Kirvin on Writing

The journey of a reluctant writer

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Getting My Vista On

Posting will be a bit light for the next few days as I'm still playing with Beta 2 of Windows Vista. So far, I'm fairly impressed. Installation went far smoother than I had anticipated for a beta operating system (although I did install it on a brand new and completely clean hard drive) and so far I've had few troubles. The beta of Office 2007 works perfectly, as does Dungeons & Dragons Online. The fit and finish is excellent and I've noticed quite a few features "borrowed" from Mac OS X. This is every bit as "modern" and polished an OS as Tiger, which greatly reduces my Mac envy.


  • At 5:18 PM, Anonymous Alan Grassia said…

    What was the slogan for 7Up? "Can't beat the real thing"? LOL

    Anyway, I'm glad you are enjoying Vista. I still want to wait out Vista to see what kind of hardware will allow me to run all the bells and whistles. At this point in my life, I can easily go Mac or PC. I've all but stopped playing action games but for the occational FPS, I could use Boot Camp to boot Win XP/Vista on a new Mac.

    Jeff, you've always been a Microsoft kind of guy (you might stray, but you always come back) so enjoy the Vista beta. Where you able to get your Treo 650 to HotSync under the beta build?

  • At 5:49 PM, Blogger Jeff said…

    Haven't even installed Palm Desktop on Vista. No point, really, I have nothing to sync and Resco Backup does an incremental at 4:40am every morning.

    I've played a bit with Tiger and I'm quite familiar with iTunes, and I have to say that Vista and WMP 11 are better. If anything, I'm making things harder on myself by trying to do things the old roundabout XP way.

    For example, I've installed a few different podcatchers this weekend to find one that not only works with Vista, but supports the authentication required for my Air America Premium feeds. (In case you're wondering, Nimiq works, Juice and Doppler did not.) When it came time to remove the losers, I had a tough time finding the Add/Remove software app. I eventually opened Control Panel, switched to Classic View, grouped the icons by category (which makes the Control Panel look hauntingly similar to the system prefs screen in Tiger) and then scroll down to find it.

    Or, I could have opened the Computer icon on my desktop and clicked the button in the task pane called "Change or remove a program."

    Just like in Office 2007, I'm finding that Vista seems to make what I want to oddly simple.

    Would there be interest in my writing up a Vista Beta 2 review? It's a bit out of the scope of this blog, but if there's interest...

  • At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Alan Grassia said…

    You might want to start making notes on your use of Vista and how it differs from Win XP and Mac OS X, but I'm not one for reading pre-release software reviews. I'll wait until next year to read reviews of Office and Vista when they are fixed up and ready to roll.

  • At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Another great post. So when do we hear about you tricking out the most important app on your PC? LET'S KEEP IT COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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