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    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
    One of the best things I've found about Vista--when the game I'm developing fails to run on someone else's machine, it will (by default, at the click of a button when the error occurs) give me plenty of information as a developer as to what went wrong, if I can talk the person through relaying that to me. ;) [[ I didn't bundle the right DLL--found this out because a DLL I didn't include was crashing ]]

    That's all I can think of at the moment, except maybe it really is a better OS with all the bells and whistles for folks who aren't comfortable with computers. And the few who really appreciate the "double firewall" as above and won't just get in the habit of clicking "ok" to get rid of the annoying dialog box. ;)

    As far as MS stuff goes, I jumped from DOS3.3 to DOS5.0 to DOS6.2 to Win98SE to Win2k(SP1? I forget) to WinXP SP2. It hasn't been too bad being on the slow end of that curve.
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
    I've found that particularly with my industry specific design sofware (I'm a signwriter), it hasn't been worth getting any of the programs before at least revision 5 or 6... And thats a basic rule of thumb that I use for pretty much any software these days. Experience has made me cynical }:(
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
    I bought a laptop a few months ago, and one of the major factors went into me getting this model was the fact that it came with XP, not Vista.
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008

    So, my brother built this MEGA-SUPER-AWESOME computer about a month back, and he installed Vista through the optical drive. He boots it all up and is like "Yay, computer!"

    So he goes out and buys Crysis. Gets home, opens it, puts the disc in the computer. Game doesn't load immediately. Kind of curious, it's usually automatic. Oh, well...My Computer...wait...where are the optical drives?

    Vista forgot that there were two optical drives in the computer. Just gone. He ends up going and finding all kinds of solutions online, none of which work. The end result was deleting important system files until they reappeared, almost immediately after he started torturing the thing.

    Fucking weird.
    • CommentAuthorAlexa_D
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
    I've heard rumors that every computer in every Microsoft office, every Microsoft employee still uses XP. FFS, if it's not good enough to be used internally, what good will it do your consumers, asswipes?

    I hope when the time comes for me to get a new laptop (which is, unfortunately, soon) I won't have to pay extra to downgrade.
  1.  (1956.26)
    I hate to be contrary (well, actually I don't muahaha), but I'm using Vista x64 with 4Gigs of ram and I love it.
    It can address all my RAM, Photoshop CS3 is ultra fast and no longer crashes at random when I maximise widows inside it (like it did in XP), on the odd occasion where something freezes, it doesn't lock up the whole computer, and I can always shut the task down without waiting, Windows on Windows hasn't failed to run any x86 applications yet and games (barring only Assassin's Creed due to Nvidia drivers not Vista 64) run happily (and with more stability in some cases)..... and before anyone reacts by complaining about Vista's mammoth use of ram, look up SuperFetch and find out why it's your friend. UAC is turned on, but never asks me anything because I've set it to automatically approve the tasks I regularly perform. Aero is pretty, and never seems to interfere with my RAM hungry programs. Installing was a dream, 75% of my hardware (most conveniently including my network controller) was recognised and worked the moment I first booted up... the remainder was easy to find drivers for and install because it's relatively new.

    There are a few annoyances, and getting to grips with UAC took a while (I had it turned off until I read an article explaining how to set it to perform a default action). Sidebar was amusing, but I now use RocketDock instead. The alternatives are go back to XP (loose a gig of RAM, Photoshop's ability to address more than a gig, and put up with frequent errors in CS3), or use XP 64 and put up with non-existent OS and peripheral support.

    Granted Vista has its problems and I know I've been lucky to not have many of them, but most of the commonly complained about ones stem from people preferring the familiar and refusing (or not realising that it's possible) to take the time needed to exploit the bonuses of a new system. The remaining problems are mostly hardware-compatibility related, and as time goes on these will become less and less prevalent. 64bit applications may not be industry standard quite yet but they soon will be. Like it or loathe it, you won't have any choice then.
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2008
    What Paul says is also true, in my experience, of PC vs Mac. I've read lots of articles about one versus the other and it generally comes down to 'OMG on Mac the close-window button is on the top-left, it should be on the other side wtf!?', or something like that. There's a difference between something being rubbish and just not being what you're used to. I have found Vista annoying when I've used it but it's generally because things aren't where I expect them to be from XP. And the UAC is annoying, I swear I did set it to automatically approve certain tasks but it still kept prompting me, and then when I turned it off it kept reminding me it was turned off. But yeh, it's all just what you're used to really.
  2.  (1956.28)
    Ah, let me add a whole host of subtle upgrades to explorer's UI that make it work a whole lot nicer once you know they're there to be worked with (segmented addresses, a favourite folders panel, and the start menu search bar being some of the most awesome).