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So I’m finally fed up with Vista. A few of my major complaints:
- I have to confirm everything at least twice. Click a button, confirm. Click another button, confirm again. Sure this might be good from a security angle, but what’s the point on my home system? This crap should be disabled by default unless my computer is joined to a domain and a high security mode is enabled.
- This one is great. I don’t intentionally open it, but when Windows forces me to use Internet Explorer (read: Internet Exploder) I do for a short minute. The Windows Sidebar has some fairly interesting news once in a while, and instead of launching a default browser as configurable by the user, Windows Sidebar (AND Yahoo! Messenger, strangely enough) launches Internet Explorer. I guess Microsoft is afraid of people getting fed up with their shitty, non-standards-compliant browser. I HATE IE, but get this: when I go to close that pile of flaming shit, it crashes. So what does Vista do? It’s like the paperclip: it tries to ‘help you’. By this I mean it scrolls a pretty graphic animation for a couple seconds, then decides to ever so helpfully relaunch the application for you. WTF? I was trying to close it!! BLAH!
- Wanna do a simple release/renew on your network card? Not gonna happen. Repair has been replaced with “Diagnose”. I guess “Diagnose” really means “Test my patience”, because all it does is test a connection to Microsoft.Com, determine if an nslookup worked to check your DNS settings, then offer to restart the device. No shit, that’s what I wanted to do in the first place. Mind you, the aforementioned process takes about 45 seconds. Oh! You mean I can just go to the command prompt and type “ipconfig /release” and then “ipconfig /renew”?? Start button -> cmd -> enter. Cool, that still works quickly. So…”ipconfig /release”, then enter. C:UsersMatt>ipconfig /release – The requested operation requires elevation. WTF? Vista, you’ve screwed me again. So generally as a workaround I click “Disable” on my network adapter. This takes all of NINE clicks: 3 clicks to bring up the “Manage Network Connections” window, 3 more to select the adapter and disable it (UAC crap in action), then 3 more to enable it. Microsoft’s interface developers should be shot (or at least slapped).
- Anyone else remember the nice “Add/Remove software” icon in the Control Panel? Me too. Well Microsoft hasn’t. Apparently they’ve completely forgotten about it in my installed version of Vista. It’s definitely not in Control Panel->Administrative Tools (see below for what happened when I tried to confirm this). This for me, was the breaking point a few days ago. Why bother with this crap when I can just type “yum remove
- This just happened while trying to find “Add/Remove software”: I clicked “Administrative Tools” and for some reason I was taken to “My Documents”. Neat feature, Microsoft! Guess I didn’t really want to perform any administrative functions anyway, maybe I’ll just look at that video of the squirrel on water skis in My Docs instead. Brilliant!
- At least it looks pretty.
First step: find a freeware program that burns ISO files … done.
Google “iso file burn freeware”. First result was snapfiles, which had CDBurnerXP (lame name) at the top. Looks fairly lightweight (2MB download) and has 4 stars after 41 reviews. Not bad. (Somewhat) Direct download from here.
Painless install, pretty icon. Doesn’t list Vista as compatible, but I’m about to find that out … seems to work so far. The initial screen instantly made me think it was a bit cluttered, but lucky for me, I already had an Explorer window open with the ISO I wanted. Click and drag the ISO file into the CDBurnerXP window, and all that nasty clutter went away and the Burn DVD prompt came up. Looks good … selected Disc-at-once and away it goes! 20 minutes later, it’s done. Easy.
So I’ve spent a bit of time listing all the things I hate about Vista. Now it’s time to install Fedora Core 8 from the DVD I just burned (downloaded with BitTorrent from the Fedora Project’s official site).
As a last goodbye to Vista, I’ll gather some stats on boot time and compare that to my new install of Fedora Core 8 to compare. Later, of course … it’s 9PM on a Friday night, can’t be too much of a dork.