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Quillen: Windows 7 explained
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| For instance, when you read "best Windows
| ever," you should remember that reviewers
| said the same thing about turkeys like
| Windows ME and Windows Vista.
| Further, Microsoft is a big company with
| thousands of smart employees. Wouldn't you
| expect the latest rendition of its flagship
| product to be the best to date? After all,
| you expect that from other companies.
| When the reviewer says "product activation
| went smoothly," it means "to please Big
| Brother, who may be watching your machine
| all the time, you'll need to enter an arcane
| 25-character activation code, and it may
| take several tries."
| "Exciting new features in the desktop
| interface" actually means "You'll spend many
| frustrating hours trying to do familiar
| tasks because they've moved everything
| "You may need to install new drivers for
| many of your peripherals" means "You will
| have to buy a new scanner because the
| scanner company does not make a 64-bit
| driver for your five-year-old device, and
| the driver that worked fine under 32-bit XP
| will not function under 64-bit Windows 7."
Vista, Windows 7, Ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10 boot speed comparison
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| Hot on the heals of the final release of the
| Karmic Koala, we've put together a video
| montage of 64-bit versions of Microsoft's
| Vista and Windows 7 operating systems
| booting alongside Canonical's Ubuntu 9.04
| and 9.10. Watch all four at once and see
| which one wins!
Windows 7 â Itâs Vista All Over Again
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| âThere you go againâ. The Gipper said it in
| 1982, and Iâm saying it today â but about
| Windows 7, not Jimmy Carter.
| Because the more I play with Windows 7, the
| more I see the Vista debacle unfolding all
| over again. The commonly accepted wisdom is
| that Windows 7 is oh-so-much-better than
| Vista. Well, based on my own extensive
| testing, itâs not. Not at all.
| First a bit of history. Back in 2006 I was
| editor-in-chief of PC Magazine. Vista was
| coming out and we were pretty darn
| laudatory. Microsoft provided us with new
| hardware, we tested beta versions of Vista,
| and we loved it. Shortly after it shipped,
| alas, the Wow was less Now than Ow. Vista
| sucked upon release to the world for a wide
| range of reasons â not least because the
| networking and audio driver models were
| completely rebuilt in the six months prior
| to release. That led to driver problems,
| along with general instability. When I left
| PC Magazine in 2007, my parting column was
| a bit of an apology â weâd been too easy on
| what turned out to be one of Microsoftâs
| more uneven efforts.
| Itâs easy to get snowed. Microsoft provides
| its favored reviewers a steady stream of
| highlights, new versions, and new features
| â along with brand new hardware to run the
| new builds upon. A team of technical
| marketers inside the borg stand at the
| ready â helping the anointed work through,
| and around, any problems that develop
| during testing.
| Weâve seen this story before. Vista was
| overhyped when it came out by everyone from
| PC Magazine to the Wall Street Journal. And
| now Windows 7 is getting the same treatment.
Overheard: Windows 7 is just Vista with new shade of lipstick
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