Vista: The new grey mare ain't what she used to be

So, it was time to re-build my laptop — 4 months of cruft gets in the way and really slows things down. And since the company I work for has an Microsoft Enterprise License that includes Vista, I took the plunge.

So far, it’s ok. Nothing that really rocks my world. And one serious hindrance: It seems that Juniper Networks / Netscreen don’t seem to have bothered releasing a Vista compatible version of their Netscreen Remote software. This means I have a serious disadvantage when it comes to working from home.

Other than that, it’s the annoyances that bother that outweigh the cool things that impress. I turned of the CPU/Memory sucking Aero transparency and animation, and I am still looking at having to upgrade to 2GB of RAM.

Meanwhile, if I took the time to install Ubuntu, I could have a equally cool interface, higher security, and a smaller memory footprint.

It seems that Microsoft has gone out of their way, in the name of security, to compromise usability. I won’t be recommending it for my friends and neighbours.

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2 Replies to “Vista: The new grey mare ain't what she used to be”

  1. Have you even tried to run the netscreen remote software? My company uses both their VPN and their firewall (which I manage) and both run fine if you ignore the Vista incompatible message.
    I am in the same boat as you.. I rebuilt my laptop recently with Vista and my biggest complaint was that PGP didn’t work but now that they have released a beta for Vista I am happy with it and do reccomend it to those with beefy systems.
    You are also wrong in your comment about useability vs. security. Microsoft is all about usability instead of security and Vista is no different. They have made minor at best security improvements.

  2. Have you even tried to run the netscreen remote software? My company uses both their VPN and their firewall (which I manage) and both run fine if you ignore the Vista incompatible message.I am in the same boat as you.. I rebuilt my laptop recently with Vista and my biggest complaint was that PGP didn’t work but now that they have released a beta for Vista I am happy with it and do reccomend it to those with beefy systems.You are also wrong in your comment about useability vs. security. Microsoft is all about usability instead of security and Vista is no different. They have made minor at best security improvements.

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