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Steve Ballmer Directing "House Party 7"

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the microsoft-sponsored-debauchery dept.

Microsoft 359

theodp writes "What are you doing on Oct. 22? Microsoft is putting a Tupperware-style twist on the upcoming Windows 7 rollout, launching a new initiative to encourage thousands of employees, partners and technology enthusiasts to throw parties in their homes and communities to demonstrate and help spread the word about its new OS. People accepted as official launch party hosts will get their own copy of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, and a chance to win a computer. Host spaces are very limited, so apply now, kids. Hey, what could possibly go wrong?"

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359 comments

don't look down (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314247)

He'll be the chairman, correct?

Party like it's October 2001! (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314297)

Only in homes not big-box store parking lots!

What Could Possibly Go Wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29314473)

The linked article about some MySpace-related house party raised my eyebrow because the story characterized it as an "illegal party" which is a mindboggling concept in-and-of-itself.

Where ought one obtain a permit for having a party? Under what conditions? Ridiculous.

Re:What Could Possibly Go Wrong (1, Informative)

Xaositecte (897197) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314507)

You actually read the article, and you still can't figure out why it was illegal?

Idiot.

Re:What Could Possibly Go Wrong (0, Troll)

Merls the Sneaky (1031058) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314963)

I still don't understand how the party was illegal. The trespass on private property certainly was, but the party itself?

Surely you jest?

Re:What Could Possibly Go Wrong (1)

Xaositecte (897197) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315287)

by having the party, they're committing a couple of crimes. Tresspassing, breaking and entering, etc.

Because it's impossible to hold the party without committing an illegal act, it's an illegal party.

Re:What Could Possibly Go Wrong (2, Interesting)

improfane (855034) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315373)

In the UK there are laws that forbid raving on public property and public parties.

From what seems to be called a 'Free party' on Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] :

Under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 where the definition of music played at a rave was given as: "music" includes sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats.
  - Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
Sections 63, 64 & 65 of the Act targeted electronic dance music played at raves.

and

The Act was ostensibly introduced because of the noise and disruption caused by all night parties to nearby residents, and to protect the countryside. It has also been claimed[by whom?] that it was introduced to kill a popular youth movement that was taking many drinkers out of town centres drinking taxable alcohol and into fields to take untaxed drugs.

Frankly given the state of my licensed local university night clubs and raves after a night, it's very much a good thing that this law is around.

The litter is shocking, the vomit and the blood. It's not nice.

Re:What Could Possibly Go Wrong (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29314659)

RON PAUL!!!

Party permits (2, Interesting)

davidwr (791652) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314755)

In some cities and neighborhood associations, you have to get a permit if your guests will need more than a few spaces' worth of parking or if the noise can be heard from a neighbor's house.

It's intended to limit loud partying and limit parking issues in congested areas.

In general, such rules wouldn't affect a purely-indoor party without mega-loud music where the guests carpooled in.

Oh, since the party is "commercial" in nature, potential hosts should consult with their neighborhood association bylaws and city ordinances regulating conducting businesses in homes. Most U.S. cities have such laws, but most also routinely don't enforce them if there aren't complaints.

RTFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29314881)

also, you have to actually have a legal right to be in the house you're throwing the party in.

Re:Party permits (1)

mitgib (1156957) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315029)

Most U.S. cities have such laws, but most also routinely don't enforce them since they are unconstitutional. Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 [wikipedia.org]

There, fixed that for ya

Re:What Could Possibly Go Wrong (1)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314937)

You have the right of assembly, not the right of being a noise disturbance or consuming all available parking for several blocks.

Re:What Could Possibly Go Wrong (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315005)

This "party" was an advertisement on MySpace to show up at a vacant house that someone owns, break in, and completely and utterly trash the place. 200 kids showed up and from the look of the pictures got pretty creative in their destruction, and managed to trash the house to the tune of 30 thousand British pounds.

