Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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'I Didn't Want Vista To Be This Good'

Nic Cubrilovic, CEO of Omnidrive and TechCrunch contributor, had an interesting experience last night. I'll let him explain:

I have been using Mac OS X as my primary OS for almost a year now, but last night I switched back. What spurred it is that my Mac OS X partition crashed and it wouldn’t boot back into the OS - I used rescue tools and drive scanners but it appears that the partition just disappeared.


I didn’t expect it to be like this, I didn’t want Vista to be this good - I was expecting to boot back into OS X and living happily ever after, but damn, this is one fast, slick and nice operating system. If you are a Mac user try it yourself, install boot camp and Vista and it will feel like you just added another CPU and doubled your RAM - I can’t see any evidence for any of the reports of Vista being slow or power-hungry.


Overall, Vista is very fast and offers many new features. What used to cost $300-400 on XP in additional applications (Nero, ScreenGrabber, SpyBot etc.) I now have out of the box with a slick operating system and interface (the interface, oh the interface). In the past 15 years I have gone from DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Linux, OpenBSD, Windows 98, Windows 2000 (a nice OS for the time), XP, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and now Vista and working with Vista this weekend reminds me of the first time I ran an early preview of Mac OS X and spent an hour running my mouse across the dock (back in 2000). The job of building an operating system isn’t an easy one, and Microsoft have managed to take a good leap forward with Vista which they should get some credit for (although it probably is at least 2 years late). To all my Mac OS X and UNIX using friends, I haven’t left you - but feel free to argue in the comments, but only after you have installed bootcamp :)

Apparently this offended some Mac users, at least it seems that way from Nic's comments. It's not pretty when you're excommunicated from the Church of Not Microsoft. Hey Nic, keep us posted on your experiences :).

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  • May 7, 2007 7:31 PM
  • Neil said:

    It makes a very pleasant change to see a MAC user who is "open" minded, mind you he has used others before so that means he is not a die hard MAC user though !

    And please Robert do not go over to the "dark side" (Linux). Please stay away from it otherwise they will claim you are a convert !

    Already they (linux devotees) are claiming that Vista is crap, and that Microsoft will vainsh because of it, which is garbage !

    So stay away from Linux ! Find some other way !


    May 7, 2007 9:38 PM
  • glennyboiwpg said:

    This is normally where I would be upset that, an anti-mac story appeared on a microsoft blog, but ever since steve jobs sold out our leopard release date for his precious iphone (not to mention the latest releases of both ilife and iwork) ive been much more critical of the mac camp.

    I haven't used vista much but i have been steping into best buy every so often and looking at this sweet new HP laptop with vista on it.  Normally I think PC laptops (other then sony) look like garbage, but I must admit the product line that I saw looked really great.  So I also spend a few minutes each time looking at vista, using the 3D flip thingy, looking at the new windows (although I still love my mac, I think that the MyComputer explorer kicks the snot out of the finder any day).  If I had an intel mac I probably would have tried vista.

    That being said, this isn't really that surprising is it?  Because look at the facts.  The simple fact is this.  MacOS TIGER is how much newer then XP?  So yeah... duh its going to be a nicer operating system.  So the same can be said about visa and TIGER.  (notice how I didn't just say mac os)  Vista is how much newer then tiger?  If vista wasn't flasher and smoother then tiger, then there would have been something seriously wrong!  

    The real test will be when leopard does get released.  Then we will have some good old honest compitition, and thats not a bad thing.  You might not like MAC OS but I think they have been keeping MS on their toes, and maybe all of these good stories about Vista will keep mr jobs on his toes.

    The result?  Better products for all!

    And I wouldn't worry about people switching to linux... Have you ever tried to get a wireless networking card to work on linux.... Don't...

    May 8, 2007 8:34 AM
  • DosFreak said:

    Wireless cards are alot easier to get working on Linux nowadays. Stop living in the 19th century.

    I installed Ubuntu 7.0.4 on a Dell Latitude D510 last week and it picked up the wireless card just fine. Of course it was an Intel wireless card so there shouldn't be an issue there anyway.

    May 8, 2007 10:37 AM
  • glennyboiwpg said:

    So what?  I have to go buy a new network card for my old POC computer so I can use linux on it?

    (At this point, i'm almost considering it...)

    Its a DLink by the way.  (not sure of the model number)

    How am I living in the 19th centruy??

    May 8, 2007 11:07 AM