Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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And You Thought I Had An Ego

Speaking of people who know what they're talking about, Wil Shipley bet Bill Gates that Microsoft couldn't ship Vista on time. And I quote:

You said, "If the feedback from the beta tests shows it is not ready for prime time, I'd be glad to delay it." Glad? Really? Well, get used to happiness, I guess. Because you know that, if you're lucky, in January you're going to squirm and weasel and release a "limited version" that you "recommend" only for, uh, say, professional IT guys who only have one eye, and suicide kings. Then, when you get a bunch of press on how crappy that version of Vista is, you'll quietly cut more and more features from it until you end up with the "home" version, which will look mysteriously like XP with some new paint.

But what do I know? You're the billionaire, I'm just some dude with a blog and a fistful of design awards.

So put your money where your mouth is, big guy. I'm calling you out. I'm steppin' to you. You just got served. If you really believe what you said, this is a slam-dunk. This is money in the bank, baby. Unless, uh, you know full well there isn't a chance in hell you can ship that giant spaghetti monster to consumers "on time". (Where "on time" means "only six years late.")

If you've never heard of Wil Shipley before, that's ok. You're not the only one. What does Shipley know about shipping software? Well, he works for Delicious Monster. Hello, they're only like the biggest company on the planet. Duh. Anyways, they write software for the Mac. So they're very familiar with Vista and it's development. And didn't you know that you have to have a minimum of 4 graphic design awards before you can run a Ship Room?

Personally, I think he should have to follow through. I also think it should be videotaped. And since Bill would probably put it in his foundation anyways, i don't think Señor Shipley should be able to write it off on his taxes as a donation.

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  • List244 said:

    I think at least since RC1 Vista has been past, "XP with some new paint." I wasn't able to try the betas, so no comment on those.

    November 18, 2006 9:14 AM
  • Joe said:

    Ahh... the always militant Mac fan running ones mouth off, does it really matter? I believe that Apple will most likely be supplying Vista on all it's hardware in a couple of years anyway.

    Are most Mac fans naive enough to believe that Apple really created and continue to add more Windows Functionality to boot camp simply so people can compare?

    You will also be able to use the iSite camera and right click in Boot camp? the writing is already on the wall, Apple is begining to embrase Windows, and will do more than that with Vista.

    The've always been a hardware company anyway.

    November 18, 2006 9:44 AM
  • Stoic Joker said:

    At least Microsoft still writes an Operating System ... MacOSX is nothing more than a Graphical Desktop for LinuX.

    I've been playing with Vista alpha/betas for a few years now and think MS has done a hell of a good job on it. The RTM is fast, stable, clean, and easy to use. Am I a Windows "Fan"? Damn Straight ... But Windows had to earn it, and with Vista they've earned it once again.

    November 18, 2006 10:25 PM
  • stubear said:

    ...release a windows version of Delicious Monster.  After all, he's got at least 4 design awards and shouldn't have much trouble writing a Windows app.

    November 19, 2006 4:21 PM
  • sticknick said:

    The comments way down the bottom of that post are worth the read alone.

    November 21, 2006 3:30 PM
  • Geoff said:

    As a Mac user I agree with you.. on Will Shipley.  He made a big deal about his bet, trying to call Microsoft out on the Vista delays (and no one can say there weren't a lot of delays and fancy features removed).  He's got an ego bigger than Gates and Jobs combined without a reason for it.  He should pay up or shut up.  Delicious Library is pretty sweet but it's only one app.

    However, I have to also laugh at many of the comments left here.  Anyone that believes Apple is serving up Windows support to simply one day replace OS X is a fool.  And calling OS X "nothing more than a Graphical Desktop for LinuX" is well, once again foolish.  There's no Linux in OS X.  FreeBSD?  Yes.  But even then.. you might wanna read up on Darwin ( http://developer.apple.com/opensource/ ) before making comments about something you don't know anything about.

    Anyone getting all cocky over Windows being the best OS really should know what they are comparing Windows to.  Trust me, in this world, everyone is aware of Windows, its advantages and its disadvantages and those who choose something else do know what they need to know about Windows to back up their choices.

    I gave up only one thing when I made the switch three years ago-- gaming.  Everything else was an improvement.  If OS X had been a disappointment I wouldn't have stayed with it.  And now.. I can boot to Windows and game.. or will be able to when I replace my Power Mac G5 with a Mac Pro this spring.  If, at some time, Windows beats OS X, I'll switch back in a heart beat.  Loyalty?  Pfft.  I just want what's best for me.

    November 28, 2006 4:31 PM
  • Graham Fluet said:

    "Stoic Joker said:

    At least Microsoft still writes an Operating System ... MacOSX is nothing more than a Graphical Desktop for LinuX.

    I've been playing with Vista alpha/betas for a few years now and think MS has done a hell of a good job on it. The RTM is fast, stable, clean, and easy to use. Am I a Windows "Fan"? Damn Straight ... But Windows had to earn it, and with Vista they've earned it once again."

    [img]http://homepage.mac.com/oatmeal/MAF/maxes/tryingfunny.jpg[/img]

    January 10, 2007 5:31 PM
  • Graham Fluet said:

    Stupid html skimping.

    January 10, 2007 5:31 PM