August 4, 2007

My new system and operating system


It happened at last! In the worst time imaginable. When I had loads of things to do my computer (the old, the only) simply refused to live any longer. I did the autopsy and the cause of death was motherboard failure. In a laptop computer, when the motherboard is gone, we have to let it go.

I was expecting to move to an Apple but I was in rush and as you know iMac line is to be revived shortly (it might has happened as you read this). I was in rush to buy a new computer and I didn't want to buy an old iMac. So I Bought a PC with Vista pre-installed.


I cannot really compare Vista to Ubuntu Linux or Windows XP in terms of speed, responsiveness and so on simply because my new hardware, by today's standards, is a monster and it MUST run Vista lightening fast.

However my first take on Vista is that it is not a huge step forward from Windows XP. It is refined, it has some eye candies but it is not hugely different.

I have also some compatibility issues with some software that I was using in XP. I just finished installing Windows XP in a virtual machine. To be perfectly honest, it performs well and I can easily install old software in XP without affecting Vista performance.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now that you are under Vista you take screenshots in BMP format? Not wise, not wise at all.


My 2 cents.

"Knows how" said...

Well, it is not that bad. I mean taking screenshots is neither in BMP format nor very difficult!

George said...

800+ MB of RAM taken? I hope the system wasn't idle! My Ubuntu system has a memory footprint of < 300MB! :-)

"Knows how" said...

I'm afraid it was idle! It is quite a large memory footprint!

Behnam said...

I think the best feature in VISTA in it's usability of XML files. You can simply edit office documents whitout browsing them with office applications.. as simple as editing a .txt file!

Daryl said...

It was idle!?! The RAM I understand because Vista uses RAM much more efficiently filling it with what it is likely to use (linux has done this forever), but the CPU usage is beyond crazy for just taking a screenshot.

"Knows how" said...

CPU was busy doing something else!