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29 Reasons to Not Get Vista
Microsoft Windows Vista hits (assaults) consumers on 30 January 2007. Starting with New Years Day that gives you twenty nine days to think about the big mistake you're about to make.
Every day of January 2007 until Microsoft Windows Vista is released you can read yet another good reason why it's not a good idea to get it.
28 January 2007 Reason #28: All of the above.
So far you've seen twenty seven good and concise reasons to not get Vista. But there are countless more to be found at this very website. The proprietors have been in the business of teaching Windows systems programming for over ten years, amassing credits at IBM, British Aerospace, Volvo, LM Ericsson, Lloyds, GE Marconi, SAAB Defence Systems - and of course Microsoft. They know what they're talking about.
Once was the innocent time not ten years ago when the main objection to Microsoft software was its poor third rate quality. It was buggy and bloated. But where there are bugs, security holes are never far behind, and once it dawned on everyone what being connected to the Internet really meant it became time to get out of Dodge.
There are a thousand finer points not mentioned in this series which would be lost on the casual reader - but it's the responsibility of the system engineer to be aware of them - in the case of Microsoft these points never bode good.
The money's in supporting Microsoft through thick and thin. The teaching and consultant assignments follow in quick succession. But there comes a time when the only honest thing you can tell a course delegate or a client is to get out. No matter they listen - or come back with the long list of excuses you'll use - at least one was honest about it. At least one tried.
Windows is not good for the Internet and Microsoft are not good for the people of this planet. Microsoft have lied and cheated and stolen and embezzled like you wouldn't know if this wasn't your chosen field of work. They are a disgrace to the software engineering profession. Conscientious professionals get hit all the time by snide remarks brought on by the insults people endure at the hands of Microsoft and their products.
If all that mattered were the recurring crashed and hangs - get this and get this good: only Microsoft Windows crashes and hangs. It crashes and hangs because it's crappy. Because it's not made to be good software. Run any other operating system and you won't have to restart for days weeks months or yes even years.
And no computer system before Windows would crash and hang either. The big IBM mainframes running banks and financial institutions: those big iron boxes might be restarted once per year. The 'minis' from DEC: the same. Only Windows crashes and hangs. And you wouldn't know any better if all you'd ever run was Windows and you'd never seen this article series or others like it.
Take a look at this archive and start at the bottom of the page. Read about the 'bloatware' debate at RISKS. Read about the real millennium bug. Read why Radsoft refused to upgrade to Windows 2K eight years ago. Read about why Internet Explorer was never a Good Thing™. If you have time, read them all.
Read what other noted computer and security gurus have had to say. Read what Bruce Schneier, consultant to the US congress, keeps telling people: abandon Windows. Read what respected journalists from respected news sources have been saying - and been warning about - all along.
Read it. All of the above. If you do, there's absolutely no way you can in good conscience get Vista.