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Ok, Stop Dots

So, Microsoft has apparently decided to continue their long tradition of design-by-committee-made-of-people-who-all-think-they’re-smarter-than-everyone-else. I’m working with the Enterprise version of Vista right now, among the many available, and let me tell you: Oh. My. God.

It’s a disaster. It’s the glossiest sewer I’ve ever seen, true, but all the same old bullshit is still there, right under a thin coat of Aero paint. Don’t have a driver for that network card? Let me help you search online for that! *klonk*

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It’s like that again and again. “Do you want to close this gadget? If you close a gadget, you will lose any changes you made to its options.” Why? Is saving my settings hard? Even if I haven’t changed them at all?

It has been an entirely unpleasant experience so far, and after three hours this the real winner is right here: all I want to do is make the font size on my screen larger, and this is what I get.

Look closely at that: “This change will take effect after a restart”. Turns out they’re actually serious about that.

That’s right, it’s 2007 and after six years of work, Microsoft’s flagship OS requires the user to reboot their computer to change the size of the font on the screen.

Let me say that again: I have to reboot my computer to change a font size. More dots per inch means a larger font? Seriously, what the hell?

What an embarrassment.

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  1. Zeynep

    But there sure are a lot of shiny brightly-colored elegant curves like the stuff I do on GIMP when I get bored!

    (I did not mean to laugh at your pain, but I did. Sorry.)

    As a dialup user for years after everyone else moved to broadband, and as having grown up in a country where connectivity was not nearly as widespread and automatic as it was for years after the US reached that point, I have never been entirely that trusting of update/repair schemes that require connectivity. Because, well, see above. When they work they work. When they don’t and you are not given any other option, now your world is pain.

  2. Mike Hoye

    Yeah, I’m lucky – I’ve got another computer right here, and broadband out the wazoo. Somebody who upgrades their PC and finds out (because it doesn’t warn you, that’s for sure) that their network card suddenly doesn’t work is going to be so very, very thrilled.

  3. me

    Seriously, were you expecting better?

  4. Mike Hoye

    I really did. I thought they could get jump past XP in the same way XP jumped past 98 and NT. But I guess not.

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