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A Week So Far With Vista

The gist of it is: it wasn't as annoying as I had been led to expect.

Frankly, I think it's better than XP, but I might be blinded by the fact that it's very pretty. Visually it's a step up from XP the same way XP was a step up from '95. The XP box at work seems so bland to me now.

The file manager (Explorer) is very nice, I like the functionality of being able to navigate the address bar by mouse click (though I never used this back in Ubuntu) and the ability to sort files even in thumbnail view. The desktop gadgets are neat but probably not really that useful, though I still keep them around.

IE7 so far has been tolerable, except that I found out just now that it has Javascript errors when I'm using the WordPress RTE for posting. Also, the Ctrl+K shortcut for the search box is missing, but I still insitinctively use it all the time. I think I'm going to switch to Firefox right after posting. :p

All the permission prompts that I had heard people complain about didn't really bother me. They only come up when you need to do administrative-related tasks, and coming from Ubuntu I'm a bit used to it.

I haven't removed most of the preinstalled Acer crap yet, but I've removed the 90-day trial of Norton Antivirus and replaced it with Avast antivirus.

Oh, Windows Update is prompting me for a restart! It's also my first time working with an OS that has Windows Update enabled, and some people have told me how annoying the restart prompts are especially while playing games. Luckily, I can afford to restart right now.

All in all, Vista seems okay, and I believe it's a good upgrade to XP, which has been getting boring to me. I was originally planning on dual-booting this laptop with Linux, but I think I'll stick with Vista for a while.

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I think OEM vendors have some kind of agreement with McAfee and Norton which forces them to install these antiviruses - no matter how bad performing they are. If I'm more or less tolerant with McAfee, then Norton is a system killer. I've just come across a report where it's said that Norton slows start-up by 50%. Awful! Avast antivirus is much less resource-hungry.