Look for "what could possibly go wrong" in the summary above.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-448842/MySpace-invaders-trash-second-home-tune-30-000.html [dailymail.co.uk]

What's scary is that the article mentions that this is the SECOND home to be trashed in this manner.

Re:don't look down (3, Insightful)

TheWanderingHermit (513872) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314849)

He'll be the chairman, correct?

Nah, they're throwing parties, not chairs.

I wonder, though. When I first read this, and the "grass roots" (okay, astroturf) focus, my first thought was, "They must be REALLY desperate to make this one work." It just smacks of fear of it not selling unless they can convince people to buy it and get a buzz going.

First (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29314251)

Theme is everyone wear Blue and pass out at a predetermined time

PLEASE MOD THIS UP! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29314347)

It made me laugh. And I really needed a laugh. Thank you sir or ma'am.

You have to be pretty nerdy (4, Funny)

SBrach (1073190) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314255)

You have to be pretty nerdy to consider installing windows on 15-20 of your closest friends laptops a "party."

I have another word for that (2, Insightful)

v1 (525388) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314317)

You have to be pretty nerdy to consider installing windows on 15-20 of your closest friends laptops a "party."

More like pretty sadistic

aka "good way to lose 15-20 friends"?

Re:I have another word for that (2, Informative)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315229)

You have to be pretty nerdy to consider installing windows on 15-20 of your closest friends laptops a "party."

More like pretty sadistic

You see those as mutually exclusive? Sounds like someone doesn't read the Boston Phoenix classified ads.

Re:You have to be pretty nerdy (1)

RManning (544016) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314609)

You have to be pretty nerdy to consider installing windows on 15-20 of your closest friends laptops a "party."

You have to be pretty social to have 15-20 friends. ;)

Re:You have to be pretty nerdy (3, Informative)

TheBilgeRat (1629569) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314675)

Really? It would have to be an all weekend bender if it were Gentoo.

\I'll bring the keg

Re:You have to be pretty nerdy (3, Funny)

SBrach (1073190) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314795)

I would have a hard time getting drunk enough to install Gentoo if all you brought was a keg of beer. A keg of whiskey might do the trick. Of course we would run out before it was done compiling so maybe you should bring the keg of beer too, you know as a back-up.

Re:You have to be pretty nerdy (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315245)

Gentoo jokes are hardly funny anymore, since it seems most users have taken its issues to heart and moved on to Ubuntu. I tried to migrate my home "everything" server and gave up somewhere - gdm, lirc, imapd, exim, I don't remember, none of them worked the same. Due to different versions of things and distro-specific configuration, copying /etc/ files rarely works like one would hope. But don't get me wrong, a plain-vanilla fresh install of Ubuntu is incredibly simple, if you are reasonably lucky.

Re:You have to be pretty nerdy (1)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315329)

oblig [xkcd.com]

Re:You have to be pretty nerdy (1)

justkarl (775856) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314719)

Oh I agree. I think that going to parties to install operating systems [linux.org] is totally lame. Surely no one on Slashdot would ever do something that nerdy.

Hmm, an echo of the zune release? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Cowar (1608865) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314299)

Once upon a time when the zune was first coming out, there was a box put out in the courtyard of the microsoft grounds, or some other common area (i can't recall which) where employees could ditch their ipods in a show of solidarity. If I recall correctly, there were only like 2-3 ipods dropped off from the whole of microsoft. I wonder how many "House Party 7"'s there will be? Although the ipod thing wasn't backed up by a show of chair-based kinetic force.

Re:Hmm, an echo of the zune release? (2, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314743)

The article is wrong. 7 does not refer to the version number of the Windows release, it refers to the total number pf people who are excited about a new MS OS release.

Re:Hmm, an echo of the zune release? (2, Interesting)

sanosuke001 (640243) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314757)

I'll admit; I applied. If they want to give me free stuff and a free copy of Win7 Ultimate, I'll invite some friends over and have a party.

Re:Hmm, an echo of the zune release? (3, Insightful)

bigman2003 (671309) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315283)

I applied too.

