Microsoft’s Windows Vista one year later: ‘the chrome has worn off the turd’

One year after Charlie Demerjian called Microsoft’s Windows Vista a “chrome plated turd,” he’s back to take another look:

“It has been a year since Vista was released, and I said I could not in good conscience go there. Since then, Vista has gotten a thorough airing, has been debated more than anything in recent memory, and for the vast majority, the chrome has worn off the turd,” Demerjian writes.

“[A year ago] I lamented the fact that MS was forcing me to use Linux against my will, but Vista was unacceptable to me on far too many grounds,” Demerjian writes. “To be honest, MS did try to engage me after I wrote that, but the sad thing is it was through bribery. I don’t use that word lightly, but there is nothing else I can call it.”

MacDailyNews Note: See the full article for more on the bribery.

Demerjian continues, “So, 12 months to the day after release, Vista is still a chrome plated turd, but due to direct abuses of the customer, much of that chrome has worn off. Activation servers that could never go down did for days.”

“Inviolate promises of user control over patching was shown to be far less important than MS needs to control your box, and hosts of other egregious violations show how much MS really cares about the people giving them money,” Demerjian writes.

Demerjian writes, “Until MS does a complete 180 on the anti-user aspects of Vista, it remains unsuitable for use to any rational person.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Stoo” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Get a Mac.


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    Brain Bank Cities on the far side of the
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    on your lifelong Frankenstein Radio
    Controls, especially your Eyesight TV
    sight-and-sound recorded by your brain,
    your moon-brain of the Computer God
    activates your Frankenstein threshold
    Brainwash Radio – lifelong inculcating
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    Controls. Especially lifelong constant-threshold
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  3. I just do not know why people think that the best machine in the world is a POC (piece of crap) box that is underpowered, under memory, and contains the cheapest parts of hardware one can find in the world, and they want to load Apple OS on it.

    To me, its like buying a Gucci interior and putting it on a go-cart and wondering why the ride really sucks while driving in the rain, in heavy traffic.



  4. @bizlaw

    Charlie Demerjian evaluates lots of different hardware and software, much of which will not work on a mac but will have compatibility with a peecee.

    Is that deal on I offered you? You said aapl would be over $200us by the end of this week and I offered to sell you some aapl at $195us on 4feb08.

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