Robert Peston, BBC’s business editor, has penned an open letter to Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates which reads in part:

Dear Bill Gates,

Give me back my weekend. I bought a new Windows Vista laptop – and that’s when the trouble began.

My dislike of your new user interface you can put down to the conservatism that comes with advancing years. However having loyally stuck by the galumphing, unaesthetic functionality of your operating systems over the past 15 years, while faced with ridicule from pretentious Mac-loving types, I resent your attempt at an elegance transplant.

But what really grates is that your system is incompatible with two of the vital tools of my trade. Vista refuses to load the software for my newish Olympus digital recorder. And here’s what takes the biscuit. Vista rejects my HP IPAQ handheld device – even though the software for that was created by Microsoft!

So in order to put Vista at the centre of what I do, I would have to buy hundreds of pounds of new hardware. Which may be great news for your industry, but makes me regret never having defected to Steve Jobs. Perhaps now’s the time.

Full article, in which Peston writes that the only thing that gives him any comfort is that he is apparently not alone in his Vista-stress, here.

MacDailyNews Take: Why does knowing that others are also suffering similar woes him give comfort? Stockholm Syndrome and Cognitive Dissonance are powerful, insidious maladies, but Peston at least shows signs of rising above them. Now certainly is the time to dump Windows and get a Mac; so was any time during the last 23 years. Better late than never.

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller

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