I have people over for BBQs, dinners, Rock Band, etc. anyway. If they want to give me Windows 7, and want me to have a computer sitting out at a party- then no problem. Yes, I will even use the decorations they send me- why not?

This actually isn't a bad way to get people to see Windows 7. Heck, I even signed up for the Betty Crocker cookie party while I was at it. (Waitlist only) Sounds like fun to me.

That's the point. The whole thing sounds like fun. So I tell my friends; "Hey, this is the geekiest thing ever...but come over for a Windows 7 party. I'll be cooking and we'll have margaritas." Microsoft gets a little more exposure, I get Windows 7, my friends get some food and drink. We all win.

House Party??? (4, Funny)

orsty3001 (1377575) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314303)

Will Kid 'N Play be available for this event?

Maybe the question should be... (4, Funny)

eviloverlordx (99809) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314319)

...what could possibly go right? That would at least set the correct expectations.

Hey, isn't this ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29314327)

... just a Pyramid scheme ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_scheme [wikipedia.org]

Not yet (2, Informative)

davidwr (791652) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314427)

But as soon as insert-MLM-company-name-here* starts selling Windows 7 it will be.

*My lawyer recommended I not use any actual company name here.

Re:Not yet (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314811)

We're Amway Global.
In America we proudly operate as Quixtar.

Re:Hey, isn't this ... (2, Funny)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314585)

"... just a Pyramid scheme ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_scheme [wikipedia.org] "

Oh - I thought you meant this:

http://www.webscription.net/p-328-pyramid-scheme.aspx [webscription.net]

It's an insane fantasy with very little chance of ever actually occurring, so I think it more appropriate.

(Good read, though. and DRM FREE!)

Steve Ballmer Directing "House Party 7" (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29314329)

"I just throw the chairs. Gravity does the directing."

Do we bring our own virii? (4, Funny)

AnalPerfume (1356177) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314337)

Or are MS ensuring we get infected at the party?

Re:Do we bring our own virii? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29314401)

Windows-logo condoms and dental dams will be provided.

Sure, why not? (2, Interesting)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314341)

Just last night I saw a long commercial with 3 women sitting around a couch watching a birth control commercial and having an in depth discussion about birth control options. Of course, my wife says that's total bullshit and no one she knows does that, but hey - it's on TV so it must be true. So inviting my friends and neighbors to come over to my house, have some snacks, and watch how Win7 handles disk caching so much better will increase sales eleventy gajillion percent.

Re:Sure, why not? (4, Funny)

CorporateSuit (1319461) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314493)

So inviting my friends and neighbors to come over to my house, have some snacks, and watch how Win7 handles disk caching so much better will increase sales eleventy gajillion percent.

Unlikely. Your neighbors will probably ignore the Windows 7 and spend their time on the couch, having an in-depth discussion about birth control options.

Re:Sure, why not? (2, Funny)

mrsurb (1484303) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314729)

Installing Windows 7 IS a birth control option.

Re:Sure, why not? (4, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314823)

Wait, having parties about operating system launches isn't a birth control option?

Unrealistic commercials.. (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315307)

"Mom, do you ever have that... 'not so fresh' feeling?"

Re:Sure, why not? (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315353)

Just last night I saw a long commercial with 3 women sitting around a couch watching a birth control commercial and having an in depth discussion about birth control options. Of course, my wife says that's total bullshit and no one she knows does that, but hey - it's on TV so it must be true.

In what way is it not realistic? I know my wife does discuss birth control with her friends, and from hearing about it secondhand I pretty well know what guys I know have had vasectomies etc. Granted, you wouldn't have a tupperware-style get-together just to discuss it, but it does come up when women are gabbing.

As for this Microsoft marketing tactic, it seems kind of lame, but it won't hurt anything. Sadly I think society has moved on from appreciating how cool and amazing personal computers really are, but then excitement never did have very long shelf life.

Another Sequel? (2, Funny)

cthulu_mt (1124113) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314349)

Are they taking Kid and Play out of cold storage?

gMail is down again... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29314355)

Jesus Christ. gMail is more problematic than Linux.

