To xp or not to xp July 2, 2008Posted by dorigo in computers, personal.
Tags: operating systems, windows
I recently upgraded my Sony vaio laptop to a newer model – the old one had taken some beating and the DVD reader was not working anymore, preventing the crucial task of installing new useless software.
Being a Sony fan, the choice fell on another 11″ ultra-light model, the Sony Vaio TZ31 MN. It is a nice little thing, with a really bright display and a core duo processor. At less than 3 pounds of weight, it allows me to carry it everywhere without straining my back. And the battery really lasts seven hours straight! Ok, enough advertisements.
The bad thing is that the machine came with Windows Vista Business already pre-installed. It also had a XP downgrading disk included in the package, but I decided I’d give the newer operating system a try.
Vista sucks. It asks too many questions, which are tough to inhibit with settings hard to locate. It slows down any operation you try to do by performing obscure actions which leave you staring at a blank screen every time you launch a program or try to close a window by clicking the x sign on the top right. It makes things hard for you in several ways. I admit I might just be inept and the cause of my troubles with Vista might be just my own ignorance: but if Micro$oft wanted to create an easy-to-use system, then I’d have to say it failed miserably.
Now, my problem is that as much as I hate this new system, I hate even more to uninstall all the software I have taken the pains to put in the new computer. It took me well over a day of work to copy my folders, reorganize them in a better logical structure, add mwsnap, irfanview, winhttrack, the worldwide telescope, ghostview, cygwin, firefox, blitzin, ssh, open office… Plus, I had to fix IP addresses, register the computer with the wireless network of my department, add printers, save passwords, blah, blah.
Computers… I love them, but they make my life miserable at times! To xp or not to xp ?
…And please don’t say you owe a Mac. I hate macs even more!