When I was witnessing Live At The Apollo from my allocated seat a few weeks ago, one of the comedians made a joke about a silent studio member in stating the most exciting thing in his life was probably the anticipation of Windows 7.
This got some laughs. But of course a new operating system somehow arouses a mental erection in almost every computer user, even if just a little.
I’m however not that fussed. Not out being a killjoy, it’s just as I’ve gotten older I’ve realised that all I want is for my computer to work and the programs I want to run on it.
I’ve only had three desktop (therefore primary) PC’s in 16yrs (I juice the life out of them). The reason I had to replace the first was due to it giving up the ghost, the second was replaced because a lot of useful programs flatly weren’t designed for my ageing machine.
However my current machine which I’ve had for 6yrs doesn’t look set to be replaced unless it has an electronic coronary event.
The reason why this is is simply that a lot of programs I’ve wanted to install have met requirements whereas before chip/RAM requirements changed in months (even though I’m now at the margins), so I haven’t been forced to upgrade. On top of which XP has never caused me major problems; I’ve never had to reformat my hard drive unlike my older PC’s where they needed to be at least once in their lives.
So, stability and lack of necessity is not only keeping my OAPC alive, but Windows 7 isn’t being considered for it as though it may look nicer and offer new benefits, it’s probably just not worth making my machine struggle.
I’ve never used Windows Vista but I think where it’s failed in comparison to 7 is perhaps publicity. I remember a number of Vista reviews coming out that stated problems getting a mouse by Microsoft to work with it – and this kind of snowballed. Windows 7 was made sure to be born onto a silk mattress, on top of which low priced promotional offers helped.
I’ve often considered a Mac but what has continually put me off is the price, not really gelling with things like a single mouse button and a lack of some particular software and hardware that I can only find for the PC, or is at least cheaper and easier to find.
Mac users who criticise the PC were probably right at one point. Those who used it in the 80’s, where Mac OS gave a graphical user interface first and better multimedia capabilities have continued to push the cool, whereas in all honesty now, both platforms are very capable that it’s become as sad as a Dyson owner laughing at his bagless Hoover neighbour.
Slightly veering off topic now: I’m lamenting the lack of Linux powered netbooks recently. It has become evident that Microsoft has done deals with manufacturers and capitalised on some consumer fears over Linux.
I think my one year old Ubuntu netbook is great, and I have not needed to do anything confusing with it. It’s a consumer friendly operating system. Sure it doesn’t have all the programs you can get for Windows but I think the first wave netbook charm was that it reminded me a bit of the 80’s where there was a bit of individualism when you had the Amstrad/Atari/Commodore/Spectrum crowd and you were miffed that a certain computer game was better on another platform or just not available on yours.
Anyway, I won’t be getting Windows 7 until I get a new PC (maybe it’ll even be replaced by then) and I think most people who are not running into difficulties in using their software will be the same like me. 7 will do better than Vista but will not dislodge XP for at least a couple of more years.