Replying to myself on Vista the odd, and crippled OS
As earlier reported, (Waiting for Vista to show its mettle) Vista Ultimate isn't. SP1 helped. It is installed on a very well equipped Dell with 4GB memory. Often it WILL NOT shut down. I wind up restarting in safe mode. I've tried many things, and EXCEPT FOR SWITCHING FROM MS'S STRANGE PROTECTION SOFTWARE TO AVG, AND UPDATING TO SP1, I've seen only a small effect. There was an improvement, but not something I'd expect from an expensive, and, hopefully by now, a mature Microsoft OS.
I began in 1983 with an 8086 and MSDOS. No GUI, of course, but 286 had Ventura Publisher GUI and that worked exceptionally well. That is to say, it was clear, fast, and did NOT crash. I've used MS Windows 3 through Vista Ultimate.
Last week I bought an iMac with intel duo extreme, 4GB memory, and Parallels software, which permits me to use Vista Ultimate alongside Mac's Leopard 10.5. I'm sure MS Windows is hamstrung by the weight of code needed to keep alive what they euphemistically call "legacy" software. Read older Windows third party software. BUT - and I was a sold MS user and thought the Apple folks were a tad self-righteous and pompous - I'm blown away by Apple iMac and Leopard.
The iMac seems to run Windows Vista Ultimate at the same speed as does my MS Vista tweeked Dell, and with the same problems as does my hepped-up Dell. I still have the same problems with Vista on the iMac, but I have - this is not a joke - I have NO problems with Leopard. I have the latest Word program for Vista, and the latest Word program for Mac. I have the latest Adobe suite of Photoshop, Illustrator, an InDesign, and Quark Express for both systems. I have the latest photo handling programs for both. I thought that might be a good test.
iMac blows away MS in every way. I actually hate saying this; I'm still irked at the snotty Mac touters of times gone by. The Apple Leopard OS is as solid as undisturbed granite, and fast. So is the Mac version of MS Word, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Aperture. SOLID. And I really considered myself a dedicated PC man. But Leopard is capital S Solid and faster.
Sad. What in the name of creation happened to Windows technicians and code writers? Legacy trouble? Maybe. But Vista required me to buy a new 1.) Scanner, 2.) Color printer, 3,) monotone laser, 4.) six third party programs AND a new version of MS Word. What worked much better on XPSP2 wasn't good enough for Vista, even MS's own software.
Parallels Desktop (an independent software program running on Leopard so Vista can be used, but preventing Vista from crashing Leopard) runs Vista just as fast, and as limply and clunky as does my dedicated new Dell.
When I have converted my Windows programs (like Corel Drawing and Photo, and WordPerfect) to Mac programs, Vista will be retired, and for me, Microsoft will retire with it for good.
I wish I had better news, but here is the straight skinny from my tests.
Philip A. Shelton
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