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Monday, March 27, 2006

(Some) Microsoft Employees Call For Ousting Ballmer

Apparently some of the usually faithful people employed by Microsoft are going after Steve Ballmer in response to Vista's delays. Personally, I don't know Ballmer from Adam ... and come to think of it I don't even know any Adams currently ... but as an outsider I've always found him extremely annoying in interviews and public speeches. If Microsoft is looking to seperate themselves from the "evil monopoly" reputation, giving Steve his golden parachute (does he even need a parachute? At his tax bracket doesn't he just float?) would probably not be a bad first step.

Although, on the other hand ... I'm actually glad Vista is being delayed. I have no desire whatsover to upgrade my PC past what I really need, and it really sounds like Vista is going to be more likely to get me to just go to an Xbox than continue updating a Windows box.

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Jason "Botswana" Cox said...

I am in no hurry for Vista to hit the market. I know I'm pretty close to the technology, so take my remarks with a grain of salt, but I think it is stupid that an OS would require more system resources to operate.

Each Windows OS has taken greater resources to run. How dumb is this? Unix GUI's try to operate as slim as possible, yet the Windows OS seems to just consume more and more. How much of my computer is being taken up just running their damn software? What kind of effect is that going to have on my machine's performance.

I also got to play with the new iMac and compared it to the latest Vista beta. I'm not a big Mac fan, in fact I don't really "get it" at all. Still, I have to say that the new iMac's GUI was just downright cool, where Vista seems like a more annoying version of XP.

Josh said...

My newfound love for OS X is a huge factor in not being jazzed, or rather much the opposite, about Vista. OS X is the first non-Amiga OS to remind me of the Amiga OS, and I have really grown to heart it something harsh. I've never been a big Mac fan before, as I always found them less versatile but just as error prone as anything else.

The Mini is the converse, it's less error prone and more versatile than any computer I've used in a long time.

I completely agree with you on Vista's sys reqs and just how silly it is. Microsoft has made Value Add their actual OS, burying it nonsense I'm sure I really don't need. Dashboard is as intrusive as I want any system level application.

And I'm also still of the opinion that Vista is not, despite all the hype we'll be hearing, about reviving the PC games market. Anything which is forcing upgrades on people is part of the problem, not the solution, no matter how whizbang. People are leaving PCs as a game platform because they're tired of software updates, tired of hardware upgrades and tired of spending more on games which are getting marginally closer to what we see on our television.