August 18, 2007

Thought for the Day

I hate Windows Vista again today. A lot.

I put my machine nicely to 'Sleep', only to find that when it woke up, it had helpfully restarted to install some goddamn update, which I can always refuse and reset if I'm actually working on the computer, and lost my work and the browser windows I had open so that I wouldn't forget to blog about those things today. I thought I'd fixed it so that it wouldn't do that, but oh, no. It should be set properly now, but what kind of idiotic frakking program gets installed on the assumption that it should just get to turn off your whole damn computer whenever the hell it wants to? Especially when you've put that computer in the setting you use when you explicitly don't want to turn it off. Bad enough this sodding thing does that anyway when it crashes or hangs. Stupid, frakking operating system.

I'm planning on a Mac next time. Even though I bloody well can't stand the idea of only having one mouse button. It works well enough on the iPhone. (Which I'd get, if it wasn't on AT&T, which gets lousy, lousy service in D.C. This is a place where you really just need to have a Verizon phone.) I never hear any of the Mac users I know complaining about this kind of stupid bullpuckey from their machines.

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The newer Macs have three-button* mice.

*Actually, they are a little different than that -- there is one large button on top/ sides, but it is touch-sensitive -- if you click it on the right versus the left, it recognizes it as a right click. There is a little nub in the top center that can be used to scroll up and down, and there are two side buttons that you squeeze when you want to change apps. It's very nice.

Posted by: LauraJMixon at August 18, 2007 04:33 PM

the more I hear about Windows Vista, the more I'm glad I opted to stay with XP

In fact, I'm considering getting another laptop next year and paying the damn money just to have it come with XP.

XP is totally stable now (took a few years). I have no problems with it.

I've considered Macs. We have a lot of them at work. But I always struggle a bit with even the simplest tasks. The thought of having to relearn a new operating system puts me off but I may too next year consider a mac.

Not to be hip mind you...just to be functional.

Posted by: PoliShifter at August 18, 2007 04:47 PM

Ya, XP isn't a real problem in that regard, but I'm avoiding Vista. In any case, I got me a new Macbook Pro, so see my comments after two months of using it:

Posted by: Barry Leiba at August 18, 2007 08:22 PM

When looking at Macs, do check out Apple's refurbished items web page. You save a few bucks and get a device that has had an extra walkthrough to make sure it's in good shape.

Second, the cost of a Mac can be much more painful than that for a PC, but my cost comparison shopping tends to show that it isn't so much that you're paying more as much as you're settling for a more capable device. To get what's available on an iMac, for instance, on a Windows box, I've found the price difference to be between $40 and $100. It's probably a little wider when you're talking laptops, but not much more.

Third, as a stopgap measure, go back to XP if you can. That will at least help you maintain your sanity for the time being.

Fourth, if you can wait, sometime between now and January 2008, Apple may allegedly soon have an ultraportable that's light as a feather, but it will be a small-screen affair.

My two bits...

Posted by: palamedes at August 18, 2007 09:14 PM

Oh, and fifth - lots of third-party vendors make three-button mice that work on Macs.

Posted by: palamedes at August 18, 2007 09:15 PM

It's the Microsoft philosophy, that it wants to read your mind and "help" you out. Word does creepy stuff like that too.

And if the new Mac mice have three buttons, I'll be sure to keep my one button mouse. I can't stand using mice with more than one! Guess it's what you're used to.

Posted by: KathyF at August 19, 2007 02:28 AM

Vista is the worst.


Posted by: R2K at August 19, 2007 05:44 AM

Actually, from an interview on G4, there were claims that Macs and Dell computers were pretty comparable price-wise. I haven't checked that out, but then I've been a Mac owner since 89 (when I bought my first, although I used them a few years before that). As a brand new teacher, I plan on using my educator discount at Apple to get a new Mac, maybe a laptop. I also echo the others - I haven't used an Apple mouse in years, an currently use a Logitech 4-button trackball with no problems.

Posted by: Badger3k at August 19, 2007 09:39 AM

[chugs happily along on W98SE and 96 megs of RAM]

Posted by: Huskarl at August 19, 2007 10:42 AM

If the lack of multiple buttons on the mouse is all what's holding you back, head for your local Apple store now ...

Posted by: gail at August 19, 2007 11:12 AM

What's holding me back is that I just got a new computer. It's going to be years (barring some unforeseen catastrophe) before I can afford to get another one.

Posted by: natasha at August 20, 2007 10:52 AM