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Vista onto the planes of Hell

I have already hit three things that have me muttering KILL KILL KILL.

First, Vista evidently does not know what NICs are. Granted this is beta software, but when you're up to a Release Candidate, you really should be piling in the hardware support. The installer didn't know what to do with the Intel Pro 100 NIC in the machine, and didn't know what to do with the 3Com 3c905 I stuck in later. Um, hello? The 3c905 family is just about the most prolific line of NICs in the history of networking. Thankfully Vista shows its roots and will use the XP driver. So, I now have a PC with network access.

Second, you cannot, apparently, set one folder view and then force it down onto every other folder. I like a simple list. I don't like being flooded with details, unless I actually want to see them. This is irksome and tiring.

Third, there is something deeply broken about the Start Menu. I can't drop a shortcut into the Startup folder for All Users. In fact, I can't modify the Start Menu at all. Not for All Users, not even for myself. Something may just be wrong under the hood (25% probability), or Microsoft in pursuit of some mind-bendingly absurd security model has decided that the Start Menu is a critical resource in need of ultimate protection; that giving Administrator the right to drop a shortcut into the Start Menu is tantamount to giving Osama Bin Laden an "all access" pass to the Pentagon (75% probability). Sheeze.

If gripes #2 and #3 do not prove to have handy remedies, this OS will have a short life indeed at the House of Hum.

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netcurmudgeon
Sep. 17th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
I swear I spend more time on house keeping for Windows per machine than I do on both of the Macs combined.

I'm not surprised at all. Everything here (except for the Linux boxen and the one legacy '95 laptop) is Windows 2000 Professional or Server... Upkeep isn't bad, though the workstations do all suffer from The Slow Death of Windows. My main laptop is just about at the point where it needs to be blown away and reloaded.

I guess, after MS pulls the plug on Win2k support I'll face a choice of going Mac or diving into Linux for the desktop.
majikshop
Sep. 16th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Allow me to impart this bit of opinion. . .
As a Microsoft Certified Professional, and someone who makes his living off the vagaries of that uber-demonoid software company nestled in Redmond:

Fuck Vista. Fuck it in its stupid asshole.

(That's all.)
netcurmudgeon
Sep. 17th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: Allow me to impart this bit of opinion. . .
Fuck Vista. Fuck it in its stupid asshole.

...Preferably with something big and electrified.

I see that MS is Hell-bent to push everyone who lacks the latest hardware clean off the end of the bus. What a pig! And that whole "if you don't have a hardware-accelerated 3D card, don't bother" is, um, going to net Microsoft a whole lot of converts to Ubuntu.
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