Re:gMail is down again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29314517)

Couldn't send out all your Houseparty7 invites, huh?

Re:gMail is down again... (2, Funny)

timster (32400) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314595)

Working fine for me -- have you checked your Internet connection?

Ubuntu Live CDs (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29314359)

I am going to attend every party in my neighbourhood with Ubuntu Live CD to give away!!!

Crash the party! in more ways than one (5, Funny)

davidwr (791652) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314367)

Crash (as in invade) your nearest party and pass out LiveCDs, plush Penguins, and for the health-conscious, Apples (the kind you eat).

Take bets on how many times you can get the host's computer to crash (as in computing).

Re:Crash the party! in more ways than one (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315321)

Win 7? good luck getting that to crash.

On the plus side, I can beat the shit out of anyone who comes to my house to disturb the party and not do any jail time.

Seriously people, Linux is awesome, but pushing your way into places that are about windows is just annoying and makes the whiole linux crowd to idiots.

Like the Linux guy who kept making comments and a Windows presentation. We aren't there to here your pitch, STFU.

Comptetition (4, Funny)

joaommp (685612) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314371)

With Linus it would be "Glaciar Party 2.6.31-rc8-git2"

Re:Comptetition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29314579)

rc8? What do you think this is, phpBB3?

Getting in (5, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314383)

I think the hosts should charge their guests $100 to come in.

Then just before serving drinks, the host springs a EULA that the guest needs to sign, or else he gets booted out the front door.

If the party is on a Tuesday, then in the middle of their festivities they need to sit still for half and hour while ADP comes in and upgrades the security system.

I just pity the poor guest who only paid the basic $100 to get in. The bathroom is only available to those who paid $299 to get in. Poor schmucks.

Re:Getting in (4, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314591)

In contrast to the Linux roll-out party, which is free but takes place under an overpass and is hosted by homeless people.

[Relax, it's just a joke. Linux is my main OS.]

Re:Getting in (1)

Krneki (1192201) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314917)

At least they will have some booze. :)

Re:Getting in (0, Flamebait)

ashtophoenix (929197) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314941)

[Relax, it's just a joke. Linux is my main OS.]

This is like making a racist joke and then saying "Relax, I am of the same race..." and expecting that being of the same genre that you mocked makes it okay. Its amazing how that works.

Re:Getting in (5, Insightful)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314985)

[Relax, it's just a joke. Linux is my main OS.]

This is like making a racist joke and then saying "Relax, I am of the same race..." and expecting that being of the same genre that you mocked makes it okay. Its amazing how that works.

And yet it does work, if you go by people's reactions. I didn't design humans, I just work with what's given to me.

Re:Getting in (2, Insightful)

Krneki (1192201) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315055)

No, this is like making a joke and let everyone know he didn't want to Troll, but he really wanted to make us lough.

As for racist, wtf dude?

Re:Getting in (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315349)

you are comparing a Linux joke to a racist joke? you are out of whack.
\

It's an Operating System, Not Amway (2, Funny)

greatica (1586137) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314431)

Finally I can join the ranks of my wife's Tupperware, Mary Kay, and Stamping Up crowd!

Re:It's an Operating System, Not Amway (1)

Jason Earl (1894) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315141)

I like Pampered Chef parties. They serve food!

Its not a House Party... (3, Funny)

Zantac69 (1331461) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314469)

...unless Kid 'n Play show up!

Maybe we could get Steve Balmer and Bill Gates to reprise the roles - not sure who would look better with the fade though.

They still don't get it (4, Insightful)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314495)

Geeze, it's an OPERATING SYSTEM. A minor update on Vista. What does he think he's selling?

I'm using the beta, (which is working rather well -- imagine my surprise) and it occurs to me that I'm being asked to pay $200 to $300 (depending on version) for what is essentially an improved TCP stack and a new bunch of drivers. Throw a party? I don't see why they even designed a new box.

