After my box got infected last weekend, I’ve been dropping into Vista here and there. Nothing has really changed, but somehow it’s not quite annoying me as much, and I don’t get the urge to hop back into XP. So what’s different?
Well, nothing: I actually stand by what I said previously about Vista. MS focused heavily on User Experience in Vista. The result is a “fish and ice cream” experience. I think they burned an awful lot of dev time on some of the new UI components and then took a sledgehammer approach to trying to get as much use as possible out of them without integrating that into the larger picture.
So now that I am doing mundane things with my vista box – watching movies, copying files, etc, and I’m not not in (or avoiding) those parts that I find onerous and unpleasant… Well, I can get on with enjoying Aero.
I noticed Microsoft is starting a new please-try-Vista campaign, “The Mojave Experiment“. I choke up when their own advert says “I wouldn’t touch it with a stick after everything I’ve heard”. I don’t fault Microsoft for trying to market Vista, they spent a lot of money on it; but I hope that in-house, management aren’t of the same mind… I hope they realize that the cream was sour. I mean, I’ll best most of us would be impressed by XP if we were given a deluxe tour of it’s capabilities by a Microsoft rep and Vista is nothing if not pretty so times that by two.
I find the Mojave Project a bit of a con, then; carefully put through it’s paces, Windows Vista can impress. But it’s when you’re going beyond just using notepad that it starts to become a pain. After a little effort figuring out how, I edited my “hosts” file. Bzzt. Now the system keeps warning me I have a probable virus. And – this is the actual system, not some piece of spyware.
It’s those kinds of huge gaping edges in Vista that reveal a whimpering, mewling XP engine trying to tick away under a partially-welded on hood of shininess that make me want to fire XP up again next time I reboot.
I’ll give Vista this: with “RocketDock” installed, I can make it look a heck of a lot more like OS X :)