Vista Nightmare: The ‘Oww!’ Starts Now

“You’ve really done it this time,” Brett writes in an open letter to Microsoft Corp. posted to the Pseudomarkting blog.

“And I am leaving and never speaking to you again,” Brett writes. “It’s not that I want to dislike you. I was loyal to you for so long. I stuck with you through thick and thin. From DOS 5.0 through XP.”

MacDailyNews Take: Poor bastage. We tried Windows once… ONCE!

Brett continues, “But this new operating system is the last straw… You’d think at least someone (other than your PR people) would find something to like about a piece of software that took an industry leader five years and a gazillion dollars to develop. But I’ve yet to hear anyone say ‘Wow!’ about it.”

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, come on, we’ve heard plenty of “Wows” — all of them preceding “this sucks.”

Brett continues, “Most people say it’s a just a naggy, inferior imitation of Mac OS X… I had this epiphany when I tried out my friend’s Macintosh with OS X. I realized how much grief you’d put me through: the constant crashes whenever I tried to run more than three applications, the endless required reboots, and the vicious malware attacks that I wasted many precious hours wrangling with. And then having to pay extra for third party security and virus programs – because you couldn’t keep a handle on things…”

“The secret is out, Microsoft. The reputation that you can’t be trusted to deliver reliable software is getting around fast,” Brett writes. “Hasta la Vista!”

Full letter here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers too numerous to mention for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: For Windows-only users via Google News or elsewhere: Cut your losses. Get a Mac.

117 Comments

  1. I tried soo hard to stop my friend from buying a new Vista laptop… She just wouldn’t hear it. She saved about $300 by buying an Acer with comparable specs (built in webcam and all) to a middle of the line MacBook that I recommended.

    I just talked to her yesterday and she couldn’t express how much she regrets that purchase. She had uninstalled Vista after about a month with it, replaced it with XP. All the money she spent buying programs to put on that Vista craptop cost her about $250, and of course they won’t work in XP.

    Maybe next time…

  2. Sleeping Beauty awakes……after a kiss from Prince Mac!

    The spell has been broken & slowly up & down the land, colour returns to the once black & white M$ winter wonderland of the Snow Queen.

    Soon the plants will spring to life, Roses will bloom, trees will blossom & the World will harvest a bumper crop of Apples!:-)

  3. Running windows for my real estate business has been the biggest nightmare ever. Having not used windows since 486’s, now having to rely on XP, which should stand for Xtra Piece of crap…I mean it is so obvious, Linux is wonderful in comparison, and it’s free. But nothing compares to the mac experience…unfortunately, for real estate I’ve had to use XP and it has been a nightmare. Crashes, both on my computer and the networks, constant upgrades. When I thought I could just shut of my windows it doesn’t shut it off but is downloading another update instead. I mean, I really have no choice in the matter as some real estate programs do not run on mac yet. There have been days where I have lost clients because of it….Business deserves better, it deserves a computer system that works, Mac OSX.

  4. My Vista nightmare… (reposted here) I purchased a Sony Vaio with Vista thinking I was getting a fast computer. Vista was not compatible with the non-microsoft SW I was using, and worse yet, it caused Excel and Outlook to lock up. As the days progressed and about a hundred hard restarts, I decided to return the computer but my tech guy didn’t do it in the 3o-day window. Instead, we wiped out Vista and installed XP. The problem is the components in my computer aren’t compatible with XP. Not I have an expensive laptop that still locks up. To make matters worse, Vista architecture is different than XP and my tech guy wiped out all of my pictures and video. Most are unrecoverable so I’ve lost almost everything and still have a pice of crap computer that Sony will not support becasue it has XP. Class action anyone? I’m in. This has cost me HOURS of lost productivty and multiple all-nighters.

  5. I’d like to take the time to address each of his points directly from my own experience (I started beta testing last March and have been using Vista Ultimate RTM since November):

    “A Windows worshipping gamer acquaintance told me it took literally seven or eight hours of churning to install his Vista Home Premium (sic) upgrade. After staying up all night, he found none of his device drivers worked.”

    My clean installation took less than 40 minutes from DVD boot to using Windows. This included going through the brief installation start and the Windows intitial setup after installation. The quickest Windows installation ever!
    As far as devices are concerned, the only problem I had was with my Logitech webcam back in the beginning, but that was corrected with a new driver by the consumer launch in January. There are VERY few devices that do not run natively with Vista.

    “With the tales of the new DRM lockdown, the User Account Control nagging, the virtualization restrictions, and the priced-to-upsell $400 product – your credibility is about as good as OJ Simpson’s.”

    DRM lockdown is not anything that any user will notice. UAC can be a bit of a nag, yes. But it does prevent software from installing itself on my computer. Virtualization restrctions are not a problem for me (I have Ultimate), and won’t be for most consumers who don’t even know what virtualization is. The price, is high; but it’s a much better deal that the Service Packs (each version of OS X) that Apple charges $120 for.

    “I had this epiphany when I tried out my friend’s Macintosh with OS X. I realized how much grief you’d put me through: the constant crashes whenever I tried to run more than three applications, the endless required reboots, and the vicious malware attacks that I wasted many precious hours wrangling with. And then having to pay extra for third party security and virus programs – because you couldn’t keep a handle on things.”

    Constant crashes? I’ve got about 7 applications running right now. No problem. Malware? Never encounter it. I use Windows Live OneCare ($20 with rebates) and my computer has been malware free since the day I got it.

    “You’ve terrified folks like my poor dad. He is afraid to install new software for any reason. He mumbles things like “Computers – you just can’t trust them.” He’s been conditioned that if he tries to install a new program or download an update – even if he does it correctly – something is likely to go awry for no explicable reason. That’s why he sticks with IE 5 and Office 97, cause he sees upgrading as too risky to gamble with.”

    Sounds like paranoia to me. Does your father still live in a bomb shelter that even Brendan Fraser has managed to leave?

    In the end, this whole article is a load of Mac Fanboy spewing bull.

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