Re:They still don't get it (1)

Krneki (1192201) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314933)

You bought Vista?

At least you learned from your mistake. :)

There is a lot new in Windows 7 (5, Informative)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315135)

Is Windows 7 revolutionary? No, not at all. But it has a lot more than TCP improvements. Off the top of my head:
  • Direct2D gives acceleration (via DX10 video cards) for 2D drawing and text rendering. Text rendering now supports more advanced OpenType stuff and implements vertical antialiasing for ClearType rendering, to further improve the quality of text.
  • GDI (what most desktop apps use) now uses Direct2D under the hood where possible, and has improved concurrency between processes.
  • User Mode Scheduling improves performance by vastly reducing the cost of context switching in highly-threaded apps.
  • The DWM's memory usage has been reduced by 40-50%, and has got some optimizations that should affect all apps including games.
  • Power management has been greatly improved, you should notice an increase in battery life on portables.
  • Native Wireless has been implemented with dual-band and some awesome fault-tolerant roaming support. Bluetooth 2.1 support is there too.
  • AVC/AAC support along with MP4/M4A/etc. has been included.
  • Some basic mouse gestures have been added which I've found incredibly useful, like dragging a window to the side of the screen to have it resize and take up that half of the screen. There has also been a big focus on making the OS work fantastic with touchscreens and multi-touch gestures.
  • The general feeling of responsiveness has been improved by performing work as late as possible (like starting some services on demand instead of on boot), giving visual feedback earlier, reducing stalls in the UI, etc. -- this doesn't actually make it run faster, but it makes it feel like it is, and that actually helps a lot when you're sitting in front of a PC all day.
  • Media Center is a lot better, and supports some new DRM crap (via BDA+) that should be enough for CableCard to finally let PC hardware be sold retail.

Re:They still don't get it (1)

need4mospd (1146215) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315215)

This makes me wonder, will Vista drop in price now? And to what price?

Re:They still don't get it (3, Informative)

Achromatic1978 (916097) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315305)

a) $200-$300? The most expensive upgrade is $219. The Home Premium upgrade, which 95%+ (conservatively) of people will use would be a $119 upgrade. b) "what is essentially an improved TCP stack and a bunch of new drivers"? Yeah, I guess that's the main thing. It's not like extensive UI revision (I for one love the new taskbar), Aero Peek, new networking APIs, improved color depth support for HD video and digital cameras, virtual XP for compatibility, video support for remote desktop, multi-PC integrated libraries for media would have absolutely any interest to anyone, right?

But no, you go ahead claiming that people will be paying $300 for an improved TCP stack, and get modded Insightful by the drones...

Re:They still don't get it (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315371)

You are correct, it should be SP3; however I signed up for the party, because I want a free copy(legit).
I am also wondering how many of my friends would actually turn up.

By Tupperware-style... (1, Funny)

Java Pimp (98454) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314549)

does he mean the chairs should be plastic?

Re:By Tupperware-style... (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314735)

Better be. One lucky party will be crashed by Steve Ballmer, and you know what happens when HE sees a chair. The host or hostess would be well-advised to choose lightweight chairs. This will reduce the chance of back strain on His Steveness, and also reduce the risk of injury to your guests.

Think "inflatable".

Where have we heard this before? (1)

MaggieL (10193) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314557)

Somebody's trying to take a page from the Obama playbook.

Ain't nothing but a... (1)

TheRealRainFall (1464687) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314565)

Gangsta party...

Pirate Party (5, Insightful)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314573)

You know, it just occurred to me. Since so many LAN parties turn into Pirate Fests (dude!! you've got the latest (insert_game_or_movie_name_here), I suspect Microsoft is.. well... late to the party on this one.

I'm sure there is, at this very moment, a solid handful of LAN parties where cracked Windows 7 installs are happening.

And I'm sure the host of THOSE parties is receiving a full copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. OK, "full" except the install disc, and artwork, and a shiny hologram logo, and DRM...

