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Dear Vista: it’s my computer, not yours

I love my work making and writing about websites and standards. You could almost say I’m married to it. But, as Princess Di said, there are three people in this marriage. The interloper is Windows Vista.

Dear Vista, don’t be jealous of Dreamweaver. If I want to open a file with it, and I even have Dreamweaver already open elsewhere, don’t ask to confirm my action. I know you don’t like Dreamweaver, but I do. And it’s my computer, not yours.

Dear Vista, if I decide to save a file as newreq.pem or newreq.txt or even analsluts.jpg in the root directory, please let me. Don’t tell me that you’ve saved it, but then deny all knowledge when I browse from another app, try to find it through Windows or even tearfully execute a desktop search. You might not like the name I gave the file, or the location I chose, but—dear Vista—it’s my computer, not yours.

Dear Vista, if Millsy sends me a zip of some html and some images, please don’t pretend it’s empty just because he made it on a Mac. I know you get insecure (you’ve always been insecure) but I need those files. And please remember that I’ve got a printer connected. It can get a tiny bit annoying when you lose track of it so I have to uninstall it and reinstall, just to print an email.

Dear Vista, when we first met we set up this machine up together, so you know that there is only one account on it, and it is mine. So if I want to move a file, please don’t haughtily tell me that I do not have permission to do it. I do have permission, because I’m the administrator—which means it’s my computer, not yours.

13 Responses to “ Dear Vista: it’s my computer, not yours ”

Comment by Robert

Vista is horrible, and my guess is you knew this before you installed it.
You had a choice when you installed Vista to not install Vista. You could have spent more money to go buy Windows XP and install that instead. I understand your frustration and how you could be mad at Microsoft for forcing computer manufacturers to only offer Vista as an option, forcing you to have to spend more money in order to avoid it, however Vista is so bad in so many ways, that I question the sanity of anyone running it voluntarily.

Comment by Bruce

“The next step is obvious”

Indeed. I have already boxed up my bowel movements and sent them to the head of the Vista user experience team as useful feedback.

“You could have spent more money to go buy Windows XP” – indeed. But I need to run IE 8 for testing. Sob.

Comment by Gill

I have the IE8 beta running on XP Pro. Well, ‘running’ might be a slightly optimistic interpretation but it crashes on there quite happily. :o)

Comment by Todd

I have not installed Vista, I will not install Vista and never will. Just so that I don’t have to be patronized when I may gripe about it on my own site. With that said, I’ll design for IE8 when there is a stable release, which will probably be about the time they’re pulling the cord to my life support system out of the wall and the catheter from me. I’ll stick with XP for testing and Linux for everyday browsing.

Comment by Todd

…the Linux OS I should add, using FF on Linux, just so that the anally retentive don’t try and snip and quip about my faux pas. Linux/XP dual-boot is what I run on my boxes and notebooks. 😛

Comment by Hugh

Commiserations, Bruce. I just read an article on the web that maintained that “Vista … isn’t that bad”. Microsoft, and some Microsoft followers, just can’t bring themselves to admit the truth. Many still maintain that it is all a problem with “perception”, and that Vista’s bad reputation is undeserved. Still, keep your chin up, because if things keep going the way they are, we won’t have to deal with software from Microsoft for too much longer 😉

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