This isn't because I think such things are bad. I just
prefer a simple installation of the things that I know I am going to use
It's good that they provide a Vista-to-XP option. I don't
know if I am eligible for it.
I think you've got to have Vista Home Premium, Business or Ultimate to
qualify. That could mean that my Lenovo (a 3000 N100 model) is eligible.
Maybe I'll call and ask, although the price for a system-builder XP Home
isn't bad at all.
I believe Lenovo is honoring the 'downgrade' only if the system has either
Business or Ultimate. I, too, had an N100 with VHP on it, and even with 2gb
of RAM, the performance was 'un-good'. I had checked around on the Lenovo
site for the 'downgrade' and realized my situation (and OS) didn't qualify.
I ultimately created the image backup DVD's for the system and clean
installed Vista Enterprise which was noticeably better imo.
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