Ive been kicking around Beta 2 of Vista for a few weeks now.
Now that this beta includes video drivers that support the workstation in the
TechRepublic Test Lab, its been a much more enjoyable experience. It still
leaves much to be desired, but Microsoft still has a few months left before
it pushes the shipping date back again . Er ahI mean work the bugs out.
I came very close to writing another blog complaining about
disappointment Ive had with Vistas performance on that PC. The computer is lightning fast when running
XP, but is a dog under Vista. And Ive
been able to get manyVista features running under XP by using third party and Microsoft tools.
So what made me decide to NOT go on a Vista Performance
Rant? Ed Bott. Specifically a blog that Ed Bott posted on
ZDNet a few months ago that pointed out, quite rightly, that every version of Windows has been abloated pig.
Its not Microsoft bashing by any means. Think about any
version of Windows Windows 1.0 thru XP. Whenever the operating system first
shipped, you would hear major complaints about what a dog it was. A couple of
hardware generations later, and then the operating system would becometolerable. It was just a matter of waiting until Intel caught up with Microsoft.
Naturally, this relationship always created the appearance of
collusion. The moniker Wintel has long been associated with the
Microsoft/Intel relationship because the apparent symbiotic relationship betweenthe two.
So? What do we do? One of two things as far as I can tell. First,
we can wait until we finally get Quad Core CPUs from Intel and AMD. Secondly,
we can lobby Microsoft that when theyre creating new operating systems that
they allow programmers to only use 486-based PCs. Then maybe wed get somethingtolerable.