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I live in the Fortress of Solitude. I drive the Silver Beast. My obsession is justice. I used to be a Windows software developer. I retired in 2000 when my stock options helped me achieve financial security.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Vista Wars V

Over the years, I’ve played with numerous desktop interfaces...Win 3.x, Win 9x, Win 2k, Win XP, OS/2 Warp, KDE, GNOME, Enlightenment, Fluxbox, Amiga, GEM, etc. I’ve found that once the novelty wears off, once you get used to the interface during the day-to-day grind of your job, you just don’t care about the interface anymore. They start to all look alike. The main thing for you is that the OS functions mostly as an application launcher, and everything else is just bells and whistles.

In time, you will be able to move between Vista and XP and KDE and GNOME and Aqua and not care about their differences. The fact is, today’s Operating Systems have much more in common than in distinction. None of them is revolutionary—they’re all just variations on a theme. For Paul Thurrott to call Vista “revolutionary” reflects the reality that he’s nothing more than a Microsoft shill.

Save your money. If you’re currently using XP, just stick with it. If you’re using Win 9x, you’re way behind the times and you’re vulnerable to all kinds of problems—this is your opportunity to make a giant leap, a paradigm shift. The only question is: Do you want to pay through the nose to upgrade to Vista, or do you want to jump ship to the Mac? The value proposition is clear, and Ajith will never be able to make a cogent argument in favour of Vista.



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