Like a Siren It Promises Everything New
And we can witness it all from our little bungalow here in Nelson.....Pioneers.
So it should come as no surprise to anyone that I would be one of the first to get my hands on the new Windows operating system, VISTA. Fer Christ's sake, we used to live in Vista! How prophetic is that? Here is how this went down.
I was in a computer store with a large sign on my forehead that said, "I need to spend some money". Here was this package for the new Windows Vista - $399NZ. But there was another one just the same for "academic use" for $199. Hey! I sez to myself..I'm a teacher, I can save a couple hundred here.
Bought it, took it home, installed it. I'm a friggin' scout, I am.
Then the trouble started.
After a 2 hour upgrade, a lot of the programs that were just dandy with Windows XP, didn't want to go to work. Plus, the computer speed was cut down a whole lot. It took forever just to turn it on. I immediately wished I wasn't a teacher with a discount.After fooling around for a day or two most things were running fairly well, but it still was very slow and annoying.
Come to find out that VISTA uses most of the memory in the computer. For it to work, you need at least twice as much as we had. So... back to the computer store... bought memory ($230NZ), everything is fine again on the old Oregon Trail.
VISTA is a nice looking system and someday, like topless bars, it will be popular. But my advice is to wait until you buy a new computer to get it.
You can thank me now.