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Vista Problems and Gripes Reported by CNN.

twitter (104583) writes | about 7 years ago

Windows 5

CNN has a mostly dismissive story that reports some of the problems Vista users are still having six months after the official release.

Highlights: Gripes over what doesn't work with Vista eclipse positive buzz. Some Vista users are "upgrading" back to Windows XP.

CNN has a mostly dismissive story that reports some of the problems Vista users are still having six months after the official release.

Highlights: Gripes over what doesn't work with Vista eclipse positive buzz. Some Vista users are "upgrading" back to Windows XP.

"I can't live in Vista if the software that I use in my life for productivity does not work," said [Microsoft enthusiast] Pirillo, in the third minute of a 52-minute video he posted on YouTube. ... Vista tested even Pirillo's savvy. He fixed the hobbled printer and other problems by installing VMware, a program that lets him run XP within Vista. But when his trial copy expired, he decided the solution was too clunky -- and too expensive.

Microsoft said it had distributed 40 million copies of Vista ... but Forrester Research analyst J.P. Gownder estimated just over 12 million U.S. consumers would have Vista by the end of the year, out of about 235 million PCs in the country.

This is great stuff to see in CNN, despite all of the M$ can't lose language around it. They are no longer able to hide the slow sales and problems, now they have to make excuses.

The rest is standard M$ party line. Complaints about programs and devices that don't work are belittled as "rants" and "sport." Blame is placed squarely on device makers and other software vendors. Finally, we get a dreamy eyed Microsoftie:

Everybody wants there to be a repeat of Windows 98 ... At the time of Windows 98's launch, broadband access to the Internet was catching fire and consumers were pumped up about getting a faster, cheaper computer.

The year all the Windows 95 machines mysteriously died? No thanks, I'd rather my last faster cheaper computer kept working. That's why I use Debian. The only thing catching fire here is Microsoft's market position.

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Conspiracy (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | about 7 years ago | (#19888945)

The year all the Windows 95 machines mysteriously died?

Can you elaborate? I just figured 95 was such a POS that everybody gladly upgraded to 98 the minute they could. I sure as hell did.

Defective by Design. (1)

twitter (104583) | about 7 years ago | (#19890209)

Captian Splendid asks:

Can you elaborate?

Of course I can, with a slight modification of your own words:

I just figured DOS was such a POS that everybody gladly upgraded to Win1.0 the minute they could. I sure as hell did.

I just figured Win1.0 was such a POS that everybody gladly upgraded to Win3.1 the minute they could. I sure as hell did.

I just figured Win3.1 was such a POS that everybody gladly upgraded to 95 the minute they could. I sure as hell did.

I just figured 95 was such a POS that everybody gladly upgraded to 98 the minute they could. I sure as hell did.

I just figured 98 was such a POS that everybody gladly upgraded to ME the minute they could. I sure as hell did.

I just figured ME was such a POS that everybody gladly upgraded to W2K the minute they could. I sure as hell did.

I just figured W2K was such a POS that everybody gladly upgraded to XP the minute they could. I sure as hell did.

I just figured XP was such a POS that everybody gladly upgraded to Vista the minute they could. I sure as hell did.

How many times does the treadmill have to turn before you realize you are not moving?

As for 98, every 95 machine where I was working mysteriously died within a few months of the 98 release. Actions by a single company are not conspiracies, they are simple sabotage. Look up planned obsolescence [wikipedia.org]

to understand the basic concept. Software is easier to obsolete than other things because you can break it later by SDK modifications and "updates".

Re:Defective by Design. (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | about 7 years ago | (#19890847)

I just figured W2K was such a POS that everybody gladly upgraded to XP the minute they could. I sure as hell did.

I just figured XP was such a POS that everybody gladly upgraded to Vista the minute they could. I sure as hell did.


Actually, those 2 aren't so bad. Which is why Vista is suffering.

How many times does the treadmill have to turn before you realize you are not moving?

Probably too much to expect you to know, but I have made the realization, and am working towards remedying it. [slashdot.org]

As for 98, every 95 machine where I was working mysteriously died within a few months of the 98 release. Actions by a single company are not conspiracies, they are simple sabotage. Look up planned obsolescence

to understand the basic concept. Software is easier to obsolete than other things because you can break it later by SDK modifications and "updates".


Again, possibly too much to expect due to the brevity of my comment, but I am aware of the basic concept. I was asking for particulars.

Re:Defective by Design. (1)

twitter (104583) | about 7 years ago | (#19893857)

I was asking for particulars.

It was a long time ago, but I remember mysterious problems with every computer in my group and my previous place of work. The "solution" given to me by Gateway was a 98 "upgrade" that they were happy enough to mail to me for the three three or four computers under my watch. I got similar stories from other people I talked with. There's no smoking gun, but the timing was suspicious and I expect there to be lots of that for XP and Vista. The excuses will be that people have moved on and are not paying attention to XP so things are just going to break.

I can contrast this to much less painful and real upgrades in the free software world that I've been making ever since. I've moved from Red Hat to Debian and through multiple versions of each without losing user files and settings.

Re:Defective by Design. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19893963)

Yes, zealots and FLOSS retards always remember "mysterious" problems that no one else can duplicate. Funny how they never remember how for 99% of people everything just works. It's a mysterious mystery.
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