So, my new Dell XPS M1710 complete with red track lights finally arrived. What can I say. It’s a laptop made for people who want a desktop or don’t want to shell out the extra cash for the M2010. It’s big (17″ screen), it’s powerfull (2Ghz processor 2GB ram), and it’s all mine. I chose it over the new M1310 because it actually cost me less to get more considering the options I wanted.
I was also choosing between a Dell and getting an Apple Powerbook, but I didn’t feel like foking over an extra $600 or so just to feel iCool. Vista is starting to make me regret it.
I loaded up the system and it comes preloaded with spamware (AOL, Trend Micro, and anyone else willing to pay a $1 per install). That problems normal, but now I feel like I’m learning a whole new operating system. Vista whines whenever I try to run their own software, dimming the screen and whispering whether I’m “really” sure I want to run said program. It seems like some kind of guilt trip to lay blame on me in case I run one of their security hole ridden programs and get a virus.
Then it has a problem connecting to open networks, well not connecting, but actually transmitting data across them (I’m writing this from a different computer. 1710 still not connected). Not only that but there are all these little changes in the interface that keep me hunting for what I need. There’s no direct link to run program dialog box. Every click opens a new window. Why do I have to have semi transparent frosted application frames?
It all seems entirely garbage and forces me to almost learn a new operating system, which is one of the reasons I didn’t get the Mac.
Update: I discovered one useful thing I can do with Vista, Application Roulette. Just hold down Windows-Tab and release, letting the 3D window selector in all it’s processor intensive glory justify my NVidia card by picking a window at random.