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+ - Five reasons to hate Windows Vista

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John Pospisil
John Pospisil writes "UK-based TECH.BLORGE contributor James Cornelius's explains why he doesn't think Windows Vista is worth touching with a barge pole.

Am I the only person in the world who doesn't give a tuppence that Windows Vista is coming out? My esteemed editor Alex Zaharov-Reutt has been breathlessly reporting every development in the ongoing Vista saga. Me, I'd rather have an Amiga 500 hooked up to a tele and a nice cup of tea. Here are five reasons why I won't be upgrading to Windows Vista.

1. Windows Vista requires 2GB of RAM — give me a break, all Vista has to do is run a computer, not find a cure for cancer. And let's face it, if 2GB is recommended, to actually get some work done you'll need 4GB. It's just never ending.

2. Microsoft is jumping on the whole social networking fad with Vista. I don't need to get laid, so why should I care about sharing my personal photographs with strangers. I'd much rather a computer that keeps the weirdos away.

3. Every time a new version of Windows comes out I start finding that I need to upgrade some of my applications to get them work properly, and a lot of the time I get to pay for the privilege. I don't need to pay Microsoft $200 for Vista so then I have to lay out thousands more for the software upgrades.

4. I quite like the fact that my computer works. Invariably when I upgrade the operating system, something doesn't work quite right, like a web cam or a printer, or even a graphics card. I then have to spend hours trying to get new drivers that don't exist yet. I've got better things to do.

I object to buying something where there's no clear benefit, just a lot of trouble. According to Microsoft, Vista brings "clarity" to our lives. What the hell is that supposed to mean? Are they promising a cure for schizophrenia? Because if they are, I think they might be misrepresenting Vista! We all know the truth — Windows XP is perfectly fine, and Microsoft's PR machine is just inventing reasons for us to buy something we don't need.

Microsoft, how about some real innovation before you start wanting us to hand over our hard-earned money for something we don't really want, but will eventually feel obliged to buy because everyone else is buying it.

What about giving us some new features that will actually come in handy? Like time travel? Or word processor that automatically writes clever things? Or a photo viewer that allows us to see whether that twenty-something girl on Bebo is actually a balding 50-year-old bus driver from Brighton? That's the kind of thing the public really want!"

"Never ascribe to malice that which is caused by greed and ignorance." -- Cal Keegan

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