Still, kudos to Microsoft for being inventive in their marketing.

Re:Pirate Party (5, Funny)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315383)

)

that was a close one!

Party? (2, Insightful)

RManning (544016) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314577)

As a geek, I'm probably more excited about an OS release then most (although I couldn't care less about Windows), but since when is an OS release a party-worthy occasion? I can see if I was on the development team, but for everyone else?

New ad (2, Insightful)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314651)

Mac: I'm a Mac

PC: And I'm a PC. Looks like I've got you beat this time. People all over America will be having a party for my new Operating System!

Mac: Wow, Congrats. That's really exciting. So are people going to be exposed to your new product while having fun at the same time.

PC: Well... Not really...

Mac: No? What are you....

PC: You see only the people who really care about Windows 7 will be hosting it... and they only get 1 CD to show all of their friends why they should buy Windows 7...

Mac: Oh, well, whats wrong with that? Wouldn't that mean more people will be buying Windows 7?

PC: The only friends Windows 7 enthusiasts have are other Windows 7 enthusiasts...

I can imagine it now (1)

the_macman (874383) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314663)

Steve Ballmer: "Who ate all the GOD DAMN SALSA!!!! I BOUGHT IT TO EAT SPECIFICALLY WITH MY LIME TOSITOS!!!!!" *throws chair across the room*

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Pass (2, Interesting)

emandres (857332) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314685)

I'll go ahead and pass on that golden opportunity. Because I'm a student, I have access to MSDN downloads, and was able to download the RTM of Windows 7 already. On first glance, it was a pretty slick change (especially the new dock-style task bar), but after running it for a week or so I realized that it's little more than Vista with a UI upgrade and a few more driver issues. Specifically, I kept having a problem where the background on my desktop would look funny (almost like a bad jpg of the background picture). So for the meantime I'm back with Vista, and don't plan on upgrading until SP1 comes out.

Re:Pass (3, Insightful)

qubezz (520511) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315219)

I'll upgrade/downgrade when they have a version without the ridiculous dumbing down of the 'launch' menu and the windows explorer with no opt-out. I tried it and it is impossible, it takes a whole bunch more clicks on non-obvious buttons to get anywhere, and when you just want to see drives and directories, they have idiot icons. Every version of Windows since 95 has had more 'idiot' features to turn off. Even making XP useable is to turn off themes, classic start menu, classic folder view, unhide system folders and put it on detalied view, turn off simple file sharing, security center, firewall, redonkulous services for idiots (uPNP, system restore, firewall service, zero config wireless, web publishing, etc). Install tweakUI and disable animated doggy idiot search, change the IE cache to something less than 100gb, etc.Then the real hacking starts, turn off the 'zip for dummies', image shell extensions, etc. Then after several update reboot cycles, remove the crapware they install in Firefox without your consent. Vista took this to extremes with it's idiot's control panel and useless UI control - and with it's nanny need for signed drivers thanks to DRM, it is Windows ME for the 2000's. Just like Vista, you'll be buying it whether you like it or not though. So many paid-for Vista's have been immediately wiped, it's near criminal to have a monopoly forced it onto computers in the first place.

Now they truly have made an OS for idiots, that only idiots can use.

House Party 7? (1)

pak9rabid (1011935) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314691)

Hm...I guess I must have missed House Party [imdb.com] 2-6.

Re:House Party 7? (1)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314891)

Actually, House Party 2-4 exist. I'm embarrased to say that I watched House Party 4...not really though, because Meagan Good is amazingly hot.

Re:House Party 7? (1)

pak9rabid (1011935) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315181)

Heh...word.

Won't work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29314775)

You can't tell people what to do, that would be too obvious.
You have to make them think it was their idea to do it in the first place.
First you have to make your product look cool which is going to be hard for Microsoft.
Then you have to seed the idea of such parties or whatever, some fake viral videos ought to do the trick. Only then will the sheep follow.

wish (1)

gmermnstinsmermwords (1627107) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314783)

I wish you could post pictures under copyright to the slashdot comments

Re:wish (1)

gmermnstinsmermwords (1627107) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314897)

it's like the last supper

order now and get free RSOD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29314799)

From the makers of BSOD, presenting RSOD

I LOVE THIS COMPANY!!!!!!!!111 (1)

RelliK (4466) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314831)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvsboPUjrGc

YEAAHHH!!!!!

