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.