No... I did not get a Vista laptop

No... I did not get a Vista laptop

Summary: Just in case you were wondering, Microsoft and Edelman did not send me a Ferrari laptop loaded up with Vista. So no ethical conundrum for me. I did, however, receive a Vista Launch kit with some fun geegaws and gadgets which, I assure you, will in no way influence my opinions about Vista.

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Just in case you were wondering, Microsoft and Edelman did not send me an Acer Ferrari laptop loaded up with Vista. So no ethical conundrum for me. I did, however, receive a Vista Launch kit with some fun geegaws and gadgets which, I assure you, will in no way influence my opinions about Vista.

I'm generally inclined to agree with the advice Joel Spolsky offered up in a recent post about the uproar over the "free" laptop PR program and the merits of upgrading to Vista. This does not really apply to the technology enthusiasts out there but I do think it's pretty sound advice for the general PC-using public.

  1. Do not, under any circumstances, consider upgrading an XP system to Vista... even if it's fairly new and even if it's Vista Supremo Premium Ultra-Capable.
  2. When you get a new computer, if it comes with Vista pre-installed, that's when you'll upgrade.
  3. Don't buy a new computer now just to get Vista. If your current system meets your needs, stick with it until you really need a new system. Vista is not reason enough for a new PC.
  4. Need more details? Read Paul Thurrott's review.

My favorite quote from that very lengthy review is:

The problem with the five year gestation isn't that OS X and Linux have caught up and in some ways surpassed Windows, which of course they have in some respects. The problem isn't even that Microsoft promised us the world and then failed to deliver. No, the problem is that there's another OS out there that runs just fine on over 400 million computers around the world. That system is stable, secure, and gets the job done. It's Windows Vista's biggest competitor. To be fair, it's Windows Vista's only competitor. Maybe you've heard of it: It's called Windows XP.

Now, that having been said... er, quoted, the big question you may have is will I upgrade to Vista? Absolutely. I'm excited as can be about putting Vista and Office 2007 through their paces in final release form. But I am most decidedly not a typical PC user and I have hardware available to test the waters that most people simply do not have to spare. And I can't wait to get a new Tablet PC with Vista preinstalled. My experimentation with Vista on my trusty old Toshiba M200 has convinced me that Vista will be the best Tablet PC OS yet.

Both of my kids have laptops capable of running Vista quite well and neither of them has the slightest interest in me upgrading their PCs. What they have now meets their needs just fine. Same with my mom. And my wife, the fine artist? She uses a Mac.

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  • re: No... I did not get a Vista laptop

    same here. oh well, I was one of the final beta, oops, I mean RC2 testers of Vista. wasn't impressed with it and for now will stay with XP pro w/sp2.

    btw, now that this story is out I wonder how many other bloggers will want(maybe demand?) this freebie. if I were to accept it I'd give it away on my site but I'm one who goes by the saying, "beware of Greeks(or geeks) bearing gifts".

    gnu/linux...giving choice to the neX(11)t generation.
    Arm A. Geddon
  • about your choice of tablet pcs.

    too big, costly, etc. my opinion? hmm, I would be of buying something much smaller. right now I'll probably go with a Ultra-Mobile PC. either the http://usa.asus.com/search.aspx?searchitem=1&searchkey=r2h or the http://europe.nokia.com/A4145104 . but hey, it's just my opinion. ;-)

    gnu/linux...giving choice to the neX(11)t generation.
    Arm A. Geddon
    • I'm leaning towrds the ThinkPad X60

      It's not too big, has traditional ThinkPad build quality, and a great keyboard and battery life. UMPCs are not getting it done for me frankly. They're too biig to be truly mobile and too small to be truly useful/ But hey, that's just [b]my[/b] opinion. ;)
      morchant
      • re: ThinkPad X60

        very nice. it would be a good choice. make that damn good choice. me, I like my gadgets or what people I know like to call them...toys.

        gnu/linux...giving choice to the neX(11)t generation.
        Arm A. Geddon
  • stable and secure

    I think it's hilarious that the tech media has swung around to saying that XP is stable and secure. For so many years, it was the exploit-riddled OS missing basic security measures and a five-year-old user interface that desperately needed to be updated to stay competitive with the rest.

    Now that Microsoft has finally done it, it's "yawn, we don't really need that... why fix what ain't broke."

    Ballmer and Gates must be kicking themselves for releasing such a substantial update with XP SP 2.
    danaaa5
    • It's amazing what you can do in five years

      It took most of that time to get XP nailed down and, while XP SP2 was the single biggest hit in terms of securing and stabilizing that OS, there have been dozens of subsequent releases that have tightened things down further. In fact, the reason XP SP3 has been delayed, in many people's opinion, is to make it more attractive to just go ahead and upgrade to Vista.

      I'm not saying no one should upgrade - just qualifying how and when they should do it. Vista is a mildly compelling OS with a ton of nice new features that improve usability and a richer visual experience but that's about it. A fully updated XP secured by a decent antivirus and antispyware program is pretty secure. So updating to Vista for security isn't that interesting.

      I can get most of the eye candy using Object Desktop. Built-in search with WDS or GDS. Widgets with any number of utilities (including the aforementioned GDS).

      The upgrade experience, based on my last tests and what I've read from other bloggers and tech journalists I trust, is less than perfect and gets worse the older your PC is. That's not really a problem I expect MS can solve - the variety of legacy systems is simply too great. So upgrading an XP system is beyond the average user's comfort zone IMO. The best way for them to get Vista is to get a new PC - when they need one for whatever it is they use a PC for - not to get Vista.
      morchant