Arrgghh Vista

I can’t help but feel we’re being treated like consumer bitches in this rivalry in the computing world, specifically between Windows and Apple. Initially, I was amused by the candour applied in the recent Apple TV spots. They were frank and to the point. But they were incredibly biased, naturally. They are pure political spin and they buff the rough and hide the rest.

I’m getting a bit tired of it now though. Yes, Windows is more prone to exploitation, but that’s probably because there are 14 trillion Windows PC’s out there versus about 34 Macs. I know, I own both systems.

Vista is gorgeous, it really is. It’s a functionally superior system so far, but I’m so annoyed by the lack of support by third party vendors, I’m incensed we’re expected to do all their legroom – we’re not guinnea pigs!

I plugged my Western Digital My Book in today, all 500GB of it. Didn’t work. WD’s statement?

“Western Digital does not provide technical support or drivers for our products installed under Windows Vista at this time. We will be releasing updated software utilities and drivers for selective Western Digital products in the near future.”

Yeah, coz you’ve only had 12 months to prepare for this.

Then there’s my iPod. I installed iTunes (fresh download), connected my 80gb Video iPod to it and was greeted with a message which asked me to format and reinstall all my music. Fine I said. Except when it zapped my iPod and lost all the data, it refused to transfer all the files across. The Apple statement?

“iTunes 7.0.2 may work with Windows Vista on many typical PCs. Apple recommends, however, that customers wait to upgrade Windows until after the next release of iTunes which will be available in the next few weeks. This document will be updated as more information becomes available.”

Way to go Apple. How aboute telling me BEFORE I installed your junkware?

And the list just goes on. And on. And on. And I don’t blame Microsoft for this, it all appears to be a conspiracy to dethrone Microsoft by giving it enough rope.

Why haven’t all the third party hardware and software developers got their fingers on their pulses and provided us with upto date support and drivers?