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Have You Given Up on Vista?

I have to admit, I love the Mac vs. PC ads from Apple. Maybe it's my awkward crush on Apple Guy Justin Long, maybe it has something to do with all the funny remakes or maybe it's just clever advertising. The most recent web installment in the series features PC Guy (actor John Hodgman) showing Apple Guy a defective "Don't Give Up On Vista" sign. As a Mac girl I can't really speak for Vista because I've only used it a handful of times, but I have gotten less than favorable reviews from all my PC geek friends. What's your take?

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macgirl macgirl 9 years
I had actually starting typing that in my above post but left it out as I didn't want to get too far away from the vista thing. I know that someday it will not be the "safe" OS any longer as the Mac market share is growing. I think my point was if people are going to have to go through a "change" some of them are opting to move to the Mac which comes with great features out of the box instead of sticking with the windows clone of OS X. I'm not a hater, I understand that not everyone should be on a Mac. :-)
DigitalAngel DigitalAngel 9 years
MacGirl, that's only because Windows has the largest market share. It's the same reason why Firefox and Linux are safer as well. It may sound cynical, but it's true. Someone who wants to cause damage is going to damage as much as the population as possible. In reality, most of systems are equally insecure, although usually in different ways. The only reason Linux would be safer if it were as popular as Windows is the open source idea. When a weakness is found, people can fix it instantly; opposed to to a service pack (Windows) or a new version (Mac).
evad evad 9 years
I'm a Mac lover after using XP for most of my life.. So I've never felt the need to try out Vista; And I actually haven't heard much about it. Neither bad nor good.
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
i gave up on windows in general years ago.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
While Vista may have been based on OS X it unfortunately comes with the problems of running windows- spyware and viruses. Plus I believe their emulation was not as smooth as it could have been.
DigitalAngel DigitalAngel 9 years
Juiceee, Vista was based on OSX in several ways. Which is why I do not like Vista. Windows, stop trying to be something you're not! As a side note, rednikon are you happy with Ubuntu? I'm thinking of going dual-boot and am trying to pick a Linux distro.
JennaV JennaV 9 years
I effing HATE Vista :mob:
magpie22 magpie22 9 years
grr i hate vista!! I got sucked into wanting one of those new colorful dell laptops (damn fun advertising), and let me tell you, I am sooo mad at myself for not getting a mac! I am a student, which means Microsoft Word gets the most use out of any program on my computer- and what did windows do? THEY CHANGED EVERYTHING!! they hid things, they removed options, and made it ridiculously hard to write a paper. Also, i am so sick of the constant security, like how opening almost every single program makes the whole screen go black while i have to tell my computer that, yes, i did actually want this to happen. The Google "widgets" are a poor excuse for the mac ones, and aren't even that plentiful or helpful. And the so called "glossy" screen, which is supposed to be easier on the eyes, is actually just reflective, so i see my own face every time i look at the computer and cannot use it AT ALL in the sunlight..which is technically a problem with Dell, but same difference. I am only a junior in college, so I have to wait a while before I can buy myself another laptop, so I am stuck for the time being. unfortunately. don't buy vista!!
alexlove alexlove 9 years
I've had Vista since I got my new computer - about six months ago - and I haven't had any problems yet. I don't know why it's getting so much negative attention. If it does have higher system requirements, don't install it on an older computer. I don't think this should be an issue if it's coming with a new computer.
red4bonez red4bonez 9 years
haha I lovethose commercials they are so funny. About vista I have not tested it yet. I use mac myself and my boyfriend uses XP so vista not so much. But I don't hear good things about it. I will be getting windows soon and I am getting XP on it. I am not going to even mess with vista because once you go mac you can never go back (i know corny hahah) and I don't want to be upset ;-)
demeter demeter 9 years
I have XP, and I don't like change so I doubt I'll be going over to Vista. But I love those commercials! I have a crush on Mac guy too!
dirrtyhoney dirrtyhoney 9 years
No. It works just fine.
verily verily 9 years
I use both Vista and Leopard. Every OS is a little buggy when it first ships. The first Service Pack will fix a lot of issues, just like it did in XP and earlier. Even Leopard has a 10.5.1 update already. Vista works great for me. It's fairly stable and I haven't encountered too many driver issues, which is pretty good for a home built computer.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
macgirl I have found that in some less metropolitan areas (ahem Pittsburgh) the IT people aren't on top of their game. I am in no way a trained IT person, but I have found resolve to the same problems they have faced quicker and even at all. They tend to over think and not do the simple thing. Its like their little drama zone because if everything worked fine and had no problems, then they would think that their job was not necessary. If you have a program that can't install on Vista, there is an option to run it off of a previous version of windows, just as XP does.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
UBUNTU!! Try it people!
rednikon rednikon 9 years
I run a Linux distribution called Ubuntu.
s0sarasaid s0sarasaid 9 years
I've been wanting a new computer and I'm not a Mac fan... but all of the new PC's come with Vista. So, I refuse to get a new computer until conditions improve.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I was just asking about this the other day. Most new software has a few bugs here and there, I wasn't really sure what all the flak over Vista was. So If I am understanding some of the above posts the issues are that it is buggy for power users and has higher system requirements? I think I was just shocked to hear about how many companies are investing tons of money to down convert their new systems to XP. Does it have anything to do with IT people having trouble maintaining or fixing the new software? Just curious.
potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 9 years
I can't speak for people who upgraded to Vista from XP computers, but I have an HP Desktop built for Vista Premium and I personally love it. Plus, I have to root for Windows in the ad with John Hodgeman, I always love his segments on the Daily Show xD
Outatime Outatime 9 years
Never used it, love my macs :)
HelloKittyMini HelloKittyMini 9 years
I went with Linux when Vista came out. I haven't regretted the change.
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 9 years
My primary computer is my iBook and we didn't update our home PCs with Vista, so I haven't tried it.
nitallica nitallica 9 years
Unfortunately for me, it's a necessary evil. My office is a Windows-only shop. I also need Windows in order to play all my games. :P (To MS' credit, Vista *IS* prettier than XP! :))
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
Vista just needs a lot of RAM. I am going to upgade the RAM on my laptop, then I think I'll be fine. Truthfully though I have to say that I did like XP a lot better and left it one some of my other computers.
Mmmarshmallow Mmmarshmallow 9 years
Vista is godawful. It takes more processing time than most of my development environments, and for that reason, I haven't bothered upgrading my Windows XP machine. It might be good for people who are using Windows for the first time, but for geeks, it's truly heinous. There's no real difference in functionality, most of it is aesthetic, and can be achieved with your XP OS anyway, just by googling for an XP Skin that looks like Vista.
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