Vista is the devil

So I bought a new laptop a month ago.  It is my very FAVORITE thing in the world at the moment.  It’s an HP and has that cool Light-Scribe thing and all.. BUT it came pre-loaded with Vista (among other things.)  Believe it or not, I wasn’t that worried about it.  I mean, solitaire looks AWSOME on it.  heh.  But then I started trying to load my programs on it…. MS Office, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, CuteFTP, my old P2P program (shhh!  don’t tell anyone), and other tidbits.  So I’m loading, and tryng to install and here it comes….. N O T    C O M P A T I B L E.  The only thing that would have been was my Office, but of course they wanted to reverify and, well… you know how that goes.

So now here I am, three weeks later, with a brand-spanking-new version of all my old software… and a much lighter bankbook.  Don’t get me wrong, having new software is cool.  Though it does insert some re-learning time into my schedule.  It’s just that after popping for the laptop, it could’ve been at a better time.  Anyway, that isn’t the worst of it.  I had a few tech problems with the laptop when I first got it – just stuff I couldn’t figure out with my bone-head.  When I called HP (overseas), they tried to help.  But what it came down to – and what the guy ultimately admitted, was that 75% of his calls were due to Vista incombatibility problems with other software or hardware.  75%!  He said it doesn’t work with so many programs, it’s scary.  That it doesn’t work with routers made more than two years ago.  That switching back to XP was one of the number one requests he had! 

Awesome.

So I said, great, add me to the list of those requests.  And HE said, “I could help you with that, ma’am, but then I’d have to kill you per Mr. Gates’ orders.”

Just kidding.  He said, “I could help you with that, ma’am, but you’d never be able to find all the correct drivers.  I could not guarantee that you would retain functionality of your video, audio, print, connectivity, webcam, keyboard, or touchpad capabilities.”

SUPER-Awesome.

Yes, Virginia, there is an anti-Christ.  It’s name is Vista.  And Bill rode before it.

Oh – and here’s this installment in the girl-becomes-librarian saga…. So I’m 17.  I’m going to a private school and they have money for things like computers and teachers who know anything about computers.  (It’s 1986, mind you.) I take one of the computer classes offered.. which happens to be (don’t laugh at me or I’ll berate you with alliterative and obtuse insults) BASIC.  For those of you born about that time or later, BASIC was a programming language that the dinosaurs used to find better sources of water.  The language went AI and turned on the dinosaurs, however.  (You may or may not have been privy to this version of history in your high school history books.) 

At any rate, my final class project was to write a small game where the player was asked trivia questions and, when answering correctly, their little avatar (we called them Mario, for the most part at the time) would climb one step.  When you got to the top, you won, sparking a small fireworks display.  This program was 218 pages long.  No.  really.  I obviously had not mastered the concept of the loop, yet. 

This was my first exposure to technology in the classroom.  I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever done in school up to that point.

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