Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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The Vista Reality Distortion Field Continues

In my last post, I mentioned that Ed Bott was one of the last remaining tech journalists that really uses his expertise to dig into the truth. Well, today he fired off his own salvo in the fight against the Vista RDF, this time comparing "Save XP" InfoWorld writer Randal Kennedy's journalistic Alzheimers when it comes to new OS releases:

...Back in 2001, Kennedy and InfoWorld were bashing XP and recommending that their readers stay with Windows 2000. Today, they’re bashing Vista and hawking their “save XP” campaign. But judging by the progression that XP made in six years, all that the Windows Vista architecture needs is time and a hardware replacement cycle or two.

And we’ll be able to read all about in InfoWorld’s “Save Vista” campaign.

I wish I had been covering Windows XP through its development and launch, cause then I could have recycled all of my old XP posts when Vista launched, just like Randal & Co. Could have saved me a lot of time. No worries though, I'll just look forward to seeing what Mr. Kennedy has to say about Vista when Windows "7" comes out. Maybe by then he will have realized that Vista was a decent OS after all.



  • Clive said:

    I suggest reading through the comments in his post. Win2000 was aimed at businesses, not consumers, and many people were moving to XP from 9x, not Win2000.

    Tech Report, back in 2002, covered it extremely well:

    "Windows XP signifies the end of the 9x core. Based on our tests, users of WinME (and likely any other 9x-based OS), should upgrade immediately."


    "Bloated or not, from a performance standpoint, Windows XP is a worthy successor to 2000. "

    I can't say I've ever read the same things about moving from XP to Vista.

    February 25, 2008 9:11 PM
  • Clive said:

    Office 2007 in my opinion is a very worthy upgrade where MS actually changed things for the better. As for Vista... I'll pass for now. However, that's just my opinion and I'm sure it runs just fine for a lot of folks out there.

    February 25, 2008 9:33 PM
  • Matt Sharpe said:

    Windows Vista is excellent. The FUD surrounding it is sickening. The only sensible conclusion I can draw is that none of these people bashing it have actually spent any length of time using it.

    I am currently running Vista on my desktop (Pentium IV 3.0GHZ, 2GB DDR) and my laptop (Pentium IV 1.6GHz, 1.5GB DDR) and it is perfectly smooth on both. Aero even runs on the laptop's GeForce Go 5200, albeit with transparency turned on.

    I won't be going back to XP - it feels outdated, ugly and just not as pleasant to use.

    February 26, 2008 9:33 AM