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fhaber
March 23rd, 2007, 08:39 AM
I made a rare visit to the general meeting of my local user group Tuesday
night, celebrity-whoring to catch David Pogue, who was both flogging his new
book and talking about Vista. He's a smart cookie, and very entertaining (see
his NY Times videos). He's a tad juvenile at times, but hey, I'm still a
teen-ager in lots of ways. He's not highly technical, but he's my interface
guru. I credit him with teaching this left-brainer about how to use Mac OS X
fluidly, the right way.

Well, Pogue gave some great demos, and good tips, and wasn't *too* completely
committed to Microsoft. It does seem true that he who loves Vista best is, if
not a Mac fanboy, at least a Mac admirer. His presentation was fairly
even-handed, and threw some good barbs, especially about the feature split
among the too-many versions:

"Home users never need to send a FAX?" "Business users never need to edit a
video?"

A brief interlude proved he really is a kind of polymath (he's an ex-Broadway
conductor). He ran through four or five of his best songs at the piano (!),
and they were GOOD. Not Tom Lehrer, but very good. He threw in a couple of
magic tricks, too.

He demoed on a low-end MacBook 12 btw, mostly under Boot Camp. Aero ran fine
on this "3.0" machine (2GB). Things flew. Everyone was impressed, including
me. Although we all noticed that he spent most of the time with Aero off, and
User Account Control off, too.

I then spoiled the party, piping up and complaining loudly that Microsoft's
copy protection DEEPLY OFFENDED ME, and made me feel as though I were being
treated like a street vendor in Kuala Lumpur. Pogue was no toady; he gave a
good "Whatcha going to do? MS is losing money" response.

Then he rebooted and ran Parallels. No wireless in the lecture hall. He
disabled wireless networking in Parallels. Boom. Up came the thievery
screen. No more Vista for him that night.

Q.E.D.


Great show! Glad I went. It's good to see a show that's a show, with no
apologies.

Judy G. Russell
March 23rd, 2007, 10:11 AM
Then he rebooted and ran Parallels. No wireless in the lecture hall. He disabled wireless networking in Parallels. Boom. Up came the thievery
screen. No more Vista for him that night. Q.E.D.Frank, I'm not familiar with this (not much interested in Vista either, but what the heck -- thievery screen?

Great show! Glad I went. It's good to see a show that's a show, with no apologies.Sounds like it was great fun!

fhaber
March 23rd, 2007, 10:55 AM
>thievery screen?

When Vista decides you're illegal, or haven't registered in time, or the hardware's changed, or Ballmer's put you on the blacklist you are presented with a screen with several options - register, buy a copy on the spot, or limp along on crutches with auto-logout after an hour of use. Hence the Kuala Lumpur crack.

Judy G. Russell
March 23rd, 2007, 12:52 PM
When Vista decides you're illegal, or haven't registered in time, or the hardware's changed, or Ballmer's put you on the blacklist you are presented with a screen with several options - register, buy a copy on the spot, or limp along on crutches with auto-logout after an hour of use. Hence the Kuala Lumpur crack.You know... buying a Mac is sounding better and better all the time...

earler
March 23rd, 2007, 03:29 PM
Well, the upper west side does have some resemblance to kuala lumpur.

I put vista on one machine. It seems quite nice, but occasionally quirky. It seems a bit faster than xp. I'm more of a fan of office 2007. I find outlook much improved.