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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Digital


5th February 2007

9:36am: Vista vista vista
I've been using various versions of Microsoft operating systems for a long time. If I were to dig around in some old boxes, I'm certain I would find stacks of MS DOS 5.0 diskettes. I remember being excited when MS DOS 6.0 was released, along with all it's hype about "increased productivity". I remember Windows 2.0, 3.0, 3.11, 95, 98, ME... I've used all the flavors of the NT code base as well: 3.1, 3.5, 3.51, 4.0, 2000 (5.0), XP (5.1), and even Server 2003 (5.2). I've not yet played with the 64bit version of XP nor Vista.

I don't even want to play with Vista - and I find that ever so disappointing.

For years now, I've gamed on the PC platform and have feverishly yearned for a graphical interface that would take advantage of the significant hardware 3D acceleration hardware and big beefy chunks of RAM I so lovingly saved to purchase and install.

It's true - I want "bling" in my OS.

Vista give us the "bling" we've been pining after for so long. But at what cost? How cruel is it that after years of hearing the gamers and game programmers beg and plead for an interface that can use all these specialized transistors that they only use it as the carrot to give us what they hope is the chains of our future media bondage.

For a decade and a half now I've had a tempestuous relationship with Microsoft, though I'm certain they don't even know I exist. I've railed against many of their business practices. I've made a career supporting their "good enough" code base. I still spend a great deal of time assisting friends and family fight the good fight against spam, viruses, spyware, adware, and trojans.

All that being said, I hope you can understand that my reaction to this comic strip is to both laugh and cry.

The Manifold Faces of Vista

As per this post, I will not be acquiring the next version of their OS until either: 1) Microsoft gets beat up enough to release the ability to remove all the DRM and tenuously-related-under-the-hood-checks via a patch or new version, or 2) some delightful group of coding freedomistas release a utility/patch that liberates a Vista PC for the actual owner.

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