It’s not just us…

July 3, 2008

it’s Bill as well.

Now you know what it feels like, Bill. Pity you’re moving on before fixing it.

Having said that, my new PC has Vista on it and it’s fine. Sure, I’ve got 4GB of RAM which is seriously over-specc’d and I’m appalled that it would need that much to run an operating system for crying out loud, but it looks fine and doesn’t get in my way so much.

Favourite line:

I decided to download (Moviemaker) and buy the Digital Plus pack … so I went to Microsoft.com. They have a download place so I went there.

The first 5 times I used the site it timed out while trying to bring up the download page. Then after an 8 second delay I got it to come up. This site is so slow it is unusable. It wasn’t in the top 5 so I expanded the other 45. These 45 names are totally confusing. These names make stuff like: C:\Documents and Settings\billg\My Documents\My Pictures seem clear.

He goes on to say how he tried to use the download page and got a full system check for his troubles. That’s something that annoyed me endlessly many years ago – Windows telling me that to secure my computer properly I needed to install Outlook Express. WTF? How is that going to make my PC more secure? I wasn’t even trying to download an email client, I was trying to get drivers for a printer at the time…

Good times, good times.

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Google goes offline

April 1, 2008

Do you ever get that chill down the back of your neck when you realise something major is happening? Must be a fight/flight response deeply rooted in the lizard brain. Or just the aircon, I’m not sure which.

Google has just announced it will begin allowing users to edit documents without needing to be connected to the internet. Next time you’re online your system will automatically connect and update.

That sound you can hear is the sound of Microsoft dropping out of the IT market so fast all its products just turned red (or is it blue, I can never remember).

Soon you’ll need only one application on your PC – a web browser – and you’ll never need to buy Office ever again. Forget all that functionality you never use or need (If I want to publish a word document as HTML I’ll use an HTML editor, thanks), being able to instantly back up everything you produce and access it from any machine is a far more compelling notion.

Besides, the reviews of Vista are so poor that it’s beyond a joke. On top of that, I see there are new file formats and I’ve had a couple of documents sent to me that I can’t open with the previous edition of Word. Didn’t Microsoft learn that customers hate that already? Yes, yes they did. Those two things combined with Google turning up the heat might just make it easier for customers to make that giant leap of faith and do away with MS Office altogether. From there it’s a small step to asking why you need Vista at all and from there… well, it’s all over red rover.

I just realised…

November 1, 2007

…that I don’t actually need to review Apple’s new OS Leopard to have a review of it on the site… Hmmm.

Engadget has its own reviews so I can point to them from here and reap the traffic reward. Bwaa-aa-aaaaah PHEAR my post-modern modern pop culture link-fest.