Musical chairs! (2, Insightful)

mr_lizard13 (882373) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314869)

Duck when the music stops...

My Party Will Be The BEST Party... (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 4 years ago | (#29314883)

I'm going to throw a huge Windows 7 bash where we all get together, have a few beers and giggles and do all the neat stuff intelligent, fun-loving people like to do at parties. This one will be just a little different, though. We'll blog and take pictures and videos and upload the whole thing, just the way Microsoft and House Party want.

The climax? Well, the climax will be something really, really special. In honour of Windows 7, we'll all gather 'round and cheer wildly while the Lady Elaine, our resident Make Up Artist/Fashion Goddess/Queen of Sarcasm carefully applies lipstick to a pig.

Think House Party will send us a prize pack?

This calls for... (1)

puroresu (1585025) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315081)

A massive Linux/BSD/other free OS install party!

Linux install parties circa 1995 (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315121)

We were doing parties like this for Linux back in 1995. Some were Slackware while others were Red Hat. Of course back then you needed a team of techs to do a proper install ;) Aw memories....

In fact I need to go check on the progress of my Gentoo compile on that IBM XT we started around then. BRB

DNRTFA (1)

kdogg73 (771674) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315143)

I'm just here for the headline and comments.

Shades of Windows 95? (2, Insightful)

steveha (103154) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315145)

When Windows 95 was released, there really was a whole bunch of crazy hoopla. Stores were having midnight sales, where they would open at midnight just to sell Windows 95 as soon as they were legally permitted. People were standing in lines outside the stores. (Heck, I read in the newspaper that one guy stood in the line and bought Windows 95, without even owning a computer. He just wanted to join in the hoopla!)

When I read this, my first thought was: they are trying to gin up the Windows 95 excitement again. And my second thought was: good luck with that. The world is a different place now; Windows 7 looks like a nice upgrade to Windows, but it's really hard to imagine people getting really excited about it. And many of the people who could potentially get excited by the improvements in Windows 7 have been running Mac OS X for years now. I predict the hoped-for tidal wave of excitement won't materialize.

You know, though, I have friends who work at Microsoft. If they can get some free goodies by having a "Windows 7" party, and if they invite me, I'll go. Any excuse for a party with my friends is good enough for me. I'll still run Linux on most of my computers, just like I do now, but why wouldn't I go to a party? (In addition to the whole computer thing, we could watch movies! An obvious choice: Se7en [imdb.com] .)

steveha

How To End The House Pary: +1, Fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29315173)

with a DDoS party directed at http://www.microsoft.com" [microsoft.com]

Yours Encryptedly,
Kilgore Trout

If it's going to be that kind of a party... (2, Insightful)

ragefan (267937) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315175)

Shit, if it's going to be that kind of a party...I'm gonna stick my dick in the mashed potatoes.

Embarrassing (0, Troll)

curmudgeon99 (1040054) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315221)

That Microsoft has to beg people to get excited about its products is embarrassing. No matter what--they will be "Bob" while Mac is "cool". I would sooner see Steve Ballmer trying to disco dance than attend one of these pocket-protector parties with the "C-pound" crowd.

BYOC (1)

Sodaware (1420079) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315331)

Will they be bring your own chair?

An offer you can't refuse (1)

chord.wav (599850) | more than 4 years ago | (#29315355)

I'm sure that they saw Open source launch parties (Firefox comes to mind) and said: - Hey, we can do that! I like the idea!-. As Tony Soprano would do.
I bet MS employees are "encouraged" to host or attend to these parties. And they better have a good time and have a smile on their faces the whole night! Inspectors might show up to check everything's in order.

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