May 7, 2008
Dear CNET members,
It's hard to believe that Microsoft Vista has been out for a year and a half already. And ever since its release to the general public, from my perspective, I would have to say the majority of the things I've come across about Vista haven't been all that positive--with complaints ranging from software and hardware incompatibilities to IT staff holding off on upgrades to their environments. But you know what? To me, that just comes with the territory of a new OS release. Eventually, many of these kinks will be ironed out--at least, we hope they will be.
Today, I'm not here to create another discussion topic dealing with how Vista sucks or how peripherals aren't working because they don't have drivers for Vista, or how I want to revert to XP again, and so forth. Because this week's topic stems from a forum discussion created by CNET member chustar, who wants to know if there are any folks out there who are part of a silent, Vista-loving majority and would like to express their enthusiasm for it. He has used Vista for close to a year without any problems and simply loves it. I'm sure he's heard enough of the bashes on Vista and would like to take this opportunity to hear from the people who actually are using Vista and, quite frankly, like it or love it. Many members have responded to his post already, so give it a read and see what other members are saying. And if you are someone who wants to chime in with either your positive experiences or some challenges that you've gone through using this OS, please do so. Now remember, folks this discussion is, for the most part, based on the positive experiences around using Vista, but not just limited to that. So I ask that you please be civil in your replies and be considerate of others when posting. And if you have the temptation to post an anti-Microsoft statement, well, please don't--there are plenty of threads out in cyberspace that you can join to do that. Have fun with this discussion!
This week's hot topic:
Silent Vista-loving majority? After reading CNET member chustar's post in the forums, many of our members jumped right in to respond to his request for the silent, Vista-loving majority to speak up. Here is what some folks had to say:
"Using it and I'm happy...now"
"Not only did I get Vista back in January 2007, but I also purchased the 64-bit version. Talk about throwing yourself on a grenade! Because it's possible to build a powerful WinTel box very cost effectively (assuming you don't need to be on the absolute..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member PressAnyKey
"Not been particularly silent
and not loving it"
"But I can't see anything particularly wrong with the operating system per se. It does what it does pretty well for me. NVidia has been the biggest cause of problems for me, especially when I started looking into adopting it in mid-'07. All the blue screens..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member fbbbb
"My take on Vista"
"When I bought my first PC way back in the early '90s (one of the first 286s) already being a bit of a teckie I did my research on everything from chips to OSs. Even then, it was clear that Unix was miles ahead of everything. In the end I went for a PC DOS..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member aMUSICsite
"I'm silently loving it..."
"...sorta. The only issue I have is my onboard sound didn't have any Vista drivers (no great surprise really). The XP drivers hadn't been updated since 2003! So I thought, oh well I'll be a PCI sound card. It's working, but I can't get anywhere near as good..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member davviau
Is anyone here part of the silent, Vista-loving majority? If you are, let your voices be heard! Here's your opportunity to speak up!
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Keep your data safe at the border
--Blog submitted by: Christopher Soghoian (CNET blog network)
CNET member cryptographer response:
"Thank you for your interesting article. Much of what you said is valid and makes sense, however, wiping a hard drive, completely, for many of us is not feasible. Following your advice to the T for a typical user would add dozens of hours of work to their life. First of all, I think Travis is totally off. You can't count on the TSA being stupid, and many people do have information that is sensitive. Personally, I don't want the government looking at anything on my computer, not my letters to my grandma, not my music collection, not my patent applications, proprietary corporate... " (Read more)
Living with Internet trolls. Get used to it
--Blog submitted by: Charles Cooper (CNET News.com)
CNET member Pete Bardo response:
"We have the right of free speech, but not anonymous speech. And it has nothing to do with posting on privately (non-government) owned blogs. But, if Jim Brady is that intent on suppressing trolls, maybe he needs to be a bit more diligent in moderating the discussions. He is certainly free to delete any posts that offend him. Of course, that may cost him readership. And, there is no reason that the identities of non-anonymous posters can't be protected, if that's... " (Read more)
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