Consumer rant #4,326: Avoid Windows Vista

Camp Atterbury, IN-- Me, surfin’ the net at the All-Ranks club at Camp Atterbury. Andy Warhol I am not ... (But, isn’t it cool, the things you can do with Mac PhotoBooth?)
Camp Atterbury, IN–
Me, surfin’ the net at the All-Ranks club at Camp Atterbury.
Andy Warhol I am not …
(But, isn’t it cool, the things you can do with Mac PhotoBooth?)

Today’s rant really has nothing to do with Afghanistan. (Sorry to give you the ol’ bait-n-switch, but I appreciate your clicking by here … I promise to get back on topic in future posts.)

Saturday Night Live, during their news segment (if you call it news,) has a funny little skit they call “REALLY?” It’s a satirical rant that pokes fun at people who do stupid things as if they didn’t know what the end result would be. For example: “Really, General Motors? REALLY? You honestly thought that you could fly private jets to Washington to ask for a bailout from the government and nobody would mind? REALLY?!?!?” (It’s a lot funnier on TV.)

Every once in a while, I find myself saying “Really?” during the course of day, especially when I’m already pressed for time and a little stressed out. Like today.

Today actually wasn’t that difficult, as far as work goes. In fact, not much happened at Camp Atterbury today. I dodged a little mud here; ate some fried high fructose corn syrup there … typical day.

Since our training is winding down a bit, I thought I’d share some of the pictures I’ve been taking for the past several weeks with my team. I saved the lot of them on my external hard drive and decided the quickest way to share them would simply be to take the drive from computer to computer and copy-n-paste them on each recipient’s desktop. Easy right? WRONG!

As I went through this little task, I was reminded again why I joined the Apple/Mac bandwagon: Macs just work. They don’t give me the problems that Windows computers do … especially Windows Vista. Every Vista computer I encountered gave me problems. Either it didn’t recognize the drive, or when it did, it took forever to load. Some computers froze altogether while trying to recognize. Most of these were the newer computers, so you’d think they were high-speed … not with Vista.

Really, Microsoft? REALLY?!? In today’s age, you honestly can’t make an operating system that DOESN’T take several minutes to recognize when a new drive is added? REALLY?!?! You REALLY don’t know why VISTA is hated around the world, even though you KNOW it freezes people’s computers and hogs their memory? REALLY?!?! Really, Microsoft? REALLY? You can’t fix it so that EVERY computer, whether it’s made by HP or DELL, recognizes the same drive the same way? (Instead of the Dell saying it’s found the driver, but the HP hasn’t? REALLY?!?? Come on, Microsoft … REALLY?!?!

(I found myself saying this a lot today.) For the record, I’ve never owned a Vista computer, but I can truthfully say that EVERY EXPERIENCE I HAD WITH A VISTA COMPUTER HAS BEEN A TIMELY AND COMPLICATED ONE. Really.

My aspiring movie-producer cousin Steve introduced me to Apple a while ago. It took me a while to come around, but now I’m pretty comfortable with Macs, and very happy not to have to deal with the Windows’ drama. I’m not some Apple fan-boy … I’m just a fan of stuff that works like I expect it to. And Macs do just that, with no delay, no cryptic error messages, no viruses and no incompatibility issues.

Macs take a lot of getting used to, but, once you get over that hurdle, you’ll kick yourself for not jumping on the bandwagon sooner. The next time you plan on buying a computer, and you’re thinking “WOW, I can get that cheap one at Wal-Mart for $300,” STOP yourself. I know Apple computers are a bit pricey, but I’m telling you … they’re worth it. If your wallet can afford it, get a Mac. Or, at a minimum, get a Windows computer that DOESN’T have Vista on it.

(Man, I sure hope I don’t get sued by Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Apple or NBC’s Saturday Night Live for this posting.)

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