Over the summer, the uni thought it would try and show off, by replacing all the machines with slightly higher spec ones, and making the "inevitable upgrade" to Vista. They didnt just do this with a couple labs, but with the entire computing department (except for lecturer's computers).
-When you use an individual machine for the first time, it takes 20 minutes to LOG IN - not boot up from cold, but just a login to the user's account. Thats one heck of a chunk of practical/tutorial gone.
-Deleting 37.8MB of files apparently takes 47839 years.
-Cancelling the "delete" prompt causes the title to change to "cancelling", which took a further 5 minutes before it went away (when I got fed up and just pressed reset).
-Saving an hour's work to a thumb drive in Photoshop crashed all of Windows, and corrupted the thumb drive, losing potentially weeks of work (lucky I keep a backup).
Ask the tech's about it, and they say "It should get better with service pack 1". So, why on earth didnt they wait for that in the first place? That way we can still use the machines without worrying if they will suddenly crash for sod all reason.
Now, most lecturers ive spoken to say the same thing - "It was a BIG mistake". Yet the people who push the money around dont seem to agree (despite them not being the ones to have to use these machines).
Ive stopped it being my problem by bringing in a Laptop (or just staying home and downloading the notes and getting on with it), but its shocking just how, hundreds of people can be dictated to, no matter what trouble it causes them - it seems no one these days will stand up for themselves and voice their opinion - rather, they just put up with it. I have made my opinion known to them, but it fell on death ears. A few others did the same, and one managed to get a reply, asking for him to go alone to meet with one of the tech's so he can be told "the facts". Umm, ok, try telling us that these machines are actually running super fast, AFTER ive sat here for 20 minutes waiting for it to just ruddy login.
The only other rant (if you've read this far - well, even if you havent, but thanks for reading
) - the Aero interface just feels so awful busy and distracts from what you are actually trying to do. They dont allow you to change to the classic theme. The name is very mis-leading - hearing "Windows Vista" you may think you are going to have a visual treat, not a headache.