Thursday, April 24, 2008

Vista Service Pack 1

My ire at Vista keeps increasing. >:-|

After, oh, at least a month of successfully dodging Windows Update's insistence that I download and install some "60-450MB" of stuff (nice range that, right?), it finally slipped through today. Well, no biggie, I was going to be out for several hours, let it install and do it's thang.

I come back, to find out, that it had downloaded, but needed me to click "ok to retsart" before it would start installing.

So, laptop not available for ... oh ... 2 hours. No problem.

Finally, it's all done. Everything seems to be fine ... except ... it now tells me that I have no audio device installed. So, until I figure out why it's not reading the sound card, the laptop is silent.

#&$*#$ Microsoft!

[:: Ah, all it required was yet another restart. Several years ago I heard this wonderful parody on NPR: "What if your car behaved like a Windows operating system?" It was hilarious! I need to Google it and see if I can locate it ... ::]


coray said...

mac mac mac

Anonymous said...

waiting on MS next OS after vista... XP will be supported for a long time and well it works, OK it works better than Vista. Until MS starts from scratch IE not using their 8 bit code ported to a 16 bit machine and complied on a 32 bit machine for a 64 bit processor they will continue to have problems. If they would just release their source so that people could compile for their specific machine things would be a lot better. the *IX's are hanging the same problems accept the code is more stable. MAC gets around this by only having a set number of variations to test for. Everyone has a Intel DUO chip or several all the hardrive interfaces are the same. The ram is all about the same the mother boards are designed by apple SO other than some differences in sound cards video cards and a a few other details MACs are pretty much all in the same immediate family. Where as PC's while they are related there are too many to keep up with them all.

an open source friend said...

Open source is the future of technology. Do yourself a favor and get Linux. Mac is just as bad as Micrsoft, and in many ways even more so. Why pay hundreds of extra dollars just to get a chic white, curvy looking thing with inferior hardware and an OS which, quite frankly is not much better than Windows?

I recommend Ubuntu, but do some research and get Linux. You'll be glad you did.

St. Elizabeth of Cayce said...

It's been around for a while. The story always starts with a geek convention, and a GM retort (which I cannot find authenticated, but who cares...?) Here's a version I found via Google:
At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,

“If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.”

In response to Bill’s comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part):

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single “This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation” warning light.

7. The airbag system would ask “Are you sure?” before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You’d have to press the “Start” button to turn the engine off.