On Sunday... I spent 4 hours just trying to copy some videos of our New Years Band from one XP machine to another. Vista crashed twice, required three restarts, hung four times. I tried connecting via my home wireless, via switchover cable. I pored over settings. I allowed Network Discovery (now THAT's a bitch that Vista chooses to keep subtle). I allowed file sharing. Short of uploading the bloody things and downloading them onto the other machine (neat idea, not practical, thanks Telkom) - I tried everything.
I have never, ever been so frustrated by an operating system.
And to be fair to Vista, I even tried this on Ubuntu. Theoretically, a lot easier, but still couldn't get it working (I have a feeling Ubuntu got as far as copying and then decided that the crummy downstairs wireless signal shared by its lesser XP brethren was just not enough and timed out with gay abandon). So points to Ubuntu. No points to me who is still without said New Years videos.
Vista is a disaster.
I refused to believe it. I punted the interface. I applauded the "ease-of-use". I looked towards the positives. I feel like a fuckin idiot. Have your laughs.
So. Is there a white light at the end of this code-bloated tunnel?
For the FIRST time in my life, I considered Mac. Come with my on my journey of discovery. And hope like hell my Acer packs up soon.
Hmmm. PS3 for games. Mac for work. iPod for tunes. And all the future goodies. Might not be as bad as it sounds...