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August 29, 2008

The "Mojave Experiment"

Sharp, funny takedown of Microsoft's latest attempt to push Vista.

You, personally, may never have encountered a piece of hardware or an app that didn’t work on Vista, and you might be perfectly happy with it. I’m not going to try to argue you out of that happiness. My point is that the problems that Vista has become famous for are not the kinds of problems you encounter in a few minutes of playing with it in a controlled environment.


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Yes, it struck me as being amazing that Microsoft is preparing to spend an incredible $600 million dollars to try to convince their customers not to believe their own lying eyes. This seems to take arrogance to a new level.

I have to wonder wonder if about 10 % of that amount applied to actually fixing at least some of the problems wouldn't have a much bigger and far more lasting impact.

But Microsoft seems to have a terminal case of hubris, so Apple cleans up while Microsoft rails against their own customers. Astonishing doesn't do it justice.


Recently Dell ran a short sale time - if you ordered a laptop before June 30th you could get XP instead of VISTA at no extra cost. Wonder how their sales went? I know at least one person who ordered months in advance of his preference to secure XP.


You can also order a laptop from Dell with Ubuntu at any time, and not have to worry about cost ever again. Just a thought...

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