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Tycho / on Fri, Feb 2 2007 at 12:22 am

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The Manifold Faces Of Vista

I don’t know whose fault it is exactly, mine or theirs, but I won’t be installing Vista anytime soon.  I would like some crazy shit to happen when I minimize, something don’t get me wrong.  I want my windows to go Waja-wajow(!) if possible.  But if there’s a great reason to "trade horses midstream" (or whatever the going metaphor is) I haven’t discovered it.   

I actually feel kind of guilty about it.   

I’ve been the PC holdout in my group for awhile, now.  Kiko plays RTS, a genre until very recently was dominated by the platform, but the moment a viable interface was available on the 360 he pulled the emergency stirrup and let his computer crash to earth.  Gabe plays WoW on his PC sometimes, but (and this is serious) only if he happens to be upstairs, because he prefers to play on his MacBook.  There’s no allegiance there. 

He never had to massage conventional memory.  He never played Civilization or Star Control II, and wouldn’t like them if he had.  Nine times out of ten these days my friends are playing the games they play on consoles.  Many of my favorite, historically PC centered developers are now focused on the dedicated consumer hardware called consoles, I assume because people actually buy software for them, which is great if you are a person who makes software.  So it’s nice to have a unique perspective or whatever, but when the result of cleaving to that ideal is isolation the appeal does thin a bit. 

We suggest that there are, perhaps, too many versions of Vista - but I imagine that one could probably be happy with the "Ultimate" product, seeing as it’s, you know…  so ultimate.  It’s not clear to me what that means, and I’m sure I could find out, but the choice before me really amounts to buying - actively purchasing, now - a lower framerate and the other unpredictable costs of moving in.   

Kiko and others have suggested that they share no trepidation when they install a new Apple OS, a process I’ll be familiarized with soon enough I suppose, but the scale differential between Vista and this year’s cat themed update is nontrivial.  In any case, delivering nearly annual, full pay releases of an operating system is indistinguishable from a lease as far as I’m concerned.  I don’t know why I should celebrate it.     

(CW)TB out. 

you’ll probably go to heaven


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