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My Vista has an attitude...

Doug Slattery
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I've been using it now for about 6 months now on my daughter's laptop.

I've gotten used to the annoying popups - "Updates are available for downloading", "Windows has prevented some programs from running", "Register updates". I think Vista is watching me read something in a dialog before splatting one of those right on top of what I'm trying to read.

Then there's the issue of it'll run what I want only when it wants to. Sometimes I'll double click an icon and nothing. There's other times I'll try to bring up one of the already running programs by clicking on the task bar. Still, nothing. It just gives me a blank stare "you want me to do what?!"

Then there's times when I'll login and do something else while it's winding up. When I come back it'll either be rebooting or back at the login screen.

Recently, I haven't been able to shutdown. Again, the blank stare.

Today I had a first. BSOD. Yes, my copy of Vista has inherited that gene. It's mutated from earlier versions though. When I reached for my camera to capture the moment, it rebooted. I'll have to remember what I did so I can shutdown now .

- Doug
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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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I think it wants you to buy some discount shoes. And a churro. Try getting this stuff and waving it around in front of the monitor.


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Doug Slattery
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Good idea... I'll have to give it a try after Ike blows over.

I got a nice laptop case for it, but that wore off pretty fast

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marc weber
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
I think it wants you to buy some discount shoes...

Remember, they will loosen up. (Whatever that means.)


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Bear Bibeault
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Shoes are not an item you should skimp on. Good shoes are really important to your podalic health.

Likewise, an OS is also something that should not be skimped on...

Hey! Now I get the commercials! Windows is like cheap vinyl shoes! Gee, you'd think that's something Microsoft wouldn't pay to advertise.


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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Wanna churro?
Bear Bibeault
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Much, munch, munch, munch, munch....
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Ernest, you're a 10!


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Satish Chilukuri
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You are understanding it wrongly. Vista is trying to personally connect with you.
Bear Bibeault
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Originally posted by Satish Chilukuri:
You are understanding it wrongly. Vista is trying to personally connect with you.
Just like Athlete's Foot fungus.
marc weber
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Okay, this is starting to make perfect sense.

I abhor shoes that I can't wait to take off at the end of the day. Given a choice, I opt for shoes that are so comfortable I forget I'm wearing any.

(If you know what I mean. )
Doug Slattery
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Vista is trying to personally connect with you.


I thought of that too. They shouldn't have given it my personality though .

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Don't let me catch you adjust your underpants. That would not be pretty.
Pat Farrell
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Originally posted by Doug Slattery:
Today I had a first. BSOD. Yes, my copy of Vista has inherited that gene. It's mutated from earlier versions though.


Didn't the Chinese have a BSOD at the Olympic opening?

Its been too long, did 16 bit Winders have BSOD? or only 32 bit versions? I've been running NT based stuff since the early 90s, so I can't remember.

When Bill claimed that Vista was better, he meant fewer BSOD, not zero BSOD
marc weber
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I think that commercial is Microsoft's way of saying, "We've found the problem, and we're working to correct it."

See, Bill's shoes have always been too tight. But now that Jerry has helped him find shoes that fit...
Zip Ped
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I gave in to the TV commercials after using vista for a year and bought a macbook....cancel or allow....ALLOW.
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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EEEEEEWWWWWWWWW!
Doug Slattery
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I think that commercial is Microsoft's way of saying, "We've found the problem, and we're working to correct it."


Probably more like "Upgrading to bigger shoes will fix it."

But my shoes fit fine!

- Doug
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Doug Slattery
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Its been too long, did 16 bit Winders have BSOD?

I don't think so. I think BSOD was NT's way of saying something's wrong which they thought was better than a frozen screen shot of your desktop because the cpu seized up.

It was a good move for us old schooler's who are used to character displays.

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Bear Bibeault
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Originally posted by Pat Farrell:
did 16 bit Winders have BSOD?


Wikipedia:
Windows 3.1 was the first version of Windows to use the Blue Screen of Death.



[ September 19, 2008: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
marc weber
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Yeah, that was fun. Every time I got that, my monitor went into a frenzy, so I never got a good look at it.

Here's the 95 version on a shirt...



(Available at errorwear.com, along with BSOD 2K/XP and BSOD NT.)
[ September 19, 2008: Message edited by: marc weber ]
Doug Slattery
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Oh yeah, the good ole days!

Now it's clear... NT was the one with the register dump. That's what sticks out. Had too much assembly on the brain back then...

- Doug
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Pat Farrell
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Originally posted by Doug Slattery:
NT was the one with the register dump.


Yeah, I never saw any value in that register dump, altho I did see it a lot. In my early professional programming days, I wrote a lot of assembly/macro, but by Windows 2.11/386, I had moved on to C.

To think, when it came out, I thought NT 3.1 was great, it was so much more reliable than Win3.11. Boy, was I naive
marc weber
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Originally posted by Pat Farrell:
... Didn't the Chinese have a BSOD at the Olympic opening?...

Apparently. While this is perfect fodder for a hoax, the purported incident seems to have been photographed from different angles...

Tony Alicea
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I like the T-shirts!
marc weber
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I like the women's shirt: Forbidden: You don't have permission to access...
Tony Alicea
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Doug: Is your hardware up to par?

See my recent experience with Vista-64 Ultimate and XP Pro-32 (second post):

http://www.coderanch.com/t/45480/md/Windows-XP-Obsolete
[ September 20, 2008: Message edited by: Tony Alicea ]
Doug Slattery
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Doug: Is your hardware up to par?


Probably not anymore . It's a Toshiba Satellite I got on a closeout sale from Comp-USA before they went south.

It's been getting worse since I started using it for my DAW. My main machine was running 2kPro, but the MB flamed out . I got a replacement from Fry's, but they only had one kind for my older P4 which only supports XP and above. I'd rather stick to 2kPro, but the industry won't let me . Eventually, sooner than later I'll my main machine up with XP and give the laptop back to my daughter

I will give Firefox a little praise though. For whatever reason it just crashed right before I was about to post this. While I was cussing the laptop and reaching for a hammer, I restarted it and my post was recovered! I thought I'd have to type it in again.

I guess Vista doesn't like my plans .

- Doug
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