I was reading about Windows Vista and found it to be quite interesting despite my general predilections towards the mac side. The computerworld article is in depth. I was just amused to see them say such things as “There’s no two ways about it; they’re direct rip-offs of Mac OS X’s widgets. But if you’re going to steal something, why not steal from the best?” It’s the statement that MacOS is the best from YET ANOTHER PC mag that does it. Oh well. We actually got to touch Vista today in Akihabara and it looked … “neat.” The transparent windows were interesting as were the different effects of the windows and screens. It’s just that it seems too little too late of an aesthetic overhall to make windows relevant … yet so intensive in requirements to be still beyond relevant.
I tried to pick up a Nintendo DS, but they were all sold out STILL. I did see a case of them in Shibuya the other day but didn’t understand the rare supply issue … or that the one’s I saw were going for 11000 yen … a deal.
I instead applied my rampant consumerism to something I’ve long coveted from memory: A Kensington Trackball Optical which they insist on calling the Expert Mouse. I remember it lovingly from my Mac SE past, but it will take some time to get used to. Yes, it is totally unnecesary. I have another mouse i just got that is incredible, the Logitech Revolution notebook.
Why do they keep doing this? Removing every advancement and reason for bothering in the first place???
With Vista ditching such great advancements as a new file system, dumping support for EFI is just one more step in making this operating system just another marketing challenge for Microsoft more then a leap forward for Windows users. Once again, users will be forced to use the 20-year-old BIOS to boot their systems instead of the next generation channel of communication between the operating system and hardware. While Apple users get to enjoy their drivers living in EFI flash memory, Vista users will continue to have hardware and software issues like crashes that have so plagued Windows for over a decade.
So again, Apple will have the truly advanced operating system and once again, Apple and Microsoft can’t play together on the school playground. Surprise, surprise.
How 8 pixels cost Microsoft millions: “When coloring in 800,000 pixels on a map of India, Microsoft colored eight of them a different shade of green to represent the disputed Kashmiri territory. The difference in greens meant Kashmir was shown as non-Indian, and the product was promptly banned in India. Microsoft was left to recall all 200,000 copies of the offending Windows 95 operating system software to try and heal the diplomatic wounds. “It cost millions,” Edwards said.
In less understandable stupidity … Outsports.com is being sued for taking a picture at a public sporting event on a public street and running it without comment on a sporting site in a sporting gallery of 150 images from the same event. This is clear defamation. I am outraged at what Chris Harbinson has had to go though. Just think of all the “extreme embarrassment, public humiliation, mental agony and damage to his name and reputation.”