January 2007 Archives

The Inevitable Windows Vista Post

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For the last 3 months or so I have really needed to backup everything on my hard disk, wipe the whole thing, and reinstall everythign from the ground up. However, since Vista was coming out sooner of later, I held off on doing it figuring that I would simply kill two birds with one stone. Well, that time has come and those birds are dead.

Yesterday I picked up the Vista Home Premium Upgrade edition, which give you almost, but not all the features available in VIsta. Basically you don't get file/disk encryption, file journaling (the ability to fall back to an older version of a file if you screw something up) and Texas Holdem; baiscally stuff that's not worth the extra hundred bucks for the Ultimate version.

Installation went pretty smooth, and actually took less time than installing XP used to. The downside is that apparetnly, because I have the upgrade version, if I ever have a problem that causes me to wipe and reinstall, I will have to first install XP, then install Vista over that. This is, needless to say, irritating and stupid.

Now that it's installed though, what is it like? Is it a giant leap forward as Microsoft has stated? Is it the single most significant advance in computing in the history of man?

Not so much.

Here then are the thins I like and the things I hate about Windows Vista. If there is anything here that I am off-base about a setting that I am missing or soemthng that will fix what I hate, please let me know so I can fix it.

Things I like:
Um...thinking. There must be something...Nope, not really. There is nothing, as near as I can tell, that is that great about WIndows Vista. Building in media center is okay, but reall would not have mattered to me at all if they had not crippled support for Divx on the Xbox 360 to begin with. So, nothing that I like about it.

Things I don't like:
I use FireFox and Thunderbird and it actually seems like Vista tends to ignore my preference for Firefox (set as the default browser) and fire up Explorer all the time. XP managed this just fine.

I don't own a Mac for a good reason.Several years ago Apple went nuts and forgot all the interface design lessons they had ever learned and replaced their "get the job done and stay out of your way" interface with a colorful, flashy stupid thing that interferes with your ability to judge color, concentrate for more that two minutes and takes up half the screen space with pointless design elements. Windows has now caught up. There is no reason on earth for color-gradient window frames and transparent title bars. Mac users will no doubt disagree. They are, however, retarded. I say this a someone who gave up on the Mac around OS 9 as too gaudy.

The code signing stuff is pretty irrititatng as well. I use several programs regularly that are not code-signed (winRAR, for example) and everytime I use them I need to grant them permission to run. EVERY TIME. Not once and it remembers; Every. Freaking. Time. I know that I could turn off the user account controls and it would stop doing this, but I would also lose the advantages of having it warn me in cases where I DO want to the opportunity to decide whether or not to permit unsigned code to run. They really need something in-between all or nothing protection.

Those are the things that are bugging me today. I may post more later. The quick rundown though is, as expected, there is no reason to upgrade to Vista today, or any time in the near future. All of the main feature are available elsewhere, typically as a free download for XP (IE 7, XP Powertoys, etc).

Depressed Comment Spam

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"I just don't have anything to say , but shrug. So it goes. Not much on my mind recently. I can't be bothered with anything recently."

"I feel like an empty room, but eh. Nothing seems worth doing. I haven't gotten much done today."

"I've just been staying at home waiting for something to happen, but I don't care. Basically nothing seems worth thinking about. I can't be bothered with anything recently."

"My life's been pretty dull recently. Shrug. My mind is like a void. I haven't gotten anything done lately. I can't be bothered with anything recently."

These seem like exactly the sorts of comments that you might expect to be left on a weblog as bleak and depressing as mine, and you would be right, up to a point. Each of these otherwise perfectly valid comments on the uselessness of striving for anything is accompanied by a url that offers discount pills or the opportuniy to see Avril Lavaigne, apparently with less clothing than she normally might wear.

What I want to know is whether or not all blogs are getting hit with these things these days, or is it just blogs like mine that chart boring, depressing lives of quite desperation?

I Resolve...

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What with the New Year and all I was thinking that I should probably sit down and write up a list of things that I think I should be doing, and claim that I am really, really going o do them in the coming year- you know, typical New Year's Resolutions.

After thinking about that for a little while, I decided to instead resolve to do the things that I am likely to do anyway - my success is assured this way, you see? So, without further ado, here are my resolutions for 2007:

I Will Play More Videogames
I spend a lot of time playing videogames already, so this will be a hard one to keep, but I am sure that given a little hard work, and continued lack of a social life I will be able to do this. As long as there are timesucking, pointless games like Final Fantasy, Oblivion and Viva Pinata that tap into my primitive lizard-brain reward mechanisms I think I have a chance. Major timewasters I have lined up for 2007 include Spore, God of War II, lot's of DS and Wii games, and replaying through all of the Final Fantasies (currently in the middle of 3 on the DS). I resolve not to even try any online games, since every one I have ever tried is mind-numbingly dull.

I Will Spend More Time Alone
Let's face it, people suck. This year I plan to do absolutely nothing to go out of my way to meet new people. I will stick with the people I already know, and I will not waste time that could be spent doing things like reading, playing videogames, or watching movies trying to make connections with other human beings - they are all like aliens to me anyway. I will still spend time with my existing friends, of course; in fact, I might actually start inviting people over again after my 8 month hiatus...or maybe not.

I Will Feel Really Bad About Things I Cannot Affect
Everything from Global Warming to the Darfur Genocide will continue to weigh on me and make me feel bad about the world and humanity, even though there is really nothing that I can do about them. I will worry about politics and how everyday everything seems to slip a little further away from reason. I won't do anything about it - in fact, I will generally be upset about my own impotence.

I Will Continue to do Research For My Book
So that I don't have to, you know, actually work on writing it. I will instead continue to add to my formidable library of biographies and historical non-fiction that I tell myself I have to get through before I can even begin working on the book.

I Will Be Less Optimistic
I have always been a pretty optimistic," things will work out" kind of a guy. This doesn't really map to well with reality, so I'm afraid that like belief in Santa, God, and the Easter Bunny, Optimism goes onto the list of consciousness phenomena that probably have some neurological or evolutionary basis, but no basis in reality. I will continue to cling to my belief in the Tooth Fairy, because someday I would like to know the gruesome truth about what she does with all the teeth.

I Will Think Less
It seems to work for everyone else.

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