I am late to the party again — this time it’s a blanket party — in honor of Windows Vista. That, of course, is because I wouldn’t put it on my computers if I was paid to. I use it on a daily basis in my office, or at least I have for the last month, since the abused Duron spun out of control and crashed into the sidewall. In its place a gleaming new eMachines J4482 was installed, with Vista on its back like the proverbial monkey.
I don’t have much that’s positive to say about it, mostly because it hasn’t really impressed me yet, and because I only use it superficially — browsing with a portable version of Firefox, typing documents in Word, and so forth. Beyond that, I haven’t really had a chance to delve deep.
Of the little that I see, and of the few things I have made it do, I am not terribly impressed. The funky program-switching feature that flips through applications like pages in a folder? It’s okay, but it doesn’t hold a candle to spinning your desktop like a cube. Desktop widgets? Meh. It looks to me like a KDE knockoff, although I can imagine that the counter-argument is that KDE is a Vista knockoff. Chicken or egg, if you ask me.
I guess it gets the job done. I haven’t run into that “confirm or deny” behavior that everyone mentions, but again, I only use two programs, and neither of them is really running a risk of bringing the entire system down. It does disappoint me that, for all the power and technology that the system has, Vista feels a little sluggish. As an example, if the machine enters power-saving mode while at the login screen, it takes two seconds for the mouse to come back to life.
Little things like that seem to hinder its day-to-day functions. Every login brings out a system profile screen, although that might be a feature and not a bug, and I just don’t know how to turn it off. And so forth, and so on.
In any case, my lackluster beratement of “one of the worst products in history” isn’t serving anyone. I will only say that it does the job, albeit rather begrudgingly, and seems heavy on glitz while light on performance.
Of course, coming from someone who uses Linux on a 100Mhz laptop as the primary machine in the house, that might be the worst